Submission Rules

This page describes the rules for submitted papers. Submissions violating these rules will not be considered for publication, and there will be no extensions for fixing violations. We encourage you to upload an early draft of the paper well before the deadline to check if the paper meets the formatting rules, and to check with the program chairs if you are uncertain about anonymity rules.


Submissions should contain original, unpublished material that is not under review at any other archival forum, including journals, conferences, and workshops with copyrighted proceedings. Submissions that extend authors’ previous work are welcome, but authors must explain the differences between the SOSP submission and the prior work. Authors must also relate their SOSP submissions to relevant submissions of their own that are simultaneously under review for this or other venues. The next section describes how to relate your submission to your other work while maintaining anonymity.


SOSP will use double-blind reviewing. Please make a good faith attempt to anonymize your submission. Avoid identifying yourself or your institution explicitly or by implication (e.g., through the references or acknowledgments). The first page should use the paper ID assigned during registration in place of the author names.

Use care in referring to your own related work. Do not omit references to your prior work, as this would make it difficult for reviewers to place your submission in its proper context. Instead, reference your past work in the third person, just as you would any other piece of related work. For example, you might say "Our system modifies the the XYZ operating system built by Lee et al. [Lee17]".

In some cases, it is not credible to refer to your related work in the third person. For example, your submission may extend a previous workshop paper, or it may relate to a submission currently under review at SOSP or another venue. In these cases, you must still explain the differences between your SOSP submission and the other work, but you should cite the other work anonymously and e-mail the deanonymized work to the PC chairs.

If your submission reports on experiences with a system at your institution, you should refer to the system anonymously but describe the properties of the system that are needed to appreciate the work (e.g., size of the user base, volume of requests, etc.). We recognize that, in some cases, these properties may allow a reviewer to identify your institution.


Papers will be submitted electronically in PDF format. Papers may have at most 12 8.5"x11" pages of technical content, including text, figures, tables, appendices, etc.. Bibliographic references are not included in the 12-page limit. All text and figures must fit in a 7"x9" text block, centered on the page, using two columns with a 0.33" separation between columns. Use 10-point or larger font (Times Roman or similar) on 12-point (single-spaced) leading. Graphs and figures should be readable when printed in grayscale, without magnification. Please number all pages and use hyperlinked references. An acceptable PDF can be generated by using the sigplanconf format and specifying the 10pt and preprint options, as in this example.


Reviewing will be done mostly by members of the program committee, with limited use of outside reviewers. Submissions will be treated as confidential; however, papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms will not be considered for publication.

Papers selected by the program committee will be subject to revision and approval by a program committee member acting as a shepherd. Authors of accepted papers will be expected to supply electronic versions of their papers and encouraged to supply source code and raw data to help others replicate and understand their results. On acceptance, authors will be required to sign an ACM copyright release form. To facilitate technical discussions, all accepted papers will be posted online for pre-conference access.


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