Software and Systems Reuse in the Big Data Era

in Special Issue   Posted on June 15, 2019 

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Submission Deadline: Thu 24 Oct 2019
Journal Impact Factor : 2.450
Journal Name : Journal of Systems and Software
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Special Issue Call for Papers:

Software reuse is an established key-solution for increasing software development productivity and decreasing the number of software defects. In light of the large data footprint that is produced along software development and evolution, in terms of both process (e.g., feature requests, issue tracking, emails, developers’ communication, etc.) and product data (e.g., commits, source code elements, design artifacts, quality metrics, etc.), we identify an opportunity to revisit or reintroduce reuse-related practices, methods, tools, and empirical evidence facilitating the aforementioned big data sources. Driven by this opportunity, the theme of the 18th International Conference on Software and System Reuse, ICSR 2019 conference is: “Software and Systems Reuse in the Big Data Era”.

In the special issue on Software and Systems Reuse in the Big Data Era, we invite submissions on new and innovative research results and industrial experience papers in the area of software and systems reuse. Submissions could deal with all aspects of software and systems reuse, including, but not limited to, the following topics of interest:

  • Approaches facilitating reuse in industry
  • Technical debt and reuse
  • Economic models and metrics to quantify reuse costs and benefits, including risk analysis
  • Human, social, and legal aspects and distribution issues of reusable software
  • Domain analysis, context analysis, and architecture-centric reuse
  • Component-based reuse techniques
  • Generative, systematic, and opportunistic reuse
  • Reverse engineering of potentially reusable components
  • Reusability models and metrics
  • Evolution and maintenance of reusable assets
  • Dynamic aspects of reuse (e.g., post-deployment time)
  • Software documentation and reuse of development knowledge (e.g., API knowledge)
  • Traceability of software artifacts and coarse-grained software reuse
  • Retrieval of reusable artifacts and knowledge in large-scale software repositories (e.g., open-source and industrial code bases)
  • Reuse in software ecosystems, model-driven engineering, multi-discipline teams, open-source systems, agile projects, and safety-critical and mission-critical systems
  • Reuse in emerging practices, e.g., cloud computing, big data applications, IoT, cyber-physical systems, socio-technical systems, smart contracts, block chains, etc.
  • Data collection, analysis, and visualization for software reuse
  • Code generation and recommendation of reusable artifacts (e.g., sample code, APIs)


24 October 2019: Full paper submission deadline
24 January 2020: Initial Notification
24 April 2020: Final Notification


Paris Avgeriou and David Shepherd


W.K. Chan


Apostolos Ampatzoglou, University of Macedonia, Greece
Xin Peng, Fudan University, China


All submitted papers should adhere to the general principles of the Journal of Systems and Software articles. Submissions have to be prepared according to the Guide for Authors in Authors should select “VSI: ICSR 2019”, from the \”Choose Article Type\” pull-down menu during the submission process. 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. Please note that a number of papers from ICSR 2019 will be exclusively invited for this special issue.


The guest editors together with the Editors-in-Chief and the Special Issues Editor will make final decisions.

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