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Submission Process

1) Initial Submission (6. February 2021, 23:59 AoE)
Authors have to submit the first version of their paper. This initial submission will be assessed for suitability and accepted papers will be assigned to a shepherd.

2) Shepherding Phase (starting in March)
During shepherding, a shepherd (who is an experienced pattern author) helps you to improve your paper by asking questions and giving feedback. Usually, this takes about four months and involves multiple iterations of feedback loops.

3) Second Draft (May)
Halfway through the shepherding process, you submit a second draft of your paper. This second draft will be reviewed for improved quality and your willingness and openness to consider and incorporate the shepherd's feedback. This review will determine whether your paper is accepted to the conference and the ACM proceedings.

4) Conference Version and Preparation for the Conference (June)
After your paper is accepted for the conference, you and your shepherd can continue working on your paper. However, a few weeks before the conference, a final draft must be submitted to be distributed to the other workshop participants. Shepherding ends here.

You will receive the papers for your workshop about two weeks before the conference. Your task it to read and annotate it, to be able to give the author constructive feedback during the Writers' Workshop at the conference. Usually the annotated version is handed over to the author during the conference.

6) Conference (July)
Your paper will be discussed at a Writer's Workshop at the conference, where you will receive a lot of feedback and suggestions for improvement for your paper. For every paper one unique author has to be at the conference to collect the feedback.

7) Proceedings Version (September)
After the conference, you have to incorporate the suggestions for improvement which you received during the Writer's Workshop at the conference and submit it a few months later as the final proceedings version, which goes to the ACM Digital Library.

Optional: TPLoP
By being accepted to a PLoP conference and going through all the improvement steps and the Writer's workshop, your paper qualifies for submitting to the Springer journal LNCS Transactions on Pattern Languages of Programming (TPLoP). To be accepted, the paper has to be extended substantially beyond the original conference paper.


Submission Format


  • Format: ACM Master Template, two-columns, sigconf-format, (overleaf)
  • Length: approx. 10 pages (as a roughly guideline)
  • Maximum File Size: 20 MB

Accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library, which requires those papers to be formatted according to the ACM guidelines (two columns, sigconf format). The ACM master article template is available for Word and LaTeX.

However, for the initial draft and also for the conference draft there are no requirements regarding your paper format - only for the final version to be published with ACM. Some pattern authors prefer to use a format that is easier to read compared to the ACM format - have a look at the introductory information pack for examples. Also, if you don't want to publish your paper, you can choose whatever format you like. Nevertheless, we encourage to use the ACM two-column fromat right from the beginning to avoid layout problems in the end.

We recommend 10 pages as a guideline for the length of the papers and especially welcome shorter papers. Longer papers are also possible but bear in mind that the writers’ workshop might decide to focus only on a part of your paper.

Also the filesize of a single submission must not exceed 20MB. 

Make sure that you have the usage rights for materials used in your paper. Note that the license Creative Commons Non-Commercial (CC-NC) is not usable since ACM is commercial.