The 21st ACM International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services

June 18 - June 22, 2023 • Helsinki, Finland

Call for Papers

ACM MobiSys 2023 seeks to present innovative and significant research on all aspects of mobile computing, applications, and services. The conference values technical contributions with working implementations and practical evaluations. We also welcome work that explores new and compelling mobile scenarios and applications as long as the work goes well beyond providing an initial vision.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Note: Selected outstanding papers may be fast-tracked as a special section of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing.

Policy on Concurrent/Previous submissions

Papers whose contributions overlap with work currently under review elsewhere must not be submitted to ACM MobiSys. Papers whose contributions overlap with an earlier published paper will be considered only if (1) the previous paper was published (not just accepted) at a workshop at least 6 months before ACM MobiSys submission date and (2) it adds significant new contributions over the previous paper. Authors uncertain whether their submission meets these guidelines should contact the program chairs. Papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms will not be considered. Accepted submissions will be treated as confidential prior to publication; rejected submissions will be permanently treated as confidential.

Posted technical reports (ArXiv or similar) do not count as prior publication. However, (inspired by similar guidelines from ACM ASPLOS’23) we encourage the authors to (1) use different system names in the technical report and MobiSys submission and (2) avoid publicizing the technical report on social media or community blogs and webpages while it is under review by MobiSys.

Double-Blind Review Process

ACM MobiSys will use a double-blind review policy during the initial paper review. Authors are instructed to not include their names, affiliations, and contact information on the manuscript they submit for review. Authors should also anonymize the content of their paper to hide their identity. Reviewers will not know the identity of the authors until an outcome is decided for the paper. Only PC chairs will know the identity of the authors and be able to interact with them during the review process, should the need arise. Submissions which are not properly anonymized will be rejected without being reviewed.

Submissions will be judged on originality, significance, interest, clarity, relevance, and technical correctness. Papers may be conditionally accepted and shepherded by a member of the program committee, with final acceptance determined by consent of the shepherd.

Formatting Guidelines

Submissions must be in PDF. We will not accept papers in any other format. Submissions 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. Submissions MUST be no more than twelve (12) pages + unlimited number of pages for bibliography references. The 12-page limit includes everything (e.g., abstract, text, appendix, etc.) except for the bibliography references. Submissions can use this LaTex template that is known to comply with the formatting requirements. Authors remain responsible for checking that their resulting PDF meets our formatting and anonymity specifications. Submissions not following these guidelines will be rejected without review.

IRB Approval Requirement

As part of the submission process, authors of papers that describe experiments on human subjects, or that analyze nonpublic data derived from human subjects (even anonymized data), will be asked to certify that their work was vetted by an ethics review (e.g., IRB approval). We expect authors to follow the rules of their host institutions around data collection and experiments with human subjects.

Mandatory Registration

At least one author of an accepted paper is expected to register for the conference (at non-student rate) and present the paper in-person. The MobiSys organizers will monitor the pandemic situation in case accommodations are needed.

Artifact Evaluation

Submissions may opt for an artifact evaluation. When authors do so, they commit to providing the implementations, models, test suites, benchmarks, and data used to derive the results presented in the paper to the artifact evaluation committee. Based on the evaluation, the papers will be awarded the appropriate artifact evaluation badge The artifact evaluation will be conducted after paper acceptance decisions.

(New) Early Rejection Notification and Rebuttal

MobiSys’23 will have early rejection notifications and a rebuttal phase. The authors of the papers that do not advance to the second round of review will be notified of the rejection of their paper. This allows the authors to plan for another submission and not have to wait for the MobiSys review process to come to an end. The papers that do advance to the second round of review will get a chance to submit a rebuttal after the second round comes to an end. In the rebuttal, the authors will be asked to respond to the questions raised by the reviewers. The reviewers will then read the response and use that as part of their discussions on the paper. To lower the amount of effort for both the authors and reviewers, MobiSys limits the rebuttal to 500 words.

Important Dates

(New) This year, MobiSys will not have a registration deadline.

Paper Submission December 9, 2022 AoE
Early Rejection Notification January 18, 2023
Rebuttal Period February 13-16, 2023
Final Decision Notification February 27, 2023


If you have any questions, please contact the Program Co-Chairs, Yunxin Liu and Ardalan Amiri Sani at .


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