Software Health can vary depending on the viewpoint of the involved stakeholders: process factors, technical factors concerning the source code and related software artefacts, social factors concerning the communities of software contributors and users, and business factors concerning commercial aspects of the software product. Software health encompasses many development and evolution attributes, including success, longevity, growth, resilience, survival, diversity, and sustainability. As can be witnessed by recent initiatives such as the Linux Foundation’s CHAOSS project on community health analytics, and the SECO-ASSIST research project realized the need for a socio-technical perspective concerning software health. Such a perspective is challenging, due to the volatile storage of information regarding social relations, conflicts and interactions. There is a need to find better methods, techniques and tools to monitor software health, as well as to predict and take corrective measures when health implications arise. These issues are even more pronounced on software ecosystems. Indeed, due to their socio-technical dimension, measuring their health, identifying the issues, and fixing them is particularly challenging. Indeed, health indicators and their operationalization at project-level should be aggregated to ecosystem level.
As such, the special issue invites submissions on new and innovative research results and industrial experience papers in the area of software health for software ecosystems. We especially encourage submission of extended papers from the 3rd International Workshop on Software Health (SoHeal 2020). Submissions could deal with all aspects of the problem, including, but not limited to, the following topics of interest:
technical health issues (e.g., library updates, breaking changes, vulnerabilities);
social health aspects (e.g., sustainability, onboarding, collaboration, coordination);
empirical qualitative and/or quantitative studies on software health;
theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches to measure, assess, and monitor software health at the individual, team, organisational, or community level of granularity;
prediction and/or recommendation models to forecast software ecosystems issues or improve their health;
dashboards and tools to analyse and visualise health-related factors;
evolution of software ecosystems and their health;
experiences with developing and/or relying on software ecosystems in industry, open-source or the public sector
studies concerning the legal, process, or business aspects.
Submission Deadline: 30th September 2020.
Initial Author Notification: 18th January 2021.
Initial Author Revision Due: 19th April 2021.
Final Author Notification 19th July 2021.
Final Manuscript Submission: 2nd August 2021.
All submitted papers will undergo a rigorous peer-review process and should adhere to the general principles of the Science of Computer Programming articles. The submission system will be open around one week before the first paper comes in. When submitting your manuscript please select the article type “VSI: SoHeal20”. Please submit your manuscript before the submission deadline.
All submissions deemed suitable to be sent for peer review will be reviewed by at least two independent reviewers. Once your manuscript is accepted, it will go into production, and will be simultaneously published in the current regular issue and pulled into the online Special Issue. Articles from this Special Issue will appear in different regular issues of the journal, though they will be clearly marked and branded as Special Issue articles.
Submissions have to be prepared according to the Guide for Authors in http://ees.elsevier.com/scico. Submitted papers must be original, must not have been previously published or be under consideration for publication elsewhere. In case a paper has been already presented at a conference, it should be extended by at least 30% new material, before submitted for this special issue. Authors must provide any previously published material relevant to their submission and describe the additions made.
Editors in Chief.
M.R. Mousavi A. De Lucia
Dario Di Nucci, Tilburg University / JADS (The Netherlands), firstname.lastname@example.org (corresponding editor)
Eleni Constantinou, Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands), email@example.com
Raula Gaikovina Kula, Nara Institute of Science and Technology (Japan), firstname.lastname@example.org Henrique Rocha, University of Antwerp (Belgium), email@example.com
The guest editors together with the Editors-in-Chief will make the final decisions.