Submission Instructions

Paper Content Instructions

Research Papers

We solicit original research papers on the theory, specification, design, and implementation of data and information management systems, including the areas of Web, Information Retrieval and Data Mining. An indicative list of areas of interest is available here.

Industrial Papers

We solicit original submissions covering innovative commercial implementations in the areas of database systems, Web, information retrieval and data mining, novel applications of technology in these areas, and experience in applying recent research advances to practical situations. Such papers should describe innovative implementations, new approaches to fundamental challenges, or major technical improvements to the state-of-the-practice.

Duplicate Submissions Policy

A paper submitted to COMAD 2005b cannot be under review for any other conference or journal, and has to be substantially different from previously published work. Authors submitting papers to the COMAD conference are expected to agree to the following terms:

"I understand that the paper being submitted must not contain substantial overlap with any other paper currently submitted elsewhere. Furthermore, previously published papers with any overlap are cited prominently in this submission."

Duplicate submissions will be rejected. Questions about this policy or how it applies to your work should be directed to the program chairs, Soumen Chakrabarti (soumen at and S. Sudarshan (sudarsha at

Copyright Information

Authors of accepted papers will need to sign a publishers copyright release form and present their paper at the conference. The proceedings will be released shortly after the camera-ready copy date, so any patent applications should be made before then.

Proposal Content Instructions

Panel Proposals

See the call for panel proposals page for instructions on panel proposals.

Tutorial Proposals

We invite the submission of proposals for tutorials relating to all aspects of data management, including database systems, Web, information retrieval and data mining. We particularly encourage work on topics of emerging interest in the research and development communities in these areas.

Tutorial proposals must clearly identify the intended audience and include enough material to provide a sense of both the scope of material to be covered and the depth to which it will be covered. Tutorials can run for either 3 hours or 1.5 hours. Please indicate which of these time periods are suitable for your proposal. If you can work with either length, be sure that your proposal makes clear the content of both the long and short versions.

Additional materials (draft slides, etc.) may be submitted or referenced by URL, and these materials will be considered at the discretion of the program committee.

Paper / Proposal Submission Instructions

Research and Industrial Papers

Research and industrial papers should be submitted electronically using the conference management tool at (the submission deadline is 3.00 pm PST on July 19, 2005).

Demo, Panel and Tutorial Proposals

Demo, panel and tutorial proposals should also be submitted electronically using the conference management tool at (the submission deadline is 3.00 pm PST on July 26, 2005).

Paper / Proposal Formatting Instructions

Length and Layout

Both submissions for refereeing and final copy for the proceedings must be laid out according to the Camera Ready Copy format described below. It is the author's responsibility to make the paper readable, relevant and interesting before submission for consideration by referees. This includes legibility of diagrams and quality of English.

Camera Ready Copy format: The page format must be double-column and single-spaced in 10pt or larger font and formatted for Letter/A4 size paper, with at least 1 inch margins at the top and bottom, 0.75 inch margins on the left and right sides, and 0.33 inch gap between the columns.

To help you easily format your submissions, the following files are provided:

A sample Latex file that conforms to the formatting guidelines is also available.

Page Limits

Submission Document Type

The submitted papers MUST BE IN PDF. It is essential that they print without difficulty on a variety of printers using Adobe Acrobat Reader. Therefore, authors must be sure that any special fonts are included, etc. It is the absolute responsibility of the authors to ensure that their submitted paper is in PDF and will print easily.

Additional Hints (courtesy VLDB 2005)

Acknowledgements: Much of this material is taken from the Sigmod 2004 and VLDB 2004/5 CFPs.