The Journal of Systems and Software publishes papers covering all aspects of software engineering and related hardware-software-systems issues. 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 mobile, multiprocessing, real-time, distributed, cloud-based, dependable 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) experience reports, showing what actually happens in practice (contrasted to theory), illustrating the challenges (and pain) that practitioners face, detailing how research results fair in realistic settings, and presenting lessons learned; (2) problem descriptions with significant details on the context, underlying causes and explicit symptoms of the problem, the technical and organizational impact of the problem, as well as relevant research questions for researchers to investigate, and finally (3) tool-focused papers discussing the usability, scalability, engineering, and other challenges faced when implementing a research concept. Submissions to this track should include at least one co-author from industry and be within scope of the journal's above topics of interest. In addition, submissions will be evaluated through industry-appropriate criteria for their merit in reporting useful industrial experience; not 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.

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
  • E. Barr
    University College London (UCL), London, England, UK
  • 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
  • I. Crnkovic
    Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Goteborg, 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
    Dept. of Computer Science, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • H.D. Karatza
    Dept. of Informatics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • P. Lago
    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • B. Turhan
    Monash University, Victoria, Australia
  • W.E. Wong
    Department of Computer Science, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas, USA

Publicity Chair

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

Journal-First Chair

  • X. Franch
    Dept. of Service and Information System Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain

Editorial Advisor

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

Associate Editors

  • B. Adams
    Polytechnique Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • E. Almeida
    Instituto de Matemática, Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA), Salvador - Bahia, Brazil
  • 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 Lecturer
    Sch. of Computer Science, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, 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
  • 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
    Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy
  • J. Bosch
    Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden
  • A. Bosu
    Wayne State University (WSU), Detroit, Michigan, USA
  • 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, London, UK
  • K. Damevski
    Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Richmond, Virginia, USA
  • M. Daneva
    University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands
  • S. Dash
    University College London (UCL), London, UK
  • C. Ebert
    Vector Consulting Services, Stuttgart, Germany
  • A.R. Fasolino
    University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy
  • 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
    Facebook, London, UK
  • J.-M. Jézéquel
    Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA), Rennes Cedex, France
  • 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
  • K. Kritikos
    Foundation for Research & Technology - FORTH, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
  • P.B. Kruchten
    University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • X. Liu PhD
    Deakin University, Burwood, Victoria, Australia
  • J. Lu
    Nanjing University, Nanjing, China
  • H. Mei
    Peking University, Beijing, China
  • T. Menzies
    North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • M. Mirakhorli
    Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, USA
  • R. Mirandola
    Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy
  • TV Nguyen
    University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
  • F. Palomba
    Universität Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
  • 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
    University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  • H. Zhang
    The University of Newcastle, Australia
  • T. Zimmermann
    Microsoft Research, Redmond, Washington, USA