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ECOOP 2021 : Call for papers: 35th European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming


Conference Series : European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming
When Jul 12, 2020 - Jul 16, 2020
Where Aarhus, Denmark
Submission Deadline Jan 11, 2021

Call For Papers


The 35th Edition of ECOOP

Call for Papers

12th-16th July 2021

Aarhus, Denmark

Co-located with ISSTA 2021


ECOOP is a conference about programming. Originally its primary focus

was on object orientation, but now it looks at a much broader range of

programming topics. Areas of interest include the design, implementation,

optimization, analysis, testing, verification, and theory of programs,

programming languages, and programming environments. Papers may focus on new

tools (e.g., language implementations, program analyses, runtime systems),

techniques (e.g., code organization approaches, methodologies), principles (e.g.,

semantics, proofs, paradigms), evaluations (e.g., experiments, corpora analyses,

user studies), or some combination of the above. ECOOP solicits both innovative

and creative solutions to real problems as well as evaluations of existing

solutions that provide new insights. It also encourages the submission of

reproduction studies.

ECOOP 2021 solicits high-quality submissions describing original, unpublished

results. The program committee will evaluate the technical contribution of each

submission as well as its general relevance and accessibility to the ECOOP

audience according to the following criteria:

- Originality. Papers must present new ideas and place them appropriately within

the context established by previous research in the field.

- Significance. The results in the paper must have the potential to add

significantly to the state of the art or practice.

- Evidence. The paper must present evidence supporting its claims. Examples of

evidence include implemented systems, experimental results, statistical analyses,

case studies, formalizations, and proofs.

- Clarity. The paper must present its contributions and results clearly.

On submission, authors will be asked to identify their paper with one of the

following categories:

- Research Paper. This is the most traditional category and solicits high quality

research papers that demonstrate advances in the field. (As an alternative to

being published in the conference proceedings, authors may wish to submit

research papers to be considered for publication in ACM TOPLAS or Science of

Computer Programming; see below.)

- Tool Insights Paper. These submissions focus on the practical details of the

design and implementation of PL tools—details that are often omitted from regular

research papers, despite being fascinating and worthy of communication. A strong

Tool Insights Paper should communicate engineering experience and insights that

are likely to be useful to other members of the PL community, who may face

similar problems in future. Examples of issues that Tool Insights Papers might

focus on include, but are not limited to: performance, reliability, portability,

inter-tool integration, infrastructure re-use, evaluation issues, theory/practice

gaps, precision/efficiency, and soundness/efficiency trade-offs.

- Reproduction Study. A Reproduction Study is an empirical evaluation. It

reconstructs an already published experiment but in a different context (for

example, using a different virtual machine or platform, or in a different class

of applications) in order to validate or refute important results of earlier

work. A good Reproduction Study includes thorough empirical evaluation as well as

a detailed comparison with the previous results, providing reasons for possible

disagreements. (A thoroughly-conducted Reproduction Study that perfectly

replicates an existing experiment and reaches the same conclusions will be

regarded as significant, so long as said experiment is significant enough to be

worthy of reproduction.)

- Experience Report. Such reports focus on noteworthy applications of known PL

techniques, tools, and ideas in interesting domains and by other communities.

Examples include, but are not limited to, applications of PL techniques in

industry, open source, education, and other academic disciplines. We welcome

reports on successful applications of PL ideas and reports that shed light on

limitations and problems that may provide inspiration for future research.

- Pearl. This category solicits articles that explain a known idea in a new and

elegant way, to the benefit of the PL community. A Pearl may well be shorter than

a regular research paper, but there is no hard requirement on this.

- Brave New Idea. The Brave New Idea category solicits forward-looking articles

on ideas in the field of PL that may take some time to substantiate, but for

which early communication to the community is likely to be of benefit. For this

category we welcome papers that are particularly conceptually novel or

unconventional and that as a result may be harder to back up by traditional

evaluation methods. A Brave New Idea paper may well be shorter than a regular

research paper, but there is no requirement for it to be so.

Paper submission


Only papers that have not been published and are not under review for publication

elsewhere may be submitted. Double submissions will be rejected without review.

If major parts of an ECOOP submission have appeared elsewhere in any form,

authors are required to notify the ECOOP program chair and explain the overlap

and relationship. Authors are also required to inform the program chair about

closely related work submitted to another conference while the ECOOP submission

is under review.

