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Call for Papers

This page provides detailed information about paper submissions to the ITiCSE 2021 conference. It is part of the general Call for Participation which you should read first, if you have not yet done so.

If you have questions that neither this page nor the Call for Participation can answer, please contact the program chairs.

ITiCSE 2021 paper types

Papers presented at ITiCSE address aspects of computing education, that is, the education of students who are studying computing.

Note that an abstract submission is mandatory for all papers and is due a week before the deadline for full papers.

Types of acceptable papers might include:

  • Experience reports describing a classroom innovation and an assessment of its impact;
  • Software reports describing tools developed for learning or assessment in computing, or for assisting in computing education research;
  • Research reports describing projects undertaken to investigate aspects of computing education;
  • Position papers articulating original and well-argued positions on aspects of computing education.

All papers should explicitly state their motivating questions, relate to relevant literature, and contain an analysis of the effectiveness of any intervention. Initial submissions must be anonymous. 

Authors are advised to look at the review guidelines for their submission type, so as to know what the reviewers will be looking for when reviewing the submission.

Submitting the abstract

Your abstract can be up to 250 words and must be submitted by the paper abstract deadline (see the Important Dates page). The abstract will be plain text — not, for example, a PDF. When you log in to submit the abstract, you may paste the abstract text into the form field.

The abstract helps reviewers bid for papers that they are qualified to review and interested in reviewing. To help the bidding and reviewing process, please submit an abstract that you believe will best describe the finished paper.

Anonymous version for review

The paper submitted for review must be a fully anonymous version so as to allow the authors an unbiased review. The anonymized version should have ALL references to the authors removed: this includes authors’ names and affiliations; any information within the body of the paper that might identify the authors or their institutions, such as websites, related publications, or specific geographic locations; and acknowledgements, which often include material that might identify the authors. Self-citations need not be removed if they are worded so that the reviewer doesn’t know that the authors are citing themselves. For example, instead of “We reported on our first experiment in 2018 [13]”, the paper might say “An early experiment in this area was carried out in 2018 [13]”, or “Katchen and Satie [13] carried out an early experiment in this area in 2018”.

Papers may include links to supplementary information. If they do so, all linked material must be anonymous, and must be hosted anonymously. The paper should stand on its own merits, and reviewers will not be expected to look at any external material in order to form their impression of the paper. However, if a link is provided within a paper, some reviewers may choose to look at external supporting material, and we are happy for that to be the case.

If the paper is accepted for the conference and for publication, authors will be asked to complete a camera-ready copy that will include all appropriate author names, affiliations, citations, acknowledgements, and references.

Formatting the paper

The paper is limited to a maximum of 6 pages + 1 page for references. Note that this is not the same as 7 pages: if there is a seventh page, there must be nothing on it but references.

For details regarding the mandatory formatting requirements, see Formatting requirements on the Call for Participation page.

Submitting the paper

Please do not wait until the last minute to submit your paper because that is when everyone else will be connecting to our server!

When the paper is fully anonymous and ready for review, convert it to Adobe PDF format. Please check the settings of your converter so it does not inadvertently include your name and affiliation into the PDF file.

Return to the online submission system using the link made available on the conference website, select the entry for your paper, and click a link in the upper right of the page to add or update the file.

After receiving confirmation, go to the submission site to review your submission for accuracy. 

Please note: ITiCSE 2021 will be an online-only conference. Details on the platforms which are to be used and formats in which presentations have to be provided will be made available in time on the Digital Formats page. Regardless of these details, personal (virtual) attendance, presentation and discussion of at least one contributor is mandatory. Otherwise, your publication cannot be included in the proceedings. See our full policy for more information.


In case you have questions regarding paper submissions, get in contact with the program chairs.