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Journal of Systems and Software (JSS)
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The Journal of Systems and Software publishes papers covering all aspects of programming methodology, software engineering, and related hardware-software-systems issues. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, software development environments and tools, techniques for developing, validating, and maintaining software systems, software architecture and design, global software development, service orientation, agile approaches, mobile, multiprocessing, real-time, distributed, concurrent, and telecommunications systems, software metrics, reliability models for software, performance issues, and management concerns. The journal publishes research papers, state-of-the-art surveys, and reports of practical experience. All articles should consider the practical application of the idea advanced through case studies, experiments, or systematic comparisons with other approaches already in practice. Occasionally, special issues are devoted to topics of particular interest; proposals for such issues are invited.

Last updated by Dou Sun in 2021-03-15
Special Issues
Special Issue on Systems and Software Product Lines of the Future
Submission Date: 2022-01-31

Journal Editors in Chief Paris Avgeriou, University of Groningen, The Netherlands David Shepherd, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA Special Issues Editors Wing-Kwong Chan, City University of Hong Kong Raffaela Mirandola, Politecnico di Milano, Italy Guest Editors Maurice H. ter Beek, ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy Ina Schaefer, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany Theme For over two decades now, researchers and practitioners have pushed forward the modelling, analysis and development of systems and software product lines rather than individual systems or software products. The distinguishing feature of the underlying engineering approach is to capture the commonalities and variability among individual variants explicitly and to manage variability-intensive systems and software throughout their entire life cycle, from requirements elicitation to runtime operation and maintenance. The novel Horizon Europe Programme targets the development of advanced technologies and methodologies for reliable and efficient distributed software applications in cloud-to-edge-to-IoT systems. Also the software product line community needs to keep up with the pace at which such applications evolve and provide adequate support for the software-intensive systems of the future, for example in challenging domains such as Smart Cities, Smart Health and Industry 4.0. This special issue is a step forward to such systems and software product lines of the future. Topics of interest related to Systems and Software Product Lines of the Future include, but are not limited to: AI: genetic algorithms, neural networks, and machine learning for product lines Architecture, design, and visualization of product lines Dynamic software product lines, reconfigurable systems, (self-)adaptive systems Evolution, maintenance, and continuous integration for product lines (e.g., DevOps) Formal methods and SPL verification techniques (e.g., program analysis, model checking) Green and sustainable technologies for variation Human, organizational and social aspects of product lines (e.g., BPM, collaborative modeling and development, cooperative configuration processes, economics, program comprehension) Language product lines, and domain-specific modelling and programming languages for product lines Multi product lines, product lines of product lines, software ecosystems Non-functional properties of variant-rich software systems: modeling, analysis, and optimization (e.g., performance, energy) Reverse engineering, variability mining and refactoring (e.g., migration from clone-and-own) Recommender systems for configurators and feature models (e.g., CSP/SAT/SMT solvers) Specification and modeling of SPL (e.g., domain-specific modeling, model-driven engineering) Testing of product lines (e.g., product sampling, test-case selection and prioritization, mutations) Variability management and variability modeling (e.g., feature models, decision models) Important dates Submission: 31 January 2022 Notification to authors (first round): 31 March 2022 Submission of revised papers (second round): 31 May 2022 Notification to authors (second round): 31 July 2022 Submission after second review: 30 September 2022 Final acceptance: 31 October 2022 Proposed date of publication: 31 December 2022 Submission Guidelines The call for this special issue is an open call. We invite innovative research with a sound scientific or technological basis and validation. We accept submissions of original and previously unpublished manuscripts and we especially encourage the submission of revised and extended papers from the 25th International Systems and Software Product Line Conference (SPLC 2021). Surveys, (systematic) literature reviews and mapping studies are out of the scope of this special issue and will be desk-rejected. All submissions must be supported by appropriate arguments and validation through case studies, experiments or comprehensive comparisons with other approaches or benchmarks. If a previous version of the manuscript has been published in a conference or journal, then authors must explicitly explain the novelty of this new submission and provide at least 30% new material. All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted through the Elsevier Editorial System at Follow the submission instructions given on this site. During the submission process, select the article type "VSI:SPLC2021" from the "Choose Article Type" pull-down menu. All submissions must adhere to the general principles of the Journal of Systems and Software articles. Submissions have to be prepared according to the Guide for Authors, available on the journal website, and must follow the format specified in the JSS Guide for Authors
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2021-03-15
Special Issue on Human-Centric Software Engineering – Approaches, Technologies, and Applications
Submission Date: 2022-03-31

Topics of interest related to human-centric software engineering include, but are not limited to: - Human-centric modelling tools - Human-centric requirements engineering - Human-centric methodologies and practices - Human-centric cybersecurity - Accessible and usable cyber security - Incorporating human factors into requirements and design e.g., emotions, bias, personality, and culture - Context-awareness in human-centric software (and systems) engineering - Proactive help for modellers/designers/engineers e.g. design critics - Impact of human factors on development processes and software teams - Human factors considerations for engineers and developers - Performance appraisal and software engineering tasks - Usable security/privacy evaluation of existing and/or proposed solutions - Mental models that contribute to, or inform security and privacy design and deployment - Design foundations of usable security and privacy including usable security and privacy patterns - Modelling of security behaviours - In-the-wild observation of security and privacy behaviour studies - Tools and models for capturing and interpreting user behaviours - Software applications that demonstrate the practice of human-centric software engineering - Industrial experiences – positive or negative – on any of the above topics or combination of topics focusing on human-centric software and cybersecurity
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2021-09-25
Special Issue on Software Analysis, Engineering, and Reengineering in Practice
Submission Date: 2022-05-27

The topics of the submissions should be of direct interest to the software analysis, evolution, and reengineering community. At the same time, the submissions must be connected to the industrial applications of research techniques/tools or industrial case studies. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: ● Software Analysis, Parsing, and Fact Extraction; ● Software Reverse Engineering and Reengineering; ● Program Comprehension; ● Software Evolution Analysis; ● Software Architecture Recovery and Reverse Architecting; ● Program Transformation and Refactoring; ● Mining Software Repositories and Software Analytics; ● Software Visualization; ● Software Reconstruction and Migration; ● Software Maintenance and Evolution; ● Program Repair; ● Software Release Engineering, Continuous Integration and Delivery; ● Legal aspects;
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2021-10-16
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