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JSS Prog Debug & Repair 2018 : Special Issue on Program Debugging and Repair (JSS Elsevier)


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Categories    program debugging   program repair   software engineering

Call For Papers

Elsevier Journal of Systems and Software (JSS)
Special Issue on Program Debugging and Repair
Call for Papers

Important Dates

Submission: extended to 28 February 2018
Notification: 31 May 2018
Publication: December 2018


Debugging large complex software remains a difficult and often costly task. Developers of popular software systems receive hundreds of bug reports each day and expend considerable effort on understanding the reported issue, diagnosing its root cause, and developing fixes.

Techniques and tools for efficiently isolating the root cause of program failures have been the subject of research in recent years, and recent advances in program repair have even succeeded in synthesizing fixes for some of the suspect statements. However, the software debugging and repair problems are far from being solved, and the relationship between methods for program debugging and those for repair deserves further study.

The aim of this special issue is to gather the recent advances in automated software debugging and repair techniques. The special issue seeks to explore the synergies between the debugging and repair of programs and explore the impact of the debugging and repair tools on software development practices.

All submissions should be supported by appropriate arguments and validation through case studies, experiments, or systematic comparisons with other approaches already in practice.

We seek high quality original submissions that have not been previously published and that are not under consideration for publication elsewhere as well as extended versions of selected papers of the 8th International Workshop on Automated Debugging (IWPD 2017).


Strategies for effective and efficient software debugging and repair
Techniques for debugging and repair of large scale applications
Automated debugging and repair of domain-specific applications
Machine learning for software debugging and repair
Empirical studies of software debugging and repair methods
Benchmarks and assessment frameworks for debugging and repair
Reports on industrial applications of automatic software debugging and repair
Experience reports and industrial best practices for automated debugging and repair
Integration of software debugging and repair techniques in development and maintenance processes
Human factors in software debugging and repair
Pedagogical models for effectively teaching software debugging and repair
Social aspects of software debugging and repair

Submission Information

All submitted papers should follow the guidelines for publishing in the Journal of Systems and Software and be prepared according to the Guide for Authors Please select "VSI:Program Debug and Repair" to indicate that you are submitting to the special issue.

Papers already presented at a conference should contain at least 30% new technical contributions. Authors are requested to attach a summary explaining the improvements and extensions made in the journal version.

Submissions will be reviewed by at least three experts in the field. The guest editors in consultation with the Editor-in-Chief and the Special Issues Editor will make final decisions.

Guest Editors

Bo Jiang, Beihang University, China (
Wolfgang Mayer, University of South Australia, Australia (

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