Call for Papers

Research Track PVLDB Vol. 5 and VLDB 2012

We invite submissions of original research papers to the volume 5 of Proceedings of the VLDB Endowment (PVLDB). Accepted papers will form the Research Track for the 2012 VLDB conference. Please read carefully, as the submission procedure and formatting guidelines for VLDB 2012 have changed from previous years.

The annual VLDB conference is a premier annual international forum for database researchers, vendors, practitioners, application developers, and users. PVLDB, established in 2008, is a scholarly journal for short and timely research papers, with a journal-style review and quality-assurance process. PVLDB is distinguished by a monthly submission process with rapid reviews. PVLDB issues are published regularly throughout the year. Your paper will appear in PVLDB a few weeks after acceptance, and possibly in advance of the VLDB conference. All accepted papers will both be published in PVLDB Vol. 5 and presented at the VLDB 2012 conference. At least one author of every submitted paper should plan to attend the VLDB conference if the paper is accepted.

PVLDB is the only submission channel for research papers to appear in the VLDB 2012 conference. More information on the submission guidelines and processes for this track may be found below. Information on other VLDB 2012 tracks will be released in coming months.

Topics of Interest

PVLDB welcomes original research papers on a broad range of topics related to data-centric computation, especially at scale. The themes and topics listed below are intended as a sample of familiar themes and topics; we encourage and expect papers on all data-centric topics.

  • Systems for Data Management: data system architecture; storage, replication and consistency; physical representations; query and dataflow processing
  • Scalable Data Analysis: complex queries and search; approximate querying; scalable statistical methods; management of uncertainty and reasoning at scale; data privacy and security
  • Management of Very Large Data Systems: availability; adaptivity and self-tuning; power management; virtualization
  • Data Models and Languages: XML and semi-structured data; multi-media, temporal and spatial data; declarative languages; language interfaces for databases;
  • Performance and Evaluation: benchmarking; experimental methodology at scale; scientific evaluation of complex data systems
  • Domain-Specific Data Management: methods and systems for science; developing regions; networks and mobility; ubiquitous computing; sensors databases
  • Management of Web and Heterogeneous Data: information extraction; information integration; meta-data management; data cleaning; service oriented architectures
  • User Interfaces and Social Data: data visualization; collaborative data analysis and curation; social networks; email and messaging analytics

Submission Guidelines

The conference management tools for the submission of abstracts and papers is accessible at

Format: Papers are to be formatted according to the conference’s camera-ready format, as embodied in the document templates. The maximum paper length is 12 pages. Unlike previous years, the authors are free to organize their paper as they wish, and are not required to have an appendix.

Submission Process

PVLDB uses a novel review process designed to promote timely submission, review, and revision of scholarly results. The process will be carried out over 12 submission deadlines during the year preceding the conference. The basic cycle will operate as follows:

  • A Rolling Deadline occurs on the 1st of each month, 5:00 AM Pacific Time (Daylight Savings observed according to US calendar).
  • Initial Reviews are intended to be done within two months, and they will include notice of acceptance, rejection, or revision requests. We expect most of the papers to have initial reviews much earlier than 2 months.
  • Revision Requests are to be specific, and moderate in scope. Authors will be given two months to produce a revised submission.
  • Second Reviews are intended to be returned within one month, after which a final decision will be made. Second reviews are to directly address the authors’ handling of the requested revisions.

Authors are advised that reviewing turnaround time is subject to fluctuations in submission rates, which are expected to be higher toward the end of the annual cycle.

Notes on revision requests

The revision process is intended to be a constructive partnership between reviewers and authors. To this end, reviewers bear a responsibility to request revisions only in constructive scenarios: when requests can be addressed by specific and modest efforts that can lead to acceptance within the revision timeframe. In turn, authors bear the responsibility of attempting to meet those requests within the stated timeframe, or of withdrawing the paper from submission. At the discretion of the Program Committee, mechanisms may be employed for reviewers and authors to engage in further dialog during the revision period.

All final submissions to PVLDB 2012 must be received by March 1, 2012. The only exceptions to this policy will be a few revision requests for which the deadline may be explicitly designated to be. To keep this schedule, all papers submitted for the batches of Feb. 1 and March 1, 2012 will receive binary accept/reject decisions; no revision requests will be issued for those submissions. Instead, user feedback may be requested for papers submitted for the batches of Feb. 1 and March 1, 2012.


Authors are not allowed to resubmit work that was previously rejected from PVLDB, within one year of the original submission date.

Extended Journal Articles

Because PVLDB accepts conference-length papers, authors are encouraged to develop longer versions of PVLDB papers and submit them to traditional journal venues. The Editors-in-Chief of the VLDB Journal (VLDBJ) have formally agreed that extended versions of papers published in PVLDB may be considered for publication in VLDBJ. Other journals have informally encouraged this as well. More information on this topic is available in the PVLDB FAQ at