Author Guidelines: Posters

Date Due Friday, October 18, 2019
Time Due 23:59 AoE (Baker Island, UTC-12h)
Submission Limits 2 pages (including extended abstract of 1 page)
Duration 2 hours (poster session)
Submission Link SIGCSE 2020 EasyChair
Notification to Authors Friday, November 15, 2019
Camera-Ready Deadline Sunday, December 8, 2019

What Is A Poster?

Posters provide an opportunity for an informal presentation featuring “give and take” with conference attendees. Presenting a poster is also a good way in which to discuss and receive feedback on work in progress that has not been fully developed into a paper.

Posters should not be previously published, as a paper or a poster.

Poster proposal review is not blind, i.e. author names are visible to the reviewers, but reviewer names will not be visible to authors.

Graduate or undergraduate students submitting posters may instead wish to submit to the ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) held at SIGCSE Technical Symposium. Like normal posters, ACM SRC posters are displayed at the conference, but the top poster authors also present their work orally and may win prizes and proceed to the international ACM Student Research Competition. Please note that this year there is also an award from the Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR) for undergraduates presenting posters.

Poster Topic Ideas

Any topic relevant to the conference focus areas is suitable for presentation as a poster. These include new results and insights around developing, implementing, or evaluating computing programs, curricula, and courses. However, the topic should lend itself to presentation in poster format with additional details available in a handout or URL. You might consider a poster presentation of teaching materials that you would like to share or preliminary research findings, such as:

  • imaginative assignments
  • innovative curriculum design
  • laboratory materials
  • effective ideas for recruiting and retaining students
  • computing education research that is in a preliminary stage

Suggestions for poster design are given in Research Posters 101. (Although these suggestions were published for student researchers, the ideas are also applicable to posters for this conference.)

Poster Presentation

Poster presentation submissions at SIGCSE will be competitive, and if your proposal is accepted, your poster will be displayed for a 2-hour time period during the conference. You will be expected to “present” your poster at that time. At least one author for each accepted poster must register for and attend the conference. The space available for your poster will be 4 feet high by 8 feet wide, possibly with a small shelf below. Power sources are not available.

How Should The Proposal Be Formatted?

Proposals are to be provided in PDF format. The full proposal contains an abstract, an extended abstract, and a description of your poster (as detailed below). The abstract needs to appear in two places: in the PDF proposal and in a text box on the submission page.

The full proposal is used for the review process only. If the proposal is accepted, the abstract will appear on the Symposium website. The first page of your submission will appear in the Symposium proceedings. The format for the proposal is as follows.

Poster Proposal Format and Contents

Limited to 2 pages.

New for SIGCSE 2020! The first page of your submission will be published in the proceedings, while the second page will be for review purposes only. Please see the template provided below for more details.

The first page (an extended abstract that will go into the proceedings) must adhere to ACM’s publication guidelines:

SIGCSE 2020 is NOT participating in the new ACM workflow, template, and production system. Word Authors, please use the Interim Template. LaTex Authors, please use the official ACM Master with the ACM_SigConf template.

The extended abstract page should include:

  • Title: A title for the poster.

  • Proposer: Include name, affiliation, and email address. You should expect most correspondence related to the conference to arrive via email to the corresponding author. Please check your spam filter if you haven’t received an expected notification.

  • Abstract: Limited to 250 words. The abstract should summarize the major aspects and serve as an advertisement for your poster. Some aspects you may want to include are the objective(s) of the work being presented, preliminary results, future work, and intended audience. The same abstract will also need to be submitted via a text box on the submission page. Please be sure that your description is accurate and that both submitted copies (here in the poster proposal, and in the submission text box) are exactly the same.

  • Extended Abstract: The sections for this will vary from poster to poster, but it is expected to describe the main topic of the poster. A suggestion is to have the following sections: 1) Problem / Background / Related Work; 2) Overview / Methods / Results; 3) Contributions and Future Work. You may want to also list references. Your objective here is to explain why the topic is significant.

The first page extended abstract may be edited in response to reviews.

The second page, which will be for the reviewers only, and not included in the proceedings, should provide more context for reviewers. Examples of content you might provide on the second page include: description of tentative layout and content of the poster, description of any handouts that may be available, brief description of author expertise and background as it relates to the poster. You should also justify how your poster will engage participants in discussion.

You do not need to submit the poster itself.

Poster Abstract

The abstract is the description of the poster that will appear on the conference web pages. The description is limited to and must match verbatim the abstract section of the poster Proposal. The poster abstract must be submitted in plain text. The abstract for an accepted proposal may contain a URL with more information. (Abstracts of accepted posters can be edited in response to reviews.)

Sample Proposal

Council for Undergraduate Research Award

The Council for Undergraduate Research’s (CUR) Math and Computer Science Division is partnering with the SIGCSE Technical Symposium to reward excellence in undergraduate research as part of the Posters track. There are awards for undergraduate poster authors with significant contributions to the presented work.

Poster presentations by undergraduates will be judged by at least two judges. Students will be evaluated on the following:

  • Organization: of the poster and the presentation
  • Delivery: of the poster presentation
  • Supporting Materials: explanations, examples, and/or illustrations that support discussion of the research
  • Significance: the intellectual merit, research question importance, and foundation for future work

For consideration, please check the option Presenting Author is an Undergraduate Student during submission of the poster. The undergraduate student must be present during the poster presentation to be evaluated and be eligible for the award.

Please note that this award is separate from the ACM Student Research Competition. Undergraduate students participating in the ACM Student Research Competition are not eligible for consideration of the CUR award.

How Do I Submit My Proposal?

Write your submission using the format specified above.

Please limit the number of topic choices to no more than 5. This will help match your submission with reviewers.

Convert your submission-ready paper into Adobe PDF format. Refer to our Creating Adobe PDF Documents page page for assistance.

A PDF version of your submission should be uploaded using the online submission system - EasyChair.

Please do not wait until the last minute to submit your documents because that is when everyone else will be connecting to our server!

Make note of the proposal ID number and password assigned to your submission. You will receive an e-mail message confirmation. Spam filters sometimes trap these automatically generated messages so you may need to check your spam trap for the confirmation and later, acceptance or rejection notification.

After receiving confirmation, go to the submission site to review your submission for accuracy. Send e-mail to the chair(s) (see below) if there are any problems.

By SIGCSE policy, at least one contributor is required to register, attend and present a poster. See our full policy for more information.


If you have questions about anything discussed above, please contact the Posters Team.