|Abstract submissions open||February|
|Abstract submissions close||May 1|
|Presentations Only and Technical Papers close||May 1|
|Selection Results emailed to authors||June 7|
|Paper 1st drafts due||June 25|
|Reviews of 1st drafts completed||June 30|
|Author Authorization and Code of Conduct forms Due||June 30|
|Final paper to reviewers||August 1|
|Final camera ready paper due||August 7|
|Travel confirmations due||August 1|
|Poster Paper submissions due||Sept. 1|
|Presentation Only Slides due||Sept. 9|
|Conference||Oct. 9 – 11|
This section provides links to online resources that may be of use to authors. Suggestions for additional links should be sent to PNSQC Technical Support.
Survival Skills for Scientific Writing in the Academic and Professional Environments, a summary of best writing practices.
Copyright law allows authors “fair use” of previous works. As long as the author follows normal writing style guidelines, there shouldn’t be an issue. PNSQC suggest the Chicago Manual of Style (see the PNSQC .docx Template or PNSQC .pptx Template for additional details).
More care needs to be taken with songs, poems, and other “artistic” works. The author should take care when using these in either the paper or the presentation, especially if using the ‘whole’ item (e.g. a complete poem). The author should check with the source to make sure that appropriate permissions are obtained prior to publishing the paper/presentation. PNSQC received a notice of copyright infringement after publishing an author’s presentation that included a poem. The settlement cost several thousand dollars.
Author’s, by confirming that they will develop and present a paper, also confirm acceptance of the PNSQC Speaker Content Agreement that indemnifies PNSQC from claims arising from copyright issues.
We suggest http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_law#Fair_use_and_fair_dealing as a starting point for authors looking for more information on fair use and copyright issues.
Technical Papers are the foundation of the conference. These refereed papers:
As a practitioner’s conference, PNSQC values practical information. Attendees expect to use the information provided back at their workplaces following the conference. We look for papers that provide value to the software community. Year after year software luminaries present papers at PNSQC. But we take considerable pride in helping new authors get published. Our veteran team of referees and reviewers work with authors to develop their ideas and focus their prose.
The general workflow for Technical Papers is this:
Abstract ? draft paper ? feedback loops with reviewers ? final paper for proceedings ? draft presentation ? present at conference?
The primary Technical Paper author receives a fee-waiver for the 2-day technical conference.
Authors are expected to cover fees for any workshops they wish to take.
Poster Papers are a relatively new component at PNSQC. An author displays a graphic or pictorial version of a technical topic in an area set aside at the evening social event and during the technical conference. The poster should not be too dense with technical details — it should offer the audience visual clues to help explain the topic to the people who stop by. An easel is provided to each author to post the Poster Paper. Poster Papers give the author a chance to speak individually with quality-minded people in a less formal setting than a technical paper presentation. Poster Papers are presented during the first day’s evening social event and during breaks on the second day of the conference. Click here for more details
The primary Poster Paper author receives a discounted admission to the 2-day technical conference.
Authors are expected to cover fees for any workshops they wish to take.
Presentations Only are typically a set of slides or a demonstration with an accompanying talk that describe a practical outcome or best practice developed on the job. Presentations Only do not require writing a Technical Paper. The only artifacts required are the initial Abstract submission and the slides, etc… that will be presented at the conference. Slides will be posted on the PNSQC website along with the video recording of your presentation.
Authors first submit an abstract and paper outline. The submitted abstracts are reviewed by the selection committee and authors are notified of the results. The steps for submitting a paper are as follows:
All abstracts are reviewed and scored by the Program Selection Committee. The Program Committee also considers the Technical Paper or Presentation topic, past conference performance, and ability to attend the conference in person when making final selections. The Program Committee also selects backup Technical Papers and Presentations Only.
Poster Paper submissions will be accepted as space permits for the conference facility. In the past, this has allowed for 10-12 Poster Papers.
