Submissions

Author Kits

Camera-ready versions of accepted papers must be PDF files following the IEEE CS proceedings style. There are two publications, one for the ICSM 2008 conference proceedings, and one for the FoSM 2008 (Frontiers of Software Maintenance) volume.

ICSM 2008 Proceedings

The following author kit was sent to the main contact of each paper for the ICSM 2008 conference proceedings.

Author kit letter (ICSM 2008) kit view it
IEEE CS formatting templates and instructions LaTeX, Word, PDF, PostScript download one
IEEE copyright release form (ICSM 2008) Word, PDF download one

Obtain your unique paper ID from the list of papers to appear. Your camera-ready paper (in an appropriately formatted and named PDF file) must be received at the publisher by June 27. The paper and copyright release form must also be emailed to the proceedings chair by this date.

For invited papers (keynotes, Far East), please check the due date to your track organizer.

FoSM 2008 Volume

The following author kit was sent to the main author of each survey paper for the FoSM 2008 (Frontiers of Software Maintenance) volume.

Author kit letter (FoSM 2008) kit view it
IEEE CS formatting templates and instructions LaTeX, Word, PDF, PostScript download one
IEEE copyright release form (FoSM 2008) Word, PDF download one

Obtain your unique paper ID from the list of papers to appear. Your camera-ready paper (in an appropriately formatted and named PDF file) must be received at the publisher by June 27. The paper and copyright release form must also be emailed to the proceedings chair by this date.

IEEE PDF eXpress

To convert source document files to PDF and/or check PDF files for compatibility with the IEEE Xplore digital library specification, you may optionally use the IEEE PDF eXpress service.

Note that this service does not submit your camera-ready paper to the production editor, Causal Productions. You must still submit your PDF paper to the production editor, using the naming convention described in the author kit previously sent to you. After that, the production editor may still contact you if your paper has the wrong layout, even if you had used the IEEE PDF eXpress service.

To use the service, you must first log in:
IEEE PDF eXpress

If you are a new user, click "New Users" to create a new account. The conference ID to use is: icsm08x. Cookies must be enabled in your web browser.

Once logged into the service, you click "Create New Title" to create an entry for your paper and upload a file to convert or check. Or, you click "Try Again" for a previously created paper entry to upload a revised file to re-convert or re-check. For each paper entry, you can convert up to 10 source files and check up to 3 PDF files.

If you have questions, please consult the IEEE PDF eXpress FAQ.

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Call for Papers

The initial paper submission and review stage is over for all tracks. For reference, here was the textual call-for-papers announcement for mailing lists: CFP.


STEP Workshops and Panels

We invite proposals for workshops and panels on any topic related to software maintenance. Workshop and panel sessions are to be designed around a specific theme and be interactive and discussion oriented.

Page limit: 2.

Electronic submission is now closed.

Workshops provide a forum for groups of typically 20 to 40 participants to exchange opinions, advance ideas, and discuss preliminary results on focused research topics or applications. Workshops may be up to a half or full day long, generally before the main conference program. Panels provide an opportunity to address controversies through lively and informed debate. Panel topics may include pressing issues in software maintenance, emerging industrial trends, and professional, organizational, and social issues associated with software maintenance. Panel sessions last about 90 minutes, and can be organized in many formats.

The submitted workshop or panel proposal should describe the topic, the issues to be discussed, the relevance to software maintenance, the requested duration, how the workshop or panel will be conducted, why the proposed format is suitable, preliminary activities, tangible outcomes, potential speakers and participants, and the background of the organizer(s).

Accepted proposals will appear in the ICSM proceedings. The author(s) of an accepted proposal must register for the conference to conduct the workshop or panel session.

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Doctoral Symposium

We welcome submissions from young researchers who are currently working on or who have delivered their Ph.D. dissertation in the software maintenance and evolution area within the last two years.

Page limit: 4.

Electronic submission is now closed.

The doctoral symposium offers an opportunity to present research problems, solution directions, preliminary results, and research plans toward the completion of Ph.D. studies. Participants will be able to discuss their work with fellow students, as well as with active and established researchers in related areas.

