Exploratory paper submissions are smaller, focused studies, works-in-progress, critical literature reviews, early results, and/or provocative ideas that are not yet ready for a journal submission, but could benefit from presentation and discussion at the ECSCW conference. While the length of exploratory papers is flexible, we expect that papers will be no longer than 6,000 words without references.

With exploratory papers, we aim at having lively sessions that will contribute to shaping the future of practice-focused CSCW research. ECSCW has a strong tradition of foregrounding exploratory papers by interleaving their presentations with the main program. In the past, exploratory papers have been authored by both junior, mid-career, and senior scholars. For ECSCW 2019, we plan to continue as well as innovate on these traditions based upon the accepted papers (e.g. discussant on certain papers)

Exploratory paper submissions will be reviewed by the ECSCW program committee in a single round of peer review leading to an accept or reject decision. Accepted exploratory papers will be published in the ECSCW/EUSSET Digital Library as an edited collection with ISBN and DOIs under the EUSSET DL License (see more below).

Exploratory papers from ECSCW 2018 can be found here.

Because of the tight timeframe, it is important that all authors follow the exploratory papers template. This template is available in RTF, MS Word or LaTeX format.

Exploratory papers are single-blind reviewed; therefore, submissions should not be anonymized.

Authors of exploratory papers will retain copyright and can reuse their work in teaching, university repositories, future publications, and other scholarly and professional activities (see also the below EUSSET DL License).

Papers should be submitted to the EasyChair submission system.

Important dates:

January 25, 2019: Submission deadline
March 29, 2019: Acceptance notifications sent to authors. Exploratory papers are either accepted or rejected. Small additional edits may be requested for accepted exploratory papers before publication.
April 12, 2019: Camera ready to be submitted for publication in the ECSCW/EUSSET digital library.

Questions or comments can be sent to the Exploratory Papers chairs at exploratory-papers@ecscw.eusset.eu

Norman Makoto Su, PhD
Human-Computer Interaction Design
Assistant Professor of Informatics
Indiana University Bloomington, USA

Pernille Bjørn, PhD, Professor
Department of Human Centred Design and Engineering (HCDE)
University of Washington, USA
Department of Computer Science (DIKU)
University of Copenhagen, Denmark

EUSSET DL License Information

EUSSET DL is a repository for scholarly material, and perpetual access is necessary to maintain the scholarly record. As such, EUSSET DL keeps a permanent record of every submission.

EUSSET DL is an open access repository that allows readers to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search and link to the full texts of articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose except where otherwise noted.

EUSSET DL does not ask that copyright be transferred. However, we require sufficient rights to allow us to distribute submitted articles. In order to submit an article to EUSSET DL, the submitter must either:

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