Authors are encouraged to review the Submission Heat Map to see which conference tracks have received submissions. The Program Committee will consider the topic when making selection decisions and will strive for achieving a balanced program addressing broad interests.
Yes. You must be present for any accepted submission – Technical Paper, Poster Paper, or Presentation Only. For each Technical Paper that completes the review process, one person (the person who will present the paper) receives complimentary admission to the two-day technical program at the conference. This complimentary admission does not include the workshops. The author is responsible for their own travel expenses and any necessary visa arrangements.
PNSQC encourages first-time authors. If this is the first year you’ll be applying to PNSQC, you’ll want to view at least one of these informative videos about the benefits of submitting an abstract, on finding topics for your abstract, and the submission process itself.
Writing a publishable Technical Paper requires a significant invest of your time and the time of your reviewers. Depending on the topic and your writing ability, it may require anywhere from 20 to 200 hours or work. It will also require a significant commitment from your reviewers to provide feedback and discuss paper content and progress with you.
You will be assigned experienced reviewers that have worked with first-time authors before. Be prepared to receive feedback that is focused on you producing a great paper for a premiere technical conference. Please keep in mind that your reviewers will not be writing your paper – you need to have the skills to write it and the commitment to complete it.
Common types of Technical Papers published at PNSQC are the experience-report and thought-experiment approaches. Previous PNSQC Conference Proceedings, available on the PNSQC website, contain many different approaches which can serve as examples.
First time authors as well as others may want to read Survival Skills for Scientific Writing in the Academic and Professional Environments. It’s a summary of best writing practices. First time presenters are encouraged to practice their Presentations Only with coworkers or others prior to presenting at the conference.
The Word template that should be used for the papers for the 2017 conference is available here. The first page of the template lists the formatting requirements for PNSQC papers. All authors should read this page. Use of the template will help the author meet the PNSQC formatting requirements and guidelines.
If your technical abstract is accepted, you begin the Technical Paper-writing process. Each accepted Technical Paper will be assigned one or more reviewers. Reviews are generally done using email. The paper author(s) and reviewer(s) should work out a timeline that ensures the paper will reach a completed state by the final paper deadline. Authors and reviewers should communicate their work and/or vacation schedules to each other and set intermediate delivery dates. PNSQC is suggesting intermediate draft deadlines to help ensure papers are completed on time.
A draft of your paper is the first deliverable after acceptance of your abstract. This starts the review process. This draft is expected to be technically sound and grammatically correct. We recommend that, prior to the draft due date, you have the paper proofread and reviewed for technical content. During the subsequent ten weeks, until mid-August, authors and assigned reviewers/referees will collaborate to improve the quality of the paper (refining content, removing ambiguities, etc.). Generally each draft of the paper is shared with the reviewers via email. We encourage authors to also post each draft on CMT to ensure that it is available to all reviewers. Reviewers are expected to respond in a timely manner. Authors and reviewers iterate until all are satisfied with the paper.
Papers that make it through the entire review process will appear in the PNSQC Conference Proceedings and be uploaded to the PNSQC website. Authors of papers that complete the review process are expected to present the contents of the paper at the conference. You will need to prepare a presentation, based on the paper, and give that presentation at the conference. The content of the presentation should not significantly diverge from the content of the paper (e.g. the data and conclusions should be the same). Optionally authors can choose to have their Presentations Only reviewed. The Presentations Only must be uploaded to CMT by September 15 to allow time for reviewers and authors to iterate several times prior to your presentation at the conference.
The review process is very informal.
PNSQC does expect that submitters are making a commitment to present their paper at the conference.
All Poster Paper submissions will be accepted in the order received until available conference facility display space runs out. In the past, this has allowed for 10-12 Poster Papers.
Yes. You or a designated presenter must agree to be present at the conference to have your poster paper accepted.
PNSQC has an illustrated step-by-step guide to CMT for your reference.
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