ISSRE 2023 : ISSRE 2023 : The 34rd International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering
Conference Series : International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering
Call For Papers
ISSRE (International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering) is the leading conference on software reliability and it focuses on approaches, techniques, and tools for assessing, predicting, and improving the reliability, safety, and security of software systems. The conference will be primarily "in presence" with all presenters of accepted papers required to attend the conference physically in Florence. However, we plan to allow the attendance of the conference also online.
The research track at ISSRE 2023 invites high-quality submissions of technical research papers describing original and unpublished results exploring new scientific ideas, contributing new evidence to established research directions, or reflecting on practical experience. Specifically, ISSRE solicits submissions in three categories: (1) full research regular (REG) papers, (2) practical experience reports (PER), and (3) tools and artifacts (TAR) papers. Papers will be assessed with criteria appropriate to each category.
- **REG papers** should describe a novel contribution to the reliability of software systems. Novelty should be argued via concrete evidence and appropriate positioning within the state of the art. REG papers are also expected to clearly explain the validation process and its limitations.
- **PER papers** should provide an in-depth exposition of practical experiences and empirical studies ideally performed by a collaboration of researchers and industry practitioners. The key contribution of these papers should be lessons learned from the application of known research tools and methods related to ISSRE topics, or new knowledge acquired through empirical studies performed according to various research methodologies. Negative results are welcome, e.g., discussing where or why current research cannot be applied in an industrially relevant context.
- **TAR papers** should describe a new tool or artifact. Tool-focused TAR papers must present either a new tool or novel and substantial extensions to an existing tool. They should include a description of (i) the theoretical foundations, (ii) the design and implementation aspects, and (iii) experiments with realistic case studies. Making the tool publicly available is strongly encouraged. Artifact-focused TAR papers should cover (i) a working copy of the software and (ii) experimental data sets.
The ISSRE conference encourages authors of research papers to follow the principles of transparency, reproducibility, and replicability. Authors are encouraged to disclose data to increase reproducibility and replicability.
We plan to invite authors of selected papers to submit an extended version for a special issue associated with the conference. More details will be provided soon.
(Anywhere on Earth)
Abstract submission deadline: May 22nd, 2023
Papers submission deadline: June 1st, 2023
Author rebuttal period: July 5th-7th, 2023
Notification to authors: July 24th, 2023
Camera-ready papers: August 25th, 2023
Submissions can be made in one of the following categories.
- REG papers: up to 10 pages + 2 pages (for references only).
- PER papers: up to 10 pages + 2 pages (for references only).
- TAR papers: 6-10 pages (including references).
Papers that exceed the number of pages for that submission category will be rejected without review.
Authors of PER and TAR papers must indicate the paper category (i.e., PER or TAR) in the title, in parentheses.
Topics of Interest
Topics of interest include development, analysis methods and models throughout the software development lifecycle, and are not limited to:
- Dependability attributes (i.e., security, safety, maintainability, survivability, resilience, robustness) impacting software reliability
- Reliability threats, i.e. faults (defects, bugs, etc.), errors, failures
- Reliability means (fault prevention, fault removal, fault tolerance, fault forecasting)
- Metrics, measurements and threat estimation for reliability prediction and the interplay with safety/security
- Reliability of autonomous systems and (self-)adaptive systems
- Reliability of AI-based systems
- Machine learning for Reliability Engineering
- Reliability of software services and Software as a Service (SaaS)
- Reliability of open-source software
- Reliability of software dealing with Big Data
- Reliability of model-based and auto-generated software
- Reliability of green and sustainable systems
- Reliability of mobile systems
- Reliability of software within specific technological spaces (e.g., Internet of Things, Cloud, Semantic Web/Web 3.0, Virtualization, Blockchain, networks softwarization, 5G/6G, edge-to-cloud computing)
- Normative/regulatory/ethical spaces about software reliability
- Societal aspects of software reliability
Authors shall anonymize their papers. As an author, you should not identify yourself in the paper either explicitly or by implication (e.g., through references or acknowledgements). However, only non-destructive anonymization is required. For example, the names of case study subjects may be left un-anonymized, if the subject name is important for a reviewer to be able to evaluate the work. In that case, they should avoid mentioning that a specific tool has been conceived and developed by them, as well as a paper that has been co-authored by them. The authors can provide the name of a case study subject software and the name of the entity developing it (private company or foundations); in case some of the authors are employees of the developing entity, the authors should not explicitly mention their affiliation but clarify potential threats to validity (e.g., familiarity with the subject), as appropriate.
