Submissions violating the formatting and anonymization rules will not be
considered for publication. There will be no extensions for reformatting. Good
luck with your submission!
Note: Papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms will
not be considered. All submissions will be treated as confidential
prior to publication on the SOSP 2013 web site; rejected
submissions will be permanently treated as confidential.
- Submitted papers may have at most 13 pages of technical content,
including text, figures, appendices, etc. The page size must be
8.5"x11", text must be printed using a 10 point font on 12 point
(single spaced) leading, two column printing with a 0.25 inch separation
between columns, and a maximum text block of 6.5 inches wide by 9 inches
- In addition to the 13 pages allowed for technical content, a submission
may include any number of additional pages of bibliographic
- Submissions should be anonymous. On the front page, in place of the
authors' names, the paper should indicate: the paper ID number assigned
during the paper registration process and the total number of pages in the
submission. Additional rules on anonymization are below.
- Pages should be numbered. (For the submission, you may be better off
not using the SIG template; just use the standard latex "article"
format in 10, or larger, point double column, so that pages are numbered.)
- Graphs and figures may be clarified through judicious use of color, but
the paper should be easily readable if viewed or printed in gray
- Symbols and labels used in the graphs should be readable as printed,
and not only with a 20x on-screen magnification.
- Try to limit the file size to less than 15 MB.
Please make a good faith effort to anonymize your paper. As an author, you
should not identify yourself in the paper either explicitly or by implication
(e.g., through the references or acknowledgments). However, only
non-destructive anonymization is required. For example, system names may be
left un-anonymized, if the system name is important for a reviewer to be able
to evaluate the work. For example, a paper on experiences with the design of
.NET should not be re-written to be about "an anonymous but widely used
commercial distributed systems platform".
Additionally, please take the following steps when preparing your
- Remove authors' names and affiliations from the title page.
- Remove acknowledgement of identifying names and funding sources.
- Use care in naming your files. Source file names, e.g., Joe.Smith.dvi,
are often embedded in the final output as readily accessible comments.
- Use care in referring to related work, particularly your own. Do not
omit references to provide anonymity, as this leaves the reviewer unable to
grasp the context. Instead, a good solution is to reference your past work
in the third person, just as you would any other piece of related
- If you have a concurrent submission, reference it as follows:
"Closely related work describes a microkernel implementation
[Anonymous 2013]." with the corresponding citation: "[Anonymous
2013] Under submission. Details omitted for double-blind reviewing."
- Work that extends an author's previous workshop paper is welcome,
but authors should (a) acknowledge their own previous workshop
publications with an anonymous citation and (b) explain the
differences between the SOSP submission and the prior workshop
- If you cite anonymous work, you must also send the deanonymized
reference(s) to the PC chair in a separate email.
We recognize that, even following these guidelines, closely building on your
own prior work may indirectly reveal your identity. Even though a reviewer
might think they can guess which group you are from, s/he should have some
Lots of papers and books have been written about how to write a good paper.
We strongly suggest that you read the following:
- An Evaluation of the Ninth SOSP Submissions; or, How (and How Not) to
Write a Good Systems Paper. This was written by Roy Levin and David D.
Redell, the program committee co-chairs for SOSP-9, and first appeared in
ACM SIGOPS Operating Systems Review, Vol. 17, No. 3 (July, 1983), pages
- The Science of Scientific Writing, George D. Gopen
and Judith A. Swan, In American Scientist, Vol. 78, No. 6 (Nov-Dec, 1990),
pp. 550-558. This article describes not how to write an entire paper, but
how to write sentences and paragraphs that readers can understand.
For matters of English usage, style, and taste we strongly recommend that
you purchase and consult this little gem of a book:
- The Elements of Style. William Strunk Jr. and
E.B. White. Macmillan Publishing Co., New York, 1979.
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