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Onward! 2014 : Onward!


When Oct 20, 2014 - Oct 24, 2014
Where Portland, OR, USA
Submission Deadline Mar 25, 2014
Notification Due May 26, 2014
Final Version Due Jul 21, 2014
Categories    programming languages   software engineering

Call For Papers

* Important dates not fitting the template:

Author Response: May 8-9, 2014
First-Phase Notification: May 26, 2014
Revisions Due: July 21, 2014
Final Notification: August 3, 2014
Camera-Ready Due: August 10, 2014

* Colocated with OOPSLA/SPLASH

== Full call for papers ==

# Onward!: Call for Papers
Onward! is a premier multidisciplinary conference focused on everything to do with programming and software: including processes, methods, languages, communities, and applications. Onward! is more radical, more visionary, and more open than other conferences to ideas that are well-argued but not yet proven. We welcome different ways of thinking about, approaching, and reporting on programming language and software engineering research.

## Submission Summary
Submissions Due: March 25, 2014
Author Response: May 8-9, 2014
First-Phase Notification: May 26, 2014
Revisions Due: July 21, 2014
Final Notification: August 3, 2014
Camera-Ready Due: August 10, 2014
Format: ACM SIGPLAN Proceedings format
Submit to: [link: ??]

# The Character of Onward!

Onward! is looking for grand visions and new paradigms that could make a big difference in how we will one day build software. But Onward! is not looking for research-as-usual papers—conferences like OOPSLA are the place for that. Those conferences require rigorous validation such as theorems or empirical experiments, which are necessary for scientific progress, but which typically preclude discussion of early-stage ideas. Onward! papers must also supply some degree of validation because mere speculation is not a good basis for progress. However, Onward! accepts less rigorous methods of validation such as compelling arguments, exploratory implementations, and substantial examples. The use of worked-out examples to support new ideas is strongly encouraged.

Onward! is reaching out for constructive criticism of current software development technology and practices, and to present ideas that could change the realm of software development. Experienced researchers, graduate students, practitioners, and anyone else dissatisfied with the state of our art is encouraged to share insights about how to reform software development.

Onward! welcomes your submissions to join the conversation for the good of our field.

# Selection Process

Onward! papers are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will appear in the Onward! Proceedings in the ACM Digital Library. Submissions will be judged on the potential impact of the ideas and the quality of the presentation.

We welcome papers that contain promising ideas and have the potential to meet the conference's standards, but have failed to achieve this in the initial submission. We will thus follow a two-phase review process. At the end of the first phase, all papers will be either: accepted normally; asked to perform certain required revisions; or rejected outright.

We expect the typical strong submission to be accepted normally, with authors expected—as is conventional—to revise the paper using the program committee's feedback.

The program committee may identify certain papers with promising ideas as needing important revisions. These papers will be handled in one of two ways. They may get a shepherd, in the tradition followed by numerous conferences. Otherwise, they will be given a concrete set of goals to accomplish in the revision. In the latter case, the second submission must then be accompanied by a cover letter mapping the revision requests to specific parts of the paper; the program committee will use the cover letter and revised submission to arrive at a final decision.

The second phase will only be used to elevate promising papers to the conference's standard, not to require additional work of papers already deemed up to standard.

# Submission

Onward! submissions must conform to both the ACM Policy on Prior Publication and Simultaneous Submissions and the SIGPLAN Re-Publication Policy.

## Format
Submissions should use the SIGPLAN Proceedings Format, 10 point font. Note that by default the SIGPLAN Proceedings Format produces papers in 9 point font. If you are formatting your paper using LaTeX, you will need to set the 10pt option in the \documentclass command. If you are formatting your paper using Word, you may wish to use the provided Word template that supports this font size. Please include page numbers in your submission (setting the preprint option in \documentclass generates page numbers). Please also ensure that your submission is legible when printed on a black and white printer. In particular, please check that colors remain distinct and font sizes are legible.

## Page Limit
To ensure that papers stay focused on their core contributions, the main part of the paper (including bibliographic references) should be no longer than 14 pages. There is no page limit for appendices, and, therefore, for the overall submission. However, reviewers are not obligated to read the appendices, so the main part of the paper should be self contained. If the paper is accepted, the final submission will be limited to 20 pages, including appendices.

It is the responsibility of the authors to keep the reviewers interested and motivated to read their submission. Reviewers are under no obligation to read all or even a substantial portion of a paper if they do not find the initial part of the paper compelling. The committee will not accept a paper if it is unclear that the paper will fit in the Onward! Proceedings.

## Artifacts
Authors of accepted papers are encouraged to make accompanying materials, such as artifacts, publicly available upon publication of the proceedings, by including them as “source materials” in the ACM Digital Library.

## Publication
AUTHORS TAKE NOTE: All accepted papers will be available in the ACM Digital Library as early as October 3, 2014. The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.

# Program Committee

Emery Berger, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Sophia Drossopoulou, Imperial College London
Sebastian Erdweg, TU Darmstadt
Shriram Krishnamurthi (chair), Brown University
Andrew Lumsdaine, Indiana University
Harry Mairson, Brandeis University
Todd Millstein, University of California, Los Angeles
Gail C. Murphy, University of British Columbia
Janet Siegmund, University of Passau
Armando Solar-Lezama, MIT
Zhendong Su, University of California, Davis
Nikhil Swamy, Microsoft Research
Tom Van Cutsem, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs
Tao Xie, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
For More Information

For additional information, clarification, or answers to questions please contact the Onward! Chair, Shriram Krishnamurthi, at

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