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[Note: Due to several requests, the deadline for this special
issue has been extended one more week to July 6, 2009. Please
do submit a paper. --Stephanie]

          Journal of Automated Reasoning

     Special issue on the POPLmark Challenge

                  Call for Papers

How close are we to a world in which mechanically verified software is
commonplace? A world in which theorem proving technology is used
routinely by both software developers and programming language
researchers alike? One crucial step towards achieving these goals is
mechanized reasoning about language metatheory.  Researchers in
programming languages have long felt the need for tools to help
formalize and check their work. With advances in language technology
demanding deep understanding of ever larger and more complex
languages, this need has become urgent.

In 2005, a group of programming language researchers at Penn and
Cambridge issued "The POPLmark challenge": a set of challenge problems
aimed at the programming language and theorem proving community to
gauge progress in mechanizing programming language metatheory. The
solutions to this challenge have been gathered at


The goal of the special issue is a retrospective on the POPLmark
challenge, summarizing and analyzing what has been learned.

Submissions are encouraged, but not limited to, the following topics:

* Complete, polished descriptions of specific POPLmark solutions,
    including well-commented proof scripts

* Analysis and comparison of solutions to the POPLmark challenge

* Descriptions and code for proof assistant extensions/libraries
    developed explicitly for the purpose of programming language

* New formalization techniques, especially with respect to binding

* Proposals for new challenge problems that benchmark programming
    language work

Manuscripts should be unpublished works and not submitted
elsewhere. Revised and enhanced versions of papers published in
conference proceedings that have not appeared in archival journals
are eligible for submission. All submissions will be reviewed
according to the usual standards of scholarship and originality.

Submissions are due *July 6, 2009*. We will keep a tight review
schedule to enable publication of the special issue by mid
2010. Papers that do not progress through the reviewing cycle in a
timely manner may be published in a later issue.

Papers should be in pdf format following the JAR guidelines for
authors. We encourage authors to keep their submissions below 30
pages. Authors should submit their papers electronically to

For more information, see

Guest Editors

    Stephanie Weirich, University of Pennsylvania
    Benjamin Pierce,   University of Pennsylvania

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