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Technical Program Call For Papers

Chair: Richard P. Gabriel, Sun Microsystems, Inc., Papers@oopsla.org


To learn more about the various submission areas please read Technical Program.

Papers should present significant contributions to the exploration, study, use, and understanding of programming, systems, languages, and applications based on object-oriented or associated technologies. Contributions may be original research results that advance the state of the art, with clear technical or empirical novelties sufficiently substantiated by the author(s), they may be papers that explore or examine new ideas, approaches or paradigms, or they may be essays that explore or examine historical or philosophical perspectives, comparative evaluations, experience-based accounts of best practices, or reports on other insights gathered from practical applications or theoretical explorations. Papers having both research and experiential components are encouraged.

If your paper, however, describes experiences with and reflections on a particular software application or on a particular aspect of technology usage and practice, or if it describes broad project experiences, consider submitting a Practitioner Report.

Research Papers

Papers that describe substantiated new research or novel technical results, advance the state of the art, or report on significant experience or experimentation will be presented in the Research Track.


Co-Chair: Elisa Baniassad, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Onward!@oopsla.org
Co-Chair: James Noble, Victoria University of Wellington, Onward!@oopsla.org

Papers and presentations describing new paradigms or metaphors in computing, new thinking about objects, new framings of computational problems or systems, and new technologies, and films investigating ideas, concepts, insights related to programming will be presented in the Onward! Track.


Chair: Brian Marick, Testing Foundations, Essays@oopsla.org

An essay is an exploration of technology and its impacts. Essays presenting in-depth reflections on technology, its relation to human endeavors, and its philosophical, sociological, psychological, historical, or anthropological underpinnings will be presented in a special session.

Lightning Talks

Co-Chair: Bjorn Freeman-Benson, Predictable Software, LightningTalks@oopsla.org
Co-Chair: Bruce Horn, Ingenuity Software

A Lightning Talk is a 5-minute presentation on any topic of interest to the OOPSLA community. Lightning Talks will be presented back to back with strict enforcement of the 5-minute time limit and a single acetate foil. Lightning Talks will be presented in a separate session.

Important Dates

For research papers, Onward! papers, and essays:

  • Firm deadline for receipt of submissions: March 18, 2005 (earlier is strongly recommended)
  • Notification of acceptance or rejection: May 6, 2005
  • Deadline for camera-ready copy: July 26, 2005

For Onward! presentations:

  • Firm deadline for receipt of presentations: June 1, 2005
  • Notification of acceptance or rejection: June 15, 2005
  • Deadline for camera-ready copy: July 26, 2005

For Lightning Talks:

  • Submissions will be considered beginning March 18, 2005
  • Notification of acceptance or rejection: Acceptances will continue in a space-available mode until September 30, 2005
  • Camera-ready copy is required for submission.

For Onward! Films:

  • Firm deadline for receipt of submissions: June 1, 2005
  • Notification of acceptance or rejection: June 15, 2005
  • Deadline for camera-ready copy for the program notes: July 26, 2005

Submission Process

Electronic submission of proposals is required through the OOPSLA submission system. (Follow the links found at the top of this page.) Other submissions will not be accepted.

All papers must be submitted electronically in PDF format (or PostScript, if you do not have access to PDF-producing programs, but this is not recommended). PDF files must be created allowing printing, and must be able to be readily printed using a modestly configured color laser printer. 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 MS Word documents must be converted to PDF before being submitted.

Research Paper, Onward! Paper, and Essay submissions must be no longer than 10,000 words (counting each figure and table as 150 words, and also counting appendices and references) or 20 pages when formatted under the ACM format above.

Lightning Talk submissions must not be longer than 2000 words or 4 pages and must include a 250-word abstract which will be published on the OOPSLA website.

Films may be up to 15 minutes long. Submissions must be in QuickTime MPEG-4 format, and be accessible for download. Submissions must be accompanied by a 250-word set of program notes suitable for publication. For presentation at the conference, either standard DVD format (encoded for Region 1) or computer projection is required.

A paper submitted as a Research Paper, Onward! Paper, or Essay must have content that has not previously been published in, or is not at the time of submission under review by, other refereed venues. Failure to comply with this will result in immediate rejection without review, and notification to the administrator of the other venue. This will also be the case for overlapping review periods. For example, if the review period for your OOPSLA paper (March 19, 2005 until April 29, 2005) intersects the corresponding review period for another conference to which you have submitted another paper, and the two papers are judged to have significant overlapping contributions, the program chair will communicate with the program chair of that conference to confirm the overlap, and, if there is, reject the paper at OOPSLA and so inform the other chair. The sole exception to this policy is when the previously published venue had been a workshop or comparable event with limited circulation of the material. A submission is considered substantially different from another paper and therefore not in violation of this policy when it satisfies all three of the following conditions:

  • The submission cites the other paper.
  • The submission contains a substantial result worthy of publication that the other paper does not.
  • The overlapping material is primarily background material.

