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ICSM 2013 : 29th IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance


Conference Series : International Conference on Software Maintenance
When Sep 22, 2013 - Sep 28, 2013
Where Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Abstract Registration Due Apr 15, 2013
Submission Deadline Apr 24, 2013
Notification Due Jun 14, 2013
Final Version Due Jul 13, 2013
Categories    software maintenance   software evolution

Call For Papers


UPDATE: Registration for ICSM, the 29th IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance and co-located events has started!

*Early bird registration closes August 2, 2013*
Please note that presenting authors should register within August 2, 2013.


ICSM is the premiere international venue in software maintenance and evolution, where participants from academia, government, and industry meet and share ideas and experiences for solving critical problems and advancing research in software evolution.

Research Track

Submissions for the research track should describe original and significant work in the research or practice of software maintenance and evolution. Submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least three PC members. Theoretical results, empirical research (such as case studies and experiments) and experience reports are welcome. Papers must not have been previously accepted for publication nor concurrently submitted for review in another journal, book, conference or workshop.

Research papers must adhere to the IEEE CS Proceedings style guidelines and are limited to 10 pages. Submissions need to be submitted online via the EasyChair conference system at Accepted papers will be published in the online proceedings published by the IEEE Computer Society.

Authors of selected papers from the research track will be invited to submit extended versions of their work to a special issue of the Springer international journal of Empirical Software Engineering (EMSE). (Authors of selected papers will be expected to comply with the standard guidelines when publishing an extended version of a paper, including adding about 30% of new material.)

Topics of Interest include but not limited to:

• Software repository analysis and mining
• Run-time evolution, dynamic reconfiguration and self adaptation
• Reverse engineering, re- engineering and migration
• Software refactoring, restructuring and renovation
• Software and system comprehension
• Code cloning, code provenance, concept location and related research
• Change and defect management
• Evolution of non-code artefacts (e.g., requirements, design models, documentation, software architectures, business process models)
• Maintenance-related testing (e.g., regression testing)
• Maintenance and evolution processes
• Software quality improvement
• Software evolution for emerging paradigms
• Human aspects of software evolution

ICSM 2013 also encourages the submission of contributions to the other tracks: Early Research Achievements, Doctoral Symposium, Industry Track and Tool Demonstrations.

ERA Track

The goal of the Early Research Achievements (ERA) track is to provide researchers and practitioners with a forum for presenting great, promising ideas in early stages of research. These ideas do not require a strong empirical evaluation! The 2013 ERA track aims to provide constructive feedback to guide you from your initial idea and limited evaluation towards a solid ICSM 2014 paper with strong empirical underpinnings. The topics of interest for this track are the same as for the main research track, i.e., all the topics in the research and practice of software maintenance and evolution. Papers submitted to the ERA track must not have been accepted previously for publication or submitted for review to another conference, journal, or book.


Submissions must be in English and conform to the IEEE proceedings style. They must be four-page long, including all text, references, appendices, and figures. They must be submitted electronically as PDF files via Easychair. They will be reviewed by members of the ERA Program Committee.

Review and Evaluation Criteria

Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of their originality, importance of contribution, soundness, evaluation (if available), quality and consistency of presentation, and appropriate comparison to related work. Special emphasis will be put on the originality and timeliness of the proposed contribution, i.e., a full evaluation of the proposed ideas is not required.

Publication and Presentation

Upon notification of acceptance, all authors of accepted papers will be asked to complete an IEEE Copyright form and will receive further instructions for preparing their camera ready versions. At least one author of the paper must register and present the paper at the conference, for the paper to be published in the proceedings. All accepted papers will be published in the conference electronic proceedings, which will also be available in the IEEE Digital Library. The papers will be presented in a formal setting and as a poster. More details on the presentations will follow the notifications.

Doctoral Symposium

As with previous editions, ICSM 2013 will feature a double doctoral symposium:

Pre-doctoral: The first part is dedicated to PhD students in the midst of their doctoral studies in the field of software maintenance, who intend to finish their PhD within the next two years (2014-2015). This symposium aims to provide PhD students with an opportunity to present their ongoing work, to interact with other researchers in the field, and to get constructive feedback from senior researchers. Participants will discuss their goals, methods, and results at an early stage in their research.
Post-doctoral: The second part is dedicated to researchers who have delivered their PhD dissertations in the area of software maintenance and evolution within the last 2 years (2011-2012). This symposium aims to provide a forum for post-docs to present the highlights of their work to the ICSM community. Moreover, participants will be asked to reflect on the PhD process itself, and share some lessons learned with PhD students as well as PhD advisors.

Organizing Committee:
General Chair: Alexander Serebrenik, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Program Co-chairs: Tom Mens, University of Mons, Belgium and
Yann-Gaël Guéhéneuc, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada
ERA Program Co-chairs: Romain Robbes, University of Chile, Chile and
Bram Adams, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada
Industry Track Chair: Joost Visser, Software Improvement Group in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Financial Chair: Chanchal K. Roy, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Doctoral Symposium Co-chairs: Lori Pollock, University of Delaware, USA and
Tibor Gyimothy, University of Szeged, Hungary
Tools Track Co-chairs: Mark van den Brand, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands and
Anthony Cleve, University of Namur, Belgium
Publicity Co-chairs: Natalia Dragan, Cleveland State University, USA and
Veronika Bauer, Technische Universität München, Germany
Local Arrangement Co-chairs: Martijn Klabbers and Sacha Claessens, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Proceedings Chair: Bogdan Vasilescu, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Web Chair: Minhaz F. Zibran, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Social Media Chair: Felienne Hermans, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

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