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VLDB 2011 : The 37th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases


Conference Series : Very Large Data Bases
When Aug 29, 2011 - Sep 3, 2011
Where Seattle, WA
Submission Deadline Mar 1, 2011

Call For Papers

We invite submissions of original research papers to the 2011 volume of Proceedings of the VLDB Endowment (PVLDB). Accepted papers will form the Research Track for the 2011 VLDB conference. Please read carefully, as the submission procedure for VLDB 2011 has changed from previous years.

For 37 years, the VLDB conference has been a premier annual international forum for database researchers, vendors, practitioners, application developers, and users. PVLDB, established in 2008, is a scholarly journal for short and timely research papers, with a journal-style review and quality-assurance process. PVLDB is distinguished by a monthly submission process with rapid reviews. All papers selected for publication are to be presented at the annual VLDB conference.

More information on PVLDB and the VLDB conference is available at

In 2011, for the first time, PVLDB is the only submission channel for research papers to appear in the VLDB conference. More information on the submission guidelines and processes for this track may be found here. Information on other VLDB 2011 tracks will be released in coming months.

Topics of Interest
PVLDB welcomes original research papers on a broad range of topics related to data-centric computation, especially at scale. The themes and topics listed below are intended as a sample of familiar themes and topics; we encourage and expect papers on many other data-centric topics as well.

Systems for Data Management: data system architecture; storage, replication and consistency; physical representations; query and dataflow processing
Scalable Data Analysis: complex queries and search; approximate querying; scalable statistical methods; management of uncertainty and reasoning at scale
Management of Very Large Data Systems: availability; adaptivity and self-tuning; power management; virtualization
Data-Centric Programming: service oriented architectures; declarative languages; programming frameworks for analytics; language interfaces for databases
Performance and Evaluation: benchmarking; experimental methodology at scale; scientific evaluation of complex data systems
Domain-Specific Data Management: methods and systems for science, developing regions, networks and mobility, ubiquitous computing, sensors, etc.
User Interfaces and Social Data: data visualization; collaborative data analysis and curation; social networks; email and messaging analytics
Submission Guidelines
The conference management tools for the submission of abstracts and papers is accessible at

Format: PVLDB is intended for short "conference-style" papers. Papers are to be formatted according to the conference's camera-ready format, as embodied in the document templates below. Paper length is limited to 8 pages, with an optional 4-page appendix. The 8-page body of the paper should be conceptually self-contained and understandable without reference to the appendix. The appendix is to be used for detailed justification: confirmation of results (formal proofs or extensive experimental findings) or mechanical aspects of methods (lengthy pseudocode, detailed experimental methodology). The results of the appendix should be apparent to a reviewer from the contents of the 8-page body; the appendix should be used only for formal confirmation of details.

Submission Process
PVLDB uses a novel review process designed to promote timely submission, review, and revision of scholarly results. The process will be carried out over 12 submission deadlines during the year preceding the conference. The basic cycle will operate as follows:

A Rolling Deadline occurs on the 1st of each month, 5:00 AM Pacific Time (Daylight Savings observed according to US calendar).
Initial Reviews are intended to be done within one month, and they will include notice of acceptance, rejection, or revision requests.
Revision Requests are to be specific, and moderate in scope. Authors will be given two months to produce a revised submission.
Second Reviews are intended to be returned within one month, after which a final decision will be made. Second reviews are to directly address the authors' handling of the requested revisions.
Authors are advised that reviewing turnaround time is subject to fluctuations in submission rates, which are expected to be higher toward the end of the annual cycle.

Notes on revision requests
The revision process is intended to be a constructive partnership between reviewers and authors. To this end, reviewers bear a responsibility to request revisions only in constructive scenarios: when requests can be addressed by specific and modest efforts that can lead to acceptance within the revision timeframe. In turn, authors bear the responsibility of attempting to meet those requests within the stated timeframe, or of withdrawing the paper from submission. At the discretion of the Program Committee, mechanisms may be employed for reviewers and authors to engage in further dialog during the revision period.

All final submissions to PVLDB 2011 must be received by March 1, 2011. This includes responses to revision requests. To keep this schedule, all papers submitted for the batches of Feb. 1 and March 1, 2011 will receive binary accept/reject decisions; no revision requests will be issued for those submissions.

Authors are strongly discouraged from resubmitting work that was previously rejected from PVLDB, unless it has been revised substantially -- well beyond the scope of what would be possible in the revision process described above.

Extended Journal Articles
Because PVLDB accepts conference-length papers, authors are encouraged to develop longer versions of PVLDB papers and submit them to traditional journal venues. The Editors-in-Chief of the VLDB Journal (VLDBJ) have formally agreed that extended versions of papers published in PVLDB may be considered for publication in VLDBJ. Other journals have informally encouraged this as well. More information on this topic is available in the PVLDB FAQ at

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