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ESEC/FSE 2021
Mon 23 - Fri 27 August 2021 Athens, Greece

We invite you to contribute to the ESEC/FSE 2021 program by submitting to one or more tracks. Each track of ESEC/FSE 2021 has its own submission site and submission deadlines. Please refer to each page for the details. Please also carefully read the policies for submissions and accepted contributions at the end of this page.

Track Name Track Description Submission Link Sample Submission Contact Person(s)
Demonstrations A highly interactive venue for 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. https://esecfse2021-demos.hotcrp.com LibComp: an IntelliJ plugin for comparing Java libraries Dimitra Giannakopoulou, Mike Papadakis
Doctoral Symposium A forum for PhD students working in the area of software engineering to present and discuss their doctoral research with senior researchers, in a constructive and friendly atmosphere. https://esecfse2021-ds.hotcrp.com Assisting the Elite-driven Open Source Development through Activity Data David Lo, Stefano Zacchiroli
Ideas, Visions and Reflections The goal of this track is to present radical, innovative, thought-provoking new ideas, and research directions, as well as lessons learned from the past. https://esecfse2021-ivr.hotcrp.com Beyond Accuracy: Assessing Software Documentation Quality Paris Avgeriou, Dongmei Zhang
Industry Papers A venue for outstanding real-world application of software engineering techniques, tools, methods, processes, and practices. https://esecfse2021-industry.hotcrp.com IntelliCode Compose: Code Generation using Transformer Miltiadis Allamanis, Moritz Beller
Journal First Presentations of papers published recently in prestigious software engineering journals. https://esecfse2021-jf.hotcrp.com The 'as Code' Activities: Development Anti-patterns for Infrastructure as Code Alexander Chatzigeorgiou
New Faculty Symposium A unique opportunity for new software engineering faculty members to launch a successful career and manage the challenges while feeling joy in their life as a faculty member. Lionel Briand, Laurie Williams
Research Papers The latest innovations in theoretical, empirical, conceptual, and experimental software engineering research, from both industry and academia. https://esecfse2021.hotcrp.com A Principled Approach to GraphQL Query Cost Analysis Marsha Chechik, Massimiliano Di Penta
Student Research Competition A great opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to experience the research world, present their research results to conference attendees, and compete for prizes. https://esecfse2021-src.hotcrp.com Repairing confusion and bias errors for DNN-based image classifiers Tushar Sharma, Yue Yu
Workshops Workshops are an interactive forum for exchanging views, advancing ideas, and discussing preliminary results in various areas of software engineering research and applications. Please send your proposal to the Conference General Chairs: Diomidis Spinellis and Georgios Gousios A Preliminary Study on the Adequacy of Static Analysis Warnings with Respect to Code Smell Prediction Diomidis Spinellis, Georgios Gousios

First Timers

ESEC/FSE encourages submissions from authors who have not submitted before to ESEC/FSE. If you have questions about the tracks and the submission process, please contact the track chairs who are listed above in the corresponding call for contributions. For general questions about the conference, please email the Conference General Chairs: Diomidis Spinellis and Georgios Gousios.

Submission Policies

Papers submitted for consideration to any of the call for papers should not have been already published elsewhere and should not be under review or submitted for review elsewhere during the duration of consideration. Specifically, authors are required to adhere to the ACM Policy and Procedures on Plagiarism and the ACM Policy on Prior Publication and Simultaneous Submissions. All submissions are subject to the ACM Author Representations policy. The conference will use the iThenticate plagiarism detection software to screen submissions and will follow the ACM Policy and Procedures on Plagiarism. Possible violations will be reported to ACM for further investigation.

Submission Format

All submissions must be in English and in PDF format. Papers must not exceed the page limits that are listed for each call for papers. The ACM styles have changed recently, and all authors should use the official “ACM Primary Article Template”, as can be obtained from the ACM Proceedings Template page. LaTeX users should use the sigconf option, as well as the review (to produce line numbers for easy reference by the reviewers) and anonymous (omitting author names) options. To that end, the following LaTeX code can be placed at the start of the LaTeX document.

\documentclass[sigconf,review,anonymous]{acmart}
\acmConference[ESEC/FSE 2021]{The 29th ACM Joint European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering}{23 - 27 August, 2021}{Athens, Greece}

Double-Blind Review Process

Please note that the Double Blind Review process is not employed by all tracks. Check in the call for papers whether it is used or not.

In order to ensure the fairness of the reviewing process, ESEC/FSE will continue to employ a double-blind review process where external reviewers do not know the identity of authors, and authors do not know the identity of external reviewers. The papers submitted must not reveal the authors’ identities in any way:

  • Authors should leave out author names and affiliations from the body of their submission.
  • Authors should ensure that any citation to related work by themselves is written in third person, that is, “the prior work of XYZ” as opposed to “our prior work”.
  • Authors should not include URLs to author-revealing sites (tools, datasets).
  • You are encouraged to submit a link to a Web site or repository containing supplementary material (raw data, datasets, experiments, etc.), as long as it is blinded. The visit of such sites should not be needed to conduct the review. The program committee will not necessarily consider it in the paper review process. For more information, please read How to disclose data for double-blind review and make it archived open data upon acceptance. As an alternative to having an external link, the submission form provides an option to attach a replication package.
  • Authors should anonymize author-revealing company names but instead provide general characteristics of the organizations involved needed to understand the context of the paper.
  • Authors should ensure that paper acknowledgements do not reveal the origin of their work.

The double-blind process used this year is “heavy”, i.e., the paper anonymity will be maintained during the reviewers’ discussion period and the authors’ rebuttal period. Authors must therefore maintain the anonymity in their responses during the rebuttal phase, and provide no additional information that would otherwise be author-revealing.

Authors with further questions on double-blind reviewing are encouraged to contact the program chairs by email.

Accepted Contributions

Upon notification of acceptance, all authors of accepted papers will be asked to complete an electronic ACM Copyright form and will receive further instructions for preparing their camera-ready versions. The names and list of authors as well as the title in the camera-ready version cannot be modified from the ones in the submitted version unless there is explicit approval from the track chairs.

All accepted contributions will be published in the conference electronic proceedings and in the ACM Digital Library. Note that 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. One author registration can cover multiple papers that they have co-authored. Student authors are allowed to register at the student rates to satisfy the registration requirement. There is no requirement for students to pay the full conference rate.