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Practitioner's Reports Submission Guidelines

Practitioner Reports Chair: Jim Doble, pract_rpts@oopsla.acm.org
Submissions due date: 23 March 2001
Notification of acceptance or rejection: 8 May 2001

Practitioner Reports are an integral part of the OOPSLA technical program. Your report provides a large group of your peers the opportunity to learn from your project’s experience applying object-oriented technologies or related software engineering practices.

These reports are definitely not research presentations. Practitioner reports are all about exploring how concepts that sound good on paper (and at conferences!) work in the real world. They are a valuable means of communicating experiences, especially at the “bleeding edge” of technology. Many attendees want to find out what it is like to adopt a new language, use new engineering methods, and so on. Expectations, beliefs, and hopes can be validated, or dashed, by the experience that is reported from your real project. Fears can be confirmed or allayed. For many OOPSLA attendees, these reports are the most important part of the conference.

This is your opportunity to surprise, or better yet, startle the OOPSLA audience, by sharing what you have learned from your success or failure. You are invited to submit a four to twelve page description of both your project experience and your intended presentation of that experience. This report should clearly identify, and discuss in detail, the issues and learnings that represent the main contribution of your talk. OOPSLA attendees want objective reports with project metrics supporting the claims made. And they particularly want reports that show both benefits and drawbacks of the approaches used on your project.

The submission must include a short abstract suitable for inclusion in the Advance Program should your submission be accepted.

The review process for Practitioner Reports requires personal contact with potential presenters. Therefore, your submission must name a primary contact including postal address, telephone and fax numbers, and electronic mail address. We will communicate with your primary contact at least 3 times during the selection process:

  • Acknowledgment of receipt of your submission
  • Initial interview
  • Notification of selection results

Subsequent interviews may be required to fully understand the topic and your presentation. Selection will be based on the relevance of your topic, impact of your results, potential attendee interest in your experience, and on your interview.

If your talk is accepted for presentation at OOPSLA, you will be expected to provide a two-page summary to be published in the OOPSLA Conference Companion. You may also submit a copy of the presentation for posting on the conference web site.

Important Dates
Firm deadline for receipt of submissions: March 23, 2001
Notification of acceptance or rejection: May 8, 2001
Deadline for camera-ready copy: 19 July 2001

Format of Submission
Because of tight time requirements, your initial submission must be complete enough for making a decision, and, if accepted, publication of information in the Advance Program.
The submission must be in English and have the following information:

  • Four to twelve pages of text (1.5-spaced, 11 point font) and graphics, fulfilling the requirements above
  • An abstract that describes the contribution briefly but comprehensively
  • All author names and affiliations, spelled correctly
  • Information on the primary contact; this MUST include:
    • Name
    • Mailing Address
    • Telephone and fax numbers
    • Electronic mail address

Longer submissions are subject to rejection without review.

The submission must be a straight 7-bit ASCII file with less than 60 characters per line, or a PDF file for 8.5" x 11" paper.

Submission Process

Papers must be submitted no later than 23 March 2001, but earlier is strongly recommended. Papersmay be modified up to the submission deadline.

For additional information, clarification, or questions, please contact the Practitioner Reports Chair, Jim Doble, pract_rpts@oopsla.acm.org.

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