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HOW TO SUBMIT TO THE FREENIX REFEREED TRACK
The FREENIX Refereed track submission deadline is November 25, 2002 (23:59pm
This is a hard deadline; no extensions will be
You may submit either a complete paper, or a 3-5 page extended abstract of your work to date. The
program committee reads these submissions to determine which papers to
accept for the conference; it is important that you include enough detail
that program committee members can know what you are doing. In no event
should you submit a description in excess of 14 pages including all figures,
tables, and bibliography.
All submissions for the USENIX 2003 FREENIX Track will be electronic, in
PostScript, PDF, or plain text, via this Web
form. Be sure your paper is formatted in US-letter style (8.5x11
inches) and please use only standard English fonts.
Authors will be notified of receipt of submission via e-mail. If you do not
receive notification by Friday, November 28, 2002, please contact: email@example.com.
A good paper should:
- Be informative. The readers of your paper should learn something
from it. It should be clear whether readers can apply your work to their
own environment, and how they would go about doing so. "Negative
results" that contradict the conventional wisdom are often more important
than positive results, especially in case studies.
- Demonstrate the innovation in the work being discussed.
Freely-redistributable source code alone does not necessarily make a
project innovative. Projects being discussed need not be major
breakthroughs in their fields, but should at minimum demonstrate something
new, potentially useful, and non-obvious. Papers should clearly
demonstrate any improvements over the previously published work in their
- Demonstrate the maturity of the work. The work described should
be well under way. Most of the design and some of the implementation and
testing should be accomplished by the submission date. You should have
some initial results to report, including some idea of the performance of
the work described (if appropriate). Final details are not needed at
submission date, but should be presented in the final published work.
- Describe a project which has freely-redistributable source code, or
work related to such a project. Authors are strongly encouraged to
release any source code they have prior to initial submission, even if the
sources are incomplete and may not compile. If your project is not far
enough along for that to be possible, it may be more appropriate for a
Work-in-Progress session. Similarly, if at all possible, final papers
should include references to published source code.
- Include sufficient references. Authors must provide citations and
a bibliography to prior publications or projects, along with an
explanation of how your paper builds upon or improves upon the related
work. The Program Committee expects you to make a substantial effort to
find related work, as part of the process of documenting what makes your
- Be clearly written. Submissions should clearly describe the
ideas, work already accomplished, and work to be completed. Authors are
encouraged to use available online writing style guides if they need
guidance in this area. (Good examples include: http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~hgs/etc/writing-style.html
Whether you submit an extended abstract
or a full-length paper, the qualities listed above should be evident in your
submission. Furthermore, submissions should clearly detail where work is
still to be done or explained.
Papers previously published by USENIX, especially those published in the
FREENIX Refereed Track, may be useful to help determine what is appropriate,
and to improve your paper. A list of papers previously published by USENIX
is available in our Library of
Note: the USENIX Technical Conference, like most conferences and journals,
requires that papers not be submitted simultaneously to more than one
conference or publication, and that submitted papers not be previously or
subsequently published elsewhere. Papers accompanied by non-disclosure
agreement forms are not acceptable and will be returned to the author(s)
unread. All submissions are held in the highest confidentiality prior to
publication in the Proceedings, both as a matter of policy and in accord
with the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976.
Authors will be notified of paper acceptance or rejection by January 22,
2003. Authors whose submissions are accepted are expected to produce a
final written report for the proceedings. Each accepted paper will be
shepherded by a member of the program committee. Shepherds will help
authors through the writing process prior to final acceptance for
publication. The final reports must be reviewed and accepted by the paper's
shepherd by March 31, 2003.
Typically, authors and shepherds exchange 3-4 drafts of an accepted paper
during the shepherding period. Whereas the effort involved by authors
varies from paper to paper, during the shepherding period authors will often
spend a total of 7-10 full days of work preparing their papers for
After shepherd approval, the reports must be submitted with the standard
release forms to the USENIX publications office by April 8, 2003. If you
would like to avoid future formatting changes, you may consult a predefined
template which formats according to the USENIX guidelines: StarWriter 5.0, Troff, LaTeX and style file, Framemaker, and MS-Word.
Final reports should be as polished as possible; higher quality submissions
are often better received by the community. The papers should describe work
that has been completed as of the time of their final submission. Your talk
at the conference may describe not only what is in your paper but also the
work completed between the time that the final paper is submitted and the
conference is held.
If you have specific questions about submissions, send them to the program
chair via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. To
help all authors, especially first-time authors, feel free to email email@example.com with
your ideas for a paper. We do not reject papers because they may be
unpolished and we would be happy to guide authors toward a successful paper