Call for Papers
The 17th Asian Symposium on Programming Languages and Systems
Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, 2 – 4 December, 2019



The symposium is devoted to foundational and practical issues broadly spanning the areas of programming languages and systems. Papers are solicited on topics such as

  • semantics, logics, foundational theory
  • design of languages, type systems, and foundational calculi
  • domain-specific languages
  • compilers, interpreters, abstract machines
  • program derivation, synthesis, and transformation
  • program analysis, verification, model-checking
  • logic, constraint, probabilistic, and quantum programming
  • software security
  • concurrency and parallelism
  • tools and environments for programming and implementation

Topics are not limited to those discussed in previous symposiums. Papers identifying future directions of programming and those addressing the rapid changes of the underlying computing platforms are especially welcome. Demonstration of systems and tools in the scope of APLAS are welcome to the System and Tool demonstrations category. Authors concerned about the appropriateness of a topic are welcome to consult with program chair prior to submission.

Important Dates

  • Abstract deadline: Tuesday, June 11, 2019
  • Submission deadline: Friday, June 14, 2019
  • Author response: Wednesday-Friday, July 24-26, 2019
  • Author notification: Monday, August 12, 2019
  • Camera-ready deadline: Saturday, August 31, 2019
  • Conference: Monday-Wednesday, December 2-4, 2019

All deadline times are AoE (Anywhere on Earth).


We solicit submissions in two categories:

  • Regular research papers describing original scientific research results, including system development and case studies. Regular research papers should not exceed 18 pages in the Springer LNCS format, including bibliography and figures. This category encompasses both theoretical and implementation (also known as system descriptions) papers. In either case, submissions should clearly identify what has been accomplished and why it is significant. Submissions will be judged on the basis of significance, relevance, correctness, originality, and clarity. System descriptions papers should contain a link to a working system and will be judged on originality, usefulness, and design. In case of lack of space, proofs, experimental results, or any information supporting the technical results of the paper could be provided as an appendix or a link to a web page, but reviewers are not obliged to read them.
  • System and tool demonstrations describing a demonstration of a tool or a system that support theory, program construction, reasoning, or program execution in the scope of APLAS. The main purpose of a tool paper is to display a completed, robust and well-documented tool–highlighting the overall functionality of the tool, the interfaces of the tool, interesting examples and applications of the tool, an assessment of the tool’s strengths and weaknesses, and a summary of documentation/support available with the tool. Authors of tool demonstration proposals are expected to present a live demonstration of the tool at the conference. It is highly desirable that the tools are available on the web. System and Tool papers should not exceed 8 pages in the Springer LNCS format, including bibliography and figures. They may include an additional appendix of up to 6 extra pages giving the outline, screenshots, examples, etc. to indicate the content of the proposed live demo. To facilitate the reviewing process, tool papers should clearly be so indicated in the EasyChair submission. We strongly recommend that the authors add the suffix ‘[Tool Paper]’ to the title of the submission in the EasyChair, but not necessarily in the paper itself.

Papers should be submitted electronically via the submission web page using EasyChair. The acceptable format is PDF.

Submitted papers must be unpublished and not submitted for publication elsewhere. Papers must be written in English. The proceedings will be published as a volume in Springer’s LNCS series. Accepted papers must be presented at the conference.

Review Process

APLAS 2019 will use a lightweight double-blind reviewing process. Following this process means that reviewers will not see the authors’ names or affiliations as they initially review a paper. The authors’ names will then be revealed to the reviewers only once their reviews have been submitted.

To facilitate this process, submitted papers must adhere to the following:

  • Author names and institutions must be omitted and
  • References to the authors’ own related work should be in the third person (e.g., not “We build on our previous work …” but rather “We build on the work of …”).

The purpose of this process is to help the reviewers come to an initial judgement about the paper without bias, not to make it impossible for them to discover the authors if they were to try. Nothing should be done in the name of anonymity that weakens the submission, makes the job of reviewing the paper more difficult, or interferes with the process of disseminating new ideas. For example, important background references should not be omitted or anonymized, even if they are written by the same authors and share common ideas, techniques, or infrastructure. Authors should feel free to disseminate their ideas or draft versions of their paper as they normally would. For instance, authors may post drafts of their papers on the web or give talks on their research ideas.

Author Response Period

During the author response period, authors will be able to read reviews and respond to them as appropriate.

Research Integrity

The Program Committee reserves the right, up until the time of publication, to reverse a decision of paper acceptance. Reversal is possible if fatal flaws are discovered in the paper, or research integrity is found to have been seriously breached.