Submission Policy

The SAM 2020 proceedings will be published by ACM in the ACM Digital Library.

Types of submission

SAM 2020 accepts the submissions of two type of papers: Technical papers and Doctoral Session papers. The doctoral session has been introduced this year to encourage doctoral students to present their research work to a large audience with the objective of receiving feedback on their current research and future directions.


SAM 2020 welcomes both academics and industrial submissions as either long papers (max 10 pages, including figures, appendices and references in ACM format) or short papers (max 4 pages, including figures, appendices and references in ACM format).

Long papers should describe significant, original, and unpublished results related to but not limited to any of the SAM-related topics. Short papers are insightful contributions on SAM relevant topics such as preliminary and initial research results for which a complete evaluation has not yet been performed.

We encourage also the submission of (long or short) papers that describe negative results and replication studies. This type of papers advance our knowledge by allowing us to continuously (re)evaluate our understanding of the current approaches.

Each paper submitted to the technical track will be evaluated by at least three reviewers, based on significance, originality, substance, correctness, and clarity.

Best Paper Awards will be given to authors of long and short papers, which will be selected by the program committee and SAM Co-chairs among the accepted and presented papers.

Authors of selected long research papers accepted at SAM 2020 will be invited to submit revised, extended versions of their manuscripts to a special section of the Elsevier Journal of Information and Software Technology (IST)


The goal of the Doctoral Session is to provide doctoral students with an opportunity to interact with their colleagues working on similar topics and to receive constructive feedback on their current research and future research directions. Students should consider participating in the Doctoral Session after having settled on a thesis topic and made sufficient progress that can be presented at the conference.

A doctoral submission paper (max 4 pages) should describe the problem to solve, justification of the importance of the problem, a discussion on related work, a research statement, the expected contributions, and the proposed plan. The paper must be authored by the students only.

Submissions will be reviewed by members of SAM PC committee and will be assessed based on the potential quality of the research and its relevance to the SAM community as well as the clarity of the presentation.


The SAM 2020 proceedings will be published will be published by ACM. Please see submission instructions and paper formatting.

The following instructions apply to both technical and doctoral session papers:

Accepted papers must be presented at SAM 2020 by one of the authors.

Important Dates

Abstract (recommended): June 19, 2020 July 15, 2020
Paper submission deadline: June 26, 2020 July 22, 2020
Notification of acceptance: July 17, 2020 August 21, 2020
Camera-ready version deadline: July 24, 2020 August 28, 2020
SAM Conference: October 19-20, 2020

Click here for Call for Papers as a PDF file.

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