ANCS 2016 Submission Requirements

Paper novelty

Under no circumstances should authors submit previously published work, submit the same work simultaneously to multiple venues, or submit papers that plagiarize the work of other authors. Like other conferences and journals, ANCS prohibits these practices and may take action against authors who have committed them. In some cases, the program committee may share information about submitted papers with other conference chairs and journal editors to ensure the integrity of papers under consideration. If the TPC discovers a violation of these principles, sanctions may include, but are not limited to, contacting the institutions of the authors and publicizing the details of the case.

This year ANCS welcomes submissions of long and short papers. Long papers are the more traditional and complete form to present technical work, and should be no more than 12 pages (excluding references). Long papers may also be extended versions of previously-published short preliminary papers (such as workshop papers), as long as they are in accordance with published SIGCOMM policyShort papers are the preferred vehicle for contributions whose novelty and impact show the same technical excellence, and whose description fits within 6 pages (excluding references). Short papers will be reviewed with a more open mind towards criticizing the scope of evaluation or broadness of topics impacted than the long papers. Note that position papers, critiques of networking research, and ideas that are not yet fully complete or evaluated are not a good fit for ANCS.

Papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement requests will not be considered nor ever disclosed.

Paper formatting

All submissions must obey the following formatting requirements. Your goal as an author is to produce a clearly readable submission within these constraints.

Before submission, you are expected to make sure that your paper complies with these requirements. Authors are strongly discouraged from violating the formatting requirements, or exploiting loopholes, with the aim of including additional material: submissions that violate the requirements may not be reviewed, at the sole discretion of the PC.

  • We will accept FULL PAPERS of up to twelve (12) single-spaced pages, and SHORT PAPERS up to six (6) single-spaced pages, in both cases excluding references which may use additional space.
  • Submit papers using a 10pt font on 12pt leading formatted for printing on Letter-sized (8.5" by 11") paper.
  • Please include the names of the authors and their affiliations under the title. ANCS 2016 submissions should not be anonymous.
  • Provide an abstract of no more than 200 words.
  • Number the pages.
  • Submit papers in PDF (Portable Document Format) and ensure that they are compatible with Adobe Acrobat (English version). Other formats, including Postscript, will not be accepted. Avoid using non-standard fonts. The TPC must be able to display and print your submission exactly as we receive it using only standard tools and printers, so we strongly suggest that you use only standard fonts that are embedded in the PDF file.
  • Ensure that the paper prints well on black-and-white printers, not color printers. Pay particular attention to figures and graphs in the paper to ensure that they are legible without color. Explicitly using grayscale colors will provide best control over how graphs and figures will print on black-and-white printers.
  • Ensure that labels and symbols used in graphs and figures are legible, including the font sizes of tick marks, axis labels, legends, etc.
  • Ensure that the fonts used for tables, footnotes, and references are large enough to be legible.
  • Limit the file size to less than 15 MB. Contact the Web Chair if you have a file larger than 15 MB.
  • For submission, you may use the following LaTex template (sig-alternate-10pt.cls) or Word template (sig-proc-word-10pt.doc) to ensure compliance.
Submission site

All papers must be submitted electronically via the submission site:

Use the paper submission site to:

  • Register your paper by 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time (PST), Nov 02, 2015.
  • Submit your paper by 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time (PST), Nov 09, 2015. Be sure to finalize your paper on the paper submission site to make it available for review.

For those users who could not get the account information emails from the submission website, please try to check your spam folder first, and mark the ANCS emails as "not spam". If it still does not work, please try to use another email box so that the new email server does not reject the ANCS emails. Contact the Web Chair if you have any problem submitting your work.

Paper registration & conflict policy

Registration only requires submission of paper metadata: paper title and abstract, author names, affiliations, contact email addresses, and conflicts with TPC members. The paper itself does not need to be submitted at the registration deadline. However, the paper title and abstract submitted during registration must be complete — not placeholders — and correctly characterize the paper that will be submitted. Authors can change the wording of their titles and abstracts for submission, but their essence should not fundamentally change. The TPC will use the information provided during registration as a basis for making review assignments.

Both authors and TPC members provide TPC conflict information. The TPC will review paper conflicts to ensure the integrity of the submission process, adding conflicts where necessary. Broadly, we define conflict of interest with a TPC member using the following principles: 

  1. You are currently employed at the same institution, have been previously employed at the same institution within the last 12 months, or are going to begin employment within the next 6 months at the same institution.
  2. You have a professional partnership as follows:
    • Past or present association as thesis advisor or thesis student.
    • Collaboration on a project, book, article, report, or paper within the last 48 months.
    • Co-editing a journal or conference proceedings within the last 24 months.

If there is no basis for TPC conflicts provided by authors, those conflicts will be removed. In particular, do not improperly identify TPC members as conflicts to avoid an individual who might review your paper.

Paper acceptance

The ANCS 2016 TPC will notify authors of review decisions by December 21, 2015. All accepted papers may be shepherded by members of the TPC. Authors of accepted papers should plan to interact with their shepherds immediately after notification, and to budget sufficient time between acceptance notification and the camera-ready deadline to coordinate with their shepherd. It is a requirement that the paper be considered acceptable to the assigned shepherd so that the updates to the paper reflect the issues raised by the TPC (conflicts will be mediated by the TPC chairs) before the paper is considered "accepted" to appear in the conference proceedings.

After acceptance, substantive changes to paper titles require approval by the TPC chairs. Only in exceptional circumstances should authors change their author list, and only with approval of the TPC chairs. 

Authors of accepted papers will also need to sign a copyright release form. Electronic copies of the camera-ready papers will be published on the conference Web site before the conference, unless authors specifically request otherwise. All rejected papers will be permanently treated as confidential.