Call for papers

The 43rd ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing
June 17-21, 2024, Nantes, France

PODC 2024 will be co-held with ACM SPAA.


Dates (all times are AoE)

All deadlines are at 23:59 AoE in the year 2024.

  • Abstract submission: February 11, 2024
  • Full paper submission: February 15, 2024
  • Notification: April 22, 2024
  • Camera-ready: May 8, 2024

Submission Page


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

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.

Regular Papers: 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 submission.

Brief Announcements: A brief announcement may describe work in progress or work presented elsewhere. The title of a brief announcement must begin with “Brief Announcement: ”.

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

Submission Format: Submissions must be prepared in LaTeX and use the official ACM Master article template acmart.cls, version of 1.80 or greater, using the following documentclass instruction:


The template is available at No modifications of the format or style are allowed. Sample files are available on the PODC website at

Regular paper submissions may be up to 15 pages long, excluding references, and may be followed by a clearly marked appendix. Each submission must contain full proofs of all claims in the paper. The appendix will be read at the discretion of the reviewers.

Brief announcement submissions must be at most 4 pages long, excluding references.

Best practices for citations: Alphabetical orderings of authors can lead to biases. Therefore, authors are encouraged to avoid “et al.” in citations, and instead mention all authors’ names.

Double-blind reviewing

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 anywhere in the submission. 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

Indications of conflicts of interest will be required in the submission form.
A conflict of interest is limited to the following:

  • A family member or close friend.
  • A Ph.D. advisor or advisee (no time limit), or postdoctoral or undergraduate mentor or mentee within the past five years.
  • A person with the same affiliation.
  • A person involved in an alleged incident of harassment. (It is not required that the incident be reported.)
  • Frequent collaborators, or collaborators who have jointly published papers within the last two years.

If you feel that you have a valid reason for a conflict of interest not listed above, contact the PC chair or one of the Theory of Computing Advocates affiliated with this conference (Faith Ellen and Idit Keidar). The PC chair may request that a ToC advocate confidentially verify the reason for a conflict of interest.


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


If more space than available in the proceedings for an accepted paper is needed, a full version must be available publicly, e.g. on arXiv, by the due date for the proceedings version, and the proceedings version must refer to this.

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.

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