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Papers submitted for consideration to any of the above call for papers should not have been already published elsewhere and should not be under review or submitted for review elsewhere during the duration of consideration. Specifically, authors are required to adhere to the ACM Policy and Procedures on Plagiarism and the ACM Policy on Prior Publication and Simultaneous Submissions. All submissions are subject to the ACM Author Representations policy.

All submissions must be in English and in PDF format. Papers must not exceed the page limits that are listed for each call for papers.

The conference will use the iThenticate plagiarism detection software to screen submissions and will follow the ACM Policy and Procedures on Plagiarism. Possible violations will be reported to ACM for further investigation.


The ACM styles have changed recently, and all authors should use the official “2017 ACM Master article template”, as can be obtained from the ACM Proceedings Template pages.

Latex users should use the “sigconf” option, as well as the “review” (to produce line numbers for easy reference by the reviewers) and “anonymous” (omitting author names) options. To that end, the following latex code can be placed at the start of the latex document:

\documentclass[sigconf,review, anonymous]{acmart}
\acmConference[ESEC/FSE 2020]{The 28th ACM Joint European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering}{8 - 13 November, 2020}{Sacramento, California, United States}


All authors of accepted papers will be asked to complete an electronic ACM Copyright form and will receive further instructions for preparing their camera ready versions.

All accepted contributions will be published in the conference electronic proceedings and in the ACM Digital Library

Note that the official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of ESEC/FSE 2020. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.

The names and list of authors as well as the title in the camera ready version cannot be modified from the ones in the submitted version unless there is explicit approval from the track chairs.

At least one author of each accepted paper must register and present the paper at ESEC/FSE 2020 in order for the paper to be published in the proceedings. One author registration can cover multiple papers that they have co-authored. Student authors are allowed to register at the student rates to satisfy the registration requirement. There is no requirement for students to pay the full conference rate.