PLoP99 Submission Information


Friday, April 30th, 1999, 5:00 PM CST (hard deadline).


See detailed
submission process below.

We need two documents:

  1. Your patterns document (PDF or Word)
  2. Your contact info document (plain text)

Submission is a two step process:

  1. FTP your documents onto the submission server
  2. Send an e-mail message to the submission address


Detailed Submission Process

Your Patterns Document

Authors should submit an electronic copy in English by the aformentioned deadline. There is no limit on the length of Patterns submissions; they should be as long as necessary to fully describe the patterns (most papers submitted to previous PLoPs have been 20 pages or less).

To ease the shepherding and workshop process, for submissions longer than 10 pages (2000 words) please designate a 10 page section to be reviewed in detail. When preparing your submission, remember that readers often prefer concise writing. Please contact the program chair if you have any other questions about the paper length, or how to select sections for detailed review.

This year we'll try to assemble the full proceedings on CD-ROM. To facilitate this process, we require all submissions to be either in PDF or Word format. You can generate PDF in several ways:

If you cannot generate Word or PDF, please contact us at for special arrangements.

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Your Contact Info Document

Submissions must be accompanied by an ASCII text file containing the following information.

  1. The paper's title
  2. Author's name(s). If there is more than one author, indicate which author is the primary contact person
  3. Email addresses for all authors
  4. Postal address for the primary contact
  5. Phone number for the primary contact
  6. An abstract for the submission (important -- Shepherds will decide whether they will shepherd a paper or not based on this abstract.)
  7. The ftp directory name you used as explained in the Submission Process - Step One

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FTP Your Documents onto the Submission Server

Submissions are being handled electronically. We are taking submissions via anonymous ftp to:
You should create a directory name based upon the last name of the contact author for your paper. If a directory by that name is already present, append a digit to the name to distinguish it from the existing directory. Make sure that you have indicated the BINARY setting to your ftp client before you transmit your submission.

For example, an author named "Alexander" might do the following:

USER anonymous
PASS anything
MKDIR Alexander
CD Alexander
PUT Alexander.pdf
PUT Alexander.txt
where the Alexander.pdf is the paper he is submitting and Alexander.txt is his contact info document.

Should you want to resubmit an updated version of your paper, you will have to use a different name-- for security reasons, the ftp server doesn't allow deletes, renames or overwrites. For example, to update Alexander.pdf you will upload Alexander1.pdf (in the same directory). Once submission closes, we will use the file with the highest submission number. There is no need to resubmit the ASCII text file or to notify us about the update.

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Send an E-mail Message to the Submission Address

You should notify us that your submission has been made by sending email with the subject

PLoP99 Submission: Yourname
where Yourname is the directory name you used in the
Submission Process - Step One, to:

Please paste your contact info document information into the email message.

Submissions will be acknowleged by email once your submission has been processed. If you do not receive an email acknowledgement within three business days of your submission, please contact us at the email address above.

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Acceptance Criteria

The criteria for acceptance to a writers' workshop will include: Authors whose patterns are not accepted for formal workshopping may also attend the conference. As in previous years, we will have activities to develop pattern writing skills.

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Suggestions for Improving Your Chances of Acceptance

One of the best ways to learn how to write successful patterns is to read successful patterns. Therefore, look at:
Do not limit yourself to technical material. Alexander's A Pattern Language presents patterns from the realm of building in a clear, engaging, erudite fashion.

A fine place to start is "A Pattern Language for Pattern Writing" by Gerard Meszaros and Jim Doble, which simultaneously presents patterns for writing patterns, and examples of their use. This paper appeared in the PLoPD-3 book.

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Last modified: Thu Jun 10 22:05:59 1999