Authors are invited to submit presentations in one of three categories:
- Full Papers
Authors should submit papers describing significant, original and unpublished work. Such papers are expected to be approximately 10-20 pages in length but this guideline is not strict. These papers will be fully refereed by the programme committee and the accepted ones will appear in conference proceedings. As in previous years, a selection of the papers will appear in a post-conference volume. The second round of refereeing for this volume will take place shortly after the conference.
Authors can submit abstracts of up to 1000 words. Abstracts will be fully refereed. The accepted ones will appear in the conference proceedings. Abstracts will not go forward to the second round of refereeing for the post-conference volume. However, authors of accepted abstracts will have the opportunity to write a full paper based on their abstract and submit it for the selected papers volume. People who wish to give a talk (e.g. practitioners, researchers with preliminary or incomplete papers) but do not want to submit a full paper can submit under this category.
- System Demonstrations
Authors can submit an abstract, describing the major properties and contribution of implemented and/or commercial timetabling systems. Abstracts should not exceed 1000 words (3-4 pages). Authors of accepted submissions in this category would be expected to provide a demonstration of their software during the conference. Demonstration submissions will be evaluated on the basis of their innovation, relevance and scientific contribution. The abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings but they will not be forwarded to the second round of refereeing for the post-conference volume. However, authors of accepted system demonstration abstracts are welcome to submit a full paper to the post-conference volume if they so wish.
Authors of all types of submitted papers are kindly requested to prepare a paper in English and submit it through our online submission system. The length of the paper should fulfill the requirements given for each category above. Since the post-conference volume for PATAT 2008 will be published as an issue of Annals of Operations Research, the conference proceedings will use the same format. Authors should thus prepare each submission as a PDF file (created from a LaTeX or Word source file) according to the instructions for manuscript preparation that can be found in Springer - Instructions for Authors.
Please note that all participants will need to register for the conference and pay the registration fee in order for accepted submissions to appear in the conference proceedings.
Submission deadline: February 29th, 2008