Since software architecture was established as a systematic discipline in the mid 1990\’s, it has been subject of increasing interest in software engineering research and practice. Three classic reasons why architecture is important to software systems are: (1) architecture provides a basis for creating mutual understanding about the software system; (2) architecture design decisions have the most significant influence on system qualities; and (3) architecture provides a reusable abstraction of a system that is transferable to other systems with similar requirements promoting large-scale reuse. In the last decade, the awareness has grown that the decision making process is central to architectural design, as manifested in the notions of rational and architecture knowledge.
Despite the important developments and substantial progress in the field of software architecture, much remains to be done to achieve the vision of software architecture as an engineering discipline. Moreover, new developments such as cloud computing, mobile computing, virtualization, big data, ultra-large scale systems and systems-of-systems require new architectural solutions and raise new research challenges for the field.
We invite to this special issue high-quality contributions with innovative and significant findings and experiences in the field of software architecture. We accept as submissions original and previously unpublished papers as well as extended versions of papers presented at the 11th European Conference on Software Architecture (ECSA 2017).
OBJECTIVES AND TOPICS
The aim of this special issue is to document new contributions to software architecture research. We seek high-quality and original contributions on principles, methods, foundations, techniques and tools as well as empirical studies, systematic literature reviews and mapping studies in the software architecture field.
All submissions should be supported by appropriate arguments and validation through case studies, experiments, or systematic comparisons with other approaches already in practice. Topics of interest include, but are not limited, to:
Foundational principles of software architecture
New developments in architectural design, analysis and evaluation
Management of architectural knowledge, decisions, and rationale
Innovative architecture-centric process models and frameworks
Architecture-centric model driven engineering
Architectures for reconfigurable and self-adaptive systems
Architectures for ultra-large scale, long-lived systems and systems-of-systems
Software architecture and the cloud
Software architecture and virtualization
Software architecture and big data
Architectures for cyber-physical systems
Architectural concerns of autonomic systems
Software architecture and system architecture, including software-defined networking
Software tools and environments for architecture-centric software engineering
Industrial applications, case studies, best practices and experience reports
Empirical studies, systematic literature reviews and mapping studies in software architecture.
Paper submissions: March 31, 2018
Notification: October 15, 2018
P. Avgeriou and D. Shepherd
SPECIAL ISSUES EDITOR
All submitted papers should follow the guidelines for publishing in the Journal of Systems and Software and be prepared according to the Guide for Authors http://ees.elsevier.com/jss. When submitting papers via the on-line submission system, the authors should choose an article type from the pull-down menu. Please select SI:ECSA that indicates that you are submitting to the special issue.
Papers should be between 15 to 20 pages in the final publication format and 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 technical contributions, before submitted for this special issue.
Submissions will be reviewed by at least three experts in the field. Primary evaluation criteria are: high-quality of the submission, innovative aspects to the domain of software architecture, practical application of the proposed idea, and thorough evaluation. The guest editors in consultation with the Editor-in-Chief and the Special Issues Editor will make final decisions.
If you have any questions concerning the topics and scope of this special issue please do not hesitate to contact the guest-editors: ecsaSI@listas.di.ciencias.ulisboa.pt