NSDI '24 Instructions for Presenters

These instructions are for authors of papers accepted for publication at the 21st USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI '24). If you wish to submit a paper to, or deliver a talk at, another upcoming USENIX event, please review the open Calls for Papers and Calls for Participation for our upcoming USENIX conferences.


If you need an invitation letter to apply for a visa to attend the conference, please contact the Conference Department as soon as possible. Visa applications are reportedly taking more than two months to process. Please identify yourself as a presenter or an author, and include your mailing address in your email request.

Preparing Your Paper for Publication

  1. Final Papers deadline. A printable PDF of your paper is due on or before Thursday, October 12, 2023, for the spring deadline, and Tuesday, March 5, 2024, for the fall deadline. If you have questions, please contact the Production Department.
  2. Maximum page length. Final papers should be no longer than 12 pages, including footnotes, figures, and tables. Please note that the page limit does not include references and appendices.
  3. Paper format. Papers should be typeset in two-column format using 10-point type on 12-point (single-spaced) leading, in a text block 7" wide x 9" deep, with .33" inter-column space, formatted for 8.5" x 11" paper.
  4. Embed all fonts in your final paper PDF.
  5. Apply Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to your final PDF so it is searchable.
  6. Page numbers must be suppressed on your final paper PDF.
  7. Looking for templates? Templates and sample first pages (two-column format) for Microsoft Word and LaTeX are available on the USENIX templates page. Please ensure that your final paper is saved as a US letter-sized (8.5" x 11") PDF.
  8. Certify your final paper's title, author, and abstract in HotCRP. The final PDF's title and author information, including author order and affiliation, and the abstract, must exactly match the information entered into the HotCRP submission system. Please update the information in HotCRP as necessary, then check the certification checkbox. Please note: if you make any changes after you check the certification checkbox, you will need to check the box again.
  9. Sign the consent to publish form. Each author must sign a consent to publish form, which allows USENIX to publish the paper as well as any slides, audio, and/or video of your presentation. USENIX makes these freely available as part of our commitment to open access. Please review and e-sign the form. If you are the lead author, please be sure all of your co-authors sign a form as well.
  10. Use of images, audio, and video in your materials. It is very important that you secure permission to use copyright-protected materials in your slide deck, paper, presentation video, or any other materials used at our event or submitted for publication. Even when using an item with a Creative Commons license, you must read and comply with the terms of the license.

    USENIX receives copyright infringement notices from time to time, resulting from authors or speakers using copyright-protected materials without proper licensing or attribution. When this happens, we have to unpublish the work in question until/unless the issue is resolved. Licensing fees may be incurred, even when the work is unpublished, and USENIX will bill the author or speaker for any costs incurred. When possible, USENIX will refer the complainant directly to the author or speaker, who will be solely responsible for resolving the complaint.
  11. Embargo requests. All papers will be available online only to registered attendees before the symposium. If your accepted paper should not be published prior to the event, please notify the Production Department. The papers will be made available online to the public beginning on the first day of the symposium. You can advertise your papers as having been accepted by NSDI (e.g., by listing them on your CV).

Preparing Your Paper Presentation

  1. Designate your paper presenter. The authors of each paper must designate one co-author to present the paper at the symposium via the Presenter Information form, which will be sent to authors via email. The deadline to complete this form is Wednesday, March 27, 2024.

    If the paper presenter changes before the event, you are responsible for notifying the Conference Department so they can confirm that the new presenter is registered for the event. This information is required to ensure that all NSDI '24 paper presenters are accounted for on the day of their presentation.
  2. Registration. Authors presenting their papers must register to attend the symposium. Registration information will be available on the NSDI '24 website in January. Authors will also receive information about registration via email from the Conference Department. Please note: If the conference registration fee poses a financial hardship for the presenter of the refereed paper, the presenter must contact the Conference Department with a description of their circumstances.
  3. Presentation equipment. We will provide the following equipment:
    • 1 LCD projector
    • 1 screen
    • 1 wired lavalier microphone
    • Cables and extension cords
    Note that laptops are not provided. In addition, presentation slides should be saved locally on the presenter's laptop rather than in the cloud.
  4. Presentation slides. Slides should be set up for a 16:9 aspect ratio. In order to make the content of your presentation available on the USENIX website immediately after the symposium, please email a PDF of your slides to slides@usenix.org as soon as possible after your presentation.


If you have questions about the instructions listed above, please contact the NSDI '24 Program Co-Chairs, Laurent Vanbever and Irene Zhang, or the USENIX Production Department.