MobiCom 2010 / Chicago, Illinois / September 20-24, 2010


 Paper Submission Instructions 


General information about submitting papers to MobiCom 2010, including submission deadline dates, is available in the Call for Papers. This page details the actual submission process, including the requirements for formatting your paper and conforming to the anonymous, double-blind submission and review process.

Submitted papers must be unpublished and must not be currently under review for any other publication. Authors of accepted papers will need to sign an ACM copyright release form and present their paper at the conference. The Proceedings of the conference will be published by ACM Press and distributed at the conference; copies of the Proceedings will also be available for sale after the conference. For more information about MobiCom 2010, please see the MobiCom 2010 Home Page.

Before submitting your paper, please check the description of the conference scope in the Call for Papers. MobiCom covers all issues in mobile computing and networking at the physical layer and above. If you are unsure whether your work falls within the scope of the conference, please contact the Program Co-Chairs at

All papers being submitted to MobiCom 2010 must be registered by 11:59 PM PST (US Pacific timezone) March 5th, 2010.
The deadline for actually submitting all registered papers is 11:59 PM PST (US Pacific timezone) March 12th, 2010.
This year, authors are given the option of submitting three slides to summarize their paper and its contributions. The deadline for submitting the slides is 11:59 PM PST (US Pacific timezone) March 19th, 2010 .
These are firm deadlines.

   Formatting Your Paper for Submission 

Please be sure your paper is formatted properly for submission. In particular, please carefully follow all of the following formatting requirements:

  • Your submission must be in PDF. We will not accept the papers in any other format. Whatever Therefore, irrespective of whatever text processor or formatter you use to write your paper (LaTeX, Microsoft Word, FrameMaker, etc.), please convert the output to PDF before submission. Under Windows, for example, PDF files can be produced using the Adobe Acrobat product.
  • Your submission must use a 10pt font (or larger) and be correctly formatted for printing on Letter-sized (8.5" by 11") paper. Paper text blocks must follow ACM guidelines: double-column, with each column 9.25" by 3.33", 0.33" space between columns, and single-spaced. If correctly formatted, this means that no page column will have more than 55 lines of text. In the past it has been observed that some authors mistakenly use a 9pt font, which is commonly used in the camera-ready versions of accepted papers. Please verify the font size as well as other guidelines described here, as papers using a font size less than 10pt will be automatically rejected without review.
  • To assist the formatting of your paper, we have made a LaTex class file and a Word document template. Papers accepted for the conference will be required to be formatted in standard ACM conference style for publication in the conference Proceedings; detailed formatting instructions for camera-ready formatting of final papers will be sent to the authors of accepted papers.
  • Paper submissions for regular papers must be limited to 12 pages; for submissions of Challenges papers, the limit is 8 pages. The title of these papers must start with the words "Challenge:", i.e., "Challenge: Rest of the Title". Submissions must be double column. The page limit includes everything including references, appendices, etc.
  • Number the pages of your submission.
  • Author anonymity is required. All papers will be judged through double-blind reviewing, where the identities of the authors are withheld from the reviewers. Please be sure your name does not appear on the paper or in the submitted PDF file. This means that before submission, you must remove from the paper the authors' names, authors' affiliations, acknowledgements of funding sources, etc. Also, be careful how you refer to your own prior work in the paper. For example, do not describe your prior work with phrases like:
         In prior work[3], we presented a routing protocol that ...
    Instead, refer to your work in the third person, such as
         In prior work, Smith[3] presented a routing protocol that ...
    With this method, the full citation to Smith can still be given, such as
         [3] Smith, J., "Analysis of ...
    In particular it is not acceptable to say
         [3] Reference deleted for double-blind review.
    Also, please avoid advertising the paper with the same title on your webpage or through large mailing lists. Not meeting the above guidelines for double blind review can lead to automatic rejection of the paper.
  • Please indicate the paper ID number (obtained during the registration process) instead of the author names, on the front page of the paper.
  • To maximize the chances that your paper will print correctly, please use only standard printer fonts (e.g., Times Roman, Helvetica, etc.) or standard TeX Computer Modern fonts; other fonts may be used but must be included in the PDF file.
  • The paper must print clearly on standard black-and-white printers. Reviewers are not required to view your paper in color.

This year, authors have the option of submitting three slides that summarize their paper and its contributions. The slides will not be revealed to the reviewers/TPC members until just before the TPC meeting. A typical paper that is under discussion at the TPC meeting is read by 3-6 TPC members or reviewers. The goal of the slides will be to allow any other TPC member to quickly get an idea about the main contributions of the paper during the meeting. This will allow him/her to follow the ongoing discussion, and engage with the other more informed reviewers of the paper. We believe this approach can better facilitate discussions during the TPC meeting. If you decide to submit slides, please follow the instructions below:

  • You must submit the slides as a PDF file only.
  • The slides must follow the same double-blind format as the paper.
  • The font size should be 20pt or larger.
  • Animation is not allowed in the slides.
  • Illustrative pictures are encouraged.
  • The slides should include a cover page slide and upto three content slides.
  • We suggest that your slides address: (1) the research problem, (2) your solution idea(s), and (3) your main contribution(s). We provide a suggested structure for the slides through templates: (PPTX), (PPT) and (PDF). You are free to modify this structure as you see fit, so long as you do not violate the page limit or the other formatting instructions.
  • The slides are due on 11:59 PM PST (US Pacific timezone) March 19th, 2010.

   Actually Submitting Your Paper and Optional Slides

Visit the Paper Submission Site to submit the paper.

You can submit the slides for a paper, only after you have registered the paper at the paper submission site. This is because you will be needed to enter the correct Paper ID in the slide submission site to match the slides to the paper.

Visit the Slide Submission Site to submit the optional slides.

For general information on the MobiCom 2010 paper submission or the scope of technical papers solicited, please refer to the Call for Papers. For any other questions about the submission process or paper format, please contact the Program Co-Chairs at

Thank you for submitting your paper to MobiCom 2010!

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