Exploratory Papers

The exploratory papers track at ECSCW2020 encourages the submission of work that highlights:

  • small, focused studies
  • critical literature reviews
  • early, exploratory work
  • design probes (or the like)
  • initial theoretical contributions based on empirical studies
  • and/or provocative ideas

Exploratory papers set themselves apart from full papers and notes by moving beyond the conventional genre of a research paper as a way of inspiring discussion aimed at shaping the future of practice-focused CSCW research. As such, presentation of these papers at the conference will utilize an alternative format such as Pecha Kucha or interactive panel (final format yet to be determined) to encourage conversation and feedback.

Important: If you have any questions regarding the appropriateness of your work as an exploratory paper, please do not hesitate to contact the EP Chairs. It may also be helpful to consult the description for Notes.

Submission Information:

While the length of an exploratory paper is flexible, we suggest that authors aim for 6,000-10,000 words excluding references.

Papers should be submitted to EasyChair using the exploratory papers template. This template is available in RTF, MS Word or LaTeX format.

Exploratory papers are single-blind reviewed by the ECSCW program committee; therefore, submissions should not be anonymized. One round of peer review will lead to an accept or reject decision with no opportunity for revision and resubmission.


If you have questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact the Posters and Demo co-chairs with this email address: exploratory@ecscw.eusset.eu

Important Dates

Submission: February 02, 2020
Notifications: April 03, 2020
Camera ready: May 14, 2020

Exploratory Paper Chairs

Ingrid Erickson (Syracuse University, USA)
Marén Schorch (University of Siegen, Germany)