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SIGCSE TS 2023
Wed 15 - Sat 18 March 2023 Toronto, Canada

Workshops provide an in-depth review of, or introduction to, a topic of interest, and should provide participants with materials and/or ideas that are immediately useful. To this end, workshop presenters should provide participants with handouts, online materials, or other tangible documents/artifacts outlining or otherwise supporting the workshop content.

Each 3-hour workshop should engage participants in learning new techniques and technologies designed to foster education, scholarship, and collaboration.

Workshops do not have schedule conflicts with the technical sessions.

Workshops do require payment of a supplemental fee from workshop attendees.

Authors submitting work to SIGCSE TS 2023 are responsible for complying with all applicable conference authorship policies and those articulated by ACM. If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact program@sigcse2023.org for clarification prior to submission.

New for 2023: Past SIGCSE TS conferences offered a complimentary hotel room night for one person of each accepted workshop organization team. Due to budget constraints, SIGCSE TS 2023 will not provide this accommodation this year.

Presentation Modality

SIGCSE TS 2023 workshops will be offered either in-person or online. All workshop submissions must declare their intended presentation modality at the time of submission. This information will be shared with reviewers as well as conference organizers to assist in conference planning if accepted.

Depending on space availability, workshop organizers can request to run their workshop twice in different workshop timeslots–once online and once in-person. However, we cannot guarantee we will be able to honor all requests for offering the workshop twice.

Deadlines and Submission

Workshop proposals consist of a 3-page description about the work including a 250-word short abstract, additional details, and references. Proposals should clearly motivate the context for the workshop, provide a rough agenda for the 3-hour workshop, identify the primary audience (e.g., high school teachers, CS1 instructors, etc.), explain how attendees will be engaged with hands-on activities, and articulate any special constraints (e.g., power, audio/visual equipment, and space configuration).

Workshop submissions to the SIGCSE TS 2023 must be made through EasyChair no later than Friday, August 19, 2022. The track chairs reserve the right to desk reject submissions that are incomplete after the deadline has passed.

Important Dates

Due Date Friday, August 19, 2022
Due Time 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth, UTC-12h)
Submission Limits 3 pages
Notification to Authors (tentative) Monday, October 3, 2022
Submission Link https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sigcsets2023
Session Duration 3 hours

Abstracts

All workshop submissions must have a plain-text abstract of up to 250 words. Abstracts should not contain subheadings or citations. The abstract should be submitted in EasyChair along with the submission metadata, and it should be included in the PDF version of the submission at the appropriate location.

Submission Templates

SIGCSE TS 2023 is not participating in the new ACM workflow, template, and production system. All workshop submissions must be in English and formatted using the 2-column ACM SIG Conference Proceedings format and US letter size pages (8.5x11 inch or 215.9 x 279.4mm).

Page Limits: Workshop submissions are limited to a maximum of 3 pages of body content (including all titles, author information, abstract, main text, tables and illustrations, acknowledgements, and supplemental material).

MS Word Authors: Please use the interim Word template provided by ACM. NOTE: Each author should be defined separately for accurate metadata identification. Multiple authors may share one affiliation. Include space for authors’ e-mail addresses whenever possible on separate lines. Grouping authors’ names or e-mail addresses, or providing an ‘e-mail alias’ is not acceptable, e.g., {brian,lina,leenkiat}@university.edu or firstname.lastname@college.org

LaTeX Authors:

At the time of submission all entries should include space for all author information, an abstract, body content, and references. NOTE: Workshop submissions may omit the following sections from the standard ACM template: keywords, CCS Concepts, and placeholders for the ACM Reference Format and copyright blocks.

Submissions that do not adhere to page limits or formatting requirements will be desk rejected without review.

Accessibility: SIGCSE TS 2023 authors are strongly encouraged to prepare submissions using these templates in such a manner that the content is widely accessible to potential reviewers, track chairs, and readers. Please see these resources for preparing an accessible submission.

