[ocbug] [ocuug] Fwd: Making It Easier to Submit Papers to USENIX LISA '11

Scott Murphy scott5 at ovsage.org
Sat May 7 12:18:05 EDT 2011

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> From: Lionel Garth Jones <lgj at usenix.org>
> Date: 6 May, 2011 17:17:35 EDT
> To: scott5 at ovsage.org
> Subject: Making It Easier to Submit Papers to USENIX LISA '11 

> Greetings, could this please be posted to the following e-mail address? 
> ocuug at listserv.storm.ca
> We want YOU to submit a paper this year to the LISA conference.
> Really. Yes, you! Whether you are an academic developing new
> algorithms that improve system administration, a leader of an open
> source project that sysadmins find valuable, or a practitioner in
> industry that has written new software to improve productivity, we
> believe there's a paper inside all of you that wants to get out!
> (LISA '11 is December 4-9, 2011, in Boston). LISA is also a great
> venue for student papers: it is a friendly audience and we have a
> "Best Student Paper" award that pays cash.
> LISA '11 is doing three big things this year to make it easier to
> submit a paper:
> 1. We provide mentoring.
> Submitting a paper to a conference can be intimidating, a lot of work,
> and stressful. To make the process easier, the members of the LISA
> Program Committee (PC) are available to provide mentoring. You can
> bounce ideas off of us by email or phone, we'll proofread your drafts,
> and we'll try to answer any questions about the conference or submission
> process. Just write "assign me a mentor" in email to the conference
> co-chairs at lisa11chairs at usenix.org.
> Mentors can help turn your accepted abstract into a "print ready" final
> draft. We'll also work with you over video chat to rehearse and
> strengthen your presentation for the conference.
> 2. You don't have to submit a full paper.
> It can be heartbreaking to write a complete paper only to learn it
> wasn't accepted for this year's conference. Papers are 8 to 18 pages;
> that's a lot of writing. In recent years about 20 of the approximately
> 80 submitted papers were accepted.
> While you may submit a complete paper, we will also accept an
> "extended abstract" of 4-8 pages. You only write the full paper by
> the publication deadline if your abstract is accepted.
> In an extended abstract, you document the meat of your paper. You want
> to make sure you don't leave out important points such as what you have
> achieved along with how you achieved it. Phrases like "the full paper
> will reveal the new algorithm" don't allow the PC to evaluate your
> efforts. Working with a mentor can help you through this process to
> ensure you submit the best abstract possible.
> 3. You don't have to be a scientist.
> "But I haven't invented anything!" Refereed papers describe work that
> advances the art or practice of system administration and are held to
> high research standards. However, LISA has an additional category
> called "Practice and Experience Reports" (PER) that describe a
> substantial system administration project whose story reveals lessons
> worth sharing. In other words, you did something awesome and want to
> tell the world about it so they can learn from your mistakes. (Did I say
> mistakes? I meant "learn from your awesomeness.") Actually, failures
> are often worth documenting as we learn the most!
> A PER is judged on the basis of whether it addresses a pressing or
> rising need in the industry and the usefulness of the lessons learned.
> If accepted, a final draft of the full report (4-10 pages) is due by the
> publication deadline, just like refereed papers.
> The first paper I presented at a LISA conference would have been a PER,
> if the category had existed then. That was 1997! My paper wasn't
> rocket science (or even computer science), but we were able to explain
> some valuable insights into what to do (but mostly what not to do).
> We're also looking for proposals for general talks, special Q&A talks
> called "The Guru Is In," and posters.
> http://www.usenix.org/lisa11/cfpb
> Conclusion
> Every PC member is currently reaching out to friends, calling
> universities, and visiting user groups to encourage people to submit
> papers. We'd love for you to announce the Call for Participation at your
> local user group meetings (and we'll give you a little gift if you do).
> Let us know if you're interested in getting more involved by
> participating on a future PC.
> LISA '11 is making an extra big effort to seek out new papers and new
> authors. We're doing outreach, we're making the submission process
> easier, and we're providing mentoring. So, if you have never submitted
> an abstract to LISA, maybe this is your year. Contact us if you are on
> the fence. Maybe we can answer your questions and concerns to put you
> on the path to successful author.
> The submission deadline is June 9, 2011. That may seem far in the
> future but it creeps up on us very fast. Start brainstorming your paper
> now and we look forward to receiving your submission soon!
> Tom Limoncelli
> LISA '11 Program Co-Chair
> lisa11chairs at usenix.org
> Key dates:
> -- Submission deadline: June 9, 2011, 11:59 p.m. PDT:
> Extended abstracts, papers, experience reports, and proposals for
> invited talks, workshops, and tutorials
> -- Notification to all submitters: July 11, 2011
> -- Publication deadline: September 15, 2011: Final papers and reports due
> -- Poster proposals due: November 11, 2011
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