Submission Instructions

This document is intended to serve as a sample for submissions to HPCA 2015. We provide some guidelines that authors should follow when submitting papers to the conference.


This document provides the formatting instructions for submissions to the 21th Annual IEEE International Symposium on High Performance Computer Architecture, 2015. 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 HPCA-21 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 HPCA-21 submission format) that contains the submission and formatting guidelines can be downloaded from here:

  • Papers are limited to 11 pages not including references
  • Each reference must specify all authors (no et al.). You are permitted an unlimited number of pages for references.

Acceptance Philosophy

Every effort will be made to judge a 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 even more so.

All questions regarding paper formatting and submission should be directed to the program chair.

Preparation Instructions

Paper Formatting

All submissions should contain a maximum of 11 pages of single-spaced two-column text. If you are using LATEX to typeset your paper, then we suggest that you use the template available here: If you are using a different software package to typeset your paper, then please adhere to the guidelines mentioned in Table 1.

Table 1: Formatting guidelines for submission.
Field Value
Page limit 11 pages, not including references
Paper size US Letter 8.5in x 11in
Top margin 1in
Bottom margin 1in
Left margin 0.75in
Right margin 0.75in
Separation between columns 0.25in
Body font 10pt
Abstract font 10pt, italicized
Section heading font 12pt, bold
Subsection heading font 10pt, bold
Caption font 9pt, bold
References 8pt, no page limit, list all authors’ names

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.


Author List. All submissions are double blind. Therefore, please do not include any author names in the submission. You must also ensure that the metadata included in the PDF does not give away the authors. If you are improving upon your prior work, refer to your prior work as a third person and include references to your past work.

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 distinguishable in gray-scale.

Main Body. Avoid bad page or column breaks in your main text, i.e., last line of a paragraph at the top of a column or first line of a paragraph at the end of a column. If you begin a new section or sub-section near the end of a column, ensure that you have at least 2 lines of body text on the same column.

Submission Instructions

Paper Authors

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.

Conflict Responsibilities

The authors should register all their conflicts into the paper reviewing site. Conflicts are needed to resolve assignment of reviewers. If a paper is found to have an undeclared conflict that causes a problem, the paper may be rejected.

Please declare a conflict of interest with the following for any author of a paper:

  1. PhD advisor
  2. Other past or current advisors
  3. Current or past students
  4. People with the same affiliation or who were at the same institution in the last 5 years.
  5. People whom you have collaborated in the last 5 years. This collaboration can consist of a joint research or development project, a joint paper, or when there is direct funding from the potential reviewer (as opposed to company funding) to an author of the paper. Co-participation in professional activities, such as tutorials or studies, is not cause for conflict. When in doubt, the author should check with the PC chair.
  6. Between people whose relationship prevents the reviewer from being objective in his/her assessment. Please be reasonable. For example, just because a reviewer works on similar topics as the paper you are submitting is on, you cannot declare a conflict of interest with them.

All conflicts must be justified. You will have to declare all conflicts with PC and ERC members as well as non-PC/ERC members with whom you have a conflict of interest. When in doubt, contact the program chair.

Concurrent Submissions and Resubmissions of Already Published Papers

By submitting a manuscript to HPCA-21, the authors guarantee that the manuscript has not been previously published or accepted for publication in a substantially similar form in any conference or journal. The authors also guarantee that no paper which contains significant overlap with the contributions of the submitted paper is under review to any other conference or journal or workshop, or will be submitted to one of them during the HPCA-21 review period. Violation of any of these conditions will lead to rejection.
Extended versions of papers accepted to IEEE Computer Architecture Letters can be submitted to HPCA-21. If you are in doubt, contact the program chair.

Submission Site

The submission site is located at:

(If you plan to submit an industrial track paper, please refer to the Industrial Track CFP for submission instructions)