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ECSA 2020
Mon 14 - Fri 18 September 2020 L'Aquila, Italy

Call for Journal First Papers

ECSA 2020 opened up a partnership with IEEE Software to incorporate journal-first papers into its program. Authors of journal-first papers accepted by IEEE Software are invited to submit their work to be presented at ECSA 2020. This will allow authors of journal-first papers to present their work to the community.


A journal-first paper submitted to ECSA 2020 must adhere to the following criteria:

  • The paper must have been already accepted after peer review by IEEE Software.
  • The paper is in the scope of the conference.
  • The paper has not been presented at, and is not under consideration for, journal-first programs of other conferences.


Authors of manuscripts that respect the above criteria are invited to submit a presentation proposal consisting of (1) paper title, (2) authors, (3) abstract, and (4) a pointer to the original journal paper. Moreover, they should include (5) a justification on how the paper meets the eligibility criteria regarding the originality of the paper with respect to previous work of the authors presented at other conferences. If this is not applicable, authors must make an explicit statement about this. The submission (proposal and eligibility justification) must not exceed one page and conform to the Springer format. Authors should consult Springer’s authors’ guidelines and use their proceedings templates, either for LaTeX or Microsoft Word, for the preparation of their abstract. Springer’s proceedings LaTeX templates are available in Overleaf, too. Proposals must be submitted electronically through the EasyChair submission site.


Authors will be invited to present their paper at ECSA 2020 after a check that the paper is in scope of the conference. As the papers have been already reviewed and accepted by the journal, they will not be reviewed again for technical content.

Our plan is to include in the journal first program as many papers as possible; only in case an exceptionally high number of proposals is received, not all submissions might be selected. If needed, presentation proposals will be prioritized according to fit to the conference theme and structure of sessions.

Important Dates

  • Submission opens: July 1, 2020
  • Submission deadline: July 20, 2020
  • Notification: July 27, 2020

Notes: All deadlines are 23:59h AoE (anywhere on Earth)


Please note that ECSA 2020 will be hosted as a virtual event. As journal first presenter, you will have all the benefits of the conference presentation such as reachout to wider audience, interactions and discussion with peers, and feedback by peers on your work.

At least one author of each presentation accepted for the journal-first program must register and attend the conference to present the paper. The journal-first manuscripts are published through the journals and will not be part of the ECSA 2020 proceedings. The journal-first papers will be listed in the conference program and ECSA 2020 participants will have access to the paper abstracts and a pointer to the journal publication outside the conference proceedings.