Papers must be no longer than 25 pages, excluding references. See below for

information about appendices. Authors will not be penalized for papers that are

shorter than the page limit.

Submissions will be carried out electronically via HotCRP.

ECOOP Proceedings are published by Dagstuhl LIPIcs. Papers must be written in

English and follow the Dagstuhl LIPIcs LaTeX-style template [1]. Authors retain

ownership of their content.

Note: Submitted papers do not need to include the ACM classification or keywords.

Also, please DO NOT put your name in either the \author or \Copyright macro, in

order to maintain anonymity for double-blind reviewing (see below).



ECOOP will use double-blind reviewing, where authors’ identities are only

revealed if a paper is accepted (a.k.a. strong double-blind reviewing). To

facilitate this, papers must adhere to three rules:

- author names and institutions must be omitted, and

- references to authors’ own related work should be in the third person (e.g.,

not “We build on our previous work …” but rather “We build on the work of …”),


- any supplementary material should be similarly anonymized.

The purpose of this process is to help reviewers decide whether to accept a

submission without bias, not to make it impossible for them to discover the

authors if they were to try. Nothing should be done in the name of anonymity that

weakens the submission or makes the job of reviewing the paper more difficult.

For further details, see the double-blind reviewing FAQ [2]. If there are any

doubts, please contact the program chair.

Additional material


Clearly marked additional appendices containing analyses, statistics, supporting

proofs, etc. of possible value to reviewers but not published in the final

publication, may be included beyond the page limit. The submission system

provides an option to submit supplementary material; for example, a technical

report including proofs, or an archive of code or raw data. All supplementary

material must be anonymized to facilitate double-blind review.

Reviewers are under no obligation to examine such appendices and supplementary

material. Therefore, the paper must be a stand-alone document - the appendices

and supplementary material are a way of providing useful information that cannot

fit in the page limit; they are not a means to extend the page limit.

Response period


Authors will be given a six-day period (four weekdays) to read and respond to the

reviews of their papers before the program committee meeting. Responses have no

formal length limit, but concision is likely to be effective.

Artifact Evaluation and Intent


To reward the creation of artifacts and support replication of experiments,

authors of accepted research papers may submit artifacts (such as tools, data,

models, or videos) to be evaluated by an Artifact Evaluation Committee. Artifacts

that pass muster will be recognized officially.

To further encourage submission of artifacts, authors will be asked whether they

intend to submit an artifact for evaluation during the paper submission process,

and to provide an explanation if they do not intend to do so. (Note that artifact

submission may not be appropriate for all papers (e.g., a Brave New Idea paper),

and it is perfectly acceptable to not submit an artifact in such cases.)

Information on artifact intent for a submission will be shared with reviewers.

Skipping artifact submission without appropriate justification after indicating

intent to submit may be grounds for paper rejection.

Important Dates


- Paper submission: 11 January 2021 (Mon)

- Author response: 10–15 March 2021 (Wed–Mon)

- Author notification: 1 April 2021 (Thu)

Journal First


We have Journal First arrangements with ACM Transactions on Programming Languages

and Systems and Elsevier Science of Computer Programming.

Common to both routes


Only new research papers are eligible for the Journal First routes to ECOOP 2021.

That is, it is not acceptable to submit an extension of a previous conference

paper, even if the associated journal solicits extended papers via its standard

submission route.

Authors of all accepted Journal First papers will be invited to submit a short

abstract for their paper to appear in the ECOOP 2021 conference proceedings.

Journal First papers will be included along with research papers submitted

directly to the conference when a Distinguished Paper is selected.

ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems route


See this dedicated announcement [3] for details of the TOPLAS scheme whereby

papers submitted to TOPLAS can be presented at selected conferences.

Authors interested in this route should submit their paper to TOPLAS via its

usual submission system and mark it as an ECOOP 2021 submission. The ECOOP

Program Chair will then be informed of this submission and will have some input

into the review process.

Submission deadline: October 13, 2020

Science of Computer Programming route


Further details on Science of Computer Programming submissions will be available


Submission deadline: November 2, 2020

More Information


For additional information, please visit the ECOOP’21 website [4] or contact the

ECOOP Program Chair, Manu Sridharan [5].





[5] manu[at]sridharan[dot]net

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