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SLE 2024 : 17th ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Software Language Engineering


Conference Series : Software Language Engineering
When Oct 20, 2024 - Oct 25, 2024
Where Pasadena, California, United States
Abstract Registration Due Jun 14, 2024
Submission Deadline Jun 24, 2024
Notification Due Aug 30, 2024
Categories    computer science   programming languages   software engineering

Call For Papers

17th ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Software Language Engineering (SLE 2024)
October 20-25, 2024
Pasadena, California, United States
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We are pleased to invite you to submit papers to the 17th ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Software Language Engineering (SLE 2024), held in conjunction with SPLASH 2024. The conference will be hosted in Pasadena, California, United States on October 20-25, 2024.

Topics of Interest

SLE covers software language engineering in general, rather than engineering a specific software language. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Software Language Design and Implementation
- Approaches to and methods for language design
- Static semantics (e.g., design rules, well-formedness constraints)
- Techniques for specifying behavioral/executable semantics
- Generative approaches (incl. code synthesis, compilation)
- Meta-languages, meta-tools, language workbenches
* Validation of Software Language Tools and Implementations
- Verification and formal methods for language tools and implementations
- Testing techniques for language tools and implementations
- Simulation techniques for language tools and implementations
* Software Language Maintenance
- Software language reuse
- Language evolution
- Language families and variability, language and software product lines
* Software Language Integration and Composition
- Coordination of heterogeneous languages and tools
- Mappings between languages (incl. transformation languages)
- Traceability between languages
- Deployment of languages to different platforms
* Domain-Specific Approaches for Any Aspects of SLE (analysis, design, implementation, validation, maintenance)
* Empirical Studies and Experience Reports of Tools
- User studies evaluating usability
- Performance benchmarks
- Industrial applications
* Synergies between Language Engineering and Emerging/Promising Research Areas
- AI and ML language engineering (e.g., ML compiler testing, code classification)
- Quantum language engineering (e.g., language design for quantum machines)
- Language engineering for cyber-physical systems, IoT, digital twins, etc.
- Socio-technical systems and language engineering (e.g., language evolution to adapt to social requirements)
- Etc.

Types of Submissions

SLE accepts the following types of papers:

Research papers: These are “traditional” papers detailing research contributions to SLE. Papers may range from 6 to 12 pages in length and may optionally include 2 further pages of bibliography/appendices. Papers will be reviewed with an understanding that some results do not need 12 full pages and may be fully described in fewer pages.

New ideas/vision papers: These papers may describe new, unconventional software language engineering research positions or approaches that depart from standard practice. They can describe well-defined research ideas that are at an early stage of investigation. They could also provide new evidence to challenge common wisdom, present new unifying theories about existing SLE research that provides novel insight or that can lead to the development of new technologies or approaches, or apply SLE technology to radically new application areas. New ideas/vision papers must not exceed 5 pages and may optionally include 1 further page of bibliography/appendices.

SLE Body of Knowledge: The SLE Body of Knowledge (SLEBoK) is a community-wide effort to provide a unique and comprehensive description of the concepts, best practices, tools, and methods developed by the SLE community. These papers can focus on, but are not limited to, methods, techniques, best practices, and teaching approaches. Papers in this category can have up to 20 pages, including bibliography/appendices.

Tool papers: These papers focus on the tooling aspects often forgotten or neglected in research papers. A good tool paper focuses on practical insights that will likely be useful to other implementers or users in the future. Any of the SLE topics of interest are appropriate areas for tool demonstrations. Submissions must not exceed 5 pages and may optionally include 1 further page of bibliography/appendices. They may optionally include an appendix with a demo outline/screenshots and/or a short video/screencast illustrating the tool.

**Workshops**: Workshops will be organized by SPLASH. Please inform us and contact the SPLASH organizers if you would like to organize a workshop of interest to the SLE audience. Information on how to submit workshops can be found on the SPLASH 2024 Website.


SLE 2024 has a single submission round for papers, including a rebuttal phase, where all authors of research papers will have the possibility of responding to the reviews on their submissions.

Authors of accepted research papers will be invited to submit artifacts.

Important Dates

All dates are Anywhere on Earth (

* Abstract Submissions: Fri 14 Jun, 2024
* Paper Submissions: Mon 24 Jun, 2024
* Authors Response Period: Mon 12 Aug - Sat 17 Aug, 2024
* Authors Notification: Fri 30 Aug 2024
* Conference: Sun 20 October - Fri 25 October 2024 (co-located with SPLASH, precise dates to be announced)


Submissions have to use the ACM SIGPLAN Conference Format “acmart” (; please make sure that you always use the latest ACM SIGPLAN acmart LaTeX template, and that the document class definition is `\documentclass[sigplan,anonymous,review]{acmart}`. Do not make any changes to this format!

Ensure that your submission is legible when printed on a black and white printer. In particular, please check that colors remain distinct and font sizes in figures and tables are legible.

To increase fairness in reviewing, a double-blind review process has become standard across SIGPLAN conferences. Accordingly, SLE will follow the double-blind process. Author names and institutions must be omitted from submitted papers, and references to the authors’ own related work should be in the third person. No other changes are necessary, and authors will not be penalized if reviewers are able to infer their identities in implicit ways.

All submissions must be in PDF format. The submission website is:

Concurrent Submissions

Papers must describe unpublished work that is not currently submitted for publication elsewhere as described by SIGPLAN’s Republication Policy ( Submitters should also be aware of ACM’s Policy and Procedures on Plagiarism ( Submissions that violate these policies will be desk-rejected.

Policy on Human Participant and Subject Research

Authors conducting research involving human participants and subjects must ensure that their research complies with their local governing laws and regulations and the ACM’s general principles, as stated in the ACM’s Publications Policy on Research Involving Human Participants and Subjects ( If submissions are found to be violating this policy, they will be rejected.

Reviewing Process

All submitted papers will be reviewed by at least three members of the program committee. Research papers and tool papers will be evaluated concerning soundness, relevance, novelty, presentation, and replicability. New ideas/vision papers will be evaluated primarily concerning soundness, relevance, novelty, and presentation. SLEBoK papers will be reviewed on their soundness, relevance, originality, and presentation. Tool papers will be evaluated concerning relevance, presentation, and replicability.

For fairness reasons, all submitted papers must conform to the above instructions. Submissions that violate these instructions may be rejected without review at the discretion of the PC chairs.

For research papers, authors will get a chance to respond to the reviews before a final decision is made.

Artifact Evaluation

SLE will use an evaluation process to assess the quality of artifacts on which papers are based to foster the culture of experimental reproducibility. Authors of accepted research papers are invited to submit artifacts. For more information, please see the Artifact Evaluation ( page.


Distinguished paper: Award for the most notable paper, as determined by the PC
chairs based on the recommendations of the program committee.

Distinguished artifact: Award for the artifact most significantly exceeding
expectations, as determined by the AEC chairs based on the recommendations of
the artifact evaluation committee.


All accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library.

**AUTHORS TAKE NOTE**: 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 the conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.

SLE and Doctoral Students

SLE encourages students to submit to the SPLASH doctoral symposium. Authors of accepted doctoral symposium papers on SLE topics will also have the chance to present their work to the SLE audience.



* General chair: Ralf Lämmel, Universität Koblenz, Germany
* PC co-chair: Peter Mosses, Swansea University and Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
* PC co-chair: Juliana Alves Pereira, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
* Publicity chair: Andrei Chis, feenk gmbh, Switzerland


For additional information, clarification, or answers to questions, please get in touch with the program co-chairs (P.D.Mosses at and Juliana at

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