Participate in ITiCSE 2020!

We cordially invite colleagues from around the world to present their work through the submission of papers, working groups, panels, posters, and tips, techniques, & courseware. The conference provides an environment for sharing, exchanging, and discussing new ideas related to computing education, at all levels of instruction. In addition, in 2020, ITiCSE will host a doctoral consortium in parallel with the working groups.

For all submissions please use the ACM templates. As explained at the foot of this page, ITiCSE authors should use the existing templates, not the new workflow model.

Each type of submission is described briefly on this page, and in more detail on its own page.


Submission deadlines and page limits

 PagesAbstract DeadlineFull Deadline
Paper6 pages plus 1 page for references if required12 January*19 January
Working group2 pagesN/A19 January
Panel2 pagesN/A8 March
Poster1 pageN/A8 March
Doctoral consortium2 pagesN/A8 March
Tips, techniques and courseware2 pagesN/A8 March
* Paper submission requires a mandatory submission of an abstract of up to 250 words

All submission deadlines are 23:59 AoE – Anywhere on Earth (UTC-12)

Call for submissions

Submissions to ITiCSE will normally address aspects of computing education, that is, the education of students who are studying computing. ITiCSE generally does not accept papers about applications of computing in other areas of education, such as the development of software to make it easier for students to learn chemistry.

Submissions may describe an educational research project, classroom experience, teaching technique, curricular initiative, or a tool used for computing education or computing education research .

Within the domain of computing education, submissions will cover specific educational subject matter, including but not limited to:

  • pedagogies for enhancing learning in computing subject areas, such as programming, database systems, physical computing, or computer security;
  • leveraging data and analytics to improve learning;
  • innovative use of technologies;
  • approaches to peer learning and novel educational methods;
  • social and global challenges in computing education;
  • broadening participation and diversity involving engagement with specific groups of students, such as women, minorities, or school students;
  • developing, implementing, or evaluating computing programmes, curricula, and courses;
  • scalable approaches to group work, or class infrastructure.

All those considering an ITiCSE submission should read the Important information for authors.

Call for papers

An ITiCSE paper is a document up to six pages long, with a seventh page available for references if required. The types of paper accepted to ITiCSE 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;
  • Papers describing beliefs or proposals for future work, although ITiCSE prefers to accept reports once the beliefs have been validated or the proposals implemented;
  • Position papers articulating original and well-argued positions on aspects of computing education.

The submission deadline for abstracts for papers is 12 January 2020 and the submission deadline for full papers is 19 January 2020. It will not be possible to submit a paper if the abstract is not submitted by the 12 January deadline.

For more detail see the Papers page, and the submission details at the foot of this page.

Call for working groups

A working group is a group of five to ten researchers who work intensely on a chosen topic before, during, and after the conference. The work before and after the conference is conducted remotely; the work during the conference begins two days before the conference proper, and continues through the conference; working group members typically attend very few conference sessions. The work culminates in a substantial report, which is subjected to rigorous review. Accepted working group reports are published well after the main conference proceedings.

A working group submission is a two-page document submitted by the group’s intended leaders. It includes an abstract that, if the group is selected to proceed, will be used to recruit working group members.

For more detail see the Working groups page, and the submission details at the foot of this page.

Call for panels

A panel is a discussion among nominated panelists on a specified topic, typically occupying a 90-minute session, with at least a third of that time allocated for audience participation. A panel submission is a two-page document including a succinct summary of the different perspectives of the proposed participants, in a form suitable for inclusion in the proceedings. The submission must include the authors’ names.

For more detail see the Panels page, and the submission details at the foot of this page.

Call for posters

A submission for a poster is a one-page paper. It is expected that this will include title, authorship, abstract and keywords, with the rest of the page consisting of an extended abstract. The nature of the content will vary from poster to poster, but is expected to describe the main topic of the poster. The submission must include the authors’ names.

For more detail see the Posters page, and the submission details at the foot of this page.

Call for doctoral consortium participation

An application for Doctoral Consortium participation consists of a two-page research description covering central aspects of your PhD work, which follows the structure, details and format specified in the ITiCSE Doctoral Consortium submission template. Only one author should be named on this description – the PhD student applying for participation in the DC. Please note that if accepted, this work would be published in the conference proceedings.

For more detail see the Doctoral consortium page, and the submission details at the foot of this page.

Call for tips, techniques, and courseware

A two-page submission for tips, techniques, and courseware will be a summary description of a tip, technique, or courseware to be demonstrated in a conference session. It will be in a form suitable for inclusion in the proceedings. The submission must include authors’ names.

For more detail see the Tips, techniques, and courseware page, and the submission details at the foot of this page.

General submission details

Be sure that your submissions abide by the ACM Conflict of Interest Policy.

Be sure when making a submission that all authors are included. The ACM and ITiCSE are not generally receptive to changes in the author list once a submission has been accepted.

Documents submitted for review should be high quality, unpublished, original work. The official language of the conference is English, and submissions for review should be written in good academic English. The entire proceedings will be available in the ACM Digital Library.

Note that reviewers will assume they are reviewing completed works, as they will eventually appear in the conference proceedings. Do not submit incomplete drafts.

Page limits and deadlines for submissions are dependent upon the category of submission.

Electronic submission is required. All submissions must be PDF files.

Formatting requirements

All submissions must adhere to the ITiCSE 2020 formatting instructions. Templates for submissions can be found at the ACM SIG Proceedings website.

The proceedings page incorporates two different approaches: the existing templates and the new workflow model. Please note that the new workflow model is “for specified conferences only”. ITiCSE 2020 is not one of the specified conferences, so submitting authors are required to use the existing templates: for Word authors, the ‘Interim template’; for LaTeX authors, acmart.cls version 1.65 as updated in October 2019, or a more recent update if provided. A LaTeX template can also be found on Overleaf.

The interim Word template is not generally considered easy to use, and it can be difficult to coerce it to produce a paper that conforms to the requirements. Authors who use Microsoft Word should be prepared for a significant challenge in getting an accepted paper to conform with the requirements ready for inclusion in the proceedings. Some authors have decided that it is easier to (re)learn LaTeX and use the LaTeX template on Overleaf than to fight with the Word template.

Submission process

Before making a submission, please be ready with the email addresses of all co-authors; when making the submission, please take particular care when entering the addresses. Email addresses are required, and every invalid email address — even for a non-corresponding author — generates a bounce message sent to the ITiCSE chairs. Please take the time to avoid this.

To submit your work, visit the EasyChair submission pages. After you create an account, if you don’t already have one, you will find a submission form that requires you to enter the type, title, and abstract of your submission, plus contact information for all authors. The PDF file may be uploaded at the same time, or later. Both the information and the file may be updated at any time until the submission deadline.