Guidelines: Papers

Abstract Due Date Friday, August 25, 2017
Abstract Due Time 23:59 AoE (Baker Island, UTC-12h)
Date Due Friday, September 1, 2017
Time Due 23:59 AoE (Baker Island, UTC-12h)
Submission Limits 6 pages
Duration 25 minutes
Submission Link EasyChair
Notification to Authors UPDATE - Saturday, October 7, 2017
Camera-Ready Copy Monday, December 11th
Camera-Ready Instructions @ Sheridan Publishing

SIGCSE 2018 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. Initial submissions must be anonymous. Note that an ABSTRACT SUBMISSION is now required for all papers and it is due a week before the full paper is due.

  • CS Education Research papers should adhere to rigorous standards, describing hypotheses, methods, and results as is typical for research studies. These normally focus on topics relevant to computing education with emphasis on educational goals and knowledge units/topics relevant to computing education with statistical rigor; methods or techniques in computing education; evaluation of pedagogical approaches; and studies of the many different populations that are engaged in computing education, including (but not limited to) students, instructors, and issues of gender, diversity, and underrepresentation.

  • Experience Reports and Tools papers should carefully describe a computer science education intervention and its context, and provide a rich reflection on what worked, what didn’t, and why. This track accepts experience reports, teaching techniques, and pedagogical tools. All papers in this track should provide enough detail so that others could adopt the new innovation.

  • New curricula, programs, degrees and 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, what the impact has been, and suggestions for others wishing to adopt it. Position papers are meant to engender fruitful academic discussion by presenting a defensible opinion about a CS education topic, substantiated with evidence.

Computing Topics
  • Accessibility
  • Active Learning
  • Algorithms
  • Architecture/Hardware
  • Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning
  • Compilers/Programming Languages
  • Computational Thinking
  • 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
Experience Topics
  • API and Library use for Education
  • Assessment
  • Classroom Management
  • Communication Skills
  • Course Management Systems
  • CS1/2
  • Curriculum Issues
  • Gender and Diversity
  • Graduate Instruction
  • Instructional Technologies
  • K-12 Instruction
  • Laboratory Experience
  • Learning Environment
  • Managing Enrollment Growth
  • Outreach
  • Teaching Ethics to Computer Scientist
  • Teaching Problem Solving Skills
  • Teaching Teamwork and collaboration skills
  • Tool use for Education
  • Undergraduate Instruction
Curriculum Topics
  • AP Computer Science A Course/Exam
  • AP Computer Science Principles Course/Exam
  • AP/IB Courses & Curriculum
  • Capstone courses
  • Computing Curricula 2005
  • Curriculum Addressing Gender and Diversity
  • Distance/Online Education
  • Faculty Development
  • Graduate Studies
  • HS Teacher Development
  • Internships and Coops
  • K-12 Curriculum
  • New Degree Initiatives
  • New Interdisciplinary Programs (CS + X)
  • Non-majors
  • Non-traditional students
  • Professional Practice
  • Undergraduate Research

Details about your abstract

Your abstract can be up to 250 words and must be submitted by the deadline of Aug 25th. There is no formatting requirements for the abstract. When you login to submit the abstract, you just paste it a form field. No PDF is required in Aug 25th. The abstract submission is, however, required if you want your paper to be accepted for submission on Sept 1st.

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, allow the author(s) of the paper an unbiased review. The anonymized version should have ALL references to 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 himself/herself. That is, instead of writing “We reported on our first experiment in 2007 in a previous paper [1]”, the writer might write “In 2007, 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 and must adhere to ACM’s publication guidelines:

Please note that there are updated proceedings templates as of 2017. Make sure you are using updated versions of the template. We are using 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?

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 publication guidelines.

A PDF version of your submission should be uploaded using the online submission system - EasyChair.

Submit the PDF version of your submission using the appropriate template. Please do not wait until the last minute to submit your documents because that is when everyone else will be connecting to our server!

Please note that there are updated proceedings templates as of 2017. Make sure you are using the updated versions of the templates. We are using the ACM_SigConf template. Recall that you will also need to cut-and-paste or type your text abstract description into a text box during the submission process.

Be sure to choose the appropriate topic areas when submitting. Your choices, limited here to three (3), help in assigning appropriate reviewers to your submission, and assist the reviewers in evaluating the paper from an appropriate perspective.

Make note of the proposal ID number and password assigned to your submission. You will receive an e-mail 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 e-mail to the chair(s) (see below) if there are any problems.

Accommodations for Authors Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Please see this page for information regarding accommodations for members of the SIGCSE community who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey.

NOTE: Due to the extended deadlines for papers and reviews prompted by the hurricanes, we will be announcing decisions by October 7th.

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 Co-Chair Team.