ASE 2023
Mon 11 - Fri 15 September 2023 Kirchberg, Luxembourg

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 scopes and the topics of the NIER track are the same as the topics of the ASE 2023 research track.

[New this year!] The ASE NIER track solicits submissions in three categories:

  • Groundbreaking research papers: 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.
  • Reflections papers: Bold and unexpected results and reflections that challenge the existing research outcomes and help us look at current research directions in a new light, calling for fundamentally new directions of future research.
  • Late-breaking advances papers: Emerging work in a cutting-edge field that can generate interest and attract more further related work.

The NIER track also provides a platform to seek comments and suggestions on ongoing work. We hope that the feedback from reviewers will help the research to mature into full-track submissions at top software engineering conferences in the future. Please note that summaries of existing papers do not qualify for this track.

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;

In addition, the NIER track PC comment on:

  • Soundness: The validity of the rationale;
  • Quality: The overall quality of the paper’s presentation


The NIER track is calling for two types of submissions:

  • Conventional NIER Track: Each submission must not exceed 4 pages, including all text, appendices, figures, and can have up to 2 additional pages containing references only.
  • Late-breaking NIER Track: Each submission must not exceed 2 pages, including all text, appendices, figures, and can have up to 2 additional pages containing references only.

All submissions must be in PDF format and conform, at time of submission, to the IEEE Conference Proceedings Formatting Guidelines (title in 24pt font and full text in 10pt type, LaTeX users must use \documentclass[10pt,conference]{IEEEtran} without including the compsoc or compsocconf option).

How to Submit

Papers must be submitted electronically through the ASE NIER 2023 website available at

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 2023 must not have been published elsewhere and must not be under review or submitted for review elsewhere whilst under consideration for ASE NIER 2023.

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 2023 adopts a double-blind review process. No submitted paper may reveal its authors’ identities. The authors must make every effort to honour 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.

ACM Policy on Research Involving Humans

If work reported in the paper involves human subjects, authors will be required to affirm compliance with the ACM Policy on Research Involving Humans as part of the submission process:

It is the authors’ responsibility (each author individually and the authors collectively) to comply with and provide evidence of compliance with this Policy. Where local ethical review boards are required, authors are responsible for having their research reviewed and approved by such boards. Authors are also responsible for the overall ethical conduct of their research. All ACM Authors must be prepared to provide documentary evidence to ACM that they have adhered to local ethical and legal standards, as ACM may require documentary evidence of such approval at any time following submission of the Work and prior to or after the publication of the Work.

Accepted Papers

After acceptance, the list of paper authors can not be changed under any circumstances and the list of authors on camera-ready papers must be identical to those on submitted papers. After acceptance paper titles can not be changed except by permission of the Track Chairs, and only then when referees recommend a change for clarity or accuracy with paper content.

Questions and Comments

If you have any further questions, please contact the PC chairs at and