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Call for Participation
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LISA '08 Call for Participation


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. The crucial component is that your paper present something new or timely; for instance, something that was not previously available, or something that had not previously been published. 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.

Cash prizes will be awarded at the conference for the best refereed paper as well as for the best refereed paper for which a student is the lead author; a special announcement will also be made about these two papers.

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.

General submission rules:

  • All submissions must be electronic, in ASCII or PDF format only. Papers must be submitted using this Web form.
  • Submissions should include a list of appropriate topic keywords or tags above the body text of the draft paper or extended abstract. For example:
    • Tags: security, research, IPv6
    Suggested tags include security, research, case study, backups, configuration management, database, Web, printing, filesystem, authentication, and VMs. Authors may include additional tags as well.
  • 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,
  • Papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms will not be considered. All submissions will be treated as confidential prior to publication in the Proceedings.
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 by 11:59 p.m. PDT on May 8, 2008. Authors will be notified by mid-June whether their papers have been accepted.

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