Call for Papers

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The annual ACM/IFIP/USENIX Middleware conference is a major forum for the discussion of innovations and recent advances in the design, construction and use of middleware systems. The scope of the conference is the design, implementation, deployment, and evaluation of distributed system platforms and architectures for computing, storage, and communication environments. Highlights of the conference will include a high quality single-track technical program, invited speakers, an industrial track, panel discussions involving academic and industry leaders, poster and demonstration presentations, a doctoral symposium, and workshops.

Important dates

Abstract Submission May 13, 2016 at 23:59 UTC-12 *Firm deadline*
Paper Submission May 20, 2016 at 23:59 UTC-12 *Firm deadline*
Author rebuttal June 27 - June 29, 2016 (Monday-Wednesday)
Notification Due Aug 15, 2016 (Monday)
Final Version Due September 9, 2016


The topics of the conference include, but are not limited to:

A description of the three types of submissions:

  1. Research Papers

    Original research papers are sought on the above topics.

  2. Experimentation and Deployment Papers

    Experience papers describe complete systems, platforms, and papers with comprehensive experimental evaluations of alternative designs and solutions to well-known problems. The emphasis during the evaluation of these papers will be less on the novelty and more on the demonstrated usefulness and potential impact of the contributions, the extensive experimentation involved, and the quality and weight of the lessons learned (including negative results).

  3. Big-Ideas Papers

    We also encourage big ideas papers; that is papers that have the potential for opening up new research directions. For such papers, the potential to motivate new research is more important than full experimental evaluation, though some preliminary evidence of the effectiveness of the approach or idea is important. Such papers should clearly indicate their vision; why the idea is revolutionary and not evolutionary; what the major questions still to be answered are; and possible avenues of attack for the community to pursue towards the development of the idea.

Submission Guidelines

Submitted papers may have at most 12 pages of technical content, including text, figures, appendices, etc. In addition to the 12 pages allowed for technical content, a submission may include any number of additional pages of bibliographic references.

Submitted papers should adhere to the formatting instructions of the ACM Style, and should clearly indicate their type on their first page. Please note that submissions are single-blind: authors’ names should appear.

Note that the process for publication in the Middleware companion proceedings will be explained in the relevant, specific CFPs (e.g., Industry short papers, Doctoral workshop).

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.)

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