Important dates for papers

Mandatory abstract submission12 January
Full paper submission19 January
Author notification2 March
ITiCSE 202015 – 19 June

If you have questions that this page does not answer, please contact the program chairs,

ITiCSE 2020 paper types

Papers presented at ITiCSE will normally 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 paper 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;
  • 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.

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 of 12 January 2020. The abstract will initially 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.

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 — leaves that author out of the feedback loop, and generates a bounce message sent to the ITiCSE chairs. Please take the time to avoid this.

To submit the abstract, visit the EasyChair submission pages. If you do not have an EasyChair account, you will be asked to create one. Then you will find a submission form that requires you to enter the category, title, and abstract of your submission, and contact information for all authors; you will also be asked to select the submission’s topic and knowledge area from lists of options, and to indicate whether the submission’s lead author is a student who has made the major contribution to the paper.

You and all of your co-authors will receive e-mail messages confirming the submission. Spam filters sometimes trap these automatically generated messages, so you may need to check your spam trap for the confirmation and for any subsequent emails, including your notification of acceptance or rejection.

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 detail 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.

Return to the online submission system – EasyChair, 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. Send e-mail to the chair(s) (see below) if there are any problems. By SIGCSE policy, at least one contributor is required to register, attend and present a paper. See our full policy for more information.


If you have questions about anything discussed above, please contact the program chairs,