Call for papers

39th ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing
3-7 August 2020, Salerno, Italy
Twitter: @podc_disc

PODC 2020 paper submission


Paper submission: 17 February 2020
Acceptance notification: 4 May 2020
Proceedings version due: 24 May 2020


The ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing is an international forum on the theory, design, analysis, implementation and application of distributed systems and networks. We solicit papers in all areas of distributed computing. Papers from all viewpoints, including theory, practice, and experimentation, are welcome. The goal of the conference is to improve understanding of the principles underlying distributed computing. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • biological distributed algorithms
  • blockchain protocols
  • coding and reliable communication
  • communication networks: algorithms, protocols, applications
  • complexity and impossibility results for distributed computing
  • concurrency, synchronization, and persistence
  • design and analysis of distributed algorithms
  • distributed and cloud storage
  • distributed data structures
  • distributed graph algorithms
  • distributed machine learning algorithms
  • distributed operating systems, middleware, databases
  • distributed resource management and scheduling
  • fault-tolerance, reliability, self-organization, self-stabilization
  • game-theoretic approaches to distributed computing
  • high-performance, cluster, cloud and grid computing
  • internet applications, social networks, recommendation systems
  • languages, verification, formal methods for distributed systems
  • multiprocessor and multi-core architectures and algorithms
  • peer-to-peer systems, overlay networks
  • population protocols
  • quantum and optics based distributed algorithms
  • replication and consistency
  • security in distributed computing, cryptographic protocols
  • sensor, mesh, and ad hoc networks
  • specifications and semantics
  • system-on-chip and network-on-chip architectures
  • transactional memory
  • wireless networks, mobile computing, autonomous agents

Paper Submission

A submitted paper should clearly motivate the importance of the problem being addressed, discuss prior work and its relationship to the paper, explicitly and precisely state the paper’s key contributions, and outline the key technical ideas and methods used to achieve the main claims. A submission should strive to be accessible to a broad audience, as well as having sufficient details for experts in the area.

Papers must be submitted in PDF format via

and fall in two categories: regular papers and brief announcements.

A regular paper must report on original research that has not been previously published. It is not permitted to submit the same material concurrently to journals or conferences with proceedings. Format and length requirements for submissions are stated below. All ideas necessary for an expert to fully verify the central claims in a paper, including experimental results, should be included in the body of the submission. Additional material may be placed in a clearly marked appendix that will be read at the discretion of the program committee. If desired, the appendix can be a longer version of the paper.

A brief announcement may describe work in progress or work presented elsewhere. The title of a brief announcement must begin with “Brief Announcement:” Additional material may be placed in a clearly marked appendix, just like for regular submissions.

Submissions not conforming to the rules stated in this call, as well as papers outside the scope of the conference, will be rejected without consideration.

Submission format

In the interest of making the submissions similar to the final published papers, PODC 2020 adopts the new ACM Master templates and changes the paper lengths compared to past editions of the conference. A submission read by the reviewers should closely match the potential proceedings version: what you submit is what is reviewed and what you publish.

In particular, submissions MUST be prepared in LaTeX and use the official ACM Master article template (acmart.cls, version of 2019), available from

All submissions must be formatted in single-column format with


No modifications of the page style and format are allowed.

Regular papers may be up to 17 pages long in this format (including title and references), and may be followed by a clearly marked appendix.

Brief announcements may be up to 5 pages long in this format (including title and references), and may be followed by a clearly marked appendix.

See the following sample files:

Anonymous submissions

The conference will employ a lightweight double-blind reviewing process. Submissions should not reveal the identity of the authors in any way. In particular, authors’ names, affiliations, and email addresses should not appear at the beginning or in the body of the submission. Authors should ensure that any references to their own related work are in the third person (e.g., not “We build on our previous work …” but rather “We build on the work of …”). The purpose of this process is to help PC members and external reviewers come to an initial judgment about the paper without bias, not to make it impossible for them to discover the authors if they were to try. Nothing should be done in the name of anonymity that weakens the submission or makes the job of reviewing the paper more difficult. In particular, important references should not be omitted or anonymized. In addition, authors should feel free to disseminate their ideas or draft versions of their paper as they normally would. For example, authors may post drafts of their papers on the web, submit them to arXiv, and give talks on their research ideas. Authors with further questions on double-blind reviewing are encouraged to contact the PC chair by email.

Conflict of interest

A conflict of interest between an author and a PC member or reviewer exists whenever

  • they are immediate family members or close friends,
  • one was the thesis advisor of the other (within the last 10 years),
  • they share the same affiliation,
  • one is involved in an alleged harassment incident with the other, or
  • they are collaborators who jointly author works within the last two years.

Conflicts must be declared during submission.

If you feel that you have a valid reason for a conflict of interest not listed above, contact the PC chair directly. If there is doubt about the validity of a claim of conflict of interest, the PC chair may request that a Theory of Computing Advocate confidentially verify the reason.


Accepted regular papers of up to 10 pages and brief announcements of up to 3 pages in two-column ACM proceedings format will be included in the conference proceedings. They must be formatted with the ACM Master templates using


Extended and revised versions of selected papers will be considered for a special issue of the Distributed Computing journal. Up to two papers will be selected to be considered for publication in JACM.

The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of the conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.