OOPSLA 2008 Research Program Call for Papers

Important Dates


OOPSLA'08 solicits research papers that present new research or novel technical results, advance the state of the art, or report on significant experience or experimentation. Papers should report significant contributions to the exploration, study, use, and understanding of programming in relation to systems, languages, and applications.

OOPSLA has been the forum for the introduction and dissemination of many key programming paradigms and methodologies. Submissions are welcomed on proposals for new paradigms, exploration of well-established paradigms, and critical evaluation of accepted practices.

Papers may address any stage of programming, including requirements, design, implementation, and testing. Papers may focus on processes and methods in addition to tools and techniques. Of particular interest are papers with perspectives that cut across the traditional boundaries of languages, systems and applications in the development of software systems. Papers may also extend to paradigms beyond the traditional concept of object-oriented programming.

A successful research paper meets all of these criteria:


OOPSLA 2008 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 the primary author. Authors will indicate eligibility as part of the submission process.

OOPSLA 2008 will also present an award for the most influential paper published 10 years ago at OOPSLA (OOPSLA 1998).

Submission Guidelines

Electronic submission of research papers is required through the OOPSLA submission system.

All papers must be submitted electronically in PDF format (or PostScript, if you cannot access PDF-producing programs, but this is not recommended). Final papers must be in ACM SIGPLAN 10 point format, and this is required for submission as well. Templates for Word and LaTeX are available at http://www.acm.org/sigs/sigplan/authorInformation.htm; this site also contains links to useful information on how to write effective submissions.

PDF files must be created to allow 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. You can save preparation time by using one of the templates from the web page given above. Note that MS Word documents must be converted to PDF before being submitted.

Research Papers must be both no longer than 10,000 words and no longer than 20 pages when formatted under the ACM format above. Length will be determined by applying a word count utility like Unix's "wc -w" to the result of using Acrobat's "Save as Text" option. Papers violating these guidelines will be rejected without review; contact the program chair in advance if you have any doubts about the length of your paper.

The reviews of the papers will be provided to the authors on April 28, and authors will have 48 hours (through April 29) to submit a response for the purpose of clarification, correction, or elaboration. Responses will be limited to 500 words.

OOPSLA also provides a number of other publication venues and papers that are not accepted to the research program may at the discretion of the committee be forwarded for consideration by Onward! or Essays.

Each research paper will be afforded a 30-minute speaking slot and allocated up to 20 pages in the proceedings.

Submitted papers must describe work unpublished in refereed venues, and not concurrently submitted for publication elsewhere (including journals and formal proceedings of conferences and workshops). Violation of this policy will result in rejection of the paper. See the SIGPLAN republication policy for more details http://www.acm.org/sigs/sigplan/republicationpolicy.htm.

For additional information, clarification, or questions, please contact the program chair at papers@oopsla.org.