ICT4S 2023
Mon 5 - Fri 9 June 2023 RENNES, France

The International Conference on Information and Communications Technology for Sustainability (ICT4S) is the premier international conference aiming at bringing together leading researchers in ICT for Sustainability with government, industry and community representatives, including decision-makers and end-users with an interest in using ICT for sustainability, as well as artists and researchers focusing on ICT effects on sustainability and developers of sustainable ICT systems or applications. ICT4S is devoted to covering all types of research, developments and applications of ICT to support sustainability. In this context, there are still numerous problems to be addressed that require collaborative research across multiple disciplines.

Call for Papers

To provide a broader forum for reporting on scientific progress as well as practical experiences on ICT for sustainability, ICT4S 2023 invites research paper submissions that range from well-founded technical papers, to exploratory, empirical and application papers. We welcome original papers reporting on research, development, case studies, and experience and empirical reports in the field of ICT4S. The following type of papers are possible:

  • Technical Papers describe original scientifically rigorous solutions to significant sustainability development problems. A technical paper should clearly describe the problem addressed, the relevant state of the art, the scientifically-founded solution, and the impact and benefits of the contribution. Appropriate examples, synthetic or otherwise, should be used to explain all aspects of the contribution.
  • Exploratory papers describe new, non-conventional ICT for sustainability development research positions or approaches. These papers should challenge the status-quo and describe vision solutions based on new ways of using ICT for the development of sustainable systems, tools, methods, and environments. They must clearly describe the inadequacies in the current state-of-the-art and rigorously present their approach, clearly demonstrating and discussing its pertinence, correctness, and significance.
  • Application papers provide a realistic and verifiable picture of the current state-of-the-practice in ICT for sustainability and explore the problems encountered by the industrial, community, or other adoption of sustainability techniques. Contributions should describe and analyze the application of ICT for sustainability techniques to industrial problems, preferably identifying challenges, shortcomings, innovative solutions, and concepts arising from the practical deployment of tools and techniques.
  • Empirical Evaluation papers evaluate existing problem cases or scientifically validate proposed solutions through, for example, empirical studies, experiments, case studies, or simulations. The topic of the evaluation presented in the paper must be clearly stated and motivated. The research method must be sound and appropriate. The results must highlight the advances found, but also the current gaps and challenges.

Evaluation Process and Selection Criteria

ICT4S 2023 will follow a double-blind review process for the Research Papers track.

All submitted papers will be reviewed by three members of the program committee. Papers will be evaluated (in accordance with their type) based on their novelty, significance, soundness, reproducibility, evaluation, quality of presentation and appropriate comparison to related work, and general presentation of the overall contribution. Since the ICT4S conference is also a place where researchers and practitioners can exchange personal perspectives on values and impact, particular attention will be given to the explicit description and the significance of how the work has or would positively impact any aspect of sustainability of the environment, society, or economy.

Topics of interest

ICT4S 2023 seeks submissions to the Research Papers track on diverse topics related to ICT for sustainability, including, but not limited to:

  • Sustainable community building via ICT
  • Potential of ICT for economic growth and decentralization
  • Green E-Commerce, sustainable online-shopping
  • Digital Sufficiency / Digital Sobriety
  • ICT and circular economy / circular society
  • Sustainability-driven resilience by and of ICT
  • Social sustainability implications, contributions and limitations of ICT
  • Enabling and systemic effects of ICT on society and/or the environment
  • Smart cyber-physical systems (grids, city, home, farming)
  • Sustainability in data centers and high-performance computing
  • Green networking, monitoring and adaptation of software-intensive systems and services
  • ICT-induced behavioral and societal change
  • Design principles for sustainable ICT
  • Sustainable software engineering
  • Sustainability of technical infrastructures
  • Software for sustainable business governance
  • Reduced hardware obsolescence
  • Incentives and nudges for more sustainable ICT
  • Challenges for an environmentally sustainable ICT industry
  • Art and education in ICT for sustainability
  • Systematic interdisciplinary efforts in ICT for sustainability
  • Computational sustainability
  • Climate informatics
  • Blockchain and Sustainability
  • Cloud and sustainability
  • Smart and Sustainability
  • FinTech and Sustainability
  • IST sustainability and SDGs
  • Agile & Sustainability

Submission Process

Papers should be submitted electronically via EasyChair.

Select the “[ICT4S’23] Research Track" and submit your abstract prior to the full paper by the deadline stated, to allow their allocation to reviewers. Papers should be submitted in IEEE conference proceedings format. Each paper is limited to 10 pages including the main text, figures, tables, and appendices. Two more pages containing only references are permitted. Papers that are too long or violate the formatting instructions will be automatically rejected. All submissions must be original, unpublished, and not submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere.

At least one author of each accepted Research Track paper is expected to register for the conference. Registered authors of accepted Research Track papers will be allocated a slot during the conference to present their work. Presented Research Track papers will be published in the conference proceedings.

ICT4S 2023 will have the proceedings published by Conference Publishing Services (CPS). Accepted submissions will be submitted to IEEE Xplore and the IEEE Computer Society Digital Library. Content will be submitted to the indexing companies for possible indexing. Indexing services are independent organizations, and CPS cannot guarantee that any particular abstract or index entry will be included in Ei Compendex or any other indexing service.

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The ICT4S 2023 Research Papers track will use a double-blind reviewing process. The goal of double-blind reviewing is to ensure that the reviewers can read and review your paper without having to know who any of the authors are, and hence avoid related bias. Of course, authors are allowed and encouraged to submit papers that build on their previously published work.

In order to prepare your submission for double-blind reviewing, please follow the instructions given below.

  1. Omit all names and affiliations of authors from the title page, but keep sufficient space to re-introduce them in the final version should the paper be accepted.

  2. Do not include any acknowledgements that might disclose your identity. Leave space in your submission to add such acknowledgements when the paper has been accepted.

  3. Refer to your own work in the third person, as you would normally do with the work of others. You should not change the names of your own tools, approaches, or systems, since this would clearly compromise the review process; it would also violate the constraint that “no change is made to any technical details of the work”. Instead, refer to the authorship or provenance of tools, approaches, or systems in the third person, so that it is credible that another author could have written your paper. In particular, never blind references.

  4. Adhere to instruction 3 when citing previously published own work.

  5. Remove identification metadata from the PDF file before submission (in Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can check their presence with File Properties, or Ctrl-D).