ICSE 2025
Sat 26 April - Sun 4 May 2025 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Call for Contributions

The following information is tentative and will be finalized at a later date

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


A submission to the ICSE 2025 call for journal-first paper presentations must adhere to the following criteria:

  • The associated journal paper needs to have been accepted to a journal from the above list no earlier than November 1st, 2023 and no later than October 10th, 2024.
  • The paper is in the scope of the conference.
  • The paper does not exclusively report a secondary study, e.g., systematic reviews, mapping studies, surveys.
  • 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.
    • As a rough guide, a journal-first paper should have at least 70% new content over and above the content of previous publications. As such, the expectation is that an extension of a full 8-10 pages conference or workshop paper would not be deemed a journal-first paper.
  • 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 any paper that meets the above criteria are invited to submit a (maximum) one-page presentation proposal 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. The template to use is the TEMPLATE TO BE CREATED. If the journal paper is related to or builds on a previously published work (such as a tool demo or a poster), then the proposal must clearly and explicitly justify why the paper should be considered a journal first paper.

By submitting your article to an IEEE Publication, you are hereby acknowledging that you and your co-authors are subject to all IEEE Publications Policies.

Submission site: TO BE CREATED AT HOTCRP

Submissions must not exceed 1 page.

Evaluation and Selection

Authors will be invited to present their paper at ICSE 2025 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 the case that 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 particular, priority will be given to papers whose specified presenter is not presenting other journal first or main research track papers.
  • Best fit the technical program, offering a balance across the conference topics: preference will be given to topics that are under-represented in the other tracks.
  • Would be ineligible as a journal-first presentation at the next SE3 conference (ICSE/FSE/ASE) – because its acceptance date precedes the next conference’s window of journal acceptance dates for JF presentations.

If there is further need to select from papers with the same priority, then they will be randomly selected. However, we will do our best to avoid this situation.

Important Dates

  • Journal First Submissions Deadline: 21 October 2024
  • Journal First Acceptance Notification: 10 December, 2024
  • Submissions close at 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth, UTC-12)

Conference Attendance Expectation

If a submission is accepted for the journal-first program, the specified presenter must register for and attend the full 3-day technical conference and present the paper. The presentation is expected to be delivered in person, unless this is impossible due to travel limitations (related to, e.g., health, visa, or COVID-19 prevention). Each journal-first presentation will be scheduled in a session with topically-related Technical Track, NIER, SEIP, and/or SEIS 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.