HotStorage '17 Instructions for Authors

These instructions are for those who will be presenting material at the 9th USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Storage and File Systems (HotStorage '17). If you wish to submit a paper or deliver a talk at another upcoming USENIX event, please see the Conferences page to find the conference you're interested in.


If you need an invitation letter to apply for a visa to attend the conference, please contact as soon as possible. (Visa applications can take at least 30 working days to process.) Please identify yourself as a presenter and include your mailing address in your email.


If you have questions, please contact Michele Nelson,, or your Program Co-Chairs, Marcos Aguilera and Angela Demke Brown,

Instructions for Authors of Refereed Papers

  1. Final Papers: A printable PDF of your paper, no longer than five (5) two-column pages excluding references for regular papers and one (1) two-column page excluding references for WACI abstracts, is due on or before Thursday, May 18, 2017. Please note:
    • This is a hard deadline, no extensions will be granted.
    • Papers should be typeset in two-column format in 10-point Times Roman type on 12-point leading (single-spaced), with the text block being no more than 6.5" wide by 9" deep. As references do not count against the page limit, they should not be set in a smaller font.
    • Templates and sample first pages (two-column format) for Microsoft Word and LaTeX are available on the USENIX templates page.
    • Upload your final paper to the Web submissions system by May 18, 2017. If you have questions, please contact Michele Nelson:
  2. Production Requirements: NEW for HotStorage '17
    • All paper titles, authors, and affiliations are rendered from the HotCRP Web submission system metadata. Please make sure to update the metadata in the submission system when you upload your final paper PDF.
    • Please make sure that your final paper PDF is searchable.
  3. Consent Form: USENIX requires a signed consent form from each author of a refereed paper. To review the consent form and sign with an electronic signature, follow this link and read the instructions on the screen. If you are the lead author, please make sure all of your co-authors sign a form.
  4. Registration: Registration information will be available in early May. Please note: If the conference registration fee poses a financial hardship for the presenter of the refereed paper, please contact
  5. Presentations: We will provide the following equipment:
    • 1 LCD projector
    • 1 screen
    • 1 wired Lavalier microphone
    • cables and extension cords
    Please note: laptops are not provided.
    Slides should set up for a 16:9 aspect ratio. In order to make your presentation available on the USENIX Web site immediately after the workshop, please email your electronic files to as soon as possible after your presentation.
  6. All papers will be available online to registered attendees before the workshop. If your accepted paper should not be published prior to the event, please notify The papers will be available online to everyone beginning on the first day of the workshop.