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ICSE has formed partnerships with prestigious software engineering journals to incorporate journal-first papers into the ICSE program. Through this initiative, authors of journal-first papers accepted in the partnering journals will be invited to present their work at ICSE, thus providing an opportunity for the authors to engage directly with the community and offering the ICSE attendees an additional dimension to the research track program.

The journals that support the journal-first model as partners with ICSE are:

  • IEEE Transaction of Software Engineering (IEEE TSE),
  • ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology (ACM TOSEM),
  • Empirical Software Engineering (EMSE).

Call for Contributions


A submission to the ICSE 2020 call for journal-first paper presentations must adhere to the following criteria:

  • The associated accepted journal paper was accepted to a journal from the list below no earlier than November 1, 2018 and no later than November 1, 2019:

    • IEEE Transaction of Software Engineering (IEEE TSE),
    • ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology (ACM TOSEM),
    • Empirical Software Engineering (EMSE).
  • The paper is in the scope of the conference.

  • The paper reports completely new research results and/or presents novel contributions that significantly extend and were not previously reported in prior work.
  • The paper does not extend prior work solely with additional proofs or algorithms (or other such details presented for completeness), additional empirical results, or minor enhancements or variants of the results presented in the prior work.
  • The paper has not been presented at, and is not under consideration for, journal-first programs of other conferences.

How to Submit

The authors of a paper that respects these criteria are invited to submit a one-page presentation proposal (in ACM 2-column format) consisting of the paper’s title, the paper’s authors, an extended abstract, and a pointer to the original journal paper at the journal’s Web site. If the journal paper extends previously published work (such as, a tool demo or a poster), then the proposal must include a section listing the main contribution that are novel to the journal paper. If the paper is not online yet, then specify so. The original paper should also be uploaded during submission. The submission site is: https://icse2020-jf.hotcrp.com/

Evaluation and selection

Authors will be invited to present their paper at ICSE 2020 after a check that the paper satisfies the above listed criteria. As the papers have already been reviewed and accepted by the journals, they will not be reviewed again for technical content. In case an exceptionally high number of submissions is received, not all papers will be selected. Priority will be given to the papers that:

  • Increase opportunities for authors to attend ICSE, who might not otherwise attend. In other words, priority will be given to papers with authors that have no (or fewer) papers accepted at the other ICSE tracks.
  • Best fit the technical program, offering a balance across the conference topics.

If there is further need to select from papers with the same priority, then they will be selected based on a lottery.

Important Dates

  • Submission opens: December 2, 2019
  • Submission deadline: December 13, 2019
  • Notification: February 07, 2020
  • Submissions close at 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth, UTC-12)


If a submission is accepted for the journal-first program, at least one author of the associated journal paper must register and attend the conference to present the paper. A journal-first presentation will be scheduled in a session with topically-related Technical Track, NIER, SEIP, and SEIS papers.  Journal-first presentations will be allocated 15-20 minutes, depending on the number of papers included in the program, ideally, the same time as the technical papers. 

The journal-first manuscripts are published through the journals and will not be part of the ICSE proceedings. The journal-first papers will be listed in the conference program.

Journal-First Co-chairs