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POPL 2015: 42nd ACM SIGPLAN-SIGACT Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages

Mumbai, India
January 11-18, 2015

Call for papers


The annual Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages is a forum for the discussion of all aspects of programming languages and programming systems. Both theoretical and experimental papers are welcome, on topics ranging from formal frameworks to experience reports. Papers discussing new ideas and new areas are encouraged, as are papers (often called "pearls") that elucidate existing concepts in ways that yield new insights. We are looking for any submission with the potential to make enduring contributions to the theory, design, implementation or application of programming languages.


The program committee will evaluate the technical contribution of each submission as well as its accessibility to both experts and the general POPL audience. All papers will be judged on significance, originality, relevance, correctness, and clarity.

Explaining a known idea in a new way may make as strong a contribution as inventing a new idea. Hence, we encourage the submission of pearls: elegant essays that explain an old idea, but do so in a new way that clarifies the idea and yields new insights. There is no formal separation of categories; pearls will be held to the same standards as any other paper. Advice on writing pearls can be found in the ICFP 2006 Call for Papers.

Each paper, pearl or otherwise, should explain its contributions in both general and technical terms, identifying what has been accomplished, explaining why it is significant, and comparing it with previous work. Authors should strive to make their papers understandable to a broad audience. Advice on writing technical papers can be found on the SIGPLAN author information page.

A document that details principles underlying organizational and reviewing policies can be found here.

A document containing frequently asked questions about the reviewing and submission process, especially as it pertains to double-blind reviewing, can be found here.

Important Dates

Paper registration 3 July 2014, 15:00 US EDT (UTC-4)
Paper submission 8 July 2014, 15:00 US EDT (UTC-4)
Submission URL https://popl15.hotcrp.com/
Author response period6-9 September 2014
Author notification30 September 2014
Camera-ready deadline28 October 2014
Main conference15-17 January 2015
Co-located events12-14,18 January 2015

Submission guidelines

Prior to the registration deadline, the authors will register their paper by uploading information on the submission title, abstract (of at most 300 words), authors, topics, and conflicts to the conference web site. Papers that are not registered on time will be rejected.

Prior to the final paper submission deadline, the authors will upload their full paper of no more than 12 pages (including bibliography and appendices) formatted according to the ACM proceedings format. Papers may be resubmitted multiple times up until the deadline. The last version submitted will be the version that is reviewed. Papers that exceed the length requirement or are submitted late will be rejected. All deadlines are firm.

We encourage authors to provide any supplementary material that is required to support the claims made in the paper, such as detailed proofs, proof scripts, or experimental data. These materials should be uploaded at submission time, as a single pdf or a tarball, not via a URL. It will be made available to reviewers only after they have submitted their first-draft reviews and hence need not be anonymized. Reviewers are under no obligation to look at the supplementary material but may refer to it if they have questions about the material in the body of the paper.

Templates for ACM format are available for Word Perfect, Microsoft Word, and LaTeX at http://www.sigplan.org/Resources/Author (use the 9 pt preprint template). Submissions should be in PDF and printable on US Letter and A4 sized paper.

Submitted papers must adhere to the SIGPLAN Republication Policy and the ACM Policy on Plagiarism. Concurrent submissions to other conferences, workshops, journals, or similar forums of publication are not allowed.

AUTHORS TAKE NOTE: The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of your conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work. (For those rare conferences whose proceedings are published in the ACM Digital Library after the conference is over, the official publication date remains the first day of the conference.)

POPL 2015 will employ a lightweight double-blind reviewing process. To facilitate this, submitted papers must adhere to two rules:

  1. author names and institutions must be omitted, and
  2. references to authors' own related work should be in the third person (e.g., not "We build on our previous work ..." but rather "We build on the work of ...").

The purpose of this process is to help the PC and external reviewers come to an initial judgement about the paper without bias, not to make it impossible for them to discover the authors if they were to try. Nothing should be done in the name of anonymity that weakens the submission or makes the job of reviewing the paper more difficult (e.g., important background references should not be omitted or anonymized). In addition, authors should feel free to disseminate their ideas or draft versions of their paper as they normally would. For instance, authors may post drafts of their papers on the web or give talks on their research ideas. The program chair has put together a document answering frequently asked questions that should address many common concerns.

ARTIFACT EVALUATION: Authors of accepted papers will be invited to formally submit supporting materials to the Artifact Evaluation process. Artifact Evaluation, which is new this year, is run by a separate committee whose task is to assess how the artifacts support the work described in the papers. This submission is voluntary and will not influence the final decision regarding the papers. Papers that go through the Artifact Evaluation process successfully will receive a seal of approval printed on the papers themselves. Additional information is to be found on the POPL AEC web page. Authors of accepted papers are encouraged to make these materials publicly available upon publication of the proceedings, by including them as "source materials" in the ACM Digital Library.


General Chair: Sriram Rajamani
Microsoft Research
Local Chair: Paritosh Pandya
Tata Inst. of Fundamental Research
Program Chair: David Walker
Princeton University
Workshop Chair: David Van Horn
University of Maryland
Treasurer: Ross Tate
Cornell University
Publicity Chairs: Ruzica Piskac
Yale University
  Viktor Vafeiadis
Student Activities Chair: Matthew Parkinson
Microsoft Research
Program Committee:    
Umut Acar Carnegie Mellon University
Amal Ahmed Northeastern University
Jade Alglave University College London
Karthikeyan Bhargavan Inria
Rastislav Bodik UC Berkeley
Giuseppe Castagna CNRS - Université Paris Diderot
Satish Chandra Samsung Electronics
Swarat Chaudhuri Rice University
Ravi Chugh UC San Diego
Patrick Cousot CIMS, New York University
Robby Findler Northwestern University
Jeff Foster University of Maryland
Cédric Fournet Microsoft Research
Deepak Garg MPI-SWS
Arjun Guha University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Ralf Hinze University of Oxford
Martin Hofmann Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat
Joxan Jaffar Singapore
Patricia Johann Appalachian State University
Naoki Kobayashi University of Tokyo
Gabriele Keller University of New South Wales
Dan Licata Wesleyan University
Mayur Naik Georgia Institute of Technology
David Pichardie ENS Rennes / IRISA
Brigitte Pientka McGill University
Madhusudan Parthasarathy University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
François Pottier Inria
Shaz Qadeer Microsoft Research
Ganesan Ramalingam Microsoft Research
Greta Yorsh Queen Mary University of London

Artifact Evaluation Committee Chairs:

Arjun Guha University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Jan Vitek Purdue University

External Reviewing Committee:   [Show]