Call for Papers

Goal and Scope

The goal of the ESEC/FSE 2023 Doctoral Symposium is to create a forum for PhD students working in the area of software engineering. Participants will have the opportunity to present and discuss their doctoral research with senior researchers in the software engineering community, in a constructive and friendly atmosphere. Specifically, the symposium aims to:

  • Provide a setting whereby students receive feedback on their doctoral research and guidance on future directions from the Doctoral Symposium Panel;
  • Foster the creation of a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research; and
  • Contribute to the conference goals through the interaction between the Symposium participants and other researchers at the main conference.

In addition to scientific matters, students will have the opportunity to seek advice on various aspects of completing a PhD and performing research as a young professional in software engineering. The goal of the symposium is to get early feedback from experts and peers about the thesis. We are not planning to include the symposium proposal as part of the proceedings to make it light weight.

Important Dates

All dates are 23:59:59 AoE (UTC-12h).

  • Submission deadline: Sept 8, 2023
  • Notification: Oct 6, 2023
  • Doctoral symposium: Dec 4, 2023
  • The symposium is not part of the proceedings, so there is no camera-ready


To apply as a student participating in the Doctoral Symposium, you should prepare a research proposal, which must be submitted by the submission deadline.

Research proposal

The proposal should cover:

  • Research problem you are targeting and its importance to the field;
  • Brief survey of the background and related work;
  • Description of the proposed approach and evaluation;
  • Expected contributions of your research;
  • Results achieved so far;

The research proposal should be submitted through the ESEC/FSE Doctoral Symposium submission web site, in a single PDF document.

At the time of submission all papers must conform to the ESEC/FSE 2023 Format and Submission Guidelines (but they do not need to be anonymized), and must not exceed three pages including all text, references, and figures; submissions that do not comply with these requirements will be summarily rejected by the chair without review. The research proposal should be single-authored and include the title of your research, your name, your advisor, your email address, and a short summary in the style of an abstract for a regular paper. All submissions must be original work, and must not have been previously published, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (see also ACM policy and procedures with respect to plagiarism).


The Doctoral Symposium Co-chairs will select participants using the following criteria:

  • Quality of the research proposal and its relevance to ESEC/FSE;
  • Quality of proposal presentation.
  • A feedback panel will discuss the PhD proposal at the symposium


Accepted contributions will not be included in the conference proceedings. Authors of accepted contributions must register for the ESEC/FSE 2023 Doctoral Symposium and present their work there.