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LISA '07 Call for Papers


Effective administration of a large site requires a good understanding of modern tools and techniques, together with their underlying principles—but the human factors involved in managing and applying these technologies in a production environment are equally important. Bringing together theory and practice is an important goal of the LISA conference, and practicing system administrators, as well as academic researchers, all have valuable contributions to make. A selection of possible topics for refereed papers appears in this list, but submissions are welcome on any aspect of system administration, from the underlying theory of a new configuration technique to a case study on the management of a successful site merger.

Whatever the topic, it is most important that papers present results in the context of current practice and previous work: they should provide references to related work and make specific comparisons where appropriate. Papers should also contain work that is different from anything that has been published previously. Careful searching for publications on a similar theme will help to identify any possible duplication and provide pointers to related work; the USENIX site contains most previous LISA conference proceedings, which may provide a starting point when searching for related publications.

Proposal and Submission Details
Anyone who would like help in writing a proposal should contact the Program Chair at The conference organizers are keen to make sure that good work gets published, and we are happy to help at any stage in the process.

Proposals may be submitted as draft papers or extended abstracts.

  • Draft papers: This is the preferred format. A draft paper proposal is limited to 16 pages, including diagrams, figures, references, and appendices. It should be a complete or near-complete paper, so that the Program Committee has the best possible understanding of your ideas and presentation.
  • Extended abstracts: An extended abstract proposal should be about 5 pages long (at least 500 words, not counting figures and references) and should include a brief outline of the final paper. The form of the full paper must be clear from your abstract. The Program Committee will be attempting to judge the quality of the final paper from your abstract. This is harder to do with extended abstracts than with the preferred form, draft papers, so your abstract must be as helpful as possible in this process to be considered for acceptance.
Paper authors are also invited to submit posters to accompany their presentations; these provide an overview of the work and a focal point for delegates to meet with the author.

As with most conferences and journals, LISA 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 for a certain period of time.

General submission rules:

  • All submissions must be electronic, in ASCII or PDF format only. Proposals must be submitted using the Web form.
  • Submissions containing trade secrets or accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms are not acceptable and will be returned unread. As a matter of policy, all submissions are held in the highest confidence prior to publication in the conference proceedings. They will be read by Program Committee members and a select set of designated external reviewers.
  • Submissions whose main purpose is to promote a commercial product or service will not be accepted.
  • Submissions may be submitted only by the author of the paper. No third-party submissions will be accepted.
  • All accepted papers must be presented at the LISA conference by at least one author. One author per paper will receive a registration discount of $200. USENIX will offer a complimentary registration for the technical program upon request.
  • Authors of an accepted paper must provide a final paper for publication in the conference proceedings. Final papers are limited to 16 pages, including diagrams, figures, references, and appendices. Complete instructions will be sent to the authors of accepted papers. To aid authors in creating a paper suitable for LISA's audience, authors of accepted proposals will be assigned one or more shepherds to help with the process of completing the paper. The shepherds will read one or more intermediate drafts and provide comments before the authors complete the final draft.
  • Simultaneous submission of the same work to multiple venues, submission of previously published work, and plagiarism constitute dishonesty or fraud. USENIX, like other scientific and technical conferences and journals, prohibits these practices and may, on the recommendation of a program chair, take action against authors who have committed them. In some cases, to ensure the integrity of papers under consideration, program committees may share information about submitted papers with other conference chairs and journal editors. If a violation of these principles is found, sanctions may include, but are not limited to, barring the authors from submitting to or participating in USENIX conferences for a set period, contacting the authors' institutions, and publicizing the details of the case. Authors uncertain whether their submission meets USENIX's guidelines should contact the program chair,, or the USENIX office,
For administrative reasons, every submission must list:
  1. Paper title, and names, affiliations, and email addresses of all authors. Indicate each author who is a full-time student.
  2. The author who will be the contact for the Program Committee. Include his/her name, affiliation, paper mail address, daytime and evening phone numbers, email address, and fax number (as applicable).

For more information, please consult the detailed author guidelines. Paper and extended abstract submissions are due May 14, 2007. Authors will be notified by June 27 whether their papers have been accepted.

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