COMAD 2009 Conference, Mysore                                                                           Mysore Mallige, Mysore    



Submission Instructions


Instructions for Paper Content
Instructions for Panel/Tutorial/Demo Proposals
Submission Instructions
Formatting Instructions

Instructions for Paper Content

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.

Student Papers

COMAD's student paper track welcomes original submissions whose first author is a student (the advisor or other student or non-student collaborators may be co-authors), and once accepted which shall be presented by a student. The goal of the student paper track is to provide a forum for student members to present work in progress and to receive feedback. The student paper track will be part of the main conference's technical presentation sessions. The accepted papers will be included in the proceedings of the main conference. Papers should describe original, unpublished work in progress that demonstrates insight, creativity, and promise. Topics of interest are the same as for the main conference. Papers submitted to the main conference cannot be considered for the student sessions.

Note that having a student session for the presentation of ongoing work in no way influences the treatment of student-written papers submitted to the main conference. Rather, the student session will provide an entirely separate track emphasizing students' "work in progress" rather than completed work.

Duplicate Submissions Policy

A paper submitted to COMAD 2009 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, Sanjay Chawla ( and Kamal Karlapalem (

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.


Instructions for Panel/Tutorial/Demo Proposals

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.

Demo Proposals

COMAD 2009 seeks proposals for live demonstrations of innovative database system and information retrieval research. Research prototypes as well as commercial products are welcome. However, COMAD is not a forum for marketing or sales presentations. The presenter is expected to understand the system being demonstrated and explain the contributions of the system to the audience. Demonstrations of previously published systems are also welcome. All demonstration submissions must be within four pages in COMAD proceedings style (double-columned pages) and should provide a short description of the demonstrated system, a summary of its novel characteristics, the list of functions and features that are going to be demonstrated, and state the significance of the contribution to database and information retrieval research.


Submission Instructions for Papers and Proposals

Research Papers and Student Papers

The EasyChair Conference System here

Panel Proposals

Submission should be sent to the PC Co-Chair, Kamal Karlapalem (kamal [AT] iiit [DOT] ac [DOT] in) through E-mail.

Demo Proposals

Submission should be sent to the Demo Chair, Anirban Mondal (anirban [AT] iiitd [DOT] ac [DOT] in) through E-mail.

Industrial Papers

Submission should be sent to the Industry Chair, Prasad Deshpande (prasdesh [AT] in [DOT] ibm [DOT] com) through E-mail.


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. The submission style guide gives detailed instructions.

To help you easily format your submissions, this ZIP archive provides the following files:

  • comad.cls - Document class file for Latex users
  • sample.bib - Sample bibtex file for Latex users
  • comadFormat.tex - Sample Latex file
  • comadFormat.doc - For Microsoft Word users

Manuscript submission should be done through the EasyChair Conference System here

Page Limits

  • Research and Industrial Papers: Maximum of TWELVE (12) Letter/A4 pages in the above Camera Ready Copy format. This includes all parts of the paper: title, abstract, body, and bibliography.

    Up to two extra pages of Appendix can be submitted but it will be with the understanding that: (1) they are only appendices, (2) reviewers might not consider these additional pages, and (3) the final camera ready cannot be longer than 12 pages.

  • Student Papers: Maximum of FOUR (4) Letter/A4 pages in the above Camera Ready Copy format.
  • Demo Papers: Maximum of FOUR (4) Letter/A4 pages in the above Camera Ready Copy format.
  • Panel Proposals: See the call for panel proposals page for size and formatting instructions.
  • Tutorial Proposals: Maximum of FOUR (4) Letter/A4 pages using 11 pt or larger font. See the call for tutorial proposals page for more instructions.

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)

  • A search on the web will identify a number of freely available tools that are able to convert different file formats into pdf format. It is particularly important that only standard fonts are used and that bit-mapped fonts are avoided. If non-standard fonts are needed they must be embedded in the submitted file.
  • If you are planning to generate a Postscript file and then converting it into pdf using "ps2pdf" use the option -Ppdf with dvips, e.g., "dvips yourfile.dvi -Ppdf" and then "ps2pdf". Most systems should support the -Ppdf option; if yours does not, consider contacting your system administrator.
  • Adobe Reader (which is freely available for a number of platforms) allows one to inspect the fonts used in a pdf file (typically under the option File/Document Info/Fonts). Before you submit your pdf file, it is recommended that you use that tool to make sure that all fonts used are listed as embedded.

Acknowledgments: Much of this material is taken from the Sigmod and VLDB CFPs.






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