Research Papers Track

The research papers track is open to research contributions. Papers submitted in this track will be thoroughly reviewed for novelty, relevance, technical quality and scientific soundness by the members of the research track program committee.

Submission deadlines are listed on the important dates page.

Submissions are made via Easychair and must be in the standard ACM format for conference proceedings. More specifically, the double column formats have to be used for all paper submissions: Latex preferred, Word. Papers must not exceed 12 pages double column including figures, tables, and references.

Double Blind Review

From this year on, ICPE adopts a double-blind review process for the research & industry/experience tracks (fall deadlines, papers that go into the main conference proceedings). Double-blind reviewing is intended to increase fairness and reduce implicit bias during reviewing. Authors are required to make a serious effort to anonymise their PDF submission and declare known conflicts of interest with PC members during submission. We provide an extensive guideline with FAQ to help the authors with the anonymisation of their submission. However, most important is that:

  1. Submitted PDFs do not contain an author list.

  2. Authors do not explicitly point at their own previous work in a way that would disclose their identity (“In previous work [1], we have shown that …”).

  3. Submitted PDFs do not contain links to the author’s home institutions, personal websites, or non-anonymous GitHub profiles, e.g., to point at data sets. Data can and should be uploaded to third-party services blinded. Instructions how to upload blinded data (which can be unblinded after acceptance) can be found here

  4. There are no acknowledgements of named persons or projects in the submitted PDF (evidently, acknowledgements can be added after acceptance).

Notably, double-blind reviewing does not preclude submitting work intended for ICPE to preprint services such as Arxiv. However, we ask authors to use a clearly different title for their preprint submission than for the PDF submitted to ICPE. The PC chairs retain the right to desk-reject submissions that are not sufficiently anonymised.

Submission Information

Authors will be requested to self-classify their papers according to the provided topic areas when submitting their papers.

The program committee may decide to accept a submission as a short paper (8 pages) if it is seen as a valuable contribution to the research track but not ready to be accepted as a full paper.

Authors of accepted full research papers are invited to submit an artifact to the ACM/SPEC ICPE 2020 Artifact Track.

The highest quality papers, judged by multiple relevant factors, will be recognized with an award.

Program Chairs

  • Nikolas Herbst, University of Würzburg, Germany
  • Philipp Leitner, Chalmers and University of Gothenburg


Program Committee