Additional Submission Information

Workshop proposals should clearly motivate the context for the workshop, provide a rough agenda for the 3-hour workshop, identify the primary audience (e.g., high school teachers, CS1 instructors, etc.), explain how attendees will be engaged with hands-on activities, and articulate any special constraints (e.g., power, audio/visual equipment, and space configuration). In addition to the content of the workshop proposal document, the submission form will request further structured information about each workshop to facilitate the review and conference planning process. This includes:

  • Advertisement Text - The advertisement is used by attendees to select workshops. It is a short (2 to 3 paragraphs) but comprehensive synopsis of the workshop, and must address these five points: 1) for whom the workshop is intended, 2) what participants can expect to know after the workshop, 3) highlights from the proposed schedule, 4) equipment requirements for participants, and 5) other important information about workshop for attendees (e.g., registration will be refunded by the workshop presenter/sponsor). The advertisement can use less formal language and/or include details not appropriate for the abstract.
  • Expected Workshop Capacity - Specify the maximum number of participants that can be reasonably accommodated for this proposed workshop.
  • Hands-on Technology Needs - Indicate the technology needed for attendees to participate in the workshop activities.

Single Anonymized Review

Submissions to the workshop track are reviewed with the single-anonymous review process. Submissions should include author names and affiliations. Thus, the author identities are known to reviewers, but reviewers are anonymous to each other and to the authors.

The reviewing process includes a discussion phase after initial reviews have been posted. During this time, the reviewers can examine all reviews and privately discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the work in an anonymous manner through EasyChair. This discussion information can be used by the track chairs in addition to the content of the review in making final acceptance decisions.

The SIGCSE TS 2023 review process does not have a rebuttal period for authors to respond to comments, and all acceptance decisions are final.

ACM Policies

By submitting your article to an ACM Publication, you are hereby acknowledging that you and your co-authors are subject to all ACM Publications Policies, including ACM’s new Publications Policy on Research Involving Human Participants and Subjects (https://www.acm.org/publications/policies/research-involving-human-participants-and-subjects). Alleged violations of this policy or any ACM Publications Policy will be investigated by ACM and may result in a full retraction of your paper, in addition to other potential penalties, as per ACM Publications Policy.

Please ensure that you and your co-authors obtain an ORCID ID (https://orcid.org/register), so you can complete the publishing process for your accepted paper. ACM has been involved in ORCID from the start and we have recently made a commitment to collect ORCID IDs from all of our published authors (https://authors.acm.org/author-resources/orcid-faqs). The collection process has started and will roll out as a requirement throughout 2022. We are committed to improve author discoverability, ensure proper attribution and contribute to ongoing community efforts around name normalization; your ORCID ID will help in these efforts.

What Gets Published?

The full text of accepted workshop submissions will not appear in the ACM digital library. Only the title, author metadata, and a 250-word abstract will be included in the official conference proceedings. The provided advertisement text will be included in the conference registration system and/or on the conference website to attract attendees.

Presentation Details

All presenters on accepted workshops must register for and attend the SIGCSE TS 2023 either in person or online as required for the proposed workshop format.

Many SIGCSE Technical Symposium workshops are “hands-on,” that is, participants actively use equipment during the workshop. It is normal for participants to use their own equipment in hands-on workshops. Workshop presenters are responsible for distribution of workshop software to participants prior to the Symposium.

The SIGCSE Technical Symposium Committee recommends that presenters of a hands-on workshop provide a URL pointing to all necessary hardware and/or software and instructions for installation to enrollees. (It is unknown if the SIGCSE Technical Symposium can host the material, but there are myriad cloud services available.) The SIGCSE Technical Symposium will provide presenters with lists of emails addresses of current enrollees soon after the close of the early registration window, and again after the close of the late registration window. We will also collect the software distribution URLs and make them available to on-site registrants.

Further details about post-acceptance processes and presentation logistics will be provided by the time acceptance decisions are sent out.

Language Editing Assistance

ACM has partnered with International Science Editing (ISE) to provide language editing services to ACM authors. ISE offers a comprehensive range of services for authors including standard and premium English language editing, as well as illustration and translation services. Editing services are at author expense and do not guarantee publication of a manuscript.

Review Timeline

Reviewing PhaseStart DateEnd Date
BiddingSaturday, August 20, 2022Wednesday, August 24, 2022
ReviewingThursday, August 25 2022Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Discussion & Recommendations   Thursday, September 8, 2022   Friday, September 16, 2022

Overview

Workshops provide an in-depth review of, or introduction to, a topic of interest, and should provide participants with materials and/or ideas that are immediately useful. To this end, workshop presenters should provide participants with handouts, online materials, or other tangible documents/ artifacts outlining and/or supporting the workshop material.

