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Camera-ready copy

In addition to all details described below, we remind you to incorporate the suggestions from the reviewers. The PC members took time away from their busy schedules to help improve the content and presentation of your submissions. Please respect their work and revise your papers accordingly.

The submission of the camera-ready copy consists of the following three steps.

STEP 1: Formatting Your Paper

Prepare your paper using the ISSTA formatting instructions from Sheridan Printing. Use these instructions only with respect to formatting guidelines, not with respect to what files to submit, how to submit them, etc. In particular, you should not submit anything to Sheridan Printing.

Classification information

Per Sheridan’s standard instructions, all papers must include complete ACM classification information, with categories & subject descriptors, general terms, and keywords. You may have omitted this in your original submission, but it is required for all final papers.

LaTeX document class

LaTeX users: use the sig-alternate.cls class file. Do not use ACM’s strict acm_proc_article-sp.cls. Because sig-alternate.cls is slightly more compact, you may find that you have a bit more room than expected.

Page limit

The page limit for regular papers is 5 pages including everything.
The page limit for short papers is 2 pages including everything.

No page numbers

Do not include page numbers. We will add these later.

Copyright statement and conference information

Add the standard ACM copyright statement and conference information to the lower-left corner of your first page. LaTeX users can do this by adding the following lines after \begin{document}:

\conferenceinfo{DEFECTS'09,} {July 19, 2009, Chicago, Illinois, USA.}



Word users, please insert the ACM copyright statement (see below) in position at the bottom/left of the first page of your submission. This statement should appear in 8 pt. Times New Roman, justified text, with the conference name DEFECTS'09 italicized.

Permission to make digital or hard copies of all or part of this work for personal or classroom use is granted without fee provided that copies are not made or distributed for profit or commercial advantage and that copies bear this notice and the full citation on the first page. To copy otherwise, or republish, to post on servers or to redistribute to lists, requires prior specific permission and/or a fee.
DEFECTS'09, July 19, 2009, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Copyright 2009 ACM 978-1-60558-654-0/08/07...$5.00.

Paper size

The DEFECTS proceedings will be printed on US letter paper, not A4. Set your page size accordingly.

PDFLaTeX users can do this by adding the following lines before \begin{document}:


Dvips users can do this by adding the following lines before \begin{document}:


Font embedding

Pay special attention to the issues related to Type 1 fonts when creating your PostScript file, as described in the ACM Proceedings FAQ.

STEP 2: Submitting Your Final Paper

Naming your files

The final PostScript rendering of your paper must be named


For example: where smith is the first author’s last name, no caps. Use lower case throughout file names; do not capitalize. There are special rules for special names:

  1. A hyphenated last name remains hyphenated, e.g., Wu Yen-Tse ⇒ yen-tse.
  2. A compound last name takes an underscore, e.g., Robert van Gulik ⇒ van_gulik.
  3. Accents in last names are omitted, e.g., Wolfgang Schrõder ⇒ schroder (not schroeder) or Jean René ⇒ rene (not renee).
  4. Apostrophes in last names are replaced by an underscore, e.g., Elizabeth O’Neill ⇒ o_neill.
  5. Retain periods after abbreviated name elements, e.g. Melissa St. Thomas ⇒ st._thomas.
  6. Drop suffixes from file names, e.g., Corbin Jones Jr. ⇒ jones.

Note: Middle names are not used in the file names. There may be cases that are ambiguous, and you’ll have to decide whether a word is a middle name or a piece of the last name. For example: Jose Perez Garcia ⇒ perez_garcia.


E-mail your final paper to tzimmer AT microsoft DOT com.

Set the subject of your message to

“DEFECTS 2009 paper:”

where first_author_last_name is the first author’s last name as described above. Include a PostScript rendering of your paper as an attachment. Do not send PDF, Word, LaTeX, or other formats. The camera-ready final copy of your paper is due by Friday, May 15, 2009.

Do not submit your paper to Sheridan or ACM directly.

STEP 3: Copyright Forms

You must also submit a signed ACM copyright form, using one of the following methods. Either

  • fax completed forms to +1 (425) 936-7329, attn: TZIMMER, or
  • e-mail completed forms to tzimmer AT microsoft DOT com

Copyright forms are due by Friday, May 15, 2009.

(These instructions are based on original work by Ben Liblit.)