SIGPLAN CACM Research Highlights Nomination
In 2007, the Communications of the ACM underwent a significant redesign, part of which was to introduce “Research Highlights” papers. Moshe Vardi, the CACM Editor in Chief describes the process by which CACM was redesigned and the goals of the Research Highlights track here: http://cacm.acm.org/moshe-vardi.
Here is his description of the Research Highlights track:
“Research Highlights: The goal is to bring research articles, covering the broad spectrum of computing research, back to CACM. This will be a combined effort of conference and program chairs (ACM as well as non-ACM) and the CACM editorial board to select the best research material coming out of conferences and share that information with the wide readership of CACM. Each selected research paper will be adapted to the broad CACM readership and will be preceded by a short "Technical Perspective," giving readers an overview of the important points and significance of the research. These perspectives will be written by noted experts in the field.”
Because being nominated for inclusion in the CACM is itself an honor, the committee will record its nomination decisions in a list that is updated on an on-going basis. The current list of nominated papers is available here.
SIGPLAN CACM Nomination Committee
The SIG groups were asked to put a process in place to nominate papers from their conferences as potential candidates for publication in CACM. In 2008, SIGPLAN proposed a process by which SIGPLAN would nominate such papers which was subsequently approved by the CACM EIC (the complete proposal is available here).
For this purpose, the CACM Nomination Committee has been formed. As described in the proposal, this committee will meet approximately 3 times per year to consider candidate papers and recommend some for inclusion in CACM. Membership of the committee rotates with the current membership listed below. Note that the SIGPLAN committee only recommends papers to the CACM. Final editorial decisions about which papers appear in CACM remains with the Research Highlights subcommittee of the CACM editorial board (http://cacm.acm.org/communications?pageIndex=5).
Information about the review process that the committee will use is included in the proposal.
Because SIGPLAN is blessed with an abundance of excellent conferences and workshops, it is important that we provide a process where all appropriate papers can be considered for nomination. There are two sources of nominations.
- Committee candidates: The Nominating Committee composition is designed so that its members represent many SIGPLAN conferences. The committee members, working closely with the program chairs from the conferences they represent, will review and nominate papers from their conferences for consideration by the committee.
- Community candidates: SIGPLAN members not on the committee may ask for papers to be considered by submitting a nominating proposal to the committee. The proposal should summarize the contribution of the paper and explain why the paper is suitable for inclusion in CACM. Such a nominating proposal should be no more than a page in length. Authors may not self-nominate.
SIGPLAN has established a web site to facilitate the submission of such nomination. To nominate a paper please use the nomination website.
CACM Nominating Committee Contact Person:
Michael Hind (chair), IBM Research
CACM Nominating Committee
Chair, Michael Hind, firstname.lastname@example.org
POPL, Jens Palsberg, email@example.com
PLDI, Steve Blackburn, Steve.Blackburn@anu.edu.au
ICFP, Robby Findler, firstname.lastname@example.org
OOPSLA, Cristina Videira Lopes, email@example.com
PPDP/GPCE/Haskell, Andres Loeh, firstname.lastname@example.org
PPoPP/VEE/ISMM, Hans Boehm, email@example.com
LCTES/ASPLOS/CGO, Ben Zorn, Ben.Zorn@microsoft.com
SIGPLAN Chair, Jan Vitek, firstname.lastname@example.org
Past SIGPLAN Chair, Philip Wadler, email@example.com