Papers and Exploratory Papers

Call for Papers and Exploratory Papers

CSCW focuses on enhancing our understanding of the practices of cooperative work and on exploring and designing CSCW systems. The ECSCW conference is an important venue for defining and further developing the agenda for CSCW research. The conference has a longstanding interest in empirical, conceptual and theoretical contributions and has a tradition of inclusiveness. ECSCW addresses themes which include but are not limited to:

  • Conceptualising practice in work and other activities, and the relationship between understanding practice and the design of computer artifacts: how can we understand work (the “W”)?
  • Cooperation and its characteristics (e.g., describing the particulars of articulation work and coordination mechanisms in a given setting): how can we understand cooperative work (the “CW”)?
  • Methods for investigating human practices: the nature of ethnography and the role of other innovative methods in CSCW.
  • Digital and other material artefacts in cooperative settings: how can we support cooperative work in increasingly complex, networked settings (the “CS”)?

The ECSCW conferences are single-track conferences that contribute to developing an interdisciplinary ECSCW community. The conference format facilitates critical discussion across disciplinary and national borders in the field. An overview of earlier ECSCW conferences (and proceedings) is available from

While the key focus and topics of ECSCW remain the same, the conference is changing. The biggest change for 2017 is in the types of submissions and how those will be published.

Exploratory Papers

The goal of this new type of submission is to attract smaller, focused studies, works-in-progress, critical literature reviews, early results, and/or provocative ideas that are not yet ready for a journal submission, but could benefit from presentation and discussion within the ECSCW community. While the length of exploratory papers is flexible, we expect that papers will be no longer than 6,000 words (without references).
With exploratory papers, we aim at having lively sessions that will contribute to shaping the future of practice-focused CSCW research. Exploratory paper submissions will be reviewed by the ECSCW PC in one round of evaluation (accepted or rejected). Accepted exploratory papers will be published in the ECSCW/EUSSET Digital Library as an edited collection with ISBN and DOIs (more information soon). Please follow the exploratory papers template. The template can be downloaded as RTF or MS Word.
We adopt a single-blind review policy, therefore exploratory papers should not be anonymised.
Authors of exploratory papers will retain the copyright and will then be able to reuse their work in teaching, future publications, and other scholarly and professional activities, and to deposit their work in a university repository.

Submission of Exploratory Papers is now closed.


We no longer accept paper submissions as the deadline for submission was Nov. 18th 2016.

In 2017, the conference is moving to a journal-level review process for the submission of papers documenting original, rich, and in-depth contributions to CSCW.
Accepted submissions will be published in a special issue of Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW): The Journal of Collaborative Computing and Work Practices.

The full list of papers accepted to ECSCW 2017 can be found here.