CfP: SACLA`2019 (including Programming Languages Education)

by Stefan Gruner, Oct. 11, 2018

The 48th South African Computer Lecturers' Association Conference is calling internationally for Original Papers and for Workshop Proposals in the Tertiary Education (Teaching) of Computer Science, Computer Programming, Informatics, and closely related disciplines. Submissions from anywhere in the world must have a clear focus on the 'Pedagogical' or 'Educational Matters' of the computing disciplines. Deadline: 28 February 2019.

SACLA 2019, the 48th Annual Conference of the Southern African Computer Lecturers' Association, provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of original research and practical experiences in tertiary-level "teaching and learning" of "Computing" in its variety of related disciplines, (e.g. Computer Science, Computer Programming, Informatics, Data Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Information Systems, etc.) including also the science-philosophical foundations thereof.

The conference programme will include full papers, short and discussion papers, panels/workshops, plenary keynote addresses, and demonstrations of innovative edu-tools from researchers and industrial partners. 

The conference theme for 2019 is "Computing Matters of Course!" In line with this theme, we call for submissions from anywhere in the world focussing on practical experiences and successes in computing education at tertiary (university) level, especially in the following topic areas:

* Classroom innovation, and assessment of the impact thereof;

* Novel tools developed, or novel use of existing tools, for learning and/or assessment;

* Research undertaken to investigate aspects of computing education.

The intention is to help others become better computing lecturers.


The conference will take place in the beautiful "Alpine Heath" (Bergville area) in South Africa's Northern Drakensberg mountains, offside the hectic noise of the big cities; see


* FULL PAPERS (maximum of 16 pages in LNCS Layout) that report on completed research, inclusive of results. 

* SHORT PAPERS (maximum of 8 pages in LNCS Layout) that report on works in progress with significant intermediate results.

* DISCUSSION ABSTRACTS (maximum of 3 pages in size A4, 12pt "Times Roman" font) that cover the conference theme and are of a basic academic standard.

* PROPOSALS FOR PANEL DISCUSSIONS OR WORKSHOPS (maximum of 3 pages in size A4, 12pt "Times Roman" font); Panel discussion proposals should include the names and affiliations of the envisaged panel members.

Important Dates.

The deadline for paper submission is 28 February 2019, with notification of paper acceptance around 10 April 2019.


- Full paper submissions will be reviewed by at least three members of an international programme committee in a double-blind peer review process. 

- Submitted papers will be evaluated according to their "match" with the themes of the conference, novel research contribution, methodological soundness, coverage of relevant related work, quality of analysis, and quality of writing and presentation style.

- Only unpublished research papers in English will be considered. 

- In cases of doubt, submitted papers may possibly be scanned for originality by using checker-tools.

- Short papers and discussion paper abstracts will be evaluated, too, however not in a 'double-blind' mode.

All accepted papers must be presented at the conference; (no publication without presentation).


- It is planned that a fine selection of the conference's best papers shall appear as post-proceedings in Springer's Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) series. CCIS is abstracted/indexed in DBLP, Google Scholar, EI-Compendex, Mathematical Reviews, SCImago, and Scopus. CCIS volumes are also submitted for the inclusion in ISI Proceedings. See, for example, the SACLA`2017 post-proceedings:

- Full papers not selected for the Springer CCIS publication will be included in the SACLA`2019 on-line proceedings, to be made available (with ISBN) on the SACLA`2019 web site. 

- Full papers not accepted for either the CCIS volume or the SACLA 2019 on-line proceedings may be reworked to the form of a short paper or discussion abstract. All accepted short papers (author agreement required) can be included in 'Addendum A' to the SACLA 2019 on-line proceedings. 

- Accepted discussion abstracts can be included (author agreement required) in 'Addendum B' to the SACLA 2019 on-line proceedings. 

Author Guidelines.

- All papers must follow the CCIS template, which is located on the Springer website at

- Authors should (as far as possible) ensure the anonymity of their submissions by removing names and affiliations from the first page and elsewhere in the paper.

- All papers must be submitted via Easy Chair at (opening: 1 November 2018).

Any queries about the conference should be directed to the conference secretariat: [email protected] --- for any more information, please visit the conference web site at

We hope to see many of you in South Africa :)