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.

Publication and Copyright information

Accepted Exploratory Papers are slated for publication in the European Society for Embedded Technologies (EUSSET) digital library (http://www.eusset.eu/digital-library) as an edited collection with an ISBN. Each paper will be assigned a DOI.

Authors of accepted Exploratory Papers will be given choice to either (1) publish their papers in the EUSSET DL using one of the copyright options (see below), or (2) not publish in the EUSSET DL, but still have an opportunity to present their work at the conference. The second choice is provided because some authors may prefer to keep their working/exploratory versions of the paper offline (not findable in a digital library) as they are preparing a full publication.  

The EUSSET digital library (DL) is an open access repository. The EUSSET DL does not ask for a full transfer of copyright from authors. Instead, it requires only sufficient rights that allow “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” (for full information please see here: https://www.eusset.eu/digital-library/).

The authors will have several options when it comes to copyright upon paper acceptance:

  • grant EUSSET DL a non-exclusive and irrevocable license to distribute the article, and certify that he/she has the right to grant this license;
  • certify that the work is available under one of the following Creative Commons licenses and that he/she has the right to assign this license:
    1. Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY 4.0)
    2. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license (CC BY-SA 4.0)
    3. Creative Commons Attribution -Noncommercial-ShareAlike license (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0);
    4. or dedicate the work to the public domain by associating the Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (CC0 1.0) with the submission.
  • In the most common case, authors have the right to grant these licenses because they hold copyright in their own work.


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)