[ecoop-info] Call for papers: 30th ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on Software Testing and Analysis (ISSTA'21)

Lisa Nguyen Quang Do nqd.lisa at gmail.com
Thu Jan 14 10:41:19 CET 2021


                The 30th Edition of ISSTA

                     Call for Papers

                  12th-16th July 2021

                    Aarhus, Denmark


               Co-located with ECOOP 2021


The ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on Software Testing and Analysis

(ISSTA) is the leading research symposium on software testing and analysis,

bringing together academics, industrial researchers, and practitioners to

new ideas, problems, and experience on how to analyze and test software

ISSTA 2021 will be held in Aarhus, Denmark, on July 12-16, 2021, co-located

ECOOP 2021 [1].

2021 will mark the 30th edition of ISSTA.

Technical Papers


Authors are invited to submit research papers describing original

in testing or analysis of computer software. Papers describing original

theoretical or empirical research, new techniques, methods for emerging

in-depth case studies, infrastructures of testing and analysis, or tools


Experience Papers


Authors are invited to submit experience papers describing a significant

experience in applying software testing and analysis methods or tools and

carefully identify and discuss important lessons learned so that other

researchers and/or practitioners can benefit from the experience. Of

interest are experience papers that report on industrial applications of

testing and analysis methods or tools.

Reproducibility Studies


ISSTA would like to encourage researchers to reproduce results from

papers. A reproducibility study must go beyond simply re-implementing an

algorithm and/or re-running the artifacts provided by the original paper.

should at the very least apply the approach to new, significantly broadened

inputs. Particularly, reproducibility studies are encouraged to target

that previously were evaluated only on proprietary subject programs or
inputs. A

reproducibility study should clearly report on results that the authors
were able

to reproduce as well as on aspects of the work that were irreproducible. In

latter case, authors are encouraged to make an effort to communicate or

collaborate with the original paper’s authors to determine the cause for

observed discrepancies and, if possible, address them (e.g., through minor

implementation changes). We explicitly encourage authors to not focus on a

paper/artifact only, but instead to perform a comparative experiment of

related approaches. In particular, reproducibility studies should follow
the ACM

guidelines on reproducibility (different team, different experimental
setup): The

measurement can be obtained with stated precision by a different team, a

different measuring system, in a different location on multiple trials. For

computational experiments, this means that an independent group can obtain

same result using artifacts which they develop completely independently.

means that it is also insufficient to focus on repeatability (i.e., same

experiment) alone. Reproducibility Studies will be evaluated according to

following standards:


   Depth and breadth of experiments

   Clarity of writing

   Appropriateness of conclusions

   Amount of useful, actionable insights

   Availability of artifacts

We expect reproducibility studies to clearly point out the artifacts the
study is

built on, and to submit those artifacts to artifact evaluation (see below).

Artifacts evaluated positively will be eligible to obtain the highly

badges Results Replicated or Results Reproduced.

Submissions Guideline


Submissions must be original and should not have been published previously
or be

under consideration for publication while being evaluated for this

Authors are required to adhere to the ACM Policy and Procedures on
Plagiarism and

the ACM Policy on Prior Publication and Simultaneous Submissions. More

are available at the Submission Policies page. Research and Experience
Papers as

well as Reproducibility Studies should be at most 10 pages in length, with

most 2 additional pages for references. Experience papers and

studies should clearly specify their category in the paper title upon

e.g., “XXX (Experience Paper)”. All authors should use the official “ACM

article template”, which can be obtained from the ACM Proceedings Template

[2]. Latex users should use the “sigconf” option, as well as the “review”

produce line numbers for easy reference by the reviewers) and “anonymous”

(omitting author names) options. To that end, the following latex code can

placed at the start of the latex document:

\documentclass[sigconf,review, anonymous]{acmart}

\acmConference[ISSTA 2021]{ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on Software
Testing and Analysis}{12-16 July, 2021}{ Aarhus, Denmark}

Submit your papers via the HotCRP ISSTA 2021 submission website [3].

Double-blind Reviewing


ISSTA 2021 will conduct double-blind reviewing. Submissions should not
reveal the

identity of the authors in any way. Authors should leave out author names

affiliations from the body of their submission. They should also ensure
that any

citations to related work by themselves are written in third person, that

“the prior work of XYZ” as opposed to “our prior work”.

Double-blind reviewing should not hinder the usual communication of
results. But,

during the review period, please don’t broadcast the work on social media.

to the extent to which this is possible, please avoid publishing the
preprint of your work (e.g., on arXiv or on your website) until it is
accepted for

publication. In exceptional cases this might be required, but then please

spreading the paper more actively.

Authors with further questions on double-blind reviewing are encouraged to

contact the Program Chair by email.

Supplementary Material


Authors are free to provide supplementary material if that material
supports the

claims in the paper. Such material may include proofs, experimental

and/or data sets. This material should be uploaded at the same time as the

submission. Any supplementary material must also be anonymized. Reviewers
are not

required to examine the supplementary material but may refer to it if they

like to find further evidence supporting the claims in the paper.

Reviews and Responses


Each paper will receive three reviews, followed by an author response.
After the

response, some papers might receive additional reviews where necessary, to

authors can respond in a second author-response phase.

Important Dates


- Paper submission: 29 January 2021 (Fri)

- Author response: 24-27 March 2021 (Wed–Sat)

- Additional response: 08-09 April 2021 (Thu-Fri)

- Author notification: 19 April 2021 (Mon)

More Information


For additional information, please visit the ISSTA’21 website [4].

[1] https://conf.researchr.org/home/ecoop-2021

[2] https://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template

[3] https://issta2021.hotcrp.com/

[4] https://conf.researchr.org/home/issta-2021

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