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ICPC 2021
Sat 22 - Sun 30 May 2021 Madrid, Spain
co-located with ICSE 2021

Call for Papers

The goal of the Early Research Achievements (ERA) track is to provide researchers and practitioners with a forum for presenting promising ideas in early stages of research. Ideally, the ERA track seeks papers that challenge the status quo of program comprehension with new research directions and provocative ideas. The ERA track is the perfect place for a paper that aims at setting the agenda for a new line of research and a series of future papers! The track targets the same topics of interest as those of the technical research paper track. As opposed to regular research papers, submissions to the ERA track typically describe research in progress and do not require a solid evaluation.

Review and Evaluation Criteria

ERA papers will be reviewed by at least three members of the ERA Program Committee. Submissions will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Novelty: The extent to which the proposed work is novel and original;
  • Significance: The extent to which the proposed work is motivated in the current context and the importance of the contributions is clearly highlighted;
  • Soundness: The extent to which the proposed work follows appropriate scientific methods for the methodology/experiments;
  • Presentation: Of particular importance here are the clarity of the text, sufficient detail provided, the quality of figures and tables, and compliance with the submission instructions;
  • Comparison with related work: Submissions are expected to have a separate section called “Related Work” in which the proposed work is contrasted with the existing body of literature;
  • Evaluation: Although an extensive evaluation is not required, submissions are expected to have a preliminary evaluation;
  • Replicability and reproducibility: Although replication packages are not required, submissions are encouraged to share data and scripts to ease replicability and reproducibility.

Format and Submission

ERA track submissions must not be longer than 4 pages for the main text, inclusive of figures, tables, and appendices where references may optionally continue on 1 additional page (a.k.a. 4+1 pages). Purchase of additional pages in the proceedings is not allowed. All ERA track submissions must, at the time of submission, conform to the IEEE formatting instructions (title in 24pt font and full text in 10pt type, see the guidelines at https://www.ieee.org/conferences/publishing/templates.html), indifferent to the type-setting system used (LaTeX, Word…). LaTeX users must use \documentclass[10pt,conference]{IEEEtran} without including the compsoc or compsocconf options.

Submissions must be submitted electronically as PDF files via the EasyChair Submission System (https://www.easychair.org/my/conference?conf=icpc2021) and must explicitly answer the following questions in the submission: What is the new idea? Why is it new? What is the single most related paper by the same author(s)? By others? What feedback do the authors expect from the forum? Addressing these questions in explicit, distinct sections is strongly recommended. We encourage the authors to upload their paper information early (and can submit the PDF later) to properly enter conflicts for double-blind reviewing.

The submissions must comply with the ACM Policy on Plagiarism, Misrepresentation, and Falsification and the IEEE Policy on Authorship, part of the IEEE Plagiarism FAQ. In particular, submissions to the ERA track must not have been accepted previously for publication or submitted for review to another conference, journal, or book while under review for ICPC.

Submissions should not disclose the identity of the authors to comply with the double-blind review process employed by ICPC. The authors’ names must be omitted from the submissions and references to their prior work should be in the third person.

ICPC 2021 and the ERA track follow the ACM SIGSOFT rules on Conflicts of Interest and Confidentiality of Submissions and all authors, reviewers, and organizers will uphold the ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

Review and Evaluation Criteria

ERA papers will be reviewed by at least three members of the ERA Program Committee. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of their originality, importance of contribution, soundness, evaluation, quality, and consistency of presentation, and appropriate comparison to related work. Special emphasis will be put on the originality and timeliness of the proposed contribution, and even though a full evaluation of the proposed ideas is welcomed, it is not required.

Publication and Presentation

Upon notification of acceptance, all authors of accepted papers will receive further instructions for preparing their camera-ready versions. At least one author of the paper must register and present the paper at the conference; otherwise the paper will be excluded from both the program and the proceedings. More details on the presentations will follow the notifications. All accepted papers will be published in the conference electronic proceedings, which will also be available in the IEEEXplore Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of ICSE 2021. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.

Track Chairs

Chaiyong Ragkhitwetsagul and Venera Arnaudova

Important Dates (all AoE / UTC-12h)

  • Abstract submission deadline: Feb 11, 2021
  • Paper submission deadline: Feb 17, 2021
  • Notifications: Mar 5, 2021
  • Camera Ready: Mar 18, 2021