Authors are invited to submit papers to ECSCW 2020 that help further the CSCW field of research addressing themes that include, but are not limited to:

  • Empirical investigations of collaborative practices. Findings, guidelines, and/or studies related to communication, collaboration, and social technologies, practices, or use.
  • System design focusing on solutions to support cooperative work in increasingly complex, networked settings.
  • Hardware, architectures, infrastructures, interaction design, technical foundations, algorithms, and/or toolkits that enable the building of new social and collaborative systems and experiences.
  • Methodologies and tools for investigating human practices: the nature of ethnography and the role of other innovative research approaches in building systems or studying their use, the application of design fictions to investigate future possibilities.
  • Critical analysis or theory with clear relevance to study or design of collaborative settings and systems.
  • Domain-specific social and collaborative applications, including applications to digital civics, grassroots movements, healthcare, transportation, ICT4D, sustainability, education, accessibility, global collaboration, or other domains.
  • Analysis of the ethics and policy implications of socio-technical systems, the values that inform them, and the algorithms that shape them.
  • Studies, prototypes, or other investigations that explore interactions across disciplines, distance, languages, generations, and cultures, to help understand how to transcend social, temporal, and/or spatial boundaries.
  • Discussions and extrapolations of work-practices and technologies, which contribute to the core topics of ECSCW

ECSCW is a single-track conference that contributes to developing an interdisciplinary and global community, supported by EUSSET, the European Society for Socially Embedded Technologies ( The conference format facilitates critical discussion across disciplinary and national borders in the field. An overview of earlier ECSCW conferences (and proceedings) is available at

Journal Papers documenting original, rich, and in-depth contributions to CSCW. Submitted papers will follow a standard journal review process and accepted submissions will be published in Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW): The Journal of Collaborative Computing and Work Practices, the most prestigious Journal of CSCW research.

Upon acceptance of the paper to the Journal, authors are expected to present their work at the conference.

Important information about the review process:

For the first time, submissions to the journal-track of the ECSCW conference will undergo a fully-integrated review process which will be continuous. Reviews and resubmissions will therefore not be restricted to two rounds, as it was the case in the past. Rather, the new submission and review process will allow authors to develop and refine stronger papers over a longer time period (as soon as the authors submit early enough). The review process is single-blind, as has been since ECSCW implemented a journal-track.

Authors are encouraged to submit as soon as they have their manuscripts ready. Early submissions will allow for multiple Revise & Resubmit cycles (if necessary) and will generally result into earlier publication of the accepted manuscript in the Journal. As soon as a manuscript has been accepted for publication, it will go to production, and when production has finished (including proof corrections), it will be published on Springer Online First, complete with DOI.

Important information about the review process:

To be considered for publication and presentation at ECSCW 2020, papers must at least reach the status Accepted but incomplete by March 15, 2020. This status differs from a Minor revisions recommendation. The former refers to papers which require only minor formatting amendments, while the latter refers to papers which still require some minor structural or conceptual changes.

If the paper does not reach the Accepted but incomplete status by March 15, 2020, it will automatically be transferred to the batch of submissions for the subsequent ECSCW conference, unless the submission is withdrawn. With this approach, the authors will not have to restart the submission process and all work completed to this point will be considered for the next chapter of the conference. This also means that authors may get their papers accepted shortly after the ECSCW 2020 conference. If this happens, the paper will be published as an Online First manuscript as soon as it goes through the production process and its presentation will be expected at ECSCW 2021.

The production-ready version of the papers that reach the Accepted but incomplete status by March 15, 2020 must be submitted by the April 12, 2020 to be included for presentation at the ECSCW 2020.

After submitting their articles for production, authors may be required to make additional revisions, according to the publication standards of the Journal.

Submission format:

Paper submissions should be formatted following the CSCW Journal Instructions for Authors available at: The length of the paper must correspond to the size of the contribution.

Submission process:

Manuscripts must be submitted at the link: When submitting, please select ECSCW Contribution as the article type and follow the submission steps until the final manuscript upload.

For any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the ECSCW 2020 Programme Editors at



Important Dates

May 15, 2019: The system opens for submissions
July, 2019 – February 2020: Revise & Resubmission/Early accepts
March 15, 2020: Acceptance cut-off date for ECSCW 2020 Journal Papers
April 12, 2020: Deadline for the production-ready version of all accept papers

Programme Editors

Antonella De Angeli (University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy )
Fabiano Pinatti (University of Siegen, Germany)
Thomas Ludwig (University of Siegen, Germany)