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18th International Conference on 
        Economics of Grids, Clouds, Systems & Services
http://2021.gecon-conference.org
21-23. September 2021, Online
Springer LNCS Proceedings
Fast Track for several Journals in Computer Systems and E-Commerce
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First Call for 
- full papers,
- short papers (work-in-progress papers),
- special topic sessions,
- tutorials, and for
- poster presentations.

GECON 2021 builds upon the very successful tradition of the
conference previous editions (http://www.gecon-conference.org) 
since 2003. GECON solicits contributions that are 
interdisciplinary, combining business and economic aspects 
with engineering and computer science related themes.

The conference will be held online.

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/Important Deadlines/
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- Special topic session proposal deadline: May 1st, 2021
- Tutorial proposal deadline: May 1st, 2021

- Paper abstract submission deadline: May 17th, 2021
- Full Paper submission deadline: May 24th, 2021
- Short Paper submission deadline: May 24th, 2021

- Notification of acceptance of papers: June 28th, 2021
- Camera Ready deadline: July 5th, 2021

- Poster Submission deadline: July 12th, 2021

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/Topics of Interest/
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As a global market for infrastructures, platforms, and 
software services emerge, the need to understand and deal with 
its implications and its interdisciplinary challenges is 
quickly growing. To address this, GECON encourages the  
submission of papers, which combine at least one 
economic/legal area and one technologic area. GECON list of 
areas includes but is not limited to:

-Economics-
    Trustworthiness of services
    Ecosystem economics
    Incentive design, strategic behavior & game theory
    Market mechanisms, auctions models, and bidding languages
    Economic efficiency
    Techno-economic analysis and modelling
    Pricing schemes and revenue models
    Metering, accounting, and billing
    Cost-benefit analysis
    Automated trading and bidding support tools
    Trust, reputation, security, and risk management
    Performance monitoring, optimization, and prediction
    Reports on industry test-beds and operational markets
    Energy efficiency 
    Sustainability
    Business models and strategies
    Decision support
    Open source ecosystems

-Law and Legal Aspects-
    Standardization, interoperability, and legal aspects
    Service level agreements (SLAs), negotiation, 
    Monitoring and enforcement
    Governance of ecosystems
    Privacy

-Clouds, Grids, Systems and Services-
    IaaS, SaaS, PaaS and Federation of resources
    Vertical scaling, burstable computing, vertical elasticity
    Resource management: allocation, sharing, scheduling
    Capacity planning
    Virtualization and containers
    Service science, management and engineering (SSME)
    Software engineering
    Security

-Applications and Technologies Transforming the Economy-
    Smart grids, smart cities, and smart buildings
    Energy-aware infrastructures and services
    Fog, edge, osmosis computing
    Micro-services, serverless computing
    Internet-of-Things
    Blockchains
    Community networks
    Social networks
    Social computing
    Big data
    Data stream ingestion and complex event processing

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/Publication and Submission Guidelines for Papers/
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Original full papers and short papers (work-in-progress papers),
which are not currently under review by another conference, will 
be considered. Manuscripts will be reviewed based on technical 
merit, originality, and relevance. Past acceptance rates have 
been around 30 per cent in recent years.

Full papers and short papers (work-in-progress papers) shall be
submitted using the Springer LNCS format. Submitted full papers
should not exceed 12 pages and WIP papers should not exceed 8 
pages (including references and appendices). For further 
details, visit the GECON 2021 web page. 

Paper submissions are managed through EasyChair at 
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=gecon2021. 

The proceedings will be published by Springer LNCS. 

Extended versions of up to 10 accepted papers in the Computer
Science field will be invited for publication in a special 
issue of the 
- Elsevier Journal of Future Generation Computing Systems. 
For papers targeting mainly business and economic aspects, a 
special issue of the 
- Springer Electronic Markets Journal or the 
- Elsevier Electronic Commerce Research and Applications
- Springer Electronic Commerce Research 
with up to 15 papers is foreseen.

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/Submission Guidelines for Special Topic Session Proposals/
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GECON 2021 looks for proposals for special topic sessions. With 
the objective of encouraging alternative forms of participation
that can increase the opportunity to discuss technical topics 
and new ideas in a round table atmosphere, we solicit special 
topic proposals.

The special topic sessions program seeks to provide venues for
specialist groups to meet, to generate focused discussion on
specific sub-areas within the economics of distributed systems,
and to engage in community-building activities. Special sessions
should provide a discussion forum for researchers in topics
related to topics of the conference, either on specific research
themes, or in emerging areas of research.  
 
Special topic sessions can be used, for example, for giving the 
opportunity to all participants to present intermediate/final 
results of projects, finding partners to establish collaborative 
research and innovation projects.

Special topic session proposals should describe briefly 
objectives or purpose, importance of the topic, and strategies 
to facilitate participation in the discussion.

The Special Topic session participants can write a joined 
paper or submit individual papers for the conference proceedings.

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/Submission Guidelines for Tutorial Proposals/
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GECON 2021 looks for tutorial proposals on topics related to the 
conference topics. The tutorials are supposed to give 
PhD students an overview about existing concepts, challenges, and 
future research directions.

Tutorial proposals should provide a title, an abstract, and a 
table of content.

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/Poster Submissions/ 
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Poster presentations provide a unique opportunity for PhD 
students and young researchers to present their ongoing work and 
to receive constructive feedback from their peers as well as 
experts in the field (including academics and practitioners) at 
the GECON conference. 

Authors of accepted full papers and short papers 
(work-in-progress papers) are also welcome to present their work 
in poster sessions, giving them a higher visibility then just giving a talk.

Posters will be organized and presented throughout the 
conference using gather.town, allowing for many discussions with
participants and a highly interactive conference.  

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/Conference Organization/
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Orna Agmon Ben-Yehuda (University of Haifa, Israel)
Jorn Altmann (Seoul National University, South-Korea)
Jose Angel Banares (Zaragoza University, Spain)
Karim Djemame (University of Leeds, UK)
Maurizio Naldi (Libera UniversitÓ Maria SS. Assunta (LUMSA), Italy)
Vlado Stankovski (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Bruno Tuffin (Inria Rennes, France)

Contact for Questions: gecon2021@easychair.org