Panel Submission Information

Submissions are closed.
Date Due Friday, August 13, 2021
Time Due 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth, UTC-12h)
Submission Limits 2 pages
Notification to Authors Monday, September 27, 2021
Camera-Ready Deadline Thursday, December 15, 2021
Duration 75

Author Guidelines: Panel Session

Panel sessions provide an opportunity for expert panelists to present their views on a specific topic and then to discuss these views among themselves and with the audience. Usually, a panel session starts with a brief introduction of the panel topic and the participants, followed by short presentations by the panelists giving their views. They are scheduled in standard conference spaces. The session must allow sufficient opportunity (about 30 minutes) for an interactive question and answer period involving both the panelists and the audience.

A typical panel will consist of four participants, including the moderator. Limiting a panel to four participants allows sufficient time for audience questions. Proposals with more than four panelists must convincingly show that all panelists will be able to speak, and the audience able to respond, within the session time.

Single-Anonymous Review Process

Initial submissions to the Panels track are reviewed with the single-anonymous review process, where the submissions are not anonymized but reviewers 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.

Criteria used in reviewing the proposals include the likely level of interest in the topic, the presence of panelists with multiple perspectives on the topic and significant expertise and experience, and the likelihood that the panel will leave sufficient time for audience participation. In recognizing the importance of diversity in all forms within the SIGCSE community, we encourage proposals whose panel makeup enables them to speak to diverse experiences and perspectives in relation to the topic. Note: Please refer to “ACM’s definitions of diversity and inclusion”. Please also refer to “ACM’s recommended considerations when forming diverse teams”(or diverse panels in this case). If the proposal is accepted, all panelists listed in the panel description will be required to register for the conference by no later than the camera-ready deadline and to participate in the session.

Planning for an in-person or a hybrid session

We are planning for the 2022 SIGCSE TS to be held on-site in Providence but we also recognize that it may be necessary for some attendees and panelists to participate virtually. Proposals should describe the authors’ preferred delivery mode for the panel (all panelists in-person, all panelists remote, or a mixture of in-person and remote panelists), and suggest how panelists will interact with one another and with the attendees.
Note: Please keep in mind that the conference hosting technologies have not yet been finalized, and we may not be able to accommodate all suggestions for hybrid interaction.

How Should The Proposal Be Formatted?

The proposal is limited to a maximum of and 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 TS 2022 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 template with the “sigconf” format option in the documentclass.

The following modifications and exceptions do apply:

  • When providing author information, indicate which of the panelists is the moderator by placing the word “Moderator” in parentheses after their name.

  • Abstract: Should provide a brief summary (up to 250 words) of your panel.

  • Summary: The first section should be titled Summary and should provide an expanded summary of the panel’s goals, intended audience, and relevance to the SIGCSE community.
  • Panel Structure: The section following the summary should explain the panel structure and plan for audience participation and provide sufficient time for audience interaction and questions. This section should include a clear statement about the preferred delivery mode for the panel: all panelists in-person, all panelists remote, or a mixture of in-person and remote panelists.
  • Position Statements: The subsequent sections should contain the position statements of each panelist and a brief description of their expertise and background as it relates to the panel. Title each section by identifying the panelist.
  • References: Citing relevant work where appropriate is encouraged, but not required. If references are included, they should be placed in a separate section titled References and should follow the ACM formatting guidelines.

If accepted, the panel description will be allocated in the conference proceedings and must adhere to the formatting guidelines specified above. To facilitate the transition from proposal to camera-ready copy, it is critical that authors adhere closely to the formatting specifications and page limits.

Sample Proposal

* NOTE: This sample does not include information about the preferred delivery mode or engaging virtual attendees, as it is from a prior year.

How Do I Submit My Panel?

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 2022 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 template with the “sigconf” format option in the documentclass.

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 submission using the format specified above. Within the proposal, you must provide Category and Subject Descriptors, General Terms, and Keywords, just as paper authors must do. 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.

Details regarding submission upload will be made available when the submission system goes online.

The opening of submissions will be announced through the SIGCSE mailing list, social media, and the front page of this website.

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

Panels and Special Sessions Team


  • Ben Stephenson
    University of Calgary
  • Tamara Pearson
    Spelman College