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[aspectj-announce] 1st CfP: SLE 2023 - 16th ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Software Language Engineering

16th ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Software Language
Engineering (SLE 2023)
October 22-27, 2023
Cascais, Lisbon, Portugal
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We are pleased to invite you to submit papers to the 16th ACM SIGPLAN
International Conference on Software Language Engineering (SLE 2023),
held in conjunction with SPLASH 2023. The conference will be hosted in
Cascais, Lisbon, Portugal on October 22-27, 2023.

Topics of Interest

SLE covers software language engineering rather than engineering a
specific software language. Topics of interest include, but are not
limited to:

* Software Language Design and Implementation
  - Approaches to and methods for language design
  - Static semantics (e.g., design rules, well-formedness constraints)
  - Techniques for specifying behavioral/executable semantics
  - Generative approaches (incl. code synthesis, compilation)
  - Meta-languages, meta-tools, language workbenches
* Software Language Validation
  - Verification and formal methods for languages
  - Testing techniques for languages
  - Simulation techniques for languages
* Software Language Integration and Composition
  - Coordination of heterogeneous languages and tools
  - Mappings between languages (incl. transformation languages)
  - Traceability between languages
  - Deployment of languages to different platforms
* Software Language Maintenance
  - Software language reuse
  - Language evolution
  - Language families and variability, language and software product lines
* Domain-specific approaches for any aspects of SLE (design,
implementation, validation, maintenance)
* Empirical evaluation and experience reports of language engineering tools
  - User studies evaluating usability
  - Performance benchmarks
  - Industrial applications
* Synergies between Language Engineering and emerging/promising research areas
  - AI and ML language engineering (e.g., ML compiler testing, code
classification) Quantum language engineering (e.g., language design
for quantum machines)
  - Language engineering for physical systems (e.g., CPS, IoT, digital twins)
  - Socio-technical systems and language engineering (e.g., language
evolution to adapt to social requirements)
  - Etc.

Types of Submissions

SLE accepts the following types of papers:

* Research papers: These are “traditional” papers detailing research
contributions to SLE. Papers may range from 6 to 12 pages in length
and may optionally include 2 further pages of bibliography/appendices.
Papers will be reviewed with an understanding that some results do not
need 12 full pages and may be fully described in fewer pages.

* New ideas/vision papers: These papers may describe new,
unconventional software language engineering research positions or
approaches that depart from standard practice. They can describe
well-defined research ideas that are at an early stage of
investigation. They could also provide new evidence to challenge
common wisdom, present new unifying theories about existing SLE
research that provides novel insight or that can lead to the
development of new technologies or approaches, or apply SLE technology
to radically new application areas. New ideas/vision papers must not
exceed 5 pages and may optionally include 1 further page of

* SLE Body of Knowledge: The SLE Body of Knowledge (SLEBoK) is a
community-wide effort to provide a unique and comprehensive
description of the concepts, best practices, tools, and methods
developed by the SLE community. In this respect, the SLE conference
will accept surveys, essays, open challenges, empirical observations,
and case study papers on the SLE topics. These can focus on, but are
not limited to, methods, techniques, best practices, and teaching
approaches. Papers in this category can have up to 20 pages, including

* Tool papers: These papers focus on the tooling aspects often
forgotten or neglected in research papers. A good tool paper focuses
on practical insights that will likely be useful to other implementers
or users in the future. Any of the SLE topics of interest are
appropriate areas for tool demonstrations. Submissions must not exceed
5 pages and may optionally include 1 further page of
bibliography/appendices. They may optionally include an appendix with
a demo outline/screenshots and/or a short video/screencast
illustrating the tool.

**Workshops**: Workshops will be organized by SPLASH. Please inform us
and contact the SPLASH organizers if you would like to organize a
workshop of interest to the SLE audience. Information on how to submit
workshops can be found on the SPLASH 2023 Website.

Important Dates

All dates are Anywhere on Earth.

