[ecoop-info] Final CFP: JSS Special Issue - "Software Engineering in Brazil"

Alessandro Garcia afgarcia at inf.puc-rio.br
Fri Dec 30 17:46:10 CET 2011


    Journal of Systems and Software - Special Issue

        "Software Engineering in Brazil:
      Retrospective and Prospective Views"

      URL: http://www.les.inf.puc-rio.br/opus/JSS/


* Important Dates:
     Manuscript Submission Deadline: 20 January 2012
     Notification to Authors: 12 March 2012
     Resubmission due (approx.): 25th April 2012
     Final Manuscript Due to JSS: 21 July 2012
     Expected Publication Date: End of 2012

Guest Editor: Alessandro Garcia, PUC-Rio
Editor-in-Chief: Hans van Vliet, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


Motivation and Goals

The year 2011 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the birth of
the Brazilian Symposium on Software Engineering (SBES). It is also known that
throughout its history, the SBES community played a major role to
the establishment and growth of key Software Engineering areas in the
country, in the Latin America, and world wide. Many lessons were learned,
while new challenges are emerging with Brazil becoming one of the
world's fastest growing major economies. Organizations have
increasingly diversified the software development activities they
undertake in the country. In the last decade, for instance, Brazil has
boosted its production of indigenously-developed software, and Brazilian
software companies are becoming increasingly active on a global scale.
These changes bring a wide range of opportunities and challenges for
Brazilian SE researchers and practitioners, which can be applicable, to
some extent, to other BRIC and developing countries.

In this context, the goal of this special issue is to put together a
collection of papers that present both examples of outstanding research
contributions and well-described views about the past, present and future
of the Brazilian Software Engineering research. In particular, the special
issue will serve as a reference for researchers, practitioners and
educators to understand the most recent innovations, trends, experiences
and concerns involving the Brazilian Software Engineering research and
development. Then, the issue will also address the current “fragmentation” of
the knowledge about the progress of Software Engineering in Brazil.

Scope and Topics Covered

This special issue is intended to revisit the SE challenges and directions
in Brazil. We are soliciting high-quality submissions that describe both
retrospective and prospective views. The submissions could also present
interesting perspectives about the impact of Software Engineering (SE)
in Brazil as well as identify key SE research challenges for the future.
Some examples of topics to be addressed are (but not limited to):

* a broader assessment of the state of the art in Brazilian SE research
and/or development
* a retrospective of 25 years about specific SE research themes in Brazil
* visionary research topics for contemporary SE, e.g. definition of
challenges for the development of next-generation software systems
* a review of the industry-university collaboration in Brazil
* industrial perspectives of SE in Brazil
* a reflective report about the emergence and establishment of SE
undergrad courses in Brazilian universities
* a review of the impact of the SE research in the international landscape
* identification of gaps and directions for the Brazilian SE research in
the future

Submission Procedure

This is an open call for papers. However, authors of papers accepted for
the track "SBES is 25" will be particularly motivated and invited to
submit extended versions of their papers (satisfying the rule of including,
at least, 30% of original material). For these cases, a new review
and selection process will be carried out. This means that papers accepted
for the track might not be accepted for the special issue.

All submissions should follow the guidelines set out by JSS website.
Prospective authors should submit high quality, original
manuscripts that have not appeared, nor are under consideration,
in any other journals. The submission page for this special issue is
located at the journal website: http://ees.elsevier.com/jss/default.asp
To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for
inclusion into the special issue, it is important that you
select "Special issue: Software Eng. in Brazil" when reaching
the "Article Type" step in the submission process. This article
type will be opened to the authors by last week of November 2011

Referring and Selection Process

All papers will undergo an anonymous peer referring process. Each
paper will be evaluated by at least three referees with expertise
and strong background in the areas of the submitted papers. The
referring process will be guided by a comprehensive selection
criteria with which the submitted papers will be judged, including:
(i) relevance to the JSS readership, (ii) originality,
(iii) presentation, (iv) technical soundness, (v) contribution
degree to the state-of-the-art on software engineering, and (vi)
relevance to the special issue theme. Only papers of clear archival
quality will be accepted. The choice of the papers will be also
driven by the desire to cover different areas relevant to this
special issue with the maximum breadth, while maintaining the
utmost quality.

Important Dates

Manuscript Submission Deadline: 20 January 2012
Notification to Authors: 12 March 2012
Resubmission due (approx.): 25th April 2012
Final Manuscript Due to JSS: 21 July 2012
Expected Publication Date: End of 2012


Please address all correspondences regarding this
special issue to the Guest Editor:

Alessandro Garcia - PUC-Rio, Brazil
mailto: afgarcia at inf.puc-rio.br

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