For JSS's full CfP including information on Special Issues, Industry, Trends, and Journal First tracks please continue to read for further details.

The Journal of Systems and Software publishes papers covering all aspects of software engineering. All articles should provide evidence to support their claims, e.g. through empirical studies, simulation, formal proofs or other types of validation. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Methods and tools for software requirements, design, architecture, verification and validation, testing, maintenance and evolution
  • Agile, model-driven, service-oriented, open source and global software development
  • Approaches for cloud/fog/edge computing and virtualized systems
  • Human factors and management concerns of software development
  • Artificial Intelligence, data analytics and big data applied in software engineering
  • Metrics and evaluation of software development resources
  • DevOps, continuous integration, build and test automation
  • Business and economic aspects of software development processes
  • Software Engineering education

The journal welcomes reports of practical experience for all of these topics, as well as replication studies and studies with negative results. The journal appreciates the submission of systematic literature reviews, mapping studies and meta-analyses. However, these should report interesting and important results, rather than merely providing statistics on publication year, venue etc.

In addition to regular papers, JSS features two special tracks (In Practice, New Ideas and Trends Papers), as well as special issues."

In Practice is exclusively focused on work that increases knowledge transfer from industry to research. It accepts: (1) Applied Research Reports were we invite submissions that report results (positive or negative) concerning the experience of applying/evaluating systems and software technologies (methods, techniques and tools) in real industrial settings. These comprise empirical studies conducted in industry (e.g., action research, case studies) or experience reports that may help understanding situations in which technologies really work and their impact. Submissions should include information on the industrial setting, provide motivation, explain the events leading to the outcomes, including the challenges faced, summarize the outcomes, and conclude with lessons learned, take-away messages, and practical advice based on the described experience. At least one contributing author must be from industry. (2) Practitioner Insights were we invite experience reports showing what actually happens in practical settings, illustrating the challenges (and pain) that practitioners face, and presenting lessons learned. Problem descriptions with significant details on the context, underlying causes and symptoms, and technical and organizational impact are also welcome. Practitioner insights papers may also comprise invited opinionated views on the evolution of chosen topic areas in practice. Submissions in this category are limited to four pages and the first author must be from industry. Finally, submissions to this track should be within scope of the journal's above topics of interest and they will be evaluated through industry-appropriate criteria for their merit in reporting useful industrial experience rather than in terms of academic novelty of research results.

New Ideas and Trends Papers
New ideas, especially those related to new research trends, emerge quickly. To accommodate timely dissemination thereof, JSS introduces the New Ideas and Trends Paper (NITP). NITPs should focus on the systems/software engineering aspects of new emerging areas, including: the internet of things, big data, cloud computing, software ecosystems, cyber-physical systems, green/sustainable systems, continuous software engineering, crowdsourcing, and the like. We distinguish two types of NITPs:

  • A short paper that discusses a single contribution to a specific new trend or a new idea.
  • A long paper that provides a survey of a specific trend, as well as a (possibly speculative) outline of a solution.

NITPs are not required to be fully validated, but preliminary results that endorse the merit of the proposed ideas are welcomed.

We anticipate revisiting specific new trends periodically, for instance through reflection or progress reports.
New Ideas and Trend Papers warrant speedy publication.

Special Issues proposals
To submit a proposal for a special issue, please contact the Special Issues Editor Prof. W.K. Chan

Journal First Initiative
Authors of JSS accepted papers have the opportunity to present their work in those conferences that offer a Journal First track. Using this track, researchers may take the best from two worlds: ensuring high quality in the JSS publication (thorough, multi-phase review process of a long manuscript), while getting feedback from a community of experts and fostering possible collaborations during a scientific event.

Details may vary from conference to conference, but generally speaking, JSS papers to be presented in a Journal First track must report completely new research results or present novel contributions that significantly extend previous work. The ultimate decision to include a paper in the conference program is up to the conference chairs, not JSS. A JSS paper may be presented only once through a Journal First track.

As of today, the list of conferences with which JSS is collaborating, or has collaborated, through a Journal First track, is: ASE, ICSME, SANER, RE, ESEM, PROFES, and APSEC.

Editorial board


  • P. Avgeriou
    University of Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands
  • D. Shepherd
    Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, United States

Emeritus Editor-in-Chief

  • H. van Vliet
    Free University of Amsterdam Department of Computer Science, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Special Issues Editor

  • W.K. Chan
    City University of Hong Kong Department of Computer Science, Kowloon, Hong Kong
  • R. Mirandola
    Polytechnic of Milan, Milano, Italy

In Practice Editors

  • Marcos Kalinowski
    Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  • Daniel Méndez
    Blekinge Institute of Technology Department of Software Engineering, Karlskrona, Sweden

Senior Associate Editors

  • D-H. Bae
    Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology School of Computing, Daejeon, Korea, Republic of
  • E. Barr
    University College London, London, United Kingdom
  • G. Bavota
    University of Italian Switzerland, Lugano, Switzerland
  • A. Bertolino
    Alessandro Faedo Institute of Science and Technology National Research Council, Pisa, Italy
  • A. Chatzigeorgiou
    University of Macedonia Department of Applied Informatics, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • D. Damian
    University of Victoria Department of Computer Science, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • J.C. Dueñas
    Polytechnic University of Madrid Telematic Systems Engineering Department, Madrid, Spain
  • N.A. Ernst
    University of Victoria Department of Computer Science, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • P. Lago
    VU Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • S. Mcintosh
    McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • B. Turhan PhD
    Monash University Faculty of Information Technology, Clayton, Australia
  • W.E. Wong
    The University of Texas at Dallas Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, Richardson, Texas, United States

Publicity Chair

  • P. Leitner
    University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden

Open Science Editor

  • M. Galster
    University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Journal-First Chair

  • X. Franch
    Polytechnic University of Catalonia Department of Service and Information System Engineering, Barcelona, Spain

Editorial Advisor

  • D. Spinellis
    Athens University of Economics and Business Department of Management Science and Technology, Athens, Greece

Associate Editors

  • B. Adams
    Montreal Polytechnic, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • E. Almeida
    Federal University of Bahia Institute of Mathematics, SALVADOR, Brazil
  • S. Beecham
    Lero - the Irish Software Research Centre, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
  • K. Blincoe
    The University of Auckland Department of Electrical Computer and Software Engineering, Auckland, New Zealand
  • A. Filieri
    Imperial College London Department of Computing, London, United Kingdom
  • R. Hoda
    The University of Auckland Department of Electrical Computer and Software Engineering, Auckland, New Zealand
  • H. Koziolek
    ABB Corporate Research United States Raleigh NC, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
  • L.L. Minku
    University of Birmingham School of Computer Science, Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • M. Nagappan
    University of Waterloo David R Cheriton School of Computer Science, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • F. Palomba
    University of Salerno Department of Informatics, Fisciano, Italy
  • M. Pinzger
    Universität Klagenfurt, Software Engineering Research Group, Klagenfurt, Austria
  • A. Serebrenik
    University of Technology Eindhoven, Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • A Zaidman
    Delft University of Technology Faculty of Electrical Engineering Mathematics and Computer Science, Delft, Netherlands

Editorial Board

  • L. Abeni
    Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy
  • A. Aleti
    Monash University Faculty of Information Technology, Clayton, Australia
  • J. Bosch
    Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • A. Bosu
    Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, United States
  • M. Bruntink
    Software Improvement Group, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Y. Cai
    Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
  • Y.F. Cai
    Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • M. Cataldo
    Robert Bosch LLC Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
  • S. Cha
    Korea University Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Seongbuk-gu, Korea, Republic of
  • V. Chandrasekhar
    Facebook Inc, Menlo Park, California, United States
  • Chen
    Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, United States
  • F. Chicano
    University of Malaga, Malaga, Spain
  • M. Ciolkowski
    QAware GmbH, München, Germany
  • Cito
    Vienna Technical University Institute of Materials Science and Technology, Wien, Austria
  • I. Crnkovic
    Chalmers University of Technology Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Göteborg, Sweden
  • F. Cuadrado
    Queen Mary University of London, London, United Kingdom
  • M. Daneva
    University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands
  • S. Dash
    University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom
  • Y. Dittrich
    IT University of Copenhagen, København, Denmark
  • C. Ebert
    Vector Software GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany
  • A.R. Fasolino
    University of Naples Federico II Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Napoli, Italy
  • A. Garcia
    Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro Department of Information Technology, RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil
  • I. Gorton
    Khoury College of Computer Sciences Seattle, Seattle, Washington, United States
  • L. Guan
    Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom
  • M. Harman
    Facebook London, London, United Kingdom
  • J.-M. Jézéquel
    Institute for Research in Computer Science and Random Systems, Rennes, France
  • H.D. Karatza
    Aristotle University of Thessaloniki School of Informatics, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • K. Kritikos
    Foundation of Research and Technology Hellas, Irakleio, Greece
  • P.B. Kruchten
    The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • M. Linares-Vásquez PhD
    University of the Andes, Bogota, Colombia
  • X. Liu PhD
    Deakin University School of Information Technology - Burwood Campus, Burwood, Australia
  • J. Lu
    Nanjing University, Nanjing, China
  • H. Mei
    Peking University, Beijing, China
  • T. Menzies
    North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
  • M. Mirakhorli
    Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, United States
  • Moran
    George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, United States
  • TV Nguyen
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
  • F. Palomba PhD
    University of Salerno Department of Informatics, Fisciano, Italy
  • C. Roy
    University of Saskatchewan Department of Computer Science, Saskatoon, Canada
  • H. Sharp
    The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • I. Stamelos
    Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • K. J. Stol
    University College Cork and Lero, Cork, Ireland
  • Ö. Ulusoy
    Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
  • J. Wang
    National Laboratory for Parallel and Distributed Processing, China
  • D. Weyns
    KU Leuven Association, Belgium and Linnaeus University Sweden, Belgium
  • U. Zdun
    University of Vienna, Wien, Austria
  • H. Zhang PhD
    The University of Newcastle School of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Australia
  • T. Zimmermann
    Microsoft Research, Redmond, Washington, United States
  • A. Zisman
    The Open University Computing and Communications Department, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom