Instructions for submission

Submission types

CCR accepts multiple types of submissions: short technical papers, repeatable technical papers, education papers and editorial notes.

  • Short technical papers are carefully prepared presentations of technical material within the field. The length of the paper is strictly limited to 6 pages (excluding references). If these extend previously published work, the additional contribution should be clearly identified. Paper selection is highly selective with acceptance rates comparable to ACM SIGCOMM conference, i.e., under 15%.
  • Repeatable technical papers are carefully prepared presentations of technical material within the field. The authors also submit the artefacts (software, datasets, …) that are necessary to repeat the key results described in the paper. The length of the paper is not limited but authors are encouraged to submit concise papers. If these papers previously published work, the additional contribution should be clearly identified. Paper selection is highly selective with acceptance rates comparable to ACM SIGCOMM conference, i.e., under 15%.
  • Education papers share results, insights, and developments that further the benefit of computer networking and computer systems education. They are peer reviewed, but allow for diverse subject material and levels of formality, including position papers, studies, and experience reports. Technical papers, for example, descriptions and evaluations of teaching platforms, are also welcomed, but educational papers need not contain technical material. Papers are evaluated based on their benefit to the community, and authors are encouraged to release artifacts.
  • Editorial notes are typically shorter and less formal presentations on topics of broad interest to the research community. They are not peer-reviewed. The scope for editorial contributions spans topics such as interviews of research scientists and industry leaders, editorials, conference reports, summary standards, NSF or European Commission user manuals, arguments on a research topic, outrageous opinion columns, timely tutorials, What’s Worth Reading, and similar material. Letters from readers are also welcome. Authors considering submission of an editorial contribution are welcome to contact the Editor for feedback about its appropriateness, if desired. Prospective authors should follow the guidelines described here.


CCR allows authors to retain copyright of their submitted work. This is to encourage early submission of work to the community. Specifically, by submitting your article for distribution in this Special Interest Group publication, you hereby grant to ACM the following non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide rights:

  • to publish in print on condition of acceptance by the editor
  • to digitize and post your article in the electronic version of this publication
  • to include the article in the ACM Digital Library and in any Digital Library related services
  • to allow users to make a personal copy of the article for noncommercial, educational or research purposes

However, as a contributing author, you retain copyright to your article and ACM will refer requests for republication directly to you.

Publication of a paper in CCR does not preclude the later acceptance of a related paper to any workshop, conference, journal or magazine. Our expectation is that enhanced versions of the work would be submitted to other venues as appropriate. Prospective authors are cautioned that some venues are likely to require that the work be enhanced to a significant degree before being considered for acceptance.

Note that articles submitted to CCR should not be extension of previously published work, unless there is a new contribution in the paper. Articles not describing ongoing work or not containing new contribution do not match the objective of CCR.

Double-submission and Plagiarism

Articles submitted to CCR must not be submitted elsewhere, in accordance with ACM’s double submission policy. We would also like to draw the attention of prospective authors to ACM’s policy on plagiarism and self-plagiarism.

Implicit Deadlines

Although CCR accepts submissions all year around, there are four implicit deadlines: December 1, March 1, June 1, and September 1. Papers submitted just before the deadline will experience a eight-to-ten week review process.

  • Paper submitted between the 2nd of December and the 1st of March will be considered for the July issue.
  • Paper submitted between the 2nd of March and the 1st of June will be considered for the October issue.
  • Paper submitted between the 2nd of June and the 1st of September will be considered for the January issue.
  • Paper submitted between the 2nd of September and the 1st of December will be considered for the April issue.

Authors will be required to send their camera ready paper two weeks after notification (details below).

Please contact the CCR Editor for editorial submissions, which should be submitted no later than eight weeks before the publication date. For example, editorial submissions for the January issue must be submitted no later than November 1 (which is two months after the technical paper submission deadline).

 Instructions for submission

Technical papers should conform to the following specifications:

  1. Submissions are limited to 6 (six) two-column-formatted pages. However, there is no page limit if the paper provides the artefacts that are required to replicate its results. In this case, the authors must provide in an appendix a detailed description of how to replicate the results described in the paper. For those replicatable papers, the acceptance bar increases with the number of pages.
  2. Submissions must be in PDF format. Submissions in other formats may be rejected.
  3. Manuscripts should be single spaced (except for papers containing a great deal of mathematical notation; these should be prepared with as little additional line spacing as possible).
  4. Please use a common font and do not include printer specific commands.
  5. If you are using Latex, please use SIG Alternate ACM Proceedings template available at In this style, the text width is about 16 cm (6.25 inches) and text length of about 23 cm (9 inches), with all margins (left, right, head and foot) of 2.5 cm (1 inch). Font size should be 9pt. Please provide the CCS terms and the keywords. Stefan Schmid has prepared a sample paper that is available at
  6. Papers should be formatted using US Letter.
  7. Please do not include a copyright block on the front page.
  8. The title of the paper, name(s) of author(s), affiliation(s) and e-mail address(es) should appear at the top of the first page.
  9. A short abstract of approximately 100 words should follow the title, names, and affiliations.
  10. Please do not use graphs, charts, or figures that depend on color to be legible.
  11. Files larger than 4 MB (uncompressed pdf) will not be accepted.
  12. Authors are responsible for checking that their paper prints and reads in black and white on a standard printer.

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If your submission is a revision, please create a new submission, and add a comment identifying the previous paper ID. Provide in the appendix of your paper a detailed explanation of how you have handled the comments from the first version of the paper that you have submitted and how you have answered the reviewer’s comments.