Additionally, please take the following steps when preparing your submission:
- Remove authors' names and affiliations from the title page
- Remove acknowledgement of identifying names and funding sources
- Use care in naming your files. Source file names, e.g., Joe.Smith.dvi, are often embedded in the final output as readily accessible comments.
- Use care in referring to related work, particularly your own. Do not omit references to provide anonymity, as this leaves the reviewer unable to grasp the context. Instead, a good solution is to reference your past work in the third person, just as you would any other piece of related work.
- If you have a concurrent submission, reference it as follows: "Closely related work describes a microkernel implementation [Anonymous 2023]." with the corresponding citation: "[Anonymous 2023] Under submission. Details omitted for double-blind reviewing."
- If you cite anonymous work, you must also send the deanonymized reference(s) to the PC chairs in a separate email.
Submissions that do not conform to the above submission deadline, anonymization and formatting guidelines (e.g., are too long, use fonts or line spacing smaller than what is indicated) or are unoriginal, previously published, or under submission to multiple venues, will be disregarded.
Submissions must adhere to the IEEE Computer Society Format Guidelines (https://www.ieee.org/conferences/publishing/templates.html) as implemented by the following LaTeX/Word templates:
- LaTeX Package (https://www.ieee.org/content/dam/ieee-org/ieee/web/org/pubs/conference-latex-template_10-17-19.zip) (ZIP)
- Word Template (https://www.ieee.org/content/dam/ieee-org/ieee/web/org/conferences/conference-template-a4.docx) (DOCX)
Each paper must be submitted as a single Portable Document Format (PDF) file. All fonts must be embedded. We also strongly recommend you print the file and review it for integrity (fonts, symbols, equations etc.) before submitting it. A defective printing of your paper can undermine its chance of success. Please take a note of the following:
- Submissions should be anonymous.
- The first page must include the title of the paper and a maximum 200-word abstract.
- Please take into account that the abstract will be used by the reviewers to bid on papers. Thus, describe the paper goals clearly, as well as the means used to achieve them.
- The first page is not a separate page, but is a part of the paper (i.e., it has technical material in it). Thus, this page counts toward the total page budget for the paper.
- The page limit includes everything except references.
- The use of color for figures and graphs is allowed only if the paper turns out to be readable if printed in grayscale
- Symbols and labels used in the graphs should be readable as printed, without requiring on-screen magnification.
- Try to limit the file size to less than 15 MB
Authors of accepted papers will be expected to supply electronic versions of their papers and are encouraged to supply source code and raw data to help others replicate and better understand their results.
Papers are submitted via EasyChair. The URL will be added soon.
Submissions will be reviewed by the program committee through a double-blind reviewing process, with a limited use of outside referees. Papers will be held in full confidence during the reviewing process, but papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms are not acceptable and will be rejected without review.
Authors must anonymize their submissions (see the guidelines above). Submissions violating the formatting and anonymization rules will be rejected without review. There will be no extensions for reformatting.
Review Process and Author Response
After the papers have been reviewed, but before the Program Committee/Board meeting, the reviews will be made available to the authors to respond to any factual errors in the reviews. Rebuttals do not include additional information about the research or a submission of an updated or revised paper. Author responses will be made available to all PC/PB members before the paper is discussed for selection in the PC/PB meeting. The submissions website will include rebuttal guidelines.
Best Research Paper Award
ISSRE is pleased to announce the Best Research Paper Award, attributed every year to the best paper in the Research Track. The conference proceedings will be published by IEEE Computer Society Conference Publishing Services (CPS). Papers presented at the conference will be submitted for inclusion into IEEE Xplore and to all of the A&I (abstracting and indexing) partners (such as the EI Compendex).
Research PC Chairs:
- Nuno Laranjeiro
University of Coimbra, Portugal
- Patrizio Pelliccione
Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI), Italy
For additional information, visit the conference website: https://issre.net/