ICSE 97 Publication Format
The text below describes the ICSE 97 Proceedings Publication Format.
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ICSE 97 Conference Proceedings Format
First author's affiliation
1st line of address
2nd line of address
Last line, including country code
1st author's email address
This is a sample paper using the format and guidelines
required for the ICSE 97 Conference Proceedings. It
includes instructions for preparing a camera-ready copy of
your accepted submission.
Guides, formatting, author's kit, conference publications
The Proceedings of ICSE 97 represent the final archival
records of the conference. To give the book a high quality
appearance we ask that authors follow these guidelines. In
essence, we ask you to make your document look as much
like this document as possible.
One way to do this is to download this document from the
ICSE 97 on-line author kit  in the file format you wish to
use, and then replace the text shown here with your own.
Available formats are Microsoft Word, FrameMaker, and
LaTeX. Each one has a mechanism for applying styles like
Normal, Author Name, Heading 1, etc.
PAGE LIMIT AND PAGE SIZE
Submissions in different categories have different page
limits that must be adhered to. Papers, for example, should
be no longer than 11 pages. Submissions that exceed the
limit for their category will not be reviewed.
All material on each page should fit within a rectangle of
18 x 23.5 cm (7" x 9.25"), centered on the page, beginning
1.9 cm (.75") from the top of the page, with a .85 cm (.33")
space between two 8.4 cm (3.3") columns. Use either US
Letter or A4 paper. Right margins should be justified, not
Submissions should be prepared on a typesetter or word
processor. Please use a 10-point Times Roman font, or other
Roman font with serifs, as close as possible in appearance to
Times Roman in which these guidelines have been set. Note
that different components (such as title, authors, headers -
see below) use the same font, but with different sizes and styles.
The target is to have a 10-point text, as you see here.
Please do not use sans-serif or non-proportional fonts except
for special purposes, such as distinguishing source code text
(e.g., #include <iostream.h>). Fonts similar to Times
Roman include Times, Computer Modern Roman, and Press.
If you do not have a laser printer, you may be able to arrange
for a business to print your document for you. If no laser
printer is available, then please ask the conference office for
Title and Authors
The title (18-point bold), authors' names (12-point bold),
and affiliations (12-point) run across the full width of the
page -- one column 17.8 cm (7") wide. Please also include
phone numbers and email addresses. See the top of this
page for three names with different addresses. Note that each
of the names/addresses has its own table cell in a table with
invisible borders. If only one address is needed, center all
address text in a single-column table. For two addresses, use
two columns, and so on. For more that three authors, you
may have to improvise (if necessary, you may place some
address information in a footnote). In addition, experience
reports must be indicated with the words ``Experience Report''
(14-point bold) centered between the title and authors.
Abstract and Keywords
Every submission (except summaries of Workshops) should
begin with an abstract of no more than 100 words, followed
by a set of keywords. The abstract and keywords should be
placed in the left column of the first page. The abstract
should be a concise summary of the work and resulting
conclusions. Keywords should help readers determine if the
paper contains topics they are interested in.
First Page Copyright Notice
Remember to leave at least 2.5 cm (1") of blank space at the
bottom of the left column of the first page only. This space is
reserved for the copyright notice that will be added during
For pages other than the first page, start at the top of the page
and continue in double-column format. It is preferable (but
not required) that the two columns on the last page have
approximately equal length.
References and Citations
Use the standard Communications of the ACM format for
references -- that is, a numbered list at the end of the article,
ordered alphabetically by first author, and referenced by
numbers in brackets . See the examples of citations at the
end of this document.
References should be published materials accessible to the
public. Internal technical reports may be cited only if they
are easily accessible (i.e., you can give the address to obtain
it within your citation) and may be obtained by any reader.
Proprietary information should not be cited. Private
communications should be acknowledged, not referenced
(e.g., "[Robertson, personal communication]").
Page Numbering, Headers and Footers
Do not include headers or footers in your submission. Page
numbers should be included in your submission for review.
Final submission of accepted papers should not include any
page numbers; they will be added for you when the
publications are assembled.
The title of a section should be in Times Roman 10-point
bold in all capitals. Please do not number the sections.
The title of subsections should be in Times Roman 10-point
bold with only the initial letters of each word capitalized.
For subsections and subsubsections, a word like the and a is
not capitalized unless it is the first word of the heading.
The heading for subsubsections should be in Times Roman
10-point italic with initial letters of each word capitalized.
Figures should be inserted at the appropriate point in your
text. Figures may extend over the two columns up to 17.8
cm (7") if necessary. Black and white photographs (not
Polaroid prints) may be mounted on the camera-ready paper
with glue or double-sided tape. (To avoid smudges, attach
figures by paste or tape applied to their back surfaces only.)
LANGUAGE, STYLE AND CONTENT
The written and spoken language of ICSE 97 is English.
Spelling and punctuation may consistently use any dialect
of English (e.g., British, Canadian or US). Please write for
an international audience:
Authors are responsible for ensuring that their work is
conducted in a professional and ethical manner ,
including (but not limited to) fully informed consent of
participants in studies, protection of personal data (e.g., ),
and permission to use others' copyrighted materials.
Write in a straightforward sty structure. Try to avoid
long sentences and complex sentence structure. Use
Use common and basic vocabulary (e.g., use the word
"unusual" rather than the word "arcane").
Briefly define or explain all technical terms.
Explain all acronyms when they first appear in your text
such as, "World Wide Web (WWW)"
Explain "insider" comments. Be sure that your whole
audience will understand any reference whose meaning
you do not explain (e.g., do not assume that everyone
has used a Macintosh or MS-DOS).
Avoid or explain puns, jokes, and colloquial language.
Humor and irony are difficult to translate.
Use unambiguous forms for representing culturally
localized concepts, such as times, dates, and currencies,
(e.g., "1-5-96" or "5/1/96" may mean 5 January or 1
May, and "seven o'clock" may mean 7:00 am or 1900).
INFORMATION AND QUESTIONS
For more information, contact the ICSE 97 Office at
or phone +1-714-824-8756.
This document has been adapted from the Style Sheet
defined for CHI 96 by Michael J. Muller, Bonnie Nardi, and
Michael J. Tauber, and numerous people in the CHI
community. Their contributions are gratefully
Anderson, R.E. Social impacts of computing: Codes of
professional ethics. Social Science Computing Review,
10, 2 (Winter 1992), 453-469.
ICSE 97 Electronic Author Kit, Available at
Mackay, W.E. Ethics, lies and videotape. . . in
Proc. CHI'95 (Denver CO, May 1995), ACM Press, 138-145.
1997 International Conference on Software Engineering
Last modified: 22 Feb 1997