This document is intended to serve as a sample for submissions to the 49th International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO), 2016. We provide some guidelines that authors should follow when submitting papers to the conference. This format is derived from the ACM sig-alternate.cls file, and is used with an objective of keeping the submission version similar to the camera ready version.
This document provides the formatting instructions for submissions to the 49th Annual IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Microarchitecture, 2016. In an effort to respect the efforts of reviewers and in the interest of fairness to all prospective authors, we request that all submissions to MICRO-49 follow the formatting and submission rules detailed below. Submissions that (grossly) violate these instructions may not be reviewed, at the discretion of the program chair, in order to maintain a review process that is fair to all potential authors.
An example submission (formatted using the MICRO-49 submission format) that contains the submission and formatting guidelines can be downloaded from here: Sample PDF. The contents of this document are the same as the contents of the submission instructions that appear on Submission Page (this webpage), where the paper submission site will be linked online shortly.
All questions regarding paper formatting and submission should be directed to the program chair.
Note that there are some changes from last year.
• Paper must be submitted in printable PDF
• Text must be in a minimum 10pt (not 9pt) font.
• Papers must be at most 11 pages, not including references.
• No page limit for references.
• References must include complete author lists to facilitate the reviewing process (no et al.).
• Authors may optionally suggest reviewers.
• Authors of all accepted papers will be required to give a lightning presentation (about 90s).
The committee will make every effort to judge each submitted paper on its own merits. There will be no target acceptance rate. We expect to accept a wide range of papers with appropriate expectations for evaluation — while papers that build on significant past work with strong evaluations are valuable, papers that open new areas with less rigorous evaluation are equally welcome and especially encouraged. Given the wide range of topics covered by MICRO, every effort will be made to find expert reviewers, including providing the ability for authors’ to suggest additional reviewers.Note that there are some changes from last year.
Please ensure that you include page numbers with your submission. This makes it easier for the reviewers to refer to different parts of your paper when they provide comments.Please ensure that your submission has a banner at the top of the title page, similar to this one, which contains the submission number and the notice of confidentiality. If using the template, just replace XXX with your submission number.
Figures and Tables. Ensure that the figures and tables
are legible. Please also ensure that you refer to your figures
in the main text. Many reviewers print the papers in gray-scale.
Therefore, if you use colors for your figures, ensure that the
different colors are highly distinguishable in gray-scale.
References. There is no length limit for references. Each
reference must explicitly list all authors of the paper.
Papers not meeting this requirement will be rejected.
Authors of NSF proposals should be familiar with this
requirement. Knowing all authors of related work will help find
the best reviewers. Since there is no length limit for the
number of pages used for references, there is no need to save
IEEE guidelines dictate that authorship should be based on a substantial
intellectual contribution. It is assumed that all authors
have had a significant role in the creation of an article that
bears their names. In particular, the authorship credit must be
reserved only for individuals who have met each of the following
1. Made a significant intellectual contribution to the
theoretical development, system or experimental design,
prototype development, and/or the analysis and interpretation of
data associated with the work contained in the article;
2. Contributed to drafting the article or reviewing and/or
revising it for intellectual content; and
3. Approved the final version of the article as accepted for
publication, including references.
A detailed description of the IEEE authorship guidelines and
responsibilities is available here.
Per these guidelines, it is not acceptable to award honorary
authorship or gift authorship. Please keep these
guidelines in mind while determining the author list of your
Declare all the authors of the paper upfront. Addition/removal
of authors once the paper is accepted will have to be approved
by the program chair, since it potentially undermines the goal
of eliminating conflicts for reviewer assignment.
