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Call for Demonstrations

The ESEC/FSE 2021 Demonstrations Track invites researchers and practitioners to present and discuss the most recent advances, experiences, and challenges in the field of software engineering supported by live presentations of new research tools, data, and other artifacts. We encourage innovative research demonstrations, that show early implementations of novel software engineering concepts, as well as mature prototypes. The research demonstrations are intended to highlight underlying scientific contributions.

Whereas a regular research paper points out the scientific contribution of a new software engineering approach, a demonstration paper provides the opportunity to show how a scientific contribution has been transferred into a working tool or data set. Authors of regular research papers are thus encouraged to submit an accompanying demonstration paper.

Submission Guidelines

At the time of submission, all papers must conform to the ESEC/FSE 2021 Format and Submission Guidelines, and must not exceed four pages for all text, figures, and tables. An additional one page can be used for references. Submitted papers must be written in English. They must be unpublished and not submitted for publication elsewhere. A submitted paper should describe the artifact and the intent and relevance of the demonstration for researchers and practitioners. To provide insight in the actual demonstration and availability, the authors are requested to include:

  • A link to a screencast or some other accompanying multimedia presentation of the demonstration. The presentation should: 1) provide an overview of the tool capabilities and/or dataset characteristics; 2) walk through (some of) the tool capabilities and/or data analysis process; and 3) be engaging and exciting!
  • Information on tool or data availability, maturity and user base, as well as a link to a website for the materials (if one exists) and any tool source code (if open source).

The ESEC/FSE 2021 Demonstrations Track will employ a single-blind review process. The papers submitted do not need to hide the authors’ identities. Papers should be submitted using this link: https://esecfse2021-demos.hotcrp.com/

Review and Evaluation Criteria

Each submission will be reviewed by three members of the program committee. The main evaluation criteria include the relevance and quality of the proposed demonstration in terms of technical soundness, originality, relevance for the ESEC/FSE audience, presentation quality, and usability.

Publication, Presentation, and Awards

Awards will be presented to the best demonstrations in the track. Demonstrators will be invited to give a formal presentation that will be scheduled as part of the conference program. Additionally, authors will be given the opportunity to provide hands-on sessions for interested participants. Hands-on sessions will be optional. All accepted demonstration papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library. Accepted demonstrations will be allocated 4 pages (plus one additional page for references) in the main conference proceedings.

The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of ESEC/FSE 2021. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work. At least one author of each accepted paper must register and present the paper at ESEC/FSE 2021 in order for the paper to be published in the proceedings. Please carefully read the complete list of ESEC/FSE Submission Policies and Policies for Accepted Contributions.

Tools and Data Availability

To promote replicability and to disseminate the advances achieved with the research tools and data sets, we require that data sets be publicly available for download and use. We strongly encourage the same for tools, ideally through their distribution with an open-source software license. Whenever the tool is not made publicly available, the paper must include a clear explanation for why this was not possible.


To further increase the visibility of the presented tools and data sets, we require all authors to produce a screencast presenting their tool. On the demonstration track website, accepted papers will be linked with their accompanying screencasts.

Important Dates

All dates are 23:59:59 AoE (UTC-12h).

  • Submission deadline: May 6, 2021
  • Notification to authors: June 24, 2021
  • Camera-ready deadline: July 8, 2021
  • Conference: August 23, 2021

Questions? Use the ESEC/FSE Demonstrations contact form.