The 40th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
March 4-7, 2009, Chattanooga, TN USA

Paper Submission Guidelines

NOTE: By SIGCSE policy, at least one author of each accepted paper is required to register, attend and present the paper.

*   Important Dates for Paper Authors   *

  Submission Deadline:   August 29, 2008
  Author Notification:   October 21, 2008
  Updates to Paper Title & Authors:   November 1, 2008
  Camera-Ready Copy:   December 5, 2008

What Kinds Of Papers Are Customary?

We invite papers falling into the following four broad classes.

  • Experience Reports describe an idea, course or classroom experience that worked well and is now recommended to others.
  • Research Studies report on a study grounded in theory, and using appropriate methodolgy (e.g., case study, qualitative methods, quasi-experimental, experimental) to support the investigation and stated results.
  • Philosophical papers present an argument for a direction or idea to be considered in the curriculum, a particular course, or the overall field.
  • Tool papers present courseware or a concrete process that has been developed and is now ready for wider use.

In all cases, papers must be original work; they should include a review of previous, related work that helps place the submitted work into context. All results and arguments presented should follow clearly from the evidence provided in the paper.

Within the broad classes above, we encourage submissions that address any of the following course-related areas:

Algorithms Architecture Artificial Intelligence Compiler / Programming Languages & Paradigms
Computational Science CS1/2 Database Data Structures
Discrete Mathematics Distributed/Parallel Computing Graphics/Visualization Human-Computer Interaction
Networking Operating Systems Real time/Embedded Systems Security
Software Engineering Theory

You may also consider submitting a paper in one of the following general topic areas:

Active Learning Accessibility AP/IB Courses & Curricula Assessment
Classroom Management Communication Skills Computers and Society CS Ed Research
Curriculum Issues Distance Education Ethics Gender and Diversity
Graduate Studies History of Computing Information Systems Information Technology
Instructional Technologies K-12 Instruction Laboratory Experience Multimedia
New Curriculum / Program / Degree Initiatives Non-majors Non-traditional Students Object-Oriented Issues
Outreach Professional Practice Student Research/Capstones/Internships Web-based Techniques

Descriptions of each of these paper categories can be found at the online topic display site. When you submit your paper, we will request that you indicate the broad class you believe the paper fits into as well as up to three categories from the course-related and general topic areas.

How Should The Paper Be Formatted?

Authors must submit two versions of their paper: a "publication" version that includes author/institution information, and an anonymized version. The goal of the anonymized version is to, as much as possible, allow the author(s) of the paper an unbiased review. You, as the author, choose the level of anonymity in the paper. At the lowest level, you may choose to submit two identical versions of the paper (no anonymization); at the highest level, the second version may 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). The publication version is available for use by the Program Committee. Both versions are limited to a maximum of 5 pages and must adhere to the SIGCSE 2009 Format Instructions. Templates are available in Word, WordPerfect, and LaTeX.

If your paper is accepted you will have a chance to modify your publication version before it is published.

Electronic submission of papers is required.

How Do I Submit My Paper?

  1. Write your paper using the format specified above. Make sure that you have two versions of the paper: the publication version and an anonymized version. Within the 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 SIGCSE 2009 Format Instructions.
  2. Convert your paper into Adobe PDF format. Refer to our Creating Adobe PDF Documents page for assistance.
  3. Submit both versions using the online Paper Submission Form. Note that there are several ways you must categorize your paper submission in the online system. The broad classification you choose allows the reviewer to evaluate the paper from an appropriate perspective. The course and general topic categories you choose are used to select the reviewers who will evaluate your paper. To increase the likelihood that your paper will be given to a reviewer who is familiar with the content of your paper, besides the overall classification, choose at most three categories that best fit your paper. Selection of more than three categories may result in automatic rejection of your paper.
  4. Please do not wait until the last minute to submit your documents, because that is when everyone else will be connecting to our server!
  5. Make note of the paper 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.
  6. After receiving confirmation, go to the Author Verification Form to review your submission for accuracy. Send e-mail to (Gary Lewandowski and Steve Wolfman) if there are any problems. Warning! Several authors have reported problems viewing their PDF files using Internet Explorer. If you experience similar problems, it is best to download the file and use Acrobat Reader directly.

Deadline: All electronic submissions must be received by August 29, 2008 at 23:59 (11:59 p.m.) Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST).

Presentation Notes

  • All presenters must register for the conference.
  • Paper presentations are 25 minutes in length. Five minutes of that time should be reserved for answering questions from the audience.
  • Plan to attend the speakers' breakfast on the morning of your presentation to meet your session chair and to discuss the transitions between the presentations in your session.
  • The conference supplies a projector but not a laptop. You will need to bring a laptop or arrange to use one from another attendee. You may want to contact your session chair or other speakers in your session to arrange sharing. (If neither you, the other session speakers, nor the session chair have a laptop, send us email.)
  • Bring a backup copy of your presentation on a USB stick. Session chairs may request that presenters arrange to make all presentations from a single laptop.
  • Wireless Internet access should be available during your presentation, but you should, of course, be aware there is always a potential for failure.
  • Arrive at your room at least 10 minutes before the session is scheduled to begin.

Questions? Please contact:

Steve Wolfman and Gary Lewandowski
SIGCSE 2009 Program Chairs

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