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CFP: Research Papers

Chair: William R. Cook, University of Texas at Austin,

Important Dates
    Submission deadline
  • March 18, 2006
  • May 12, 2006
  • Electronic submission of proposals is required through the OOPSLA submission system.


Research papers present substantiated 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 welcomes 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.

This year OOPSLA also hosts the second Dynamic Languages Symposium, which invites research papers to be submitted for review by the main OOPSLA program committee.

A successful research paper meets all of these criteria:
  • Significance: Motivate why the research is important or useful. Explain what problem it addresses.
  • Clarity: Organize the paper well and write clearly. Make sure you support your claims.
  • Novelty: Extend the frontier of knowledge. Explicitly relate your research to previous work.
  • Correctness: Critically evaluate and support your claims with proofs, an implementation, examples, or experiments.
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

Submission Process

Electronic submission of proposals is required through the OOPSLA submission system.

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 Papers 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.

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

Policy on Multiple Submissions

If a paper is submitted both to OOPSLA and to another publishing venue, the paper may be immediately rejected from OOPSLA and the other venue notified unless it satisfies all three of these conditions:

  1. The submission cites the other paper;
  2. The submission contains a substantial result worthy of publication that the other paper does not; and
  3. The overlapping material is primarily background material.
Please contact the Program Chair if there is any uncertainty about application of these policies.


OOPSLA 2006 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.

OOPSLA 2006 will also introduce an award for the most influential paper published 10 years ago at OOPSLA. A selection of papers from the first 10 years of OOPSLA will also be recognized.

For more information

For additional information, clarification, or questions, please contact the track chair.

Program Committee

David F. Bacon, IBM Research, USA
Steve Blackburn, Intel, Australia
Jan Bosch, Nokia Research Center, Finland
Chandrasekhar Boyapati, University of Michigan, USA
Shigeru Chiba, Tokyo Instutute of Technology, Japan
Jens Coldewey, Coldewey Consulting, Germany
William R. Cook, University of Texas at Austin, USA (chair)
Jim Coplien, DAFCA Inc., USA
Amer Diwan, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
Matt Dwyer, University of Nebraska, USA
Robert Bruce Findler, Chicago, USA
Richard P. Gabriel, Sun Microsystems Laboratories, USA
William G. Griswold, UC San Diego, USA
Rachid Guerraoui, EPFL/MIT, Switzerland/USA
Manish Gupta, IBM Research, USA
Ralf Laemmel, Microsoft, USA
Doug Lea, SUNY Oswego, USA
Gary T. Leavens, Iowa State University, USA
David H. Lorenz, University of Virginia, USA
Todd Millstein, UCLA, USA
Andrew C. Myers, Cornell, USA
James Noble, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Jens Palsberg, UCLA, USA
Dirk Riehle, Bayave Software, Germany
Linda Rising, Consultant, USA
Gregor Snelting, Universität Passau, Germany
Dave Thomas, Bedarra, Canada
Rebecca Wirfs-Brock, Wirfs-Brock Associates, USA
Joseph W. Yoder, The Refactory, Inc., USA

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