Papers judged to be acceptable with minor revisions may be shepherded if a shepherding subcommittee can be assembled. The author of such a paper will be notified that the submission has been rejected and will be given the option of shepherding. If the option is accepted, the author(s) will be assigned a shepherd and an anonymous two-person subcommittee. The author(s) of the paper will work for a short period with the shepherd, who will then inform the subcommittee of the results of the shepherding. The subcommittee will either accept or reject the paper. A corrected and revised paper must be resubmitted before it can be accepted. The shepherding period will last no longer than two weeks. Papers submitted by program committee members will not be shepherded.

Accepted papers will be published in the OOPSLA 2005 Proceedings and presented during a slot scheduled in the OOPSLA 2005 technical program. The Conference Proceedings will also be distributed as an issue of ACM SIGPLAN Notices.

Submission Guidelines

If you are not familiar with the general nature of OOPSLA papers, you should read previous OOPSLA proceedings to see the range of presentation styles and content. It is recommended that those submitting technical papers should read "Guide to Successful OOPSLA Submissions," available from http://dreamsongs.com/OOPSLA2005/GtSS.html.

Best Student Paper Award

OOPSLA 2005 continues a long-standing tradition of recognizing the best student-authored paper of the conference. The Program Chair will select the winning paper among those commended by the Program Committee. The paper will be announced at the conference. Eligible papers will describe the work of one or more students, one of whom must be first author. Authors will indicate eligibility as part of the submission process.

For More Information

For additional information, clarification, or questions, please contact the Program Chair, Richard P. Gabriel, papers@oopsla.org.

OOPSLA 2005 Program Committee

Research Papers

Alan O'Callaghan, De Montfort University, UK
Andrew P. Black, Portland State University, USA
Christa Schwanninger, Siemens AG, Germany
Christoph Kirsch, Universität Salzburg, Austria
Cristina Videira Lopes, University of California, Irvine, USA
Daniel May, Independent, Australia
David Bacon, IBM Research, USA
David Clarke, Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica, Netherlands
David Thomas, Bedarra Corporation, Canada
David West, New Mexico Highlands University, USA
Dirk Riehle, Independent Consultant, Germany
Douglas C. Schmidt, Vanderbilt University, USA
Greg Morrisett, Harvard University, USA
Julie McCann, Imperial College, UK
Karl Lieberherr, Northeastern University, USA
Kathleen Fisher, AT&T Labs, USA
Kent Beck, Three Rivers Institute, USA
Linda G. DeMichiel, Sun Microsystems, USA
Martin Rinard, MIT, USA
Mattias Felleisen, Northeastern University, USA
Michael Kölling, University of Kent, UK
Peter Sommerlad, Hochschule Für Technik, Rapperswil, Switzerland
Richard P. Gabriel, Sun Labs, USA (chair)
Robert Biddle, Carleton University, Canada
Robert Walker, University of Calgary, Canada
William Cook, University of Texas, Austin, USA
William Pugh, University of Maryland, USA

Onward! Papers and Presentations

David Ungar, Sun Labs, USA
Elisa Baniassad, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China (co-chair)
James Noble, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (co-chair)
Jonathan Maletic, Kent State University, USA
Mary Poppendieck, Poppendieck, LLC, USA
Ole Lehrmann Madsen, Aarhus Universitet, Denmark
Yvonne Coady, University of Victoria, Canada


Andrew Hunt, Pragmatic Programmers, LLC, USA
Andrew Pickering, University of Illinois, USA
Brian Marick, Testing Foundations, USA (chair)
Carey Schwaber, Forrester Research, Inc., USA
John Holbo, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Lucy Suchman, Lancaster University, UK
Mark E. Johnson, University of Central Florida, USA
Peter Turchi, Warren Wilson College, USA
Rebecca J. Parsons, ThoughtWorks, Inc., USA
Robert Austin, Harvard Business School, USA
Rodney Brooks, MIT, USA

Lightning Talks

Bjorn Freeman-Benson, Eclipse Foundation, USA (co-chair)
Bruce Horn, Ingenuity Software, USA (co-chair)