Research Papers

Research papers submitted to ICER for peer review are limited to 8 pages and should exemplify:

  • A clear theoretical basis, building on existing literature in computing education and other disciplines.
  • A strong empirical basis, drawing on relevant research methods. Papers that re-interpret and explain others’ empirical results are welcome.
  • An explication of the paper’s impact on, and contribution to, existing knowledge about computing education.

For additional guidance on the nature of ICER papers, see these tips for authors

Submission Deadlines

Friday, April 7, 2017 Anywhere on Earth (UTC-12) – Mandatory abstract/intent to submit uploaded to EasyChair (link below)

All authors intending to submit a research paper must first enter their author, affiliation, title, and text abstract information into EasyChair by this deadline. Your abstract will be used by potential reviewers to bid on papers of interest. Ensure the best reviewer match by writing a clear abstract that describes your paper’s motivation, its theoretical grounding, and the research methods used along with a summary of your results. Authors failing to submit an abstract and associated meta-data by the due date (even if the EasyChair system accepts the abstract late) will not be eligible to upload full paper text.

Friday, April 14, 2017 Anywhere on Earth (UTC-12) – Full paper submission (anonymized) added to EasyChair (link below)

Authors have a week following the initial abstract deadline to complete final submission of the paper to be reviewed. This will be submitted as an update to the paper entry created during abstract submission. Please reduce file sizes when possible for ease of downloading, as long as this does not sacrifice the quality necessary for a fair review.

Friday, June 9, 2017 – Author notification

Friday, June 30, 2017 – Final camera ready submission for accepted papers

Paper Formatting and Length Requirements

Papers submitted to ICER must conform to the style rules outlined on the ACM SIG Proceedings website. Authors should use the templates listed at ACMs site. Note that the templates were revised substantially in late 2016, and there is extensive documentation available for each of them.

The body text of research paper submissions must not exceed eight pages, excluding references, using the provided templates. In order to encourage and permit authors to fully cite and build on prior work, the reference section of papers may optionally continue past the 8 page limit for 2 additional pages. Thus, there is a strict maximum of 10 pages including references.

Papers that do not conform to the publication guidelines cannot be accepted for review and will be returned to the authors.

Preparing for Blind Review

ICER paper submissions are reviewed using a double-blind process. Authors must take care to anonymize their submissions by leaving names and affiliations blank in the paper submitted for review. Submissions that include identifying information may be returned without review. Additionally, authors should redact details in the paper body or acknowledgments section that might identify themselves including, but not limited to: institution names, obvious self-citation, and specific funding information (i.e., grant numbers).

Once you have completed paper anonymization, please also review the generated PDF or Word document’s meta-data/properties to ensure that your document creation software has not inadvertently included author information.

Submission Procedure

To submit a paper…

  • Ensure that it is a suitably anonymised PDF document.
  • Go to the ICER 2017 page at EasyChair.
  • Unless you already have an EasyChair account, follow the prompts to create an account, taking note of the secret word that you provide.
  • When you receive a confirmation email, go to the link given in that email, repeat your secret word, complete your account details, and login to EasyChair. If you do not receive a confirmation email, it is likely that your email system has filtered it out as suspected SPAM, in which case we ask you to try again using a more forgiving email system.
  • Select New Submission and follow the prompts.
  • Submit the abstract and/or paper as appropriate for the deadline.

AUTHORS TAKE NOTE: The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date will be up to two weeks prior to the first day of the conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.