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TFP 2021 Call for Papers

The symposium on Trends in Functional Programming (TFP) is an international forum for researchers with interests in all aspects of functional programming, taking a broad view of current and future trends in the area. It aspires to be a lively environment for presenting the latest research results, and other contributions.

Important Dates

Submission deadline for pre-symposium review 20th November, 2020
Submission deadline for draft papers 15th January, 2021
Notification for pre-symposium submissions 20th January, 2021
Notification for draft submissions 22nd January, 2021
Symposium dates 18-19th February, 2021
Submission deadline for post-symposium reviewing 15th March, 2021
Notification for post-symposium submissions 3rd May, 2021
Camera ready copy is due 1st June, 2021
Publication in LNCS (approximately, subject to approval by Springer) by end July, 2021

Note: the submission deadlines are hard deadlines; they will not be extended.


The symposium recognizes that new trends may arise through various routes. As part of the Symposium's focus on trends we therefore identify the following five article categories. High-quality articles are solicited in any of these categories:

Articles must be original and not simultaneously submitted for publication to any other forum. They may consider any aspect of functional programming: theoretical, implementation-oriented, or experience-oriented. Applications of functional programming techniques to other languages are also within the scope of the symposium.

Topics suitable for the symposium include, but are not limited to:

If you are in doubt on whether your article is within the scope of TFP, please contact one of the TFP 2021 program chairs, Viktória Zsók or John Hughes.

Best Paper Awards

To reward excellent contributions, TFP awards a prize for the best paper accepted for the formal proceedings.

TFP traditionally pays special attention to research students, acknowledging that students are almost by definition part of new subject trends. A student paper is one for which the authors state that the paper is mainly the work of students, the students are listed as first authors, and a student presented the paper at the symposium. A prize for the best student paper is awarded each year. Please label your submission clearly as a student paper if you meet these criteria.

In both cases, it is the PC of TFP that awards the prize. In case the best paper also happens to be a student paper, that paper will receive both prizes. Here is a list of previous award winners.

Paper Submissions

Papers must be submitted at:

Authors have three opportunities to submit their work to TFP:

Submission deadline for pre-symposium review 20th November, 2020
Submission deadline for draft papers 15th January, 2021
Submission deadline for post-symposium reviewing 15th March, 2021

Papers submitted for pre-symposium review will be reviewed by the programme committee, and may be

Draft papers submitted for the second deadline will be lightly reviewed, and may be accepted for presentation at the symposium, but cannot be accepted for inclusion in the proceedings at this stage.

Every accepted paper should be presented at the symposium by one of the authors (including papers which are already accepted for the proceedings).

Papers which were presented at the symposium may be submitted for post-symposium review by the programme committee, and may then be accepted for inclusion in the proceedings. Papers which were accepted for the proceedings during the first review round should not be resubmitted--they will automatically be included, provided they were presented at the symposium.

All papers accepted for inclusion in the proceedings, after either the first or the third reviewing round, should be revised to address the reviewers' concerns, and resubmitted for the camera-ready deadline; there is around a month after the final notification available to do so. We expect the proceedings to be published by the end of July.

We strongly encourage authors to submit their work for the first deadline. Authors whose papers are accepted for presentation, but not immediately for the proceedings in this first round, will have almost two months to address the reviewers' concerns, including an opportunity to present and discuss the work at the symposium itself, before resubmitting for the final round of reviewing. This should improve the chances of final acceptance considerably. Papers submitted for the first deadline will also have priority for the presentation slots at the symposium.

Paper categories

Draft papers and papers submitted for formal review are either submitted as extended abstracts (4 to 10 pages in length) or as full papers (20 pages). The submission must clearly indicate which category it belongs to: research, position, project, evaluation, or overview paper. It should also indicate which authors are research students, and whether the main author(s) are students.


Papers must be written in English, and written using the LNCS style. For more information about formatting please consult the Springer LNCS web site.


We expect the proceedings to be published in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science series as in previous years (subject to approval by Springer). Authors should consult Springer's authors' guidelines and use their proceedings templates, either for LaTeX or for Word, for the preparation of their papers. These templates are also available in Overleaf.

Springer encourages authors to include their ORCIDs in their papers. For the final proceedings, the corresponding author of each paper, acting on behalf of all of the authors of that paper, will need to complete and sign a Consent-to-Publish form. The corresponding author signing the copyright form should match the corresponding author marked on the paper. Once the files have been sent to Springer, changes relating to the authorship of the papers cannot be made. We will offer, but not mandate, open access publication via Springer's "Open Choice" option, under which authors retain copyright and release their paper under a a CC-BY licence. Authors who choose open access publication will be invoiced by Springer for the corresponding open access fee.

Programme Committee


Viktória Zsók Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
John Hughes Chalmers University, Gothenburg, Sweden


To be announced