How to Submit

All submissions must be written in English and must be submitted via EasyChair in the PDF format, and they must be formatted according to the ACM proceedings template for conferences, which can be found at ACM Proceedings Template
Note that LaTeX users must use the provided acmart.cls and ACM-Reference-Format.bst without modification, enable the conference format in the preamble of the document (i.e., \documentclass[sigconf,review]{acmart}), and use the ACM reference format for the bibliography (i.e., \bibliographystyle{ACM-Reference-Format}). The review option adds line numbers, thereby allowing referees to refer to specific lines in their comments.

For all papers (except Journal-First papers), a structured abstract is required with the headings: Background, Aims, Method, Results, and Conclusions. Papers should contain an explicit description of the empirical strategy used or investigated. The submission must also comply with the ACM plagiarism policy and procedures. In particular, it must not have been published elsewhere and must not be under review elsewhere while under review for ESEM. The submission must also comply with the IEEE Policy on Authorship.

Lastly, ESEM 2020 will employ a double-blind review process (except for Journal-First papers). Thus, regular submissions may not reveal its authors’ identities. The authors must make every effort to honor the double-blind review process. In particular, the authors’ names must be omitted from the submission and references to their prior work should be in the third person. Further advice, guidance, and explanation about the double-blind review process can be found on the conference website.

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least three experts from the international program committee of each track and will receive an additional meta-review. Any papers that are outside the scope of the symposium, exceed the maximum number of pages for the respective category, or do not follow the formatting guidelines will be desk rejected without review.

Finally, please note that each accepted contribution must have a minimum of one author registered (at the full conference rate) by the deadline for the camera-ready submission for their respective paper type. Also, each paper must be presented by one of the authors, in person, in Bari. Failure to meet these criteria will result in the paper’s removal from the proceedings.

Specific guidelines for each track are shown below:

Technical Papers: submissions in this track are limited to 10 pages excluding references and 12 pages with references. Papers must be submitted via EasyChair by selecting the track “Technical Papers.”

Industry Papers: Submissions to this track are between 6 to 10 pages and must be submitted via EasyChair by selecting the track “Industry Papers.”

Emerging Results and Vision Papers: Submissions to this track are limited to 6 pages and must be submitted through via EasyChair by selecting the track “Emerging Results and Vision Papers.”


Open Science Policy

Openness in science is key to fostering progress via transparency, reproducibility and replicability. While all submissions will undergo the same review process independent of whether or not they disclose their analysis code or data, we strongly encourage authors to make data available upon submission (either privately or publicly) and especially upon acceptance (publicly).

If the authors cannot disclose industrial or otherwise non-public data, they should provide an explicit (short) statement in the paper.

Further guidelines on the topic of open science can be found at