The submitted research summary should describe the technical problem, explain its importance and relevance, state the research question or hypothesis, outline the proposed solution and methods used, discuss the expected contributions and plan for validating the work, and present the results so far with evidence of validity. The advisor must also send a letter that permits and supports the submission.

Accepted summaries will appear in the ICSM proceedings. The author of an accepted summary must register for the conference to present the work in the doctoral symposium.

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Industry Track

This track invites proposals for presentations of industrial applications and practices. These proposals can include state-of-the-art descriptions, state-of-the-practice reports, and survey papers from real-world projects and industrial experiences.

Page limit: 4.

Electronic submission is now closed.

The industry track offers a forum to discuss results (both good and bad), challenges, and lessons learned in applying software maintenance in the "real world". Experiences from practitioners provide valuable insight for future research directions and allow others to learn from successes and failures.

The submitted industrial paper should describe the business or technical problem, the approach used, the current state of the project, an evaluation of the benefits, lessons learned, and planned developments, with references. Experience reports and case studies of maintenance practices and projects in industrial settings are welcome.

Accepted papers will appear in the ICSM proceedings. At least one author of an accepted paper must register for the conference to present the work in the industry track.

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Education Track

This track welcomes proposals for presentations covering all aspects of education and training within the software maintenance field. These proposals can include reports on recent educational trends and innovative teaching techniques.

Page limit: 4.

Electronic submission is now closed.

The education track provides a forum for sharing recent advances, trends, and concerns relevant to software maintenance training and mentorship.

The submitted educational paper should describe the training context, the approach used, an evaluation of the benefits, and lessons learned, with references. Experience reports are welcome, but conclusions should be carefully justified and provide an insightful retrospective. Use of sound research design and empirical analysis is encouraged. Topics of interest may include, but are not limited to, educational modules in emerging areas, the integration of research results into courses, and practical course projects in software evolution.

Accepted papers will appear in the ICSM proceedings. At least one author of an accepted paper must register for the conference to present the work in the education track.

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Tool Demonstrations

We invite proposals for tool demonstrations on any topic related to software maintenance and evolution. Demonstrations will be in an open session to allow individual interaction with the participants.

Page limit: 2.

Electronic submission is now closed.

The tool demonstrations session offers live presentation of new research prototypes. Tools may range from mature prototypes to full developed products. Commercial products and products that are currently being commercialized cannot be accepted. The demonstrations are intended to highlight scientific contributions, and provides a forum to show how a technique has been transferred into a running tool prototype.

The submitted tool demonstration proposal must describe the technology or approach, how the tool relates to other industrial or research efforts, and what the expected benefits are, including references. Also required is an appendix (not included in the page limit) which illustrates with screens how the demonstration will be conducted, describes the tool's availability and maturity, and provides a link to the web page for the tool.

Accepted proposals (not including the appendix) will appear in the ICSM proceedings. At least one author of an accepted proposal must register for the conference to present the work in the tool demonstrations session.

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Research Papers

Research papers should describe original and significant work in the research and practice of software maintenance and evolution. Case studies, empirical research, and experiments are particularly welcome. We also welcome papers that present leading-edge ideas in maintenance. Papers must not have been previously accepted for publication nor concurrently submitted for review in another journal, book, or conference.

Page limit: 10.

Electronic submission is now closed.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following aspects of software maintenance and evolution.

  • methods, theories, and frameworks
  • empirical studies
  • tools and environments
  • processes and strategies
  • impact of new practices
  • personnel issues
  • training and mentoring
  • measurement and quality
  • error prediction
  • testing and verification
  • design for maintenance
  • preventative maintenance
  • third-party maintenance
  • software reuse
  • program comprehension
  • reengineering and reverse engineering
  • software analysis and transformation
  • software visualization
  • user interface evolution
  • version control and configuration management
  • change management
  • formal methods
  • programming languages
  • internet and distributed systems
  • ultra-large-scale systems
  • systems of systems
  • service-oriented systems
  • commercial off-the-shelf software
  • open source software
  • knowledge-based systems
  • multimedia systems
  • standards
  • legal issues

Accepted papers will appear in the ICSM proceedings. At least one author of an accepted paper must register for the conference to present the work.

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