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SIGPLAN Paper Formats

NOTE: Papers submitted to SIGPLAN events occurring after August 2017 should use the acmart format, while papers submitted to SIGPLAN events occurring before August 2017 should use the sigplanconf format.


acmart Format

NOTE: The acmart format should be used for SIGPLAN events occuring after August 2017.

ACM commissioned the construction of a Master Article Template that consolidates all previous ACM journal and proceedings formats (including SIGPLAN’s sigplanconf format) and is designed to enable a uniform production workflow for authors and publishers. The acmart format includes a number of sub-formats, two of which are relevant to SIGPLAN authors:

  • acmlarge sub-format: a one-column format used by papers published as an issue of PACM on Programming Languages (PACMPL)

  • sigplan sub-format: a two-column format used by papers published as traditional SIGPLAN proceedings

ACM provides technical support for authors working with the acmart format. General comments and problems about the acmart format may be communicated through the SIGPLAN Information Director.

LaTeX class, bibliography style, and template files

For LaTeX users, the PACMPL package (acmart-pacmpl.zip) and SIGPLAN proceedings package (acmart-sigplanproc.zip) are light-weight packages that include only the essential files for an author:

The acmart format is also available from ACM’s Master Article Template page and as a CTAN package (and is distributed with most popular TeX distributions). However, these are heavy-weight packages, including the documented LaTeX (.dtx) file, samples of all of the different sub-formats, and bibliography and image files used by the samples, that most authors won’t want or need. The PACMPL template (acmart-pacmpl-template.tex) and SIGPLAN proceedings template (acmart-sigplanproc-template.tex) are not distributed in the heavy-weight packages; authors are encouraged to use the templates if they obtain the acmart format via the heavy-weight packages (or through their TeX distribution).

The review option is strongly encouraged, but not required, for submissions. (The review option will add line numbers, which make it easier for reviewers to reference specific parts of the paper in their comments, but should have absolutely no other effect on the typesetting.)

Word templates

For Word users, the acmart format is available from ACM’s Master Article Template page.


sigplanconf Format

NOTE: The sigplanconf format should be used for SIGPLAN events occuring before August 2017.

LaTeX class file and template

SIGPLAN commissioned the construction of a LaTeX class file for SIGPLAN conference papers. You will need the class file, the document template, and the author guide. The template produces your paper in 10-point type, but contains simple options that you can use to obtain 9- and 11-point type. Your conference will specify which size is required; 10-point is the usual choice.

Please include the preprint option on the \documentclass command until you submit your paper for publication. The page numbers it produces are of great help to reviewers. The document template includes the preprint option.

Please address questions and problems with the class file to the SIGPLAN Information Director.

The LaTeX Class File page archives older versions of the LaTeX class file for historical reference.

Authors migrating a paper from v3.2 to v3.6 should note the following:

  • The authorversion class option has been added to prepare an author version, with appropriate copyright-space text.
  • The default text size has changed to 10pt; use the 9pt class option to obtain 9pt text size (the previous default).
  • The class file has been relicensed to the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (CC BY 4.0).
  • Additional commands to select a standard permission statement according to publication rights have been added; use one of \setcopyright{acmcopyright}, \setcopyright{acmlicensed}, \setcopyright{rightsretained}. See the author guide for more details. (Commands from v3.2 have been retained for compatiblity.)

Authors migrating a paper from v2.8 to v3.2 should note the following:

  • The default natbib citation style has changed to author-year; use the numbers class option to obtain numeric citation style (the previous default).
  • The command to set a Digitial Object Identifier (DOI) has changed to \copyrightdoi.
  • The commands to select a standard permission statement according to publication rights have changed; use one of \publicationrights{transferred}, \publicationrights{licensed}, or \publicationrights{author-pays}. See the author guide for more details.
  • The copyright space has been reduced from 1.2in to 1in; expect changes in figure/table placement and column and page breaks.

Word template

There is a Word template that attempts to emulate the Latex class file; many thanks to Friedrich Steimann for producing this. There is also a Word template that provides support for different point sizes (this template was commissioned by OOPSLA and is being used for OOPSLA and Splash!). Please address questions and problems with the Word template to Friedrich Steimann.


Republication Policy

Please review SIGPLAN’s republication policy.

ACM Author Rights

Writing

If you would like some advice on how to write submissions, here are some suggestions by

Additional Support

Are you a student needing additional support to present your paper at the conference? The SIGPLAN Professional Activities Committee (PAC) can help you.