Doctoral Consortium

Call for Papers

Doctoral Consortium at the 13th International Conference on Open Source Systems – DC@OSS 2017


The goal of the doctoral consortium is to provide PhD students with an environment in which they can share and discuss their goals, methods and results of their research. During the doctoral consortium students will give a presentation of their current progress. The doctoral consortium provides students with feedback on their work from other students and faculty members, allowing them to enhance their own research proposal.


The scope of research topics of the doctoral consortium is the same as for the main conference. Therefore, we invite submissions related to all forms of open initiatives. Submissions may discuss any aspects of open source including, but not limited to software engineering, social and cultural, diffusion and deployment, legal and economic issues.

Students who submit a paper to the doctoral consortium should have decided on a research topic or topic area, and have a proposal for an appropriate research method. Preferably, students should be at least a year from completion of their research in order to be able to incorporate the feedback obtained during the consortium in their dissertation.

Important Deadlines

Abstracts due: February 20, 2017

Submissions due: February 24, 2017

Author notification: March 29, 2017

Camera-ready copy due: May 1, 2017

Consortium: May 22-23, 2017

Instructions for Submission

Papers submitted to the doctoral consortium should be between 3,000 and 4,000 words, not including references, and should be formatted according to the instructions in the template provided at the main conference ( Each submission must include title, author name(s) and affiliation, abstract, list of keywords and a complete list of references. Papers will be subjected to a single-blind review (in which the authors don’t know the reviewers, but the reviewers know the authors).

Submissions should at least discuss the following elements: the background of the research, the motivation for the research, the research question(s) addressed in the study and a description of the proposed research method. Students in the later stages of their research are encouraged to include an overview of their completed research activities.

How to Submit

Send your paper as attachment in PDF format to with the subject “OSS 2017 DC submission”.


Accepted papers will be included in the proceedings of the Doctoral Consortium. Submitting a paper to the Doctoral Consortium represents the author’s agreement to allow the Doctoral Consortium Chairs to publish the paper in the Doctoral Consortium proceedings without compensation to the author. The parties understand that the author is granting a nonexclusive license and all copyrights remain the property of the author.

Authors of accepted papers are required to register for and attend the doctoral consortium. They will also be asked to give a presentation on their work for about 20 minutes, which will be followed by a 20 minutes discussion during which students are given feedback on their work by faculty members and other students.

NSF Travel Support

A grant from the US National Science Foundation (NSF) will support travel for a few US-based students to attend the doctoral consortium. Selection will be based on the reviews of the submitted proposal. Applications from members of underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged.

Organizing chairs

Imed Hammouda, Chalmers and University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Gregory R. Madey, University of Notre Dame, USA