Research Track - Call for Papers

Important Dates

**All submission dates are at 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth, UTC-12)**

Goal and Scope

IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution (ICSME) is the premier forum for researchers and practitioners to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, experiences, and challenges in software maintenance and evolution. We invite high quality submissions describing significant, original, and unpublished results related to but not limited to any of the following software maintenance and evolution topics (in alphabetical order):
Change and defect managementProductivity of software engineers
Code cloning and provenanceRelease engineering
Concept and feature locationReverse engineering and re-engineering
Continuous integration/deploymentRun-time evolution and dynamic configuration
Empirical studies of software maintenance and evolutionService oriented and cloud computing
Evolution of non-code artefactsSoftware and system comprehension
Human aspects of software maintenance and evolutionSoftware migration and renovation
Maintenance and evolution of model-based methodsSoftware quality assurance
Maintenance and evolution processesSoftware refactoring and restructuring
Maintenance and evolution of mobile appsSoftware testing theory and practice
Mining software repositoriesSource code analysis and manipulation
ICSME welcomes innovative ideas that are timely, well presented and evaluated. All submissions must position themselves within the existing literature, describe the relevance of the results to specific software engineering goals, and include a clear motivation and presentation of the work. To establish a consistent set of expectations in the review process, the authors are asked, as part of the online submission process, to identify their papers with one or more of the following categories:
All papers should be full papers, and papers may belong to more than one category.


All submissions that meet the submission criteria (see below) and fit the scope of the conference will be reviewed by three members of the program committee. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of soundness, importance of contribution, originality, quality of presentation, appropriate comparison to related work, and convincing evaluation of the proposed approach. Submissions that are not in compliance with the required submission format or that are out of the scope of the conference will be rejected without being reviewed. Submitted papers must comply with IEEE plagiarism policy and procedures. Papers submitted to ICSME 2019 must not have been published elsewhere and must not be under review or submitted for review elsewhere while under consideration for ICSME 2019. Submitting the same paper to different tracks of ICSME 2019 are also not allowed.

Publication and Presentation

Accepted papers will be published in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. Please review the ICSME 2019 Publication Requirements for more details. Presentation details will follow notifications of acceptance.

How to Submit

Similar to ICSME 2018, we are following a double-blind reviewing process. Submitted papers must adhere to the following rules:
Please see the Double-Blind Reviewing FAQ for more information and guidance.
Submissions must be formatted according to the ICSME 2019 Formatting Instructions. Papers must not exceed 10 pages (including figures and appendices) plus up to 2 pages that contain ONLY references. All submissions must be in PDF and must be submitted online by the deadline via the ICSME 2019 EasyChair conference management system. Any relevant supplemental material should also be anonymized and submitted by the same deadline through EasyChair. All authors, reviewers, and organizers are expected to uphold the IEEE Code of Conduct.
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 the addition of about 30% new material.
For any questions, please contact the program chairs.

Track Chairs