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SIGMOD 2016 CALL FOR RESEARCH PAPERS

The annual ACM SIGMOD conference is a leading international forum for database researchers, practitioners, developers, and users to explore cutting-edge ideas and results, and to exchange techniques, tools, and experiences. We invite the submission of original research contributions relating to all aspects of data management defined broadly, and particularly encourage submissions on topics of emerging interest in the research and development communities.

TOPICS OF INTEREST

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

All aspects of the submission and notification process will be handled electronically. Submissions must adhere to the paper formatting instructions. Research papers will be judged for quality and relevance through double-blind reviewing, where the identities of the authors are withheld from the reviewers. Thus, author names and affiliations must not appear in the papers, and bibliographic references must be adjusted to preserve author anonymity. Submissions should be uploaded at https://cmt.research.microsoft.com/SIGMOD2016/.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE (all on 4:59 p.m. PST)

Research papers: as in the previous two SIGMOD conferences, there are two submission deadlines as below. Each submission cycle involves two rounds of reviewing to allow for minor revisions. Papers rejected in the first cycle are not allowed to be re-submitted in the second cycle.

FIRST SUBMISSION DATES:
July 9, 2015 : Research paper abstracts due
July 16, 2015: Research paper submissions due
September 18, 2015 : Notification
October 19, 2015: Revised Submission
November 13, 2015 : Notification
February 9, 2016: Camera-ready due

SECOND SUBMISSION DATES:
November 12, 2015 : Research paper abstracts due
November 19, 2015: Research paper submissions due
January 29, 2016 : Notification
March 7, 2016: Revised Submission
April 4, 2016 : Notification
April 15, 2016: Camera-ready due

PROCEEDINGS AVAILABILITY

The proceedings will be publicly available from the ACM digital library 15 days before the start of the conference. Therefore, the official publication date for papers will be 11 June 2016. The proceedings will remain open for one year and will be accessible from ACM DL using Author-izer links.
Note that the official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

During submission of a research paper, the submission site will request information about conflicts of interest of the paper's authors with program committee (PC) members. It is the full responsibility of all authors of a paper to identify all and only their potential conflict-of-interest PC members, according to the following definition:

A paper author has a conflict of interest with a PC member when and only when one or more of the following conditions holds:

Papers with incorrect or incomplete conflict of interest information as of the submission closing time are subject to immediate rejection.

DUPLICATE SUBMISSIONS AND NOVELTY REQUIREMENTS

A research paper submitted to SIGMOD 2016 cannot be under review for any other publishing forum or presentation venue, including conferences, workshops, and journals, during the time it is being considered for SIGMOD. Furthermore, after you submit a research paper to SIGMOD, you must await the response from SIGMOD and only resubmit elsewhere if your paper is rejected--or withdrawn at your request--from SIGMOD. This restriction applies to identical papers as well as to papers with a substantial overlap in scientific content and results.

Every research paper submitted to SIGMOD 2016 must present substantial novel research not described in any prior publication. In this context, a prior publication is (a) a paper of five pages or more presented, or accepted for presentation, at a refereed conference or workshop with proceedings; or (b) an article published, or accepted for publication, in a refereed journal. If a SIGMOD 2016 submission has overlap with a prior publication, the submission must cite the prior publication, along with all other relevant published work, following the guidelines in the Anonymity Requirements for Double-Blind Reviewing section below.

Any violation of this policy will result in the immediate rejection of the submission, as well as in notification to the members of the SIGMOD Executive Committee, the members of the SIGMOD PC, and the editors or chairs of any other forums involved.

LENGTH, FILE TYPE, AND FORMATTING

Length: All submitted research papers must be formatted according to the instructions below. The main content of that paper must be no more than 12 pages in length, although we will allow up to an additional 4 pages for the bibliography and appendices describing additional material, as described below.

Appendix: In addition to the bibliography, papers may optionally include an appendix with additional material relevant to the paper. The total length of the additional appendix and bibliography must not exceed 4 pages. The paper should stand alone without the appendix, and reviewers should not be required to consult the appendix to understand the key ideas, algorithms, results, experiments, or conclusions of the paper. Instead, the appendix should be used for additional material, such as proofs or non-essential experimental results, that the authors wish to convey should the reviewers choose to read them. Reviewers will be instructed to judge the paper on the merits of the material in the main body of the paper (including the references) and will not be required to read or review the material in the appendix.

File type: Each research paper is to be submitted as a single PDF file, formatted for 8.5" x 11" paper and no more than 5 MB in file size. (Larger files will be rejected by the submission site.) Submitted papers must print without difficulty on a variety of printers, using Adobe Acrobat Reader. It is the responsibility of the authors to ensure that their submitted PDF file will print easily on simple default configurations.

Formatting: Research papers must follow the ACM Proceedings Format, using one of the templates provided at https://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template for Word and LaTeX (version 2e). (For LaTeX, both Option 1 and Option 2 are acceptable.) The font size, margins, inter-column spacing, and line spacing in the templates must be kept unchanged.

Any submitted paper violating the length, file type, or formatting requirements will be rejected without review.

ANONYMITY REQUIREMENTS FOR DOUBLE-BLIND REVIEWING

Every research paper submitted to SIGMOD 2016 will undergo a "double-blind" reviewing process: the PC members and referees who review the paper will not know the identity of the authors. To ensure anonymity of authorship, authors must prepare their manuscript as follows:

You must also use care in referring to related past work, particularly your own, in the paper. For example, if you are Jane Smith, the following text gives away the authorship of the submitted paper:

In our previous work [1, 2], we presented two algorithms for ... In this paper, we build on that work by ...
Bibliography
[1] Jane Smith, "A Simple Algorithm for ...," Proceedings of ACM SIGMOD 1997, pp. 1 - 10.
[2] Jane Smith, "A More Complicated Algorithm for ...," Proceedings of ACM SIGMOD 1998, pp. 34 - 44.

The solution is to reference your past work in the third person (just as you would any other piece of work that is related to the submitted paper). This allows you to set the context for the submitted paper, while at the same time preserving anonymity:

In previous work [1, 2], algorithms were presented for ... In this paper, we build on that work by ...
Bibliography
[1] Jane Smith, "A Simple Algorithm for ...," Proceedings of ACM SIGMOD 1997, pp. 1 - 10.
[2] Jane Smith, "A More Complicated Algorithm for ...," Proceedings of ACM SIGMOD 1998, pp. 34 - 44.

Despite the anonymity requirements, you should still include all relevant work of your own in the references, using the above style; omitting them could potentially reveal your identity by negation. However, self-references should be limited to the essential ones, and extended versions of the submitted paper (e.g., technical reports or URLs for downloadable versions) must not be referenced.

Common sense and careful writing can go a long way toward preserving anonymity without diminishing the quality or impact of a paper. The goal is to preserve anonymity while still allowing the reader to fully grasp the context (related past work, including your own) of the submitted paper. In past years this goal has been achieved successfully by hundreds of papers.

It is the responsibility of authors to do their very best to preserve anonymity. Papers that do not follow the guidelines here, or otherwise potentially reveal the identity of the authors, are subject to immediate rejection.

REVIEWING PROCESS

Every research paper submitted to SIGMOD 2016 will undergo a "double-blind" reviewing process, as discussed above. Additional important aspects of the reviewing process are as follows:

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