ACM CoNEXT 2013Call for papers

Short paper submission deadline advanced to June 14, 2013

Call for Short Papers

In order to address this intrinsic tension that plagues all selective conferences, CoNEXT 2013 is introducing a short paper category with submissions requested through a logically separate call-for-papers. The separate call for paper is meant to clarify to both authors and TPC members that short papers are to be judged using different criteria. Short papers will be limited to six (6) two-column pages in the standard ACM conference format. Most importantly, short papers are not meant to be condensed versions of standard length papers and neither are they targeted at traditional "position papers." In particular, papers submitted as regular (long) papers will not be eligible for consideration as short papers. Instead, short paper submissions are intended for high-quality technical works that either target a topical issue that can be covered in 6 pages, or are introducing a novel but not fully flushed out idea that can benefit from the feedback that early exposure can provide.

Short papers will be reviewed and selected through a process distinct from that of long papers and based on how good a match they are for the above criteria. As alluded to, this separation is meant to address the inherent dilemma faced by highly selective conferences, where reviewers typically approach the review process looking for reasons to reject a paper (How high are the odds that a paper is in the top 10-15%?). For that purpose, Program Committee members will be reminded that completeness of the results should NOT be a criterion used when assessing short paper submissions. Similarly, while an unreadable paper is obviously not one that should be accepted, polish should not be a major consideration either. As long as the paper manages to convey its idea, a choppy presentation should not by itself be ground for rejecting a paper. Finally, while technical correctness is important, papers that maybe claim more than they should, are not to be disqualified simply on those grounds. As a rule, the selection process should focus on the "idea" presented in the paper. If the idea is new, or interesting, or unusual, etc., and is not fundamentally broken, the paper should be considered. Eventual acceptance will ultimately depend on logistics constraints (how many such papers can be presented), but the goal is to offer a venue at CoNEXT where new, emerging ideas can be presented and receive constructive feedback

Relevant topics for the conference include, but are not limited to the following:

Submission Guidelines

Submissions must be original, unpublished work, and not under consideration at another conference or journal. Compliance with the 6 pages, 10pt ACM SIGCOMM format will be strictly enforced. 12 page submissions are possible in response to the Call for (full length) Papers. Electronic proceedings will be published by ACM. To submit short papers to the ACM CoNEXT 2013 conference, please read the formatting guidelines provided on the submission page. Authors are expected to make sure that their submission complies with these requirements.

Expanded versions of CoNext short papers may be submitted to future conferences. However, the CoNext short paper and the expanded version cannot be under review at the same time.

To submit papers to the ACM CoNEXT 2013 conference, please read the formatting guidelines provided on the submission page. Authors are expected to make sure that their submission complies with these requirements.

Important dates for Authors:

CoNEXT'13: Abstract submission June 8, 2013 (hard deadline)
CoNEXT'13: Short paper submission June 14, 2013 (hard deadline)
CoNEXT'13: Acceptance notification September 23, 2013
CoNEXT'13: Camera ready November 1, 2013
CoNEXT'13: Conference December 9-12, 2013

The deadline for short papers has been ADVANCED to June 14th, to coincide with the full paper submission deadline. The CoNext Organization Committee sincerely regrets any inconvenience this may cause to authors. However, this was necessitated by the need to avoid conflicts in submission dates with HotNets, an ACM Sigcomm sponsored workshop. Regardless of these teething problems, the Organization Committee believes the short paper track will greatly add to the vibrancy of ACM CoNext as it seeks to serve the needs of the research community.