Submission Guidelines

Publication Date

The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of the conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work. (For those rare conferences whose proceedings are published in the ACM Digital Library after the conference is over, the official publication date remains the first day of the conference.)

Detailed Submission Instructions

Please make sure that your paper satisfies all of the following requirements before being submitted. Submissions not adhering to these submission guidelines will be rejected by the submission system.

  • Full paper submissions must be original material that has not been previously published in another conference or journal, nor is it currently under review by another conference or journal. It is acceptable to submit material presented previously at a workshop without copyrighted proceedings.
  • For brief announcements, the titles should include the words “Brief Announcement”.  All rejected regular papers automatically will be considered for brief anouncements.  If the authors would not like their rejected regular paper considered as a brief announcement, then the title should include the text “full paper only”.
  • Submissions must use the final ACM “sigconf” format from This is a single-spaced double-column format for 8.5×11-inch paper, with a 9-point font size.
  • Regular papers may not exceed ten (10) pages excluding bibliography and brief announcements may not exceed three (3) pages including bibliography. All necessary details to substantiate the main claims of the paper should be included either in the body of the paper or in a clearly marked appendix. Bibliography and the appendix do not count toward the page limit for regular papers. Reviewers are not required to read the appendix.
  • Papers must be submitted for double-blind review. Blind reviewing of papers will be done by the program committee, assisted by outside referees.  Authors should not provide their names or hints of identity in the submission.  However, authors should not omit references to provide anonymity.  Instead, if a paper is extending the authors’ previous work, it should reference and discuss the past work in third person.
  • Submissions should have page numbers, and should be readable when printed on a black-and-white printer.
  • Submissions must be in PDF format.

Submission Site

Please submit your paper at

To help find the appropriate reviewers for your submission, on the submission page please select the category that your submission falls under:

A. Theoretical (main contributions are theoretical)
B. Experimental (main contributions are experimental)
C. Mix of theory and experiments (main contributions are a mix of theory and experiments)

Please use your best judgement to select a single category, but if you really cannot decide on a single category, you may select more than one. This information will be used to help assign reviewers to papers based on their expertise.

Double-Blind Policy

SPAA 2023 will employ a lightweight double-blind review process. That means, the submission should omit authors’ names, affiliations, and contact information. In addition, if the submission refers to prior work done by the authors, the reference should be made in third person. Any supplemental materials, if applicable, should also be anonymized. However, authors are free to disseminate their ideas or draft versions of the paper as they normally would, such as submitting them to arXiv or giving talks on their research ideas. The reviewers will be asked to refrain from actively looking for the identity of the authors via web search.

Conflict of Interest Policy

To ensure a fair and high-quality reviewing process we ask ALL authors of a submitted paper to register their conflicts with the PC members at the submission site.  The following categories are considered as a conflict of interest:

  • Academic advisor or advisee (with no time limit)
  • Postdoctoral mentor or mentee (with no time limit) 
  • Collaborators within the past three years, including a joint research or development project, a joint paper, or a funding relationship
  • Members of the same institution within the past 3 years
  • Family members or close friends
  • Someone involved in an alleged incident of harassment (not required that the incident be reported)
  • Anyone whose relationship with an author would prevent the reviewer from being objective in his/her assessment

Note that if the program chair has reason to doubt the validity of the claim of conflict of interest, then they may request that a ToC advocate confidentially verify the reason for the conflict.  Falsely declared conflicts (i.e., do not satisfy one of the listed reasons) risk rejection without consideration of merit.  If an author believes that he or she has a valid reason for a conflict of interest not listed above or if he or she is uncertain, the author is encouraged to contact the program chair.

Additional Notes:

If an author has any further questions regarding the policies listed above, please contact the PC chair Julian Shun by email (jshun AT mit DOT edu) and prefix the subject title with “[SPAA 23]”.