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NIER-ICSE 2017 : New Ideas and Emerging Results (NIER) @ 38th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE)


When May 20, 2017 - May 28, 2017
Where Buenos Aires, Argentina
Submission Deadline Oct 26, 2016
Notification Due Jan 23, 2017
Final Version Due Feb 13, 2017

Call For Papers

New Ideas and Emerging Results (NIER)

NIER provides a forum for innovative, thought-provoking research in software engineering to accelerate the exposure of the community to early yet promising and potentially inspiring research efforts.

To support this goal, NIER 2017 will publish two kinds of papers:

- Reflections (on the past) such as:
. Startling results that call into question current research directions;
. Bold arguments on current research directions that may be somehow misguided;
. Results that disregard established results or beliefs of evidence that call for fundamentally new directions.
- Visions (of the future):
. Bold visions of new directions which may not yet be supported by solid results but rather by a strong and well motivated scientific intuition. An example of such a vision can be unusual synergies with other disciplines, or the importance of software engineering in problems whose software engineering aspects have not been studied earlier.

The writing style can even be narrative to the extent where this supports the motivation for an emerging research direction.

Note that evaluation results are not required for NIER papers, but preliminary results providing initial support for the proposed ideas claimed are welcome.

The track addresses the same topics of interest as those of the technical research paper track. However, NIER authors are encouraged to combine these topics in new ways, to establish connections to other fields outside of classical software engineering, as well as to argue for the importance of software engineering research in areas not explicitly listed.

Out of scope

NIER papers are not second-class ICSE research track papers. NIER is a forum for first-class contributions that provide novel, soundly motivated research directions and emerging results. Therefore, a NIER submission should not be an ICSE research submission with no or less evaluation, nor disguised advertisements for previously published results. For such out-of-scope submissions, authors should consider submitting to the main ICSE conference, one of the many ICSE workshops, or one of the satellite ICSE conferences.


All papers will be evaluated in terms of the following criteria.

- Value: the problem is worth exploring;
- Impact: the potential for disruption of current practice;
- Originality: of the paper's insight;
- Synergy: the paper appropriately connects a set of concepts that were previously treated separately;
- Validity: soundness of the rationale;
- Scholarship: appropriate consideration of relevant literature;
- Quality: overall paper quality; and
- Surprise: startling and unexpected findings.

How to submit (please read the “double-blind submission guideline” below)

You must specify one and only one of the most related pieces of work (in your opinion) in the first sentence of the related work section, and articulate how your work is novel and how its results are emerging. We understand that this selection is subjective and often an idea is related to many research papers. The goal of identifying the most related work is to help add an anchor point for articulating the novelty.

A NIER submission must conform at the time of submission to the ICSE 2017 submission and formatting instructions, and must not exceed four pages, including all text, references, appendices, and figures. NIER papers must be submitted electronically at the NIER EasyChair submission site ( , by the submission deadline.

Submissions that do not comply with the instructions and size limits may be rejected without review.

At least one author of each paper is required to register for the ICSE 2017 conference and present their paper.

Note that authors of accepted papers are also highly encouraged to submit a poster describing their work. Posters will allow authors and interested participants to connect to each other and to engage in discussions about the work presented.

Double-blind submission guideline

ICSE 2017 NIER will conduct double-blind reviewing, the very first time at ICSE NIER. ICSE 2017 NIER submissions should not reveal the identity of the authors in any way. Authors should leave out author names and affiliations from the body of their submission. They should also ensure that any citations to related work by themselves is written in third person, that is, “the prior work of XYZ” as opposed to “our prior work”. Authors having further questions on double blind reviewing are encouraged to contact the Program Co-Chairs by email.

Important Dates

Submissions Due: October 26th, 2016
Notification of Acceptance: January 23rd, 2017
Camera Ready Copy: February 13th, 2017

Program Co-Chairs

Cristian Cadar, Imperial College London
Lin Tan, University of Waterloo

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