Paper Submission Information

Now accepting submissions!
Abstract Due Date Friday, August 21, 2020
Abstract Due Time 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth, UTC-12h)
Date Due Friday, August 28, 2020
Time Due 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth, UTC-12h)
Submission Limits 6 pages + 1 page for references
Submission Link SIGCSE TS 2021 Submission via EasyChair
Notification to Authors Friday, October 9, 2020
Camera-Ready Deadline Sunday, December 1, 2020
Duration 25 minutes

On August 12 2020, it was announced that the Technical Symposium is a virtual event in 2021. We are working to update the author and reviewer guidelines.

SIGCSE Technical Symposium Paper Types

Papers describe an educational research project, classroom experience, teaching technique, curricular initiative, or pedagogical tool. All papers should explicitly state their motivating questions, relate to relevant literature, and contain an analysis of the effectiveness of the interventions. An abstract submission is required for all papers and it is due a week before the full paper is due.

Paper submissions are expected to be original and polished work. While there will be the opportunity for authors of accepted papers to revise work considering the feedback from reviewers, those revisions should be minor since there is no “review-revise-review” cycle for the SIGCSE Technical Symposium. Additionally, we expect submissions will include a review of previous, related work.

Dual-Anonymous Review Process

Initial submissions to the Papers track are reviewed with the dual-anonymous review process, in which authors must anonymize their submissions — thus reviewers (and APCs for papers) are unaware of the author — and reviewers and APCs are anonymous to each other and to the authors. During the discussion of a submission in EasyChair, reviewers can refer to each other by their reviewer number on that submission’s review.

Paper Tracks

Please ensure that you submit your paper to the correct paper track. Papers will be reviewed for the track they are submitted to and will not be moved between tracks.

  • Computing Education Research. Papers should adhere to rigorous standards, describing research questions, hypotheses, methods, results, and limitations, as is typical and expected of research studies. These papers normally focus on topics relevant to computing education with emphasis on educational goals and knowledge units/topics; teaching and learning methods or techniques; evaluation of pedagogical approaches; studies of the many different populations that are engaged in computing education, including (but not limited to) students, instructors; and issues of gender, diversity, equity, and underrepresentation. We welcome replication papers and papers that present null or negative results that meet the criteria below.

  • Experience Reports and Tools. Papers should carefully describe the development and use of a computing education approach or tool, the context of use, and provide a rich reflection on what did or didn’t work, and why. This track accepts experience reports, teaching techniques, and pedagogical tools. All papers in this track should provide enough detail to enable the approach or tool to be adopted by others.

  • Position and Curricula Initiatives. Position papers should engender fruitful academic discussion through a defensible opinion about a computing education topic, substantiated with evidence. Curricula Initiative papers discuss new and revised curricula, programs, degrees and include position papers. Papers about curricula, programs, and degrees should describe the motivating context before the new initiative was undertaken, what it took to put the initiative into place, the impact, and suggestions for others wishing to adopt it.

Selecting a Track

Please select the most appropriate track for your work. The Program Chairs will not move papers between tracks. Any submissions made to more than one track will be desk rejected from both tracks.

Authors may find “What is a SIGCSE Symposium Paper?” useful as they consider which track to submit to.

  • Computing Education Research papers report on work that addresses one or more research questions and where studies are pre-planned.
  • Experience Reports and Tools papers are a deeply reflective case study or experience that is of interest to the community; they typically don’t have research questions, but instead, provide a reflection on the goal of the experience.
  • Papers that are describing a tool and its use should be submitted to the Experience Reports and Tools track. A research study on a tool should be submitted to the Computing Education Research track.

Paper Resources

There are many resources for writing high quality papers for submission to the SIGCSE Technical Symposium. We encourage authors to read and evaluate papers from prior SIGCSE Technical Symposium, especially those designated as best papers, which were selected both due to content and high quality reporting (for example the SIGCSE TS 2020 best papers). Authors will also likely find the paper review guidelines beneficial for identifying how reviewers will assess papers for each track. Below, we list additional resources that you may find useful as you write your papers, especially computing education research papers.

Paper Topics

Computing Topics

  • Accessibility
  • Algorithms
  • Architecture/Hardware
  • Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning
  • Compilers/Programming Languages
  • Computers and Society
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Science
  • Data Structures
  • Database/Data Mining
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Distributed/Parallel Computing/HPC
  • Ethics
  • Games
  • Graphics/Visualization
  • History of Computing
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Mobile Apps
  • Multimedia
  • Networking
  • Object-oriented Issues
  • Open Hardware
  • Open Source Software
  • Operating Systems
  • Privacy/Security
  • Real-Time/Embedded Systems
  • Robotics
  • Software Engineering
  • Theory
  • Web-Based Technology

Education and Experience Topics

  • Active Learning
  • API and Library
  • Assessment
  • Classroom Management
  • Communication Skills
  • Computational Thinking
  • Course Management Systems
  • Gender and Diversity
  • Graduate Instruction
  • Instructional Technologies
  • K-12 Instruction
  • Laboratory Experience
  • Learning Environment
  • Managing Enrollment Growth
  • Outreach
  • Problem Solving
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Tools and Tool Use
  • Undergraduate Instruction

