I was wondering if it is appropriate to submit a work to a conference call, which only presents an idea without further development.

So far, in my field, computer science, I usually submit works following more or less this structure:

  • introduction

  • background

  • methods

  • proof of concept

  • evaluation

  • conclusion

Recently, I have seen a call quite interesting for presenting an idea related to my previous research. For this reason, I have to admit that I know the topic. However, the idea is not implemented, neither I evaluated it. Let's say, the work is only the method.

This scenario makes me doubt about the appropriateness of presenting my idea in the shape of a paper.

Finally, if doing this is not appropriate for a conference. Can it be for a workshop? Or even more, a lighting talk, or a poster?

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Apart from the interesting given answers, it is important to note that there are conferences (or tracks) for position papers:

A position paper presents an arguable opinion about an issue. The goal of a position paper is to convince the audience that your opinion is valid and worth listening to, without the need to present completed research work and/or validated results.

  • What is the point of doing this? Our job as researchers is to flesh out ideas. This wastes reviewers' time. Commented Sep 29, 2020 at 5:28
  • @Prof.SantaClaus Field peculiarities. "The work is only the method" could be a decent poster in some fields; maybe Bub is originally in that field moving to CS, where conference publications are more important, as Buffy says. Commented Sep 29, 2020 at 13:47
  • In CS many conferences have an 'abstracts' track, where you can submit a 1-2 page abstract detailing the idea and the work you have done so far. there are doctoral symposiums too, as @Buffy said. Posters would work too.
    – Jihadi
    Commented Sep 30, 2020 at 7:51

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In CS, conferences are like journals in other fields: the normal medium to publish fresh results. But it is results. There might be exceptions for some specialized conferences that make exceptions.

Also, many CS conferences have a Workshop track in which unfinished work can be presented and discussed. Likewise, there is sometimes a Doctoral workshop in which PhD students discuss their ongoing research and get feedback.

But for a normal paper track in a typical conference, a completed work will be expected.

  • Completed papers itself, they find thousand reasons to reject, submitting this kind of a idea paper is an entertainment for the reviewers.
    – Rajesh D
    Commented Sep 29, 2020 at 13:33

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