Submission Instructions

Submission Information

Submissions must be PDF files in IEEE format. Submissions are not anonymous but undergo a blind peer review.

Submissions are made through EasyChair.

Conference Presenter Substitution/No-Show Policy

Submission of a paper, panel, workshop, lightning talk or anything else for presentation at RESPECT means that if the proposal is accepted at least one of the authors will register for the conference and attend the conference to “present” the proposal. Failure for at least one author to register for the conference by the end of early registration will result in the submission not being included in the conference proceedings.

If, after registering, unforeseen circumstances prevent the presenting author from attending and presenting, it is his/her responsibility to notify the conference program chairs regarding the situation as soon as possible.  It would be most preferable to arrange for a substitute presenter.

Submission Types


Submissions to this track are strongly encouraged to link to a foundation of theory and to build upon that theory. Broadening participation research is inherently interdisciplinary; related literature may be drawn from computer science education, education, learning sciences, cognitive or social psychology, social sciences, and other related disciplines. Papers reporting on empirical studies must leverage appropriate research methods, and it is strongly recommended that authors explicitly state their research questions and hypotheses. Papers will undergo a blind peer review process. Full papers must not exceed eight pages in length. Short papers (work in progress) must not exceed four pages in length.


Experience reports that describe an educational or outreach approach are encouraged to submit to the experience report track. Experience reports describe and activity or approach, but have not necessarily employed a rigorous research design methodology and/or analysis. An acceptable experience report need not add to the body of knowledge of the broadening participation community by presenting novel results or conclusions. An experience report should be short (4 pages maximum) and must state a clear thesis and provide supporting evidence. That is, make a claim about the impact of the activity involving broadening participation and produce evidence to support your claim. Acceptance will be based on whether the reviewers find the evidence to be convincing. Anecdotal evidence will be acceptable in an experience report provided it is well argued and the author explains what efforts were made to gather as much evidence as possible. The most convincing evidence often includes comparisons of situations before and after the introduction or discontinuation of the broadening participation efforts. Papers will undergo a blind peer review process. Papers for the experience track must not exceed four pages in length.


A panel session brings together multiple perspectives on a different topic to discuss, present, and debate. Ideally, panels will consist of no more than four panelists and one moderator. The panel submission should clearly indicate how the positions of each of the panelists comes together to create for an interesting discussion about a topic. Panel proposals must not exceed two pages in length. We expect to allot accepted panels  45 minutes in the program.


Posters describe approaches or research that are really works in progress. The poster session for the conference allows for poster authors to interact with conference attendees one-on-one. Poster abstracts are limited to one paragraph, but submissions may also include a paper (not exceeding 2 pages) that will be included in the program if accepted.


Lightning talks provide an opportunity to present ideas, opportunities, or works in progress in a brief way. Lightning talk abstracts are limited to one paragraph, but submissions may also include a paper (not exceeding 2 pages) that will be included in the program if accepted. Lightning talk presentations will be a maximum of 2 minutes in length, which will be strictly enforced.