Methods Topics

  • Case Study
  • Descriptive
  • Experience Report
  • Experimental
  • Mixed Methods
  • Qualitative
  • Quantitative
  • Quasi-Experimental
  • Survey

Curriculum Topics

  • ABET and Accreditation
  • ACM and IEEE-CS Curricula
  • AP Computer Science A Course/Exam
  • AP Computer Science Principles Course/Exam
  • AP/IB Courses & Curriculum
  • Capstone Courses
  • CS1/CS2
  • Curriculum Addressing Gender and Diversity
  • Curriculum Issues
  • Distance/Online Education
  • Faculty Development
  • Graduate Studies
  • HS Teacher Development
  • Internships and Co-ops
  • K-12 Curriculum
  • New Degree Initiatives
  • New Interdisciplinary Programs (CS + X)
  • Non-majors
  • Non-traditional Students
  • Professional Practice
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Undergraduate Studies

Details about your abstract

Your abstract can be up to 250 words and must be submitted by the paper abstract deadline of Friday, August 21, 2020. There are no formatting requirements for the abstract. When you log in to EasyChair to submit the abstract, you may paste the abstract text into the form field. The abstract submission is required to have an opportunity to submit your paper; the full paper is due by Friday, August 28, 2020.

The abstract helps reviewers bid for papers that they are qualified and interested in reviewing. To help the bidding and reviewing process, please submit an abstract that is as close to the finished version as possible. The Program Chairs reserve the right to desk reject abstracts that do not contain content that can help a reviewer during bidding.

How Should The Paper Be Formatted?

Authors must submit ONLY an anonymized version of the paper. The goal of the anonymized version is to, as much as possible, provide the author(s) of the paper with an unbiased review. The anonymized version should have ALL mentions of the authors removed (including author’s names and affiliation plus identifying information within the body of the paper such as websites or related publications). Self-citations need not be removed if they are worded so that the reviewer doesn’t know if the writer is citing themselves. That is, instead of writing “We reported on our first experiment in 2017 in a previous paper [1]”, the writer might write “In 2017, an initial experiment was done in this area as reported in [1].

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, citations, and references.

The paper is limited to a maximum of 6 pages + 1 page for references. The seventh page must only contain references, no other content is accepted. The Program Co-Chairs will desk reject any submissions that deviate from this or other formatting requirements. Submissions must adhere to ACM’s publication guidelines:

Be sure to use US letter size pages that measure 8.5” by 11”, that’s 215.9mm by 279.4mm.

SIGCSE 2021 is not participating in the new ACM workflow, template, and production system. Word Authors, please use the Interim Template. LaTeX Authors, please use the official ACM Master with the ACM_SigConf template.

If your paper is accepted you will have a chance to modify your publication version before it is published.

How Do I Submit My Paper?

Please be aware that the submission form asks you to provide demographic information. This demographic information is being collected by ACM; they created the questions and require them to be in the submission form. Please know that the demographic information submitted is not seen (and thus cannot be used in any way) by Technical Symposium reviewers or leadership. We also have no control over the questions asked nor where they appear in the form.

SIGCSE TS 2021 is not participating in the new ACM workflow, template, and production system. MS Word Authors, please use the Interim Template. LaTeX Authors, please use the official ACM Master with the ACM_SigConf template.

Submissions use the English language. If you desire editing services, consider the following from the ACM.

ACM has partnered with International Science Editing (ISE) to provide language editing services to ACM authors. ISE offers a comprehensive range of services for authors including standard and premium English language editing, as well as illustration and translation services. Editing services are at author expense and do not guarantee publication of a manuscript.
  • Write your paper using the format specified above. Within the anonymized paper, you must provide Category and Subject Descriptors, General Terms, and Keywords based on the ACM classification system. These requirements are described in more detail in the ACM Computing Classification System.

  • Recall that you will also need to copy-and-paste or type your text abstract description into a text box in the submission form. Be sure that the same text appears in the submission and in the abstract text box in the submission form.

  • Be sure to choose the appropriate topic areas when submitting. Your choices help in assigning appropriate reviewers to your submission, and assist the reviewers in evaluating the paper from an appropriate perspective.

  • Convert your submission-ready paper into Adobe PDF format. Refer to our Creating Adobe PDF Documents page page for assistance.

  • When you’re ready to submit, use the online submission system - EasyChair to complete the submission form and upload your submission. In addition to uploading the PDF version of your submission, you will fill out a form with metadata about your submission.

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

Make note of the proposal ID number and password assigned to your submission. You will receive an email message confirmation. Spam filters sometimes trap these automatically generated messages so you may need to check your spam trap for the confirmation and later, acceptance or rejection notification.

After receiving confirmation, go to the submission site to review your submission for accuracy. Send email to the chair(s) (see below) if there are any problems.


If you have questions about anything discussed above, please contact:

Program Co-Chairs


  • Pam Cutter
    Kalamazoo College
  • Alvaro Monge
    California State University, Long Beach
  • Judithe Sheard
    Monash University