Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education

SIGSCE 2008
March 12-15, 2008 • Portland, Oregon, USA

Publication Guidelines for
Camera-ready Papers, Panels, and Special Sessions

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Important Dates and Information

  • September 7:  Submission deadline
  • October 29:  Author Notification
  • November 21:  Camera-ready copy due

All papers, panels, and special sessions submissions must follow these formatting instructions. Templates for submissions can be found at the ACM SIG Proceedings website. (NOTE TO LaTeX users: you should use option #2 (tighter alternate style) when formatting your document.)

Failure to follow these instructions may jeopardize the inclusion of your paper in the proceedings.


Requirements for all Paper, Panel, and Special Session Submissions


The requirements listed in this section apply to all papers, panels, and special sessions:

Title:  The title should be centered, Arial or Helvetica, bold, 18 point, and Initial Letters Capitalized Like This.

Author information:  The author's name(s) should be centered using Arial or Helvetica 12 point. The affiliation and address should be Arial or Helvetica 10 point, and email should be Arial or Helvetica 12 point. Two or more authors may be listed side by side. If co-authors are at the same institution and share most information, you may use only one address. Please see the templates for examples.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR PANEL SUBMISSIONS: Indicate which of the panelists is the moderator by placing the word "Moderator" in parentheses after her/his name.

Paper size:  You should format your submission for 8.5 x11-inch paper.

Margins:  Top and bottom margins should be 1 inch, left and right margins should be 0.75 inch. This is for every page including the first.

Columns:  Text should be presented in two columns each 3.33 inches wide. There should be a 0.33 inch space between the columns

Section heads:  Section heads are flush left, Times Roman, bold, 12 point, ALL CAPITALS, and numbered starting at 1. There should be an additional 6 points of white space above the section head.

Subsection heads:  If your paper has subsections, they are flush left, Times Roman, bold, 12 point, and subnumbered (for example, 1.1). Initial letters of the subsection heading should be capitalized. There should be an additional 6 points of white space above the subsection head unless it immediately follows a section head. (Please see the templates for examples.)

Subsubsections:  If your paper has subsubsection, they are flush left, Times Roman, italics, 11-point, with initial letters capitalized, and subnumbered (for example, 1.1.2 or 1.2.3.4). There should be an additional 6 points of white space above the subsubsection heading, unless it immediately follows a subsection heading.

Text: All text including abstract should be single spaced, full justification, Times Roman, and 9 point.

References:  Use the standard Communications of the ACM format for references. That is, references should be a numbered list at the end of the article, ordered alphabetically by first author, and referenced by numbers in square brackets, like this [1]. Use commas for multiple citations like this [3,4].  The reference section has a regular section head (i..e, numbered, ALL CAPITALS, Times Roman, bold, 12 point), and the references are 9 point Times Roman but with ragged right justification.

Copyright Space:  1.5" of blank space at the bottom of the left column of the first page must be left for the copyright notice.  (A placeholder copyright notice with the number X-XXXXX-XX-X/XX/X is also acceptable.)

Required Sections:  The following unnumbered sections are required at the beginning of document in the following order:

  • Abstract:  The abstract should be a short description of the work described in the document.  The title of the section ("ABSTRACT") should be formatted as a section head (i.e., flush left, Times Roman, bold, 12 point, ALL CAPITALS).
  • Categories and Subject Descriptors:  The ACM Computing Classification Scheme is available at http://www.acm.org/class/1998/ Most submissions are likely to use category K.3.2 Computer and Information Science Education. The title of this section ("Categories and Subject Descriptors") should be formatted as a subsection head (i.e., flush left, Times Roman, bold, 12 point, Initial Letters Capitalized).
  • General Terms:  This section is limited to the following 16 terms: Algorithms, Management, Measurement, Documentation, Performance, Design, Economics, Reliability, Experimentation, Security, Human Factors, Standardization, Languages, Theory, Legal Aspects, Verification. The title of this section ("General Terms") should be formatted as a subsection head.
  • Keywords:  This section is your choice of words you would like to be indexed by. The title of this section ("Keywords") should be formatted as a subsection head.

Other:  Do NOT use page numbers or headers/footers. Use a blank line between paragraphs.


Page Limits


All submission must adhere to the following page limits:

Submission Type Page limit
Paper 5
Panel 2
Special Session 2


Copyright/Permission Forms


All authors of accepted papers will need to submit a signed copyright form with the FINAL document.

All authors of accepted panels or special sessions will need to submit a signed permission form with the FINAL document.

Information will be sent to authors after notification of acceptance by the program committee.


Templates and Samples


Templates for submissions can be found at the ACM SIG Proceedings website. LaTeX users should use option #2 (tighter alternate style) when formatting your document.


Questions? Please contact:


Ellen Walker
SIGCSE 2008 Publications Chair
walkerel@hiram.edu