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Practitioner Reports

Chair: Robert Biddle, Carleton University, pract_rpts@oopsla.org


Practitioner Reports are an integral part of the OOPSLA technical program. Your report provides a large group of your peers the opportunity to learn from your project's experience applying softare technologies or related practices. For many OOPSLA attendees, these reports are the most important part of the conference.

Practitioner reports explore how concepts that sound good on paper (and at conferences!) work on real projects. They are a valuable means of communicating experiences, especially at the "bleeding edge". Many attendees want to find out what it is like to adopt a new language, use new engineering methods, integrate commercial software, develop web services applications, develop frameworks, use design patterns, etc. Expectations, beliefs, and hopes can be validated, or dashed, by the experience that is reported.

OOPSLA attendees want reports that present experience and reflections, together with supporting evidence for any claims made. And they particularly want reports that discuss both benefits and drawbacks of the approaches used. Reports may focus on a particular aspect of technology usage and practice, or describe broad project experiences. Submissions that focus on people, process or development challenges are welcome.

Software Studies

This year year we particularly encourage software studies: reports that focus on a particular software application. The report should succinctly present the motivation and the resulting design, together with a range of perspectives on the software, its development, and its use in practice.

Important Dates

Firm deadline for receipt of submissions: March 18, 2005.

Notification of acceptance or rejection: May 7, 2005.

Deadline for camera-ready copy of summary: August 2, 2005.

Deadline for submission of presentation for review: September 1, 2005.

Submission Process

Electronic submission of proposals is required through the OOPSLA submission system. Other submissions will not be accepted.

You are invited to submit a four to twelve page report for consideration. The report should clearly identify, and discuss in detail, the issues and insights that are your contribution. The submission must include a short abstract suitable for inclusion in the Advance Program should it be accepted.

The review process for Practitioner Reports requires personal contact with potential presenters. Therefore, your submission must name a primary contact including postal address, telephone and fax numbers, and electronic mail address. Phone interviews may be required to discuss the topic and your presentation.

We will select reports on the basis of relevance, importance, and clarity. If your report is accepted, you will be expected to further refine the report in line with the feedback we will provide, and provide a final version to be published in the OOPSLA Conference Companion and the ACM Digital Library. You will also be expected to develop and present a talk at the conference itself. At the conference, practitioner reports are typically 20 minutes in length. Reports are organized into sessions where several presenters discuss their experiences and answer questions from the audience and the session moderator. You are expected to present a draft of your presentation to the committee for review prior to the conference.

Submission Guidelines

Format of Proposal Submission: Because of tight time requirements, your initial submission must be complete enough for making a decision, and, if accepted, publication of abstract and presenter information in the Advance Program.

The submission must be in English and be from four to twelve pages in length. All papers must be submitted electronically in PDF format. Final camera-ready papers must be formatted to conform to ACM Proceedings requirements: Nine point font on ten point baseline, two columns per page, each column 3.33 inches wide by 9 inches tall, with a column gutter of 0.33 inches, etc. We strongly encourage you to use this layout for initial submission as well. See the ACM Proceedings Guidelines. You can save preparation time by using one of the templates from that page. Note that Open Office or MS Word documents should be converted to PDF before being submitted.

A paper must have an abstract that describes the contribution briefly but comprehensively. All author names and affiliations must be given. Information on the primary contact MUST include: name, postal address, telephone and fax numbers, and electronic mail address.

For More Information

For additional information, clarifications, or questions, please contact the Practitioner Reports Chair, Robert Biddle, pract_rpts@oopsla.org.