Psychology of Programming Interest Group

Call for Papers

PPIG 2014  25th Workshop, Brighton, UK:

25-27 June 2014

Deadline extended from 25th March to 31st March 2014

We invite papers concerned with psychological aspects of software development. PPIG entertains a broad spectrum of research approaches, from theoretical perspectives drawing on psychological theory to empirical perspectives grounded in real-world experience, and is equally concerned with all aspects of programming and software engineering, from the design of programming languages to communication issues in software teams, and from computing education to high-performance professional practice.

Despite its title, PPIG is interested not only in psychology of programming and software engineering, but also in psychological aspects of related activities where people meet formal structures. Indeed, a feature of the PPIG workshops has always been their openness: although principally related to programming and software engineering, recent events have touched on learning mathematical formalisms, creativity and digital design, understanding websites, and live coding in the laptop music world. Similarly, PPIG entertains a broad spectrum of research approaches, from theoretical perspectives drawing on psychological and social theory to empirical perspectives grounded in realworld experience. We have open minds: if you think we might be interested, try us.

As this is the 25th Anniversary Workshop we are also interested in review papers that draw together a theme from the last 25 years.


Some themes to prompt you:


      Empirical studies of programming

      Programming education and skills acquisition

      Human centered design and evaluation of programming languages, tools and infrastructure

      Programming and human cognition

      Human Computer Interaction issues in programming

      Team/cooperative work in programming

      End user programming

      Distributed programming, globalisation, work in large teams

      Free/libre open source software development

      Software engineering methods, planning, estimation, agility etc.

      Gender, age, culture and programming

      New paradigms in programming

      Code quality, readability and reuse

      Mistakes, bugs, and error handling

      Working with notation

      Specialist and domain centered programming tools and languages

      Unconventional interactions and quasiprogamming

Other approaches and insights are welcome.




Full Papers should be 12 pages or less. Authors may also submit a 6 page Short Paper or a Work in Progress Report, clearly marked as such, to describe conjectural, latebreaking or tentative results. The refereeing process will be suitably lighter.  As in previous years, the Programme Committee will review all submitted papers and, based on their reviews, each accepted paper will be classified as a "Full Technical Paper" or a "Work in Progress Report".  All papers accepted for presentation at PPIG 2014 will appear in the workshop proceedings and be archived on the PPIG website.


To format your paper, please use the PPIG Word Template or a LaTeX description. available from the website


Note that the templates currently (21st February 2014) refer to earlier PPIG conferences.  This will be fixed.


Papers should be submitted via EasyChair in PDF format via


Doctoral Consortium


The Psychology of Programming Interest Group Workshop will again host a doctoral consortium. The event is for research students at all stages of doctoral study. The event will include brief introductions by each of the student participants (on the order of 10 minutes, plus time for questions, depending on the number of students involved) and interactive sessions on the process and nature of Ph.D. research. Experienced researchers, in addition to the organisers, will participate as 'discussants' to add different perspectives and to provide feedback on individual research programs.  Submission: applications must provide an overview of your research (max 6 pages) and be submitted via as for other papers.




25th March: submission of draft Full and Short or Work in Progress papers

7th May: authors will be notified

1st June: submission of final cameraready copy

11th May: submission of Doctorial Consortium papers (Note: date brought forward from 25th May)