ACM IMC 2016 Call for Papers

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The Internet Measurement Conference (IMC) is a highly selective venue for the presentation of measurement-based research in data communications. The focus of IMC 2016 will be on research that either improves the practice of network measurement, or illuminates some facet of an operational network, or both. IMC takes a broad view of contributions that are considered in scope for improving the practice of network measurement, including, but not limited to:

Operational networks of interest include:

Review process and criteria

IMC 2016 invites two forms of submissions:

Any submission exceeding short paper page-length limit will be evaluated as a full paper. Authors should only submit original work that has not been published before and is not under submission to any other venue. We will consider full paper submissions that extend previously published short, preliminary papers (including IMC short papers) following the model of the ACM SIGCOMM policy.

IMC 2016 will bestow two awards. One award will recognize the outstanding paper at the conference, and all accepted papers are eligible for it. The other award will recognize a paper that contributes a novel dataset to the community. To be eligible for this award, the authors must make their dataset publicly available (e.g., through DatCat for Internet measurement data or CRAWDAD for wireless data) by the time of the camera-ready submission.

A few accepted papers may be forwarded for fast-track submission to IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking.

Ethical Considerations

Papers describing experiments with users or sensitive user data (e.g., network traffic, passwords, social network information), must follow basic precepts of ethical research and subscribe to community norms. These include: respect for privacy, secure storage of sensitive data, voluntary and informed consent if users are placed at risk, avoiding deceptive practices when not essential, beneficence (maximizing the benefits to an individual or to society while minimizing harm to the individual), and risk mitigation. When appropriate, authors are encouraged to include a subsection describing these issues. Authors may want to consult the Menlo Report for further information on ethical principles, or the Allman/Paxson IMC 07 paper for guidance on ethical data sharing.

Note that submitting research for approval by each author’s institutional ethics review body is necessary, but not sufficient – in cases where the PC has concerns about the ethics of the work in a submission, the PC will consider the ethical soundness and justification of any paper, just as it does its technical soundness. The PC takes a broad view of what constitutes an ethical concern, and authors agree to be available at any time during the review process to rapidly respond to queries from the PC chairs regarding ethical considerations.

Authors unsure about topical fit or ethical issues are welcome to contact the program committee co-chairs at

Submission guidelines

All submissions must satisfy the following requirements:

Submissions that do not comply with these requirements will be rejected without review. The sig-alternate-10pt.cls style file satisfies the formatting requirements. Compile your source with options that produce letter page size.

Submission Site

Please submit your paper at

Important Dates

Paper registration (with abstract): May 5, 2016 (noon US Pacific Time)
Paper submission: May 12, 2016 (noon US Pacific Time)
Notification: July 29, 2016
Camera-ready due: September 9, 2016
Conference: November 14-16, 2016

(Note that original announced conference dates were Oct. 31 to Nov. 2; we changed these dates out of necessity.)