ASE 2021
Mon 15 - Fri 19 November 2021 Melbourne, Australia

Call for Papers

The New Ideas and Emerging Results (NIER) track at ASE provides a vibrant forum for forward looking, innovative research in software engineering. The main goal of the NIER track is to accelerate the exposure of the software engineering community to early yet potentially ground-breaking research results, techniques and perspectives that challenge the status quo in the discipline. The potential types of papers could be:

  • Visionary forward looking research: exciting new directions or techniques that may have yet to be supported by solid experimental results, but nonetheless supported by strong and well argued scientific intuitions.
  • Thought provoking reflections: bold and unexpected results and reflections that can help us look at current research directions under a new light, calling for fundamentally new directions of future research.
Evaluation Criteria

Each submission will be reviewed and evaluated in terms of the following quality criteria:

  • Value: whether the problem is worth exploring;
  • Impact: the potential for disruption of current practice;
  • Soundness: the validity of the rationale;
  • Quality: the overall quality of the paper’s writing

Each submission must not exceed 4 pages, including all text, appendices, figures, and must have at most 2 pages of references.

All submissions must be in PDF format and conform, at time of submission, to the ACM Proceedings Template at (LaTEX users must use \documentclass[sigconf,review,anonymous]{acmart}). The review option adds line numbers, thereby allowing referees to refer to specific lines in their comments.

How to Submit

Papers must be submitted electronically through the ASE NIER 2020 HotCRP submission site.

By submitting to the ASE NIER Track, authors acknowledge that they are aware of and agree to be bound by the ACM Policy and Procedures on Plagiarism ( and the IEEE Plagiarism FAQ ( In particular, papers submitted to ASE NIER 2020 must not have been published elsewhere and must not be under review or submitted for review elsewhere whilst under consideration for ASE NIER 2020.

Contravention of this concurrent submission policy will be deemed a serious breach of scientific ethics, and appropriate action will be taken in all such cases. To check for double submission and plagiarism issues, the chairs reserve the right to (1) share the list of submissions with the PC Chairs of other conferences with overlapping review periods and (2) use external plagiarism detection software, under contract to the ACM or IEEE, to detect violations of these policies.

Double Blind Submission Guidelines

The ASE NIER 2020 adopts a double-blind review process. No submitted paper may reveal its authors’ identities. The authors must make every effort to honor the double-blind review process; reviewers will be asked to honour the double-blind review process as much as possible. Any author having further questions on double blind reviewing is encouraged to contact the track’s program co-chairs by e-mail. Any submission that does not comply with the double blind review process will be desk-rejected. Further advice, guidance and explanation about the double-blind review process can be found in the Q&A page

Conference Attendance Expectation

If a submission is accepted, at least one author of the paper is required to register for and attend the full 3-day technical conference and present the paper in person.