Call for papers EuroPLoP 2020

25th European Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs - Call for Papers (PDF)

July 1-5, 2020 Kloster Irsee, Bavaria, Germany

Important Dates

February 20, 2020:

Deadline for initial paper submission
Deadline for pattern school submissions
March 9, 2020: Acceptance notification
Start of shepherding
May 7, 2020: Deadline for improved paper version (for review)
Deadline for focus group submission
May 21, 2020: Acceptance notification; Registration opens
June 1, 2020: Closing date for early registration
June 15, 2020: End of shepherding
June 18, 2020: Deadline for conference version of paper
July 1-5, 2020: Conference
Sept. 30, 2020: Deadline for proceedings version of paper
(always 23:59 AoE)

Why come to EuroPLoP 2020?

Patterns represent practical experience and best practices, and EuroPLoP is the premier European conference on patterns and pattern languages.

Authors  gain visibility by publishing patterns and get active, high-quality feedback that can significantly improve their pattern writing and daily activities.
Practitioners  enlarge their network and increase visibility at EuroPLoP by meeting leading experts and practitioners, and getting feedback.
Academics  gain from EuroPLoP’ s intensive process of shepherding, reviews, and peer discussions at Writers’ Workshops which will yield a high-quality publication:
Participants  keep up-to-date with contemporary movements in software engineering and related topics, with in-depth discussions during EuroPLoP’ s Writers’ Workshops.

Accepted papers will be published in the ACM ICPS. Further elaborated accepted papers qualify for submission to the Springer journal LNCS Transactions on Pattern Languages of Programming (TPLoP).


Call for Pattern Papers (Deadline: Feb. 20, 2020, (extended))

EuroPLoP accepts papers containing patterns or pattern languages, as well as papers related to the theory and the practical application of patterns. The papers will be assigned to one of the tracks and discussed in the writer’s workshops. We encourage the domain of software design patterns, but other domains are also welcome, as well as emerging topics.

Tracks / Writers’ Workshops

The topics for the writers’ workshops will focus on the following tracks*:

  1. Software/Systems Engineering, Classical Software Design Patterns
    • All kind of patterns in software and systems architecture, design, and implementation
    • Human-computer-interface design and architecture
    • Reports, studies, or empirical evaluations of using patterns and pattern languages
    • Patterns for improving software quality and software verification
  2. Modern Development and Operations Paradigms
    • Patterns in all kinds of agile processes, e.g., Scrum, DevOps, CI/CD, Twelve-Factor Apps
    • Patterns in API Design & Management, DDD, Model-Based Development, Microservices, SOA
    • Patterns for cloud/fog/edge environments, and embedded edge computing
  3. Patterns in Business, Organization, Innovation, and Requirements Engineering
    • Business, organization, requirements engineering, and process management
    • Patterns for design thinking / lateral thinking, innovation processes, and creativity
    • Patterns for transformations of corporate processes and alternative business cultures.
  4. Education and Learning Patterns
    • Education, collaboration, and interdisciplinary topics
    • Gamification-Patterns
  5. Patterns in the Internet of Things / Cyber-Physical-Systems
    • Patterns in (Industrial) IoT, Cyber-Physical-Systems, embedded devices, control systems
    • Hardware/Software Co-Design patterns
    • Patterns about safety, security, reliability, or dependability in general
  6. Patterns in Emerging Topics
    • Hyper-automation, robotic process automation, digital transformation, Industry 4.0
    • Pattern about blockchain and smart contracts
    • Patterns for AI and machine learning
    • Patterns for virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, and immersive applications
    • Patterns for multi-experience environments and people-centric smart spaces

*) The exact assignment of topics may change due to balancing reasons


Pattern School / On-Site Shepherding (Deadline: Feb. 20, 2020, (extended))

Pattern school is a special workshop taking place at the conference, which gives authors the possibility to learn or improve their pattern-writing skills and increase the quality of their papers. The authors will get a direct on-site shepherding by highly-experienced pattern writers and can take part in the other workshops during the conference to interact with the other participants. For the pattern school, you must at least submit a draft of your paper containing the idea and a basic structure, but mature papers are also possible, as EuroPLoP also accepts excerpts from PhD theses or book projects. In the past, many book authors have submitted parts of their work to get feedback from the pattern community. Papers in the pattern school will not be published.


Call for Focus Groups (Deadline: May 7, 2020)

Focus groups are 1-2 hour workshop sessions during the conference where you present or elaborate a pattern-related topic. This gives you the possibility to get in-depth feedback on a specific topic you are working on or to undertake a survey amongst the participants. The exact session design is up to you. Your submission should sketch the content, how you will organize your session, its time budget, and the required number of participants on 1-2 pages.

Submission Process

The submission runs through three quality gates before the final proceedings will be published. After the first draft is accepted, your paper will be assigned to a shepherd. This is an experienced pattern author, who will provide feedback and suggestions on how to improve your paper. Following several iterations of shepherding, your improved second draft will be reviewed again and accepted or rejected for the conference. On acceptance, your paper will be discussed in the writers’ workshop during the conference. Based on the feedback received during the workshops, you must submit a final revised version that will be published. The submission system is available under


Submission Format

The final submission for publication must be formatted using the two-column ACM sigconf template (https: //, but for the drafts and intermediate versions, you can use any format. However, we encourage you to use ACM two-column format right from the beginning to avoid layout problems in the end. If you don’t intend to publish, you can choose whatever format you like. We recommend 10 pages as a guideline and especially welcome shorter papers. Longer papers are also possible but bear in mind that the writers’ workshop might decide to focus only on a part of your paper. Have a look at the introductory information pack for examples.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:
Conference Chair: Michael Krisper, Institute of Technical Informatics, Graz University of Technology, michael.krisper at
Program Chair: Tiago Boldt Sousa, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal, tiagoboldt at