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USENIX '06 Call for Papers

Formerly the General Session Refereed Papers Track

Authors are invited to submit original and innovative papers to the Systems Practice & Experience Track (formerly the General Session Refereed Papers Track) of the 2006 USENIX Annual Technical Conference. We seek high-quality submissions that further the knowledge and understanding of modern computing systems, with an emphasis on practical implementations and experimental results. We encourage papers that break new ground or present insightful results based on experience with computer systems. The USENIX conference has a broad scope, and we encourage papers in a wide range of topics in systems.

Specific topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Architectural interaction
  • Benchmarking
  • Deployment experience
  • Distributed and parallel systems
  • Embedded systems
  • Energy/power management
  • File and storage systems
  • Networking and network services
  • Operating systems
  • Reliability, availability, and scalability
  • Security, privacy, and trust
  • Self-managing systems
  • Usage studies and workload characterization
  • Virtualization
  • Web technology
  • Wireless and mobile systems

Best Paper Awards
Cash prizes will be awarded to the best papers at the conference. Please see the Compendium of Best Papers for examples of Best Papers from previous years.

How to Submit
Authors are required to submit full papers by 11:59 p.m. PST, Tuesday, January 17, 2006. This is a hard deadline; absolutely no extensions will be given.

All submissions for USENIX '06 will be electronic, in PDF format, via this Web form. Authors will be notified of receipt of submission via email. USENIX '06 will accept two types of papers:

  • Regular Papers: Submitted papers must be no longer than 14 single-spaced pages, including figures, tables, and references, using 10 point font or larger. The first page of the paper should include the paper title and author name(s); reviewing is not blind. Papers longer than 14 pages will not be reviewed.
  • Short Papers: Authors may submit short papers, at most 6 pages long. These will be reviewed, accepted submissions will be included in the Proceedings, and time will be provided in the Short Papers Sessions for brief presentations of these papers. We expect that this format will appeal to authors who wish to publicize early ideas, convey results that do not require a full-length paper, or advocate new positions.

In addition, the program committee may accept some standard submissions as 6-page short papers if they feel the submission is interesting but does not meet the criteria of a full-length paper. Please indicate explicitly if you do not wish your full-length paper to be considered for the Short Papers Sessions. Papers accepted for the Short Papers Sessions will automatically be included in the Poster Session.

Specific questions about submissions may be sent to

In a good paper, the authors will have:

  • attacked a significant problem
  • devised an interesting and practical solution
  • clearly described what they have and have not implemented
  • demonstrated the benefits of their solution
  • articulated the advances beyond previous work
  • drawn appropriate conclusions

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, program committees may share information about submitted papers with other conference chairs and journal editors to ensure the integrity of papers under consideration. 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 chairs,, or the USENIX office,

Papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreements cannot be accepted. All submissions are held in the highest confidentiality prior to publication in the Proceedings, both as a matter of policy and in accord with the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976.

Authors will be notified of paper acceptance or rejection by Monday, February 27, 2006. Accepted papers will be shepherded by a program committee member. Final papers must be no longer than 14 pages, formatted in 2 columns, using 10 point Times Roman type on 12 point leading, in a text block of 6.5" by 9".

Note regarding registration: One author per paper will receive a registration discount of $200. USENIX will offer a complimentary registration upon request.

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