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Call for papers

Key dates

Scientists and practitioners are cordially invited to present their latest research achievements and best-practice at JCSG 2021. Submission are possible in the form of full papers (e.g. new methods and concepts, technologies, tools, algorithms, studies and surveys), short papers (e.g. best-practice results or new ideas and concepts, not necessarily empirically assessed with an evaluation study, demo of serious games, products/titles and prototypes, new ideas, approaches, and work in progress).

Abstract deadline  (if you submit a full paper by this deadline, you will receive preliminary feedback from a mentor)

2 April 2021

  Submission of full and short papers 

31 May 2021

Notification of Acceptance

1 July 2021

Final submission of accepted papers deadline

30 July 2021

What to submit

Serious games are games beyond entertainment. Examples of serious games including games for behaviour changes (healthy lifestyle, nutrition, environment-friendly mobility behaviour), simulation and training. Games and VR/AR technologies have been widely applied in the fields of health (prevention, rehabilitation and therapy, exergames and cognitive training), training and education, marketing and advertisement, tourism and cultural heritage, and raising awareness for societal issues such as security, gender-based violence, religion, climate and energy.

The Joint Conference on Serious Games aims at presenting high quality scientific results spanning from theory to applications, use cases and experiments. Topics include but are not limited to:

Scientific methods and concepts for

  • design and development of serious games 

  • use of games technology in serious games (virtual and augmented reality, game engines, cross-platform, network and communication)

  • cost-effective production of serious games (authoring tools, collaborative authoring, procedural content generation, middleware)

  • personalized, adaptive serious games (user characteristics, player and gamer types, context models, personalization, adaptive serious games)

  • collaborative learning and training environments (multiplayer serious games, game mastering, games and social networks, collaboration, competition)

  • interfaces and sensor technology in serious games (game consoles and interfaces, vital sensors and parameters; virtual and augmented reality, mobile games, location-based and ubiquitous technology)

  • evaluation studies (evaluation methodologies and evaluation design, models and metrics, evaluation tools, effectiveness, efficiency)

  • surveys (serious games studies and outcomes, serious games effects, use of technologies)

How to submit


Please prepare your paper submission in the Springer LNCS format.

All submitted papers will undergo a thorough peer-review process by the JCSG program committee. Accepted papers will be published by Springer in their LNCS series. At least one author of accepted submission has to register and present at JCSG 2020. Best papers will be invited to send an extended version for the serious games section of the Elsevier Entertainment Computing Journal.

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Full papers

Full paper submissions should describe novel unpublished work relating to one or more of the topics listed above. All full papers will be published in the official Springer LNCS proceedings. Full paper submissions should be 12-15 pages in length in the LNCS one-column page format. The program committee may accept papers conditionally or for a different category. Authors may be asked to shorten or lengthen their paper accordingly.

Short papers

Maximum length of short papers, posters and demo descriptions is 6 pages in Springer LNCS format. JCSG provides an interactive forum in which authors can present work to conference attendees during poster sessions. Posters provide an opportunity to describe new work or work in progress. All accepted short papers, poster papers and demo descriptions will be included into the official Springer LNCS proceedings.