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Special Issue on *Software Engineering from a Social Network Perspective*

SpringerOpen Journal of Internet Services and Applications (JISA)

Paper Submission: October 15, 2014



*Guest editors:*

Marco Aurelio Gerosa (University of São Paulo) – <[log in to unmask]>

David Redmiles (University of California, Irvine) – <[log in to unmask]>

Pernille Bjørn (IT University in Copenhagen) – <[log in to unmask]>

Anita Sarma (University of Nebraska) – <[log in to unmask]>


*MOTIVATION *
In today’s Internet age, the concept of social networks is emerging as both
a useful means for understanding software engineering activities and a key
principle for designing software tools. Social networks model how people
communicate, coordinate, cooperate, and develop professional relationships,
which are critical activities for a software development project. Bringing
social networks to the foreground of software development practice brings a
focus to its stakeholders, including developers, their managers, their
support staff, QA analysts, requirement engineers, and even end users.
Social networks include investigation of both the social organization of
the work as well as the technical information infrastructures. The concept
also helps explore the notion of network-centric organizations that are
required to deal with socio-technical dependencies – including handling the
relations and connections between complex software code, systems and
subsystems, requirement and specification documents, etc.

The structure of the social organization often dictates the technical
structure of the product, as stated in Conway’s Law, and is a topic of
ongoing research. Researchers are investigating the interplay of complex
interdependencies among technical artifacts and the people who create and
maintain these artifacts. Others have examined the relationships between
the stakeholders based on qualitative studies and have been developing
software tools to support awareness and trust in global software
development. As a last example, researchers have been studying the effects
of companies moving from hierarchical to network-centric ways of organizing
the work and looking to leverage expertise within companies.

However, the roles and practices involved with social networks within
software development as well as the technical challenges of social network
technologies within software development are yet to be further explored.
Thus, we seek submissions that employ the concept of social networks either
in studying software development from an empirical approach or use the
concept as a central basis for developing software tool support, or do
both! We seek submissions that investigate how social network technologies
are currently being enacted by software development practitioners, and how
the technology-in-use practices emerges. Current research on social network
in software engineering is spread across a diverse set of research
subareas, and we want to bring in this diverse set of approaches into this
special issue. We encourage authors to specifically discuss the definition
and background of their particular use of social networks in their work, as
well as how the concept was beneficial for exploring software development
practices and/or how designing collaborative technologies for software
development.

*SCOPE & TOPICS OF INTEREST*
Topics include but are not limited to the following:
-  Data mining for social networks in software repositories
-  Understanding software evolution from a social network perspective
-  Social network analysis for enhancing specific aspects of software
engineering, such as bug prediction, expert recommendation, etc.
-  Tools for supporting researchers and practitioners in analyzing social
networks in software projects and ecosystems
-  Socio-technical networks in software development
-  Enactment of social networks in software development
-  Communication practices in social networks in software development
-  Coordination practices and organization structure as they