Submission Policy

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

Types of submission

SAM 2020 accepted the submissions of two type of papers: Technical papers and Doctoral Session papers. The doctoral session was introduced in 2020 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 welcomed 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Long papers should describe significant, original, and unpublished results related to but not limited to any of the SAM-related topics.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.

The submission of (long or short) papers that describe negative results and replication studies was encouraged. 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 was evaluated by at least three reviewers, based on significance, originality, substance, correctness, and clarity.

Best Paper Awards were 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 were 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 were published will be published by ACM. Please see submission instructions and paper formatting.

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

Accepted papers were required to be presented at SAM 2020 by one of the authors.


Please find below the instructions given to prepare and submit your camera-ready paper:

  1. Please consider carefully the reviewers' comments when preparing your camera-ready paper.
  2. The contact author will receive an email to fill and submit the ACM e-Rights form. Please note that:
    • All eRights management forms must be submitted and approved before the proceeding appears in the Digital Library.
    • It is possible that emails from ACM will end up in spam folders. Please set your email spam settings to allow emails from "".
  3. After completing the rights management form, authors will receive the correct rights text and bibliographic strip to place within their paper. Please enter the text into your camera-ready paper.
  4. In addition to names and affiliations of authors, the ACM copyright block, and the bibliographic strip, the final version of the paper must include on the first page the Categories and Subject Descriptors and Keywords. For more information about ACM Classification, please see the ACM Computing Classification Scheme:
  5. Please follow the formatting instructions, which are available at for both LaTeX and Word users. LaTeX users must use the provided acmart.cls and ACM-Reference-Format.bst without modification, enable the conference format in the preamble of the document, and use the ACM reference format for the bibliography.
  6. The camera-ready version of the paper has to be submitted electronically through Easychair ( by the end of Monday, September 7th 2020. You will need to upload a single zip file containing the final version of the paper (as .pdf file) and all source files (LaTeX files with all the associated style files and figures, or Word or rtf files).
  7. Accepted papers must be presented virtually at SAM 2020 by one of the authors. In addition, please note that each paper should be registered in order to be included in the proceedings. Early registration deadline is October 1, 2020. Registrations are done through MODELS2020 website:

If you have any questions, please contact the Proceedings Chair: Dr. Ahmed Bali (

Important Dates

Abstract (optional): June 19, 2020 July 15, 2020 July 29, 2020
Paper submission deadline: June 26, 2020 July 22, 2020 July 29, 2020
Notification of acceptance: July 17, 2020 August 21, 2020
Camera-ready version deadline: July 24, 2020 September 7, 2020
SAM Conference: October 19-20, 2020

Click here for Call for Papers as a PDF file.

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