Single-Anonymous Review Process

Submissions to the Panel track are reviewed with the single-anonymous review process. Submissions should include author names and affiliations. Thus, the author identities are known to reviewers, but reviewers are anonymous to each other and to the authors. The reviewing process includes a discussion phase after initial reviews have been posted. During this time, the reviewers can examine all reviews and privately discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the work in an anonymous manner through EasyChair. Reviewers can refer to each other by their reviewer number on that submission’s review. This discussion information can be used by the track chairs in addition to the content of the review in making final acceptance decisions.

The SIGCSE TS 2023 review process does not have a rebuttal period for authors to respond to comments, and all acceptance decisions are final.

EasyChair Reviewer Profile

When you receive your invitation to review for SIGCSE TS 2023, please take a few moments to update your profile and select 3-5 topics that you are most qualified for reviewing. To do so, select SIGCSE TS 2023 > My topics from the menu.

Please check at most 5 topics! More topics will make it harder for the EasyChair system to make a good set of matches.

Getting Started Reviewing

Before starting your review, you may be asked by the Track Chairs to declare conflicts with any submitting authors. Please do so in a timely manner so we can avoid conflicts during assignment.

After the submission deadline and before reviewing can begin, Reviewers will bid on submissions they are interested in reviewing. Please bid for submissions where the title and abstract are in your area of expertise. Bidding will help with assigning submissions for review that you’re qualified and interested in reviewing! If you do not bid within the allotted time window, we will use topics to assign submissions for review.

As a Reviewer, we ask that you carefully read each submission assigned to you and write a constructive review that concisely summarizes what you believe the submission to be about. When reviewing a submission, consider:

  • the strengths and weaknesses,
  • the contribution to an outstanding SIGCSE TS 2023 program and experience for attendees, and
  • how it brings new ideas or extends current ideas through replication to the field and to practitioners and researchers of computing education.

Workshop Review Guidelines

Reviewers provide high-quality reviews for submissions to provide authors with feedback so they may improve their work for presentation or future submissions. As such, please ensure that all criticism is phrased in a constructive manner.

Your overall recommendation should focus on significance and relevance, anticipated interest, and quality of the workshop proposal. Reviewers should consider the content of the submission PDF as well as the proposed workshop advertisement text in EasyChair. Consider the following questions:

  • Is the workshop topic well motivated and significant/timely for SIGCSE TS attendees?
  • To what extent are the workshop activities clearly described, and are they appropriately planned for the 3-hour session?
  • Does it involve an appropriate amount of hands-on experience for attendees?
  • Does the workshop presenter(s) have the necessary expertise to deliver the workshop?
  • Does the draft advertisement provide an accurate representation of the proposed workshop for prospective attendees?

While your review text should clearly support your scores and recommendation, please do not include your preference for acceptance or rejection of a submission in the feedback to the authors. Instead, use the provided radio buttons to make a recommendation (the authors will not see this) based on your summary review and provide any details that refer to your recommendation directly in the confidential comments to the APC or track chairs. Remember that as a reviewer, you will only see a small portion of the submissions, so one that you recommend for acceptance may be rejected when considering the other reviewer recommendations and the full set of submissions.

The program and track chairs will consider reviewer feedback and the availability of appropriate facilities. In addition, feedback on, and attendance at, similar workshops that have been offered in previous years may be taken into account. This is particularly relevant for workshops that propose repeating or extending a previously offered workshop.

Discussion

The discussion and recommendation period provides the opportunity for the Track Chairs to discuss reviews and feedback so they can provide the best recommendation for acceptance or rejection to the Program Chairs and that the submission is given full consideration in the review process. We ask that Reviewers engage in discussion when prompted by other reviewers, the Track Chairs by using the Comments feature of EasyChair. During this period you will be able to revise your review based on the discussion, but you are not required to do so. The Track Chairs will make a final recommendation to the Program Chairs from your feedback.

Recalcitrant Reviewers

Reviewers who don’t submit reviews, have reviews with limited constructive feedback, or who submit inappropriate reviews will be removed from the reviewer list (as per SIGCSE policy). Recalcitrant reviewers will be informed of their removal from the reviewer list. Reviewers with repeated offenses (two within a three year period) will be removed from SIGCSE reviewing for three years.

Questions? Use the SIGCSE TS Workshops contact form.