Authors should indicate these areas on the submission form as
well as specific topics covered by the paper for optimal
reviewer match. If you are unsure whether your paper falls
within the scope of MICRO, please check with the program chair –
MICRO is a broad, multidisciplinary conference and encourages
Authors must register all their conflicts on the paper
submission site. Conflicts are needed to ensure appropriate
assignment of reviewers. If a paper is found to have an
undeclared conflict that causes a problem OR if a paper is found
to declare false conflicts in order to abuse or “game” the
review system, the paper may be rejected
We use the NSF conflict of interest (COI) guidelines for
determining the conflict period for MICRO’15. Please declare a
conflict of interest with the following people for any
author of your paper:
Authors may optionally mark (non-conflicted) PC and ERC
members that they believe could provide expert reviews for their
submission. If authors believe there is insufficient expertise
on the PC and ERC for the topic of their paper, they may suggest
alternate reviewers. The program chair will use the authors’
input at his discretion. We provide this opportunity for input
mostly for papers on non-traditional and emerging topics.
Finally, we also note that the ACM Plagiarism Policy (http://www.acm.org/publications/policies/plagiarism_policy) covers a range of ethical issues concerning the misrepresentation of other works or one's own work.
This document is derived from previous conferences, in
particular MICRO 2013 and ASPLOS 2015. We thank Christos
Kozyrakis and Sandhya Dwarkadas for their inputs.
1. The default ordering of citations is in terms of
appearance, can I can it to order by last name?
Yes, the default IEEETR ordering is in terms of appearance. However, you can choose the ordering per your preference. So, if you like the ordering by last name better, please feel free to use it. However, in either case ensure that each reference explicitly states the names of all authors.
2. I see a lot of white space near the Title, what is
that for? And, can I remove it?
We are striving to have a submission template that is close to the camera ready version. As you may have guessed, this space is reserved for author names and affiliation in the camera ready version, should the paper get accepted. You can remove this space for your submission, however, should the paper get accepted you will have to find extra space to accommodate the author names and affiliation.
3. I am using LaTex with the provided template, but prefer using Times font. Can I use the Times package?
No. The default font with the provided template derived from ACM is Computer Modern (CM). The Times font is about 10-15% denser compared to the default font, and can give a submission almost one extra page of content. In order to ensure fairness for all submissions, we are insisting that the default font from the template be used instead of the Times font.
4. I am using MS Word, and do not have CM fonts. Can I use the default "Times New Roman" font ?
Short answer is No. The Times New Roman font is about 10% denser compared to the CM font with the provided LaTex template. Therefore, to ensure fairness to authors who will use the provided template, we are insisting that authors using editors other than LaTex also use a font that is similar to the default font from the ACM template.
5. How can I download the CM fonts for MS Word?
Thanks to Nam Sung Kim for the following instructions to download CM fonts: You may download CM font set (True Type) from https://www.ctan.org/tex-
There are a bunch of font types, select cmr10.ttf (Computer Modern Roman). Close all MS Word Windows. Download cmrr10.ttf into any temporary directory and right click the file name. You will see "install". Click it and rerun word.
6. I tried but cannot run CM fonts on MS Word. Is there any recommendation for a font that is closest to CM fonts, and widely available with MS Word?
Try Palatino, which is the closest in terms of both space and look-and-feel to the default CM font of the template (thanks to Chris Batten for doing the font similarity analysis).
7. I heard you are going to do a word frequency analysis on ALL submissions to detect gross format violations. If my paper has shorter words, will I be penalized?
The aim of the word count script is to simply detect outlier papers that have significantly more words that the median paper. These are the candidates that will be manually checked for gross format violations. Only after a manual check confirms that the paper has grossly violated formatting guidelines it will be dealt with separately. The best way to avoid this trouble is to stay within the specified formatting guidelines (default font type, default font size, no tweaking the margins etc.), that way even if your paper has more words, it will still go through the normal process.
8. What's with all-caps words not wrapping around properly in columns with this template?
This is an issue with LaTex, and not with the template (the template we provide is from the ACM camera-ready version, and we have simply commented out the author names/affiliation etc.). The following webpage describes the problem of all-caps word-break with LaTex and how to fix it: http://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/184447/latex-doesnt-break-lines-with-capitalized-words-to-the-end-properly