• Abstracts are mandatory for all papers except panel proposals.
• Author response: authors have the opportunity to comment on reviews before program committee meeting.
• Abstracts and papers must be submitted through the DSN 2009 submission page.

Important Dates

• Abstract submission (mandatory): Dec 8, 2008 (11:59PM EST or UTC/GMT-5h)

• Full paper submission: Dec 15, 2008 (11:59PM EST or UTC/GMT-5h)

• Author response period: February 5-6, 2009

• Author notification: February 28, 2009

Please note that all submission deadlines are hard - there will be no extensions!

Please refer to the international times for the deadline.

Paper categories

Manuscripts in the following categories will be considered for publication in the IEEE Proceedings of the 2009 International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks:

• Regular papers (max. 11 page submission; 10 pages in proceedings): full paper describing a research contribution to dependable computing, including experimental work focused on implementation and evaluation of existing dependability techniques. 
• Practical experience reports (max. 7 page submission; 6 pages in proceedings): a short paper describing practitioner experiences or lessons learned applying tools and techniques to real-world problems.
• Tool descriptions/demonstrations (max. 7 page submission; 6 pages in proceedings): descriptions of the architecture, implementation and usage of substantive tools to aid the research and practice of dependability.
• Panel proposals (2 page submission; 2 page panel summary in proceedings): descriptions of the proposed panel, including the proposed topic(s); the panel objectives; the panel organization; and the names, addresses and background of probable panelists.

Please contact your program chairs (Felicita Di Giandomenico for PDS and Matti Hiltunen for DCCS) in case you have any questions concerning to which category your paper should be submitted.

Abstract submission

The authors of all papers are required to submit the paper title, an informative abstract, and author contact information by the abstract deadline. Papers submitted without an abstract will not be processed for reviewing.

Paper submissions

The title page must include the title of the paper, author names, affiliations, mailing address, phone/fax numbers, and email address, a maximum 150-word abstract, five keywords, the submission category (see above), an approximate word count, and a declaration that the material has been cleared through the author affiliations. For multi-authored submissions, the contact author must be indicated.

Submissions must adhere to the IEEE Computer Society camera-ready 8.5"x11" two-column camera-ready format. This format includes 10 point font on 12 point spacing for body text, and other details described in the author guidelines below. Pages must be numbered. The templates are reproduced below for your convenience, and further details can be found at http://www.computer.org/portal/site/cscps/ .
  • 8.5" x 11" Two-Column Author Guidelines: (PDF, DOC, LaTeX, PS)
  • 8.5" x 11" Two-Column Format Layout Sheet: (PDF, DOC, PS)
Each paper must be submitted as a single Portable Document Format (PDF) file. We recommend that you embed fonts where possible to improve portability. We also strongly recommend you print the file and review it for integrity (fonts, symbols, equations etc.) before submitting it. A defective printing of your paper can undermine its chance of success.

Submissions that do not conform to the above deadlines and formatting guidelines (e.g., are too long, use excessively small fonts or line spacing) or are unoriginal, previously published, or under submission to multiple venues, will be disregarded.

Author Response

Submissions are reviewed by multiple experts in the field including at least three Program Committee members and generally several non-PC experts. Papers are subject to discussion at a face-to-face paper selection meeting of the full Program Committee.

After the paper has been reviewed, but prior to the Program Committee meeting, the reviews will be made available to the authors to provide a forum for responding to any factual errors in the reviews. Please note that this is NOT a forum to add any additional information on the paper, to submit an updated or revised paper, or to list changes the authors promise to include in the final version. Author responses will be made available to all PC members before the paper is discussed for selection in the PC meeting. The submissions website will contain full author-response guidelines.

William C. Carter Award

The William C. Carter Award is presented annually since 1997 to recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of dependable computing through his or her graduate dissertation research. The award honors the late William C. Carter, a key figure in the formation and development of the field of dependable computing. The award is sponsored by IEEE Technical Committee on Dependable Computing and Fault-Tolerance and IFIP Working Group on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance (WG 10.4). To qualify, a paper based on the student's Ph.D. dissertation must have been submitted within DSN as a regular paper with the student as the first author. Both current and former graduate students, no more than two years past completion of their dissertations, are eligible. All nominated submissions accepted as regular papers to DSN in both the PDS and DCCS tracks are evaluated by the Steering Committee of the Conference.

Consideration for an award requires a nomination. Dissertation advisors wishing to nominate a student should submit, until February 10, a plain ASCII nomination e-mail to dsn09awards@di.fc.ul.pt with the following:

• Student name, paper title, track (DCCS or PDS), and paper submission ID.
• PhD defense (or expected defense) date of student, confirming no more than two years have passed since dissertation completion as of December 2008.
• A paragraph explaining why this student is deserving of the award.

All nomination submissions will be confirmed via return e-mail. If you do not receive a confirmation within 24 hours of sending the e-mail please contact the General Chair (Paulo Verνssimo).