CfP: Special Issue on Type Error Diagnosis and Closely Related Fields

by Jurriaan Hage, Feb. 28, 2018

We call for papers in the field of type error diagnosis and closely related fields for a special issue in the open access journal Open Computer Science. In the case of this special issue all article processing charges are waived.

Deadline for papers is June 1st, 2018.

Special Issue on Type Error Diagnosis and Closely Related Fields

The papers will be published open access in Open Computer Science ( In the case of this special issue all article processing charges are waived.

Type error diagnosis addresses the problem of communicating to the programmers of statically typed languages why a given program is considered to be type incorrect and therefore cannot be compiled. While programming techniques, such as type inference, generative programming, and metaprogramming can improve programming productivity, they bring many challenges to the generation of user-friendly error messages. For example, error messages in functional languages often point to imprecise error locations and express errors in compiler jargon and those in metaprogramming often blame libraries that are well typed and are usually lengthy. Moreover, recent inventions of advanced type system features, such as generalized algebraic data types and dependent types, bring further challenges to type error debugging. Ultimately, the aim of the field is to increase the usability of compiler tools for statically typed languages and thus increase their adoption.

Traditionally, the field of type error diagnosis has centered on functional languages. However, we are explicitly looking for papers within the field irrespective of the programming language or programming paradigm, including but not restricted to imperative, object-oriented, functional, logical, and multi-paradigm languages. Papers may be of a fundamental and/or application-oriented nature. For example, they may discuss a general framework for implementing type error diagnosing techniques, study type error diagnosing facilities implemented in compilers, or report on a user study. Submitted papers should make a case why the paper should be of interest to anyone interested in type error diagnosis.

Specifically, topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

* Type error diagnosis for languages using inference, including Haskell, Ocaml, Elm, Rust, etc.
* Type error diagnosis for languages using staging, including C++ Templates, Java Generics, Template Haskell, etc.
* Type error diagnosis for advanced type system features, including generalized algebraic data types, type families, dependent types, etc.
* Type error diagnosis for domain-specific languages.
* Usability study and empirical study of type error diagnosis.
* Implementation techniques of type error debuggers.
* Program benchmarks for evaluating type error diagnosis approaches.

If you are in doubt whether your work is on topic for our special issue, please contact one of the editors:
Dr. Jurriaan Hage - Dept. of Information and Computing Science, Utrecht University (
Dr. Sheng Chen - School of Computing and Informatics at University of Louisiana at Lafayette (

This special issue has a page limit of 30 pages for each paper, but more pages can be granted when necessary. The Latex template is available through the following link.

For more information, please visit the website for this issue, which contains submission instructions and templates in other forms.

Important dates:

Submission deadline: June 1st, 2018
Reviews: July 15th, 2018
Revision submission: September 1, 2018
Final decision: October 1, 2018