ECSCW 2023

Exploratory paper or Note?

One of the most frequent questions we receive is related to these two types of contributions. Here is a summary of the difference between the two.

First, we encourage you to read the explanation of each type of contribution provided in the submission pages for notes and exploratory papers, and take a look at earlier notes and exploratory papers published in ECSCW proceedings from 2020-2022 in EUSSET digital library.

Here is a summary of the differences between the two submission formats:

  • Developed or work-in-progress: Notes are considered to be fully developed studies while exploratory papers can be in earlier phases of development. In this sense, Notes are similar to what is called “completed research” in some conferences, while exploratory papers are “research in progress.”
  • Contribution: A note has a clear and explicit CSCW-relevant contribution. Exploratory papers can explore several possible contributions and can contain new and even provocative ideas for future contributions.
  • Review process: Notes are subject to a standard review process with a focus on originality, novelty and rigor that is contained in the contribution at the time of submission. Exploratory papers are subject to a developmental review process where the feedback from reviewers will focus on the submission’s potential for development, and contain suggestions about how the ideas in the paper can be developed further.
  • Double-blind or single-blind: Notes undergo double-blind reviews so please make sure your submission is properly anonymized and author names and other hints at who the authors might be are removed. Exploratory papers undergo single-blind reviews so you don’t need to worry about anonymizing.
  • Publishing: Notes are published in the ECSCW proceedings in the EUSSET digital library. For exploratory papers, the authors can choose to publish their contribution in the digital library (similar to notes), or choose not to publish them. For both contribution formats, the authors can choose between a EUSSET copy-right transfer option, and the option to license the contribution under various creative commons or public domain licenses.
  • Moving across submission types: Please be advised that notes and exploratory chairs might suggest to move a submission from one type to another during the review process. In this case, the authors will be informed.

We are looking forward to receiving your contributions! And don’t forget to contact us if you have any questions.