Paper Submission Information

Submissions are closed.
Abstract Due Date Friday, August 6, 2021
Abstract Due Time 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth, UTC-12h)
Date Due Friday, August 13, 2021
Time Due 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth, UTC-12h)
Submission Limits 6 pages + 1 page for references
Notification to Authors Monday, September 27, 2021
Camera-Ready Deadline Monday, December 6, 2021
Duration 25-minute presentation

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.

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. Any submissions made to more than one track will be desk rejected from both 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. (Note: Papers that describe 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.)

  • Position and Curricula Initiative. 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.

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

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. 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
  • Programming
  • 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 6, 2021. 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 13, 2021.

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). However, authors are reminded to leave sufficient space in the submitted manuscripts to accommodate author information either at the beginning or end of the paper. 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].

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.

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 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.

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 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 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.

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:

Program Co-Chairs


  • Brian Dorn
    University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Judithe Sheard
    Monash University
  • Leen-Kiat Soh
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln