Call for Tool Demonstrations

The FSE 2024 Demonstrations Track invites researchers and practitioners to present and discuss the most recent advances, experiences, and challenges in the field of software engineering supported by live presentations of new research tools, data, and other artifacts. We encourage innovative research demonstrations, which show early implementations of novel software engineering concepts, as well as mature prototypes. The research demonstrations are intended to highlight underlying scientific contributions. Whereas a regular research paper points out the scientific contribution of a new software engineering approach, a demonstration paper provides the opportunity to show how a scientific contribution has been transferred into a working tool or data set. Authors of regular research papers are thus encouraged to submit an accompanying demonstration paper. Demonstration papers should present new content, such as details on a tool implementation, that has not been previously published, including in other tracks of the same conference. If applicable, authors should clearly describe any differences with their previous publications in their submission.

Submission Guidelines

At the time of submission, all papers must conform to the FSE 2024 Format and Submission Guidelines, and must not exceed four pages for all text, figures, and tables. An additional one page can be used for references. Submitted papers must be written in English. They must be unpublished and not submitted for publication elsewhere.

A submitted paper should describe the artifact and the intent and relevance of the demonstration for researchers and practitioners. To provide insight into the actual demonstration and availability, the authors are requested to include:

  • A walkthrough of the actual demonstration provided as an appendix to the paper (this appendix will not be included in the page count and will not be published).
  • A link to a screencast or some other accompanying multimedia presentation of the demonstration.
  • Information on the tool or data availability, maturity, and user base, as well as a link to a website for the materials (if one exists) and any tool source code (if open source).
  • All accepted demonstration papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library.

FSE Tool Demo will employ a single-blind review process. The papers submitted do not need to hide the authors’ identities.

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 FSE 2024. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.

At least one author of each accepted paper must register and present the paper at FSE 2024 in order for the paper to be published in the proceedings. One-day registrations do NOT satisfy the registration requirement. Please carefully read the complete list of FSE Submission Policies and Policies for Accepted Contributions. Papers must be submitted electronically as PDF files through the conference submission site at

Tools and Data Availability

To promote replicability and to disseminate the advances achieved with the research tools and data sets, we require that data sets are publicly available for download and use. We strongly encourage the same for tools, ideally through their distribution with an open-source software license. Whenever the tool is not made publicly available, the paper must include a clear explanation for why this was not possible.

Authors are also encouraged to distribute their demonstration in a form that can be easily used, such as a virtual machine image, a software container (e.g., Docker), or a system configuration (e.g., Puppet, Ansible, Salt, CFEngine).


To further increase the visibility of the presented tools and data sets, we require all authors to produce a screencast presenting their tool. For the papers that will be accepted for presentation, accompanying screencasts will be linked from the demonstration track website. The authors can submit a link to the screencast together with their papers as an alternative to the appendix that describes the way the demonstration will be carried out.

Review and Evaluation Criteria

Each submission will be reviewed by members of the program committee.

The main evaluation criteria include the relevance and quality of the proposed demonstration in terms of technical soundness, originality, relevance for the ESEC/FSE audience, presentation quality, and usability.

Presentation and Publication

Accepted demonstrations will be allocated 4 pages (plus one additional page for references) in the main conference proceedings.

At least one author of each accepted paper must register and attend FSE 2024 in order for the paper to be published in the proceedings.

Demonstrators will be invited to give a formal presentation that will be scheduled as part of the conference program.

Important Dates

All dates are 23:59:59 AoE (UTC-12h).

  • Submission deadline: Jan 29, 2024
  • Notification to authors: April 15, 2024
  • Camera-ready deadline: May 14, 2024
  • Conference: July 15 - 19, 2024

Tool Demo Chairs

  • Alessandra Gorla, IMDEA Software Institute, Spain
  • Bonita Sharif, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

If you have any questions about the suitability of a paper, please contact the co-chairs.