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Today I set a personal record for earliest submission of a paper: a whole 15 minutes before the deadline to ACM CCS :-) And I have a really cool advisor: he stayed up the night too because the deadline was at 7 in the morning.
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2005-05-09 06:21 am (UTC)
No, I do mean earliest, relative to the deadline that is. I usually submit about 5 minutes before the hour, every time! Essentially I always underestimate the time needed to finish and never complete proofreading and end up working on it until the last minute. This time we were sumbitting two papers but somehow managed to put in everything we wanted to.
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[User Picture]From: ephermata
2005-05-09 01:31 pm (UTC)
Yep, I think a lot of us were doing that this morning. I'm glad it's done.

My pattern is to put in a preliminary submission about ~4 hours before deadline, then revise madly. I've done this ever since being burned by a submission server that went down under load. The final submission, though, usually doesn't happen until you can't submit...
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2005-05-09 03:05 pm (UTC)
That's a good idea. Although I'm surprised that you were penalized for no fault of yours. Which conference was taht?
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[User Picture]From: ephermata
2005-05-09 04:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, it worked out fine in the end. They extended the deadline and I was eventually able to submit. I was just unhappy for a day or so. It wasn't actually a conference, though -- it was the NSF Graduate Fellowship application submission process first time I applied for it. Now they stagger due dates by area to avoid these problems.
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2005-05-09 08:15 pm (UTC)
BTW, did you notice the insane number of submissions to CCS? Our serial numbers were in the 230s and 240s. I suspect it'd have gone up to 260-270 by the deadline. Ratio's even worse than CRYPTO.
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[User Picture]From: ephermata
2005-05-09 09:00 pm (UTC)
Our serial number was 146, and that's a couple hours before deadline. I wouldn't be surprised if it hits 300+. Unless I'm mistaken, CCS has been around a 11-15% rate the last few years, while CRYPTO is around 15-20%. There are some web pages around with statistics...

At these rates, getting in (or not) is as much a crapshoot as anything else. Not sure what to do about it. On the other hand, I remember reading that Oakland last year had a low accept rate just because the PC couldn't agree on enough papers!
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