RE 2022 : Requirements Engineering
Conference Series : Requirements Engineering
Call For Papers
At the 30th anniversary of the International Requirements Engineering (RE) Conference, RE 2022 welcomes original papers focusing on the traditional RE topics, but this year’s edition is particularly thrilled with the idea of receiving submissions addressing our theme "Building Bridges Between Disciplines: Requirements for Transdisciplinarity". This theme evokes a call to
explore the complementary strengths of disciplines from social sciences and engineering fields: We examine the pivotal role RE plays in building bridges between disciplines. RE is a multidisciplinary effort, involving a large set of stakeholders with differing characteristics, strengths, and skill sets. The successful development of large and complex systems requires to routinely cross boundaries of disciplines - from psychology to economics, from physics to mechanical engineering, from life sciences to software engineering.
envision and elaborate novel, innovative ideas, techniques, and processes that integrate and move beyond discipline-specific approaches to address grand societal challenges such as sustainability, equality, and fairness: Software is no longer a purely technical device or product. Its enormous power and potential continue to shape society, affecting human values and our ways to live our lives. How can we integrate approaches from other disciplines and apply them to this and to ethical issues, such as sustainability and gender?
Categories for Research Papers:
The RE 2022 Research Track invites original submissions of research papers in three categories: Technical Solution, Scientific Evaluation, and Perspective.
Technical solution papers present solutions for requirements-related problems that are novel or significantly improve on existing solutions. This includes new algorithms or theory, novel tools, modeling languages, infrastructures, or other technologies. All requirements-related activities, such as elicitation, prioritization, or analysis are in scope. These papers are mainly evaluated with regard to problem significance, novelty in comparison with existing work, clarity of presentation, technical soundness, and evidence for its benefits.
Scientific evaluation papers evaluate existing problem situations or real-world artifacts, or they validate or refute proposed solutions by scientific means. This includes experiments, case studies, and surveys reporting qualitative and quantitative data and findings. The papers are mainly evaluated with regard to the soundness of research questions and appropriateness and correctness of study design, data analysis, and threats to validity. Replications are welcome. Lessons learned can be particularly important to complement other empirical results.
Perspective papers explore the history, successes, and challenges of requirements related practices and research agendas, and outline research roadmaps for the future. Literature reviews are also included in this category and must distil novel knowledge, present new insights, and not be a mere compilation. These papers are evaluated based on the insights they offer to the reader and the corresponding arguments, and on their potential to shape future research.
Papers submitted to the RE 2022 Research Track will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
Soundness: The extent to which the paper’s contributions and/or innovations address its research questions and are supported by rigorous application of appropriate research methods
Significance: The extent to which the paper’s contributions can impact the field of requirements engineering, and under which assumptions (if any)
Novelty: The extent to which the paper's contributions are sufficiently original with respect to the state-of-the-art
Related Work: The extent to which the paper's contributions are appropriately compared to related work
Verifiability and Transparency: The extent to which the paper includes sufficient information to understand how an innovation works; to understand how data was obtained, analyzed, and interpreted; and how the paper supports independent verification or replication of the paper’s claimed contributions
Presentation: The extent to which the paper’s quality of writing meets the high standards of the RE conference series, including clear descriptions, as well as adequate use of the English language, absence of major ambiguity, clearly readable figures and tables, and adherence to the provided formatting instructions.
The RE 2022 Research Track follows a double-blind review process.
Reviewers will carefully consider all of these criteria during the review process, and authors should take great care in clearly addressing them. The authors should clearly explain the claimed contributions, and how they are sound, significant, novel, and verifiable, as described above.
Open Science Policy
The RE 2022 Research Track has an open science policy with the steering principle that all research results should be accessible to the public and, if possible, empirical studies should be reproducible. In particular, we actively support the adoption of open data and open source principles and encourage all contributing authors to disclose (anonymized and curated) data to increase reproducibility and replicability. Note that sharing research data is not mandatory for submission or acceptance. However, sharing is expected to be the default, and non-sharing needs to be justified. We recognize that reproducibility or replicability is not a goal in qualitative research and that, similar to industrial studies, qualitative studies often face challenges in sharing research data. For guidelines on how to report qualitative research to ensure the assessment of the reliability and credibility of research results, see the Q&A page.
Upon submission to the research track, authors are asked
to make their data available to the program committee (via upload of supplemental material or a link to an anonymous repository) – and provide instructions on how to access this data in the paper; or
to include in the paper an explanation as to why this is not possible or desirable; and
to indicate if they intend to make their data publicly available upon acceptance.
Supplementary material can be uploaded via the EasyChair site or anonymously linked from the paper submission. Although PC members are not required to look at this material, we strongly encourage authors to use supplementary material to provide access to anonymized data, whenever possible. Authors are asked to carefully review any supplementary material to ensure it conforms to the double-anonymous policy (described above). For example, code and data repositories may be exported to remove version control history, scrubbed of names in comments and metadata, and anonymously uploaded to a sharing site to support review. One resource that may be helpful in accomplishing this task is this blog post.
The authors of accepted papers will have the opportunity to increase the visibility of their artifacts (software and data) and to obtain an artifact badge. Upon acceptance, the authors can submit their artifacts, which will be evaluated by a committee that determines their sustained availability and reusability.