* 1st round submissions
 - Abstract submissions: March 31, 2023
 - Paper submissions: April 7, 2023
 - Notification: May 5, 2023
* 2nd round submissions
 - Abstract submissions: June 26, 2023
 - Paper submissions: June 30, 2023
 - Review notification: August 11, 2023 (starting of the rebuttal)
 - Author response period: August 18, 2023 (end of the rebuttal)
 - Notification: August 25, 2023
* Artifact submissions: August 30, 2023
* Artifact kick-the-tires Author response: September 15, 2023
* Artifact notification: September 29, 2023
* Conference: October 22-27, 2023 (co-located with SPLASH, precise
dates to be announced)


Submissions have to use the ACM SIGPLAN Conference Format
"acmart"(; please
make sure that you always use the latest ACM SIGPLAN acmart LaTeX
and that the document class definition is
`\documentclass[sigplan,anonymous,review]{acmart}`. Do not make any
changes to this format!

Ensure that your submission is legible when printed on a black and
white printer. In particular, please check that colors remain distinct
and font sizes in figures and tables are legible.

To increase fairness in reviewing, a double-blind review process has
become standard across SIGPLAN conferences. In this line, SLE will
follow the double-blind process. Author names and institutions should
be omitted from submitted papers, and references to the authors’ own
related work should be in the third person. No other changes are
necessary, and authors will not be penalized if reviewers are able to
infer their identities in implicit ways.

All submissions must be in PDF format. The submission website is:

Concurrent Submissions

Papers must describe unpublished work that is not currently submitted
for publication elsewhere as described by SIGPLAN’s Republication
Policy (
Submitters should also be aware of ACM’s Policy and Procedures on
Plagiarism (
Submissions that violate these policies will be desk-rejected.

Policy on Human Participant and Subject Research

Authors conducting research involving human participants and subjects
must ensure that their research comply with their local governing laws
and regulations and the ACM’s general principles as stated in the
ACM’s Publications Policy on Research Involving Human Participants and
Subjects (
Submissions that violate this policy will be rejected.

Reviewing Process

All submitted papers will be reviewed by the program committee.
Research papers and tool papers will be evaluated concerning novelty,
correctness, significance, readability, and alignment with the
conference call. New ideas/vision papers will be evaluated primarily
concerning novelty, significance, readability, and alignment with the
conference call. SLEBoK papers will be reviewed on their significance,
readability, topicality and capacity of
presenting/evaluating/demonstrating a piece of BoK about SLE.

For fairness reasons, all submitted papers must conform to the above
instructions. Submissions that violate these instructions may be
rejected without review, at the discretion of the PC chairs.

Artifact Evaluation

For the seventh year, SLE will use an evaluation process for assessing
the quality of the artifacts on which papers are based to foster the
culture of experimental reproducibility. Authors of accepted research
papers are invited to submit artifacts. For more information, please
have a look at the Artifact Evaluation
( page.


- **Distinguished paper**: Award for most notable paper, as determined
by the PC chairs based on the recommendations of the programme
- **Distinguished artifact**: Award for the artifact most
significantly exceeding expectations, as determined by the AEC chairs
based on the recommendations of the artifact evaluation committee.


All accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library.

**AUTHORS TAKE NOTE**: The official publication date is the date the
proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date
may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of the conference. The
official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings
related to published work.

SLE and Doctoral Students

SLE encourages students to submit to the SPLASH doctoral symposium.
Authors of accepted papers will have the chance to present their work
to the SLE audience, too.



* General chair: João Saraiva, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
* PC co-chair: Thomas Degueule, CNRS/LaBRI, France
* PC co-chair: Elizabeth Scott, Royal Holloway University of London,
United Kingdom
* Publicity chair: Andrei Chis, feenk gmbh, Switzerland


For additional information, clarification, or answers, please get in
touch with the program co-chairs (E.Scott at and
thomas.degueule at

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