The Journal of Systems and Software publishes papers covering all aspects of software engineering and related hardware-software-systems issues. All articles should include a validation of the idea presented, e.g. through case studies, experiments, or systematic comparisons with other approaches already in practice. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

• Methods and tools for, and empirical studies on, software requirements, design, architecture, verification and validation, maintenance and evolution
• Agile, model-driven, service-oriented, open source and global software development
• Approaches for mobile, multiprocessing, real-time, distributed, cloud-based, dependable and virtualized systems
• Human factors and management concerns of software development
• Data management and big data issues of software systems
• Metrics and evaluation, data mining of software development resources
• Business and economic aspects of software development processes

The journal welcomes state-of-the-art surveys and reports of practical experience for all of these topics.

Controversy corner
The goal of the Controversy corner is both to present information and to stimulate thought and discussion. Topics chosen for this coverage are not just traditional formal discussions of research work; they also contain ideas at the fringes of the field's "conventional wisdom".Articles in this category will succeed only to the extent that they stimulate not just thought, but action.

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.

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

Editorial board


  • P. Avgeriou
    Johann Bernoulli Institute of Mathematics & Computer Science, University of Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands
  • D. Shepherd
    Software Engineering Research Group, ABB Corporate Research, Raleigh, USA

Emeritus Editor-in-Chief

  • H. van Vliet
    Dept. of Computer Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Special Issues Editor

  • W.K. Chan
    City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Senior Associate Editors

  • D-H. Bae
    School of Computing, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, The Republic of Korea
  • G. Bavota
    Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI), Lugano, Switzerland
  • A. Bertolino
    Ist. di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione (ISTI), National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Pisa, Italy
  • C. Bird
    Research in Software Engineering RiSE group, Microsoft Research, Washington, USA
  • I. Crnkovic
    Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, GÖTEBORG, Sweden
  • D. Damian
    Dept. of Computer Science, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • J.C. Dueñas
    Dept. of Telematic Systems Engineering - DIT, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Madrid, Spain
  • N.A. Ernst
    Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  • H.D. Karatza
    Dept. of Informatics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • P. Lago
    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • W.E. Wong
    Department of Computer Science, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas, USA

Publicity Chair

  • P. Leitner
    Chalmers, Göteborgs Universitet, Göteborg, Sweden

Associate Editors

  • B. Adams
    Polytechnique Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • E. Almeida
    Instituto de Matemática, Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA), Salvador - Bahia, Brazil
  • E. Barr
    University College London (UCL), London, England, UK
  • S. Beecham
    Lero - the Irish Software Research Centre, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
  • K. Blincoe
    Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
  • A. Chatzigeorgiou
    Department of Applied Informatics, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • R. Hoda
    Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
  • S. Mcintosh
    McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • L.L. Minku
    Department of Informatics, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
  • M. Nagappan
    School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • M. Pinzger
    Software Engineering Research Group, Universität Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt, Austria
  • R. Robbes
    Universidad de Chile, Santiago de Chile, Chile
  • J. Rubin
    Fac. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, British Columbia, Canada
  • B. Turhan
    Brunel University London, London, UK
  • A Zaidman
    Fac. of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands
  • A. Zisman
    Centre for Research in Computing, The Open University, Milton Keynes, England, UK

Editorial Board

  • L. Abeni
  • J. Bosch
    Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden
  • M. Bruntink
    Software Improvement Group, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Y. Cai
    Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing, China
  • Y.F. Cai
    Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  • M. Cataldo
    Robert Bosch Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  • S. Cha
    Korea University, Seoul, The Republic of Korea
  • V. Chandrasekhar
    Egnyte Inc., Mountain View, California, USA
  • Y. Chen
    Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA
  • F. Chicano
    Universidad de Málaga, Malaga, Spain
  • F. Cuadrado
    Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL), London, England, UK
  • M. Daneva
  • C. Ebert
    Vector Consulting Services, Stuttgart, Germany
  • X. Franch
    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain
  • A. Garcia
    Pontificia Universidade Catolica (PUC), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • I. Gorton
    Northeastern University Seattle, Seatlle, Washington, USA
  • L. Guan
    Loughborough University, Loughborough, England, UK
  • M. Harman
    University College London (UCL), London, England, UK
  • M. Jørgensen
    Simula Research Laboratory, Lysaker, Norway
  • J.-M. Jézéquel
    Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA), Rennes Cedex, France
  • L. Jian
    Nanjing University, Nanjing, China
  • M. Kalinowski
    Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • H. Koziolek
    ABB Corporate Research, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • N. Kraft
    ABB Corporate Research, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • P.B. Kruchten
    University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • W. Maalej
    Universität Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
  • N. Medvidovic
    University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • H. Mei
    Peking University, Beijing, China
  • T. Menzies
    North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • R. Mirandola
    Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy
  • TV Nguyen
    University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
  • A. Serebrenik
    Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • H. Sharp
    The Open University, Milton Keynes, England, UK
  • I. Stamelos
    Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Ö. Ulusoy
    Bilkent University, Bilkent, Ankara, Turkey
  • J. Wang
    National Laboratory for Parallel and Distributed Processing, China
  • D. Weyns
    KU Leuven, Belgium and Linnaeus University Sweden, Belgium
  • U. Zdun
  • T. Zimmermann
    Microsoft Research, Redmond, Washington, USA