[ecoop-info] [Information] CFP - Journal Special Issue “Scientific Approaches to Requirements Engineering: Research, Applications, Education and Future Directions

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Mon May 17 11:35:12 CEST 2021

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Dear Colleague,

As Guest Editors, we cordially invite you to submit a manuscript for 
consideration and possible publication in a Special Issue "Scientific 
Approaches to Requirements Engineering: Research, Applications, 
Education and Future Directions" to be published in the journal 
Information (http://www.mdpi.com/journal/information/, ISSN 2078-2489, 
Scopus citescore index 2019 = 2.4).

The manuscript submission deadline is 15 July 2021.

Software engineering offers theories, methods, and tools supporting the 
development of digital systems. Requirements engineering is a central 
discipline of software engineering, involved in eliciting and analysing 
the stakeholders' needs and specifying and managing the functional and 
non-functional properties of a system under development. These 
properties are the glue between the users, the conceptual design of the 
system, and its implementation. As such, they support the development of 
software systems that are useful, usable, and enjoyable to use. A 
scientific approach to the requirements engineering activities is 
critical to evaluate their foundations and effectiveness.

As the software engineering field evolves rapidly, new aspects have to 
be considered. Agile and DevOps teams have been defining novel 
approaches to requirements engineering to handle evolution and time to 
market. Advances in artificial intelligence, and most specifically 
machine learning, introduce new challenges and opportunities. Systems of 
the future will have to cope with the complexity of new ethical and 
societal concerns (e.g., sustainability, human values, and gender 
issues) and with their evolution and impact on the society and ecosystem 
where they are deployed.

The requirements engineering community must adapt its current practice 
to leverage and adequately evaluate the foundations and effectiveness of 
these new approaches to requirements engineering.

This Special Issue aims at covering a wide variety of approaches to 
requirements engineering from a scientific perspective. It is intended 
to compile and disseminate original results from research, industry and 
academia, while also defining future directions as foreseen by the 
contributors. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the 

  * Software requirements methods
  * Software requirements application in industry
  * Software requirements tools
  * Software requirements education
  * Functional and non-functional requirements
  * Model driven requirements engineering
  * Formal methods for the early software development stages
  * Requirements engineering for artificial intelligence
  * User-centered software development
  * Requirements engineering for sustainability
  * Ethical and societal concerns (e.g., sustainability, human values)
    in software requirements
  * Requirements in Agile development
  * Requirements in DevOps processes

The main manuscript types accepted for submission are as follows:

  * Article (from 10 to 25 pages including references) presenting an
    original research that should include scientifically sound
    experiments and provide a substantial amount of new information.

  * Short Communication (6 pages + 1 page maximum of references) of
    preliminary, but significant, results with potential impact on the
    targeted domain(s).

  * Review (min 10 pages - max 25 pages + references) providing either a
    concise and precise update on the latest progress made in a given
    area of research, or a systematic review on a specific topic.
    Systematic reviews should follow the PRISMA guidelines

For more details please visit the Special Issue website:

Guest Editors
Dr. Nicolas Guelfi (University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg)
Dr. Ana Moreira (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal)
Dr. Cécile Péraire (Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley Campus, USA)

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