Call For Papers 


ISMM is a forum for research in management of dynamically allocated memory. Areas of interest include but are not limited to: explicit storage allocation and deallocation; garbage collection algorithms and implementations; compiler analyses to aid memory management; interactions with languages, operating systems, and hardware, especially the memory system; and empirical studies of allocation and referencing behavior in programs that make significant use of dynamic memory.

ISMM solicits full-length papers on all areas of memory management. Survey papers that present an aspect of memory management with a new coherence are also welcome. Submissions will be read by the program committee and designated reviewers and judged on scientific merit, innovation, readability and relevance. Papers previously published or already being reviewed by another conference are not eligible; if a closely related paper has been submitted to a journal, the authors must notify the program chair (see the SIGPLAN republication policy).

Submissions should be no more than 10 pages (including bibliography, excluding well marked appendices) in standard ACM SIGPLAN conference format: two columns, nine-point font on a ten-point baseline, with pages 20pc (3.33in) wide and 54pc (9in) tall, with a column gutter of 2pc (0.33in). Detailed formatting guidelines are available at, along with formatting templates or style files for LaTeX.  Papers that violate these guidelines will be rejected by the program chair.  Program committee members are not required to read appendices, and so a paper should be intelligible without them.  All accepted papers will appear in the published proceedings.  The on-line submission site is now open at

The ISMM 2006 paper reviewing process adds two features new to ISMM: double blind reviewing, and an opportunity for rebuttal. In double blind reviewing the authors are anonymous to the reviewers, just as reviewers are anonymous to the authors. This requires effort from authors not to disclose their identities to reviewers. For example, you should not give your names, or mention your institution, research group or project name, etc. Where necessary for flow you could say "the XYZ project" and footnote that the name is withheld, etc. Discuss your own prior work in third person, as you would other related work. Avoid making paper drafts too public, to reduce the possibility of inadvertantly revealing your identities to reviewers. Reviewers, for their part, will be on their honor not to try to discover authors' identities, which will be known only by the program chair until a suitable point in the program committee's deliberations.  We are trying this process because research indicates that author anonymity reduces bias in reviewing.

The rebuttal process will occur at the end of February, and will give the authors opportunity to respond succinctly to factual errors in reviews, before the program committee meets to make its decisions. The committee may, but need not, respond to rebuttals or revise reviews at or after the
committee meeting, to reflect better the committee's rationale.


Submitted papers must be in English and formatted to print on US Letter (8.5 x 11 inches) paper. Submissions must contain an abstract and postal and electronic mailing addresses for at least one contact author. All papers must be submitted on-line, preferably in Portable Document Format (PDF), although the submission system will also accept PostScript. The on-line submission site is now open at On-line submission of papers must occur no later than 11pm US Pacific Standard Time (PST), January 26, 2006. Authors will be notified of the acceptance or rejection of their papers by March 6, 2006. Final versions of accepted papers must be received in camera-ready form by April 3, 2006.

The proceedings will be published by ACM. Authors should read the ACM Author Guidelines and related information. Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their paper will be presented at the conference. For additional information please feel free to contact the Program Chair,  Eliot Moss ( The call for papers is also available in PDF or Postscript format.

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: Thursday, January 26, 2006, 11 PM, PST
Notification: Monday, March 6, 2006
Camera-ready copy: Monday, April 3, 2006