[gang-of-4-patterns] PLoP 2011 Call for submissions
risingl1 at cox.net
Wed Feb 9 22:37:13 CST 2011
PLoP 2011 – Call for Submissions
This is your invitation to participate in this year’s Pattern Languages
of Programs (PLoP) conference and share your knowledge with experts in
your field. Patterns help to shape our world in a positive way by
reporting successful solutions that have been shown to work in the past.
Whether you have been a pattern author or wonder why no one has written
those patterns you know all too well, this is your chance to contribute
your expertise and receive feedback from pattern experts and practitioners!
PLoP is the premier international conference on patterns. The purpose of
PLoP is to promote the development of pattern languages, primarily about
aspects of software: design and programming, testing, software
architecture, user interface design, domain modeling, education, human
relations, and software processes. Patterns and pattern languages for
domains outside software are also welcome.
PLoP 2011 will take place October 21-23 in Portland, Oregon in
conjunction with the SPLASH (formerly OOPSLA) conference. At the PLoP
2011 conference you will meet pattern enthusiasts from all over the
world, learn about successful designs and architectures, and receive
constructive feedback from your peers on your own writing.
Paper submission deadline May 23, 2011
Start of shepherding June 10, 2011
Notification of acceptance August 15, 2011
Early registration ends September 15, 2011
PLoP conference October 21-23, 2011
PLoP accepts papers containing patterns or pattern languages as well as
experience reports and papers related to the theory and use of patterns.
In addition, you can submit proposals for free-format discussion groups
or workshops that bring together people interested in a hot topic
related to patterns or proven practices. Proposals addressing
interdisciplinary topics and topics from other domains than software
development are especially encouraged. Non-conventional formats are
Submissions should fall into one of the following categories:
Short papers (5 to 10 pages) containing one or more patterns. Longer
pattern languages or sequences and work-in-progress papers will also be
considered for inclusion. All accepted papers will receive in-depth
shepherding by an experienced pattern author before the conference.
Papers may receive further shepherding at the conference.
Papers on Applying Patterns
The focus of these papers should be on applications of patterns in
industrial projects, as well as on systematizing the application of
patterns. They should stimulate a general discussion on how to
disseminate the patterns literature more widely in higher education and
industry. This track also aims to provide visibility to research
attempts for integrating patterns in software engineering industrial
Best Practices Papers
Experience shows that certain pattern papers may feel "artificial" in
the sense that although the content and writing style is very good,
forcing it into one of the traditional pattern forms does not benefit
the reader. The Best Practices category introduces an alternative to the
traditional papers where content can be presented as an essay or in a
more classical article or paper style.
Focus Group Proposals
Focus groups are free-format discussion groups or workshops lasting
approximately three hours. They are designed to bring together people
who are interested in a challenging topic related to patterns or proven
practices. Non-conventional ideas such as goldfish bowls are welcome.
Focus Group proposals are invited in advance of the conference.
In addition to the Focus Groups, PLoP 2011 welcomes ideas for half-day
or full-day traditional (OOPSLA style) workshops with a pattern focus.
Participation in these workshops will be an alternative to the Writers’
Workshops as they will be held in parallel.
The core of PLoP is a series of Writers' Workshops where authors work
together to improve their papers. The Writers' Workshop is essentially
the presentation method for a paper at a PLoP conference. More
information about the Writers' Workshop can be found here:
Before papers are accepted for a Writers' Workshop, they are shepherded.
Shepherding is an iterative process where an experienced author
discusses the submission with the authors with the goal of refining the
paper prior to the conference. To learn about shepherding, please visit
http://hillside.net/conferences/shepherding. All submissions are
Following the shepherding, papers may be accepted directly into a
Writers' Workshop, or into the Writing Group. Writing Group papers will
receive additional face-to-face shepherding at the conference itself.
Writing Group papers reaching the required standard will be considered
for workshop review on the final day of the conference.
The PLoP proceedings are published after the conference through the ACM
Digital Library. Papers discussed at a Writers' Workshop at PLoP qualify
for submission to the new journal Transactions on Pattern Languages of
Programming published by Springer. You will find more information on:
To submit your paper, please visit:
There is a three stage submission process:
- Initial submissions are assessed for suitability. Accepted papers are
assigned a shepherd who will help the author improve the paper.
- Half-way through the shepherding process, authors are expected to
submit a second draft. The paper will be assessed for quality and the
author's willingness to accept feedback. This review will determine
whether a paper is accepted to the conference or not.
- Authors and shepherds are expected to continue until the final drafts
At least one of the authors of accepted papers is expected to register
for the conference before the close of early-bird registration. Failure
to do so may result in acceptance being withdrawn.
For more information, please visit: http://hillside.net/plop/2011/
I am looking forward to reading your submissions, learning about the
patterns that you have observed, and to meeting you in Portland. Welcome
to PLoP 2011!
On behalf of PLoP 2011 and the Hillside Group,
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