Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education

March 12-15, 2008 • Portland, Oregon, USA

Paper Submission Guidelines

Submission Deadline: September 7, 2007

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Important Dates

  • September 7:  Paper Submission deadline
  • October 29:  Author Notification
  • November 3:  Online Title and Author Modifications due
  • November 21:  Camera-ready copy due

What Kind of Paper?

Papers describe a classroom experience, teaching technique, curricular initiative, or educational research project. Papers must be original work and should included a review of previous, related work.

Please consider submitting a paper in one of the following course related areas:

  • Algorithms
  • Architecture
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Bioinformatics/Computational Science
  • CS1/2
  • Compilers
  • Database
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Formal Methods
  • Graphics/Visualization
  • High Performance Computing
  • Human-Computer Interface
  • Networking
  • Numerical Methods
  • Operating Systems
  • Programming Languages
  • Real-time/Embedded Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Supporting Courses
  • Theory

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

  • Accessibility
  • AP/IB Courses and Curricula
  • Assessment
  • Classroom Management
  • Communication Skills
  • Computers and Society
  • Courseware
  • Curriculum Issues
  • CS Ed Research
  • Distance Education
  • Ethical/Societal Issues
  • Gender and Diversity Issues
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Laboratory/Active Learning
  • Multimedia
  • Non-majors
  • Non-traditional Students
  • Object-Oriented Issues
  • Pedagogy
  • Security
  • Student Research/Capstones/Internships
  • Using Emerging Instructional Technologies
  • Web-based Techniques/Web Services

Descriptions of each of these paper categories can be found at the online topic display site.

Note that there are several ways you must categorize your paper submission. Within the paper itself, you must provide Category and Subject Descriptors, General Terms, and Keywords. These requirements are described in more detail in the SIGCSE 2008 Format Instructions. When you submit your paper you also must categorize it for our database. The 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, choose at most three categories that best fit your paper. Selection of more than three categories may result in automatic rejection of your paper.

How Should the Paper be Formatted?

Authors must submit two versions of their paper: a publication version (with author/institution information), and an anonymous version with 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 and the anonymous version is used in the reviewing process. Both versions are limited to a maximum of 5 pages and must adhere to the SIGCSE 2008 Format Instructions. Templates are available in Word, WordPerfect, and LaTeX.

Electronic submission of papers is required.

How Do I Submit My Paper?

Electronic Submissions:

Step 1: Write your paper using the format specified above. Make sure that you have two versions of the paper, an anonymous version and a publication version.

Step 2: Convert your paper into Adobe PDF format. Refer to our Creating Adobe PDF Documents page for assistance.

Step 3: Submit both versions using the online Paper Submission Form. Please note that selection of more than three categories may result in automatic rejection of your paper. Please do not wait until the last minute to submit your documents because that is when everyone else will be connecting to our server!

Step 4: Make note of the paper ID number and password assigned to your submission. You will receive an e-mail message confirmation.

Step 5: After receiving confirmation, go to the Author Verification Form to review your submission for accuracy. Send e-mail to and (Mark Guzdial and Sue Fitzgerald) 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 September 7, 2007.

Presentation Hints

  • Paper presentations are 25 minutes in length. Approximately 5 minutes of that time should be reserved for answering questions from the audience.
  • Arrive at your room at least 10 minutes before the session is scheduled to begin.
  • 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.
  • Bring a backup copy of your presentation on a USB stick.

Questions? Please contact:

Mark Guzdial and Sue Fitzgerald
SIGCSE 2008 Program Chairs and