| Paper submissions are due on Monday,
4th March 2002.
Patterns and Non-pattern-form Submissions
To reiterate the information provided in the Conference Announcement, we invite
the submission of both patterns, and papers about patterns.
Pattern papers should describe in pattern form an individual pattern, a collection of
related patterns, or a fragment of a pattern language.
Papers about patterns should
describe uses of accepted design patterns,
how systems can be composed of known patterns, or
provide in-depth, insightful and valuable discussions or analyses of exisiting patterns.
All non-pattern-form papers will be shepherded and workshopped in the normal fashion.
We will need 2 documents for the submission: patterns document
and the contact info document. Please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 can generate PostScript, GhostScript does a pretty good
job of converting it into PDF. (GhostScript binaries for various
platforms are available free of charge.)
If you use Microsoft Word, you may have tools that export your
document directly into PDF. If you don't, we'll handle the conversion
Finally, Adobe Acrobat converts a variety of formats into PDF.
If you cannot generate Word or PDF, please contact us at email@example.com
for special arrangements.
Contact info document
Submissions must be accompanied by an ASCII text file containing
the following information:
- The paper's title
- Author's name(s). If there is more than one author, indicate
which author is the primary contact person
- Email addresses for all authors
- Postal address for the primary contact
- Phone number for the primary contact
- An abstract for the submission (important -- Shepherds will
decide whether they will shepherd a paper or not based on this
The criteria for acceptance to a writer's workshop will include:
- Quality and maturity of the patterns (or non-pattern-form paper);
- Degree of improvement during the shepherding process, and
openness of the authors to revisions; and
- Relevance of the pattern (or paper), based on the opinions of the program
Authors whose patterns or papers are not accepted for formal workshopping
may also attend the conference. As in previous years, we will
have activities to develop pattern writing skills.
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
Finally, your paper will be shepherded through a
number of revisions to help ensure acceptance. An
understanding of the process of shepherding can be gained
from reading The Language of