Programming Languages and Systems (TOPLAS)


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ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems (TOPLAS) is the premier journal for reporting recent research advances in the areas of programming languages, and systems to assist the task of programming.


The scope of TOPLAS includes, but is not limited to, the following subjects:

  • language design for sequential and parallel programming
  • programming language implementation
  • programming language semantics
  • compilers and interpreters
  • runtime systems for program execution
  • storage allocation and garbage collection
  • languages and methods for writing program specifications
  • languages and methods for secure and reliable programs
  • testing and verification of programs

Papers can be either theoretical or experimental in style, but in either case, they must contain innovative and novel content that advances the state of the art of programming languages and systems. We also invite strictly experimental papers that compare existing approaches, tutorial, and survey papers.

Journal-first publication with presentation at partner conferences

Original papers can be considered for presentation at one of multiple conferences, which include PLDI, POPL, OOPSLA, and ECOOP. Authors should put a note in their cover letter to indicate interest. Such papers will be considered to be published in TOPLAS rather than in the conference where the presentation is made. Every effort will be made to make a decision by the conference notification date, provided authors return revisions within the requested number of weeks. However, submissions that are revised versions of earlier conference paper(s) will not be considered for presentation. To be considered for presentation, papers must be submitted at least three months before the official conference submission deadline.

TOPLAS is available on-line in the digital libraries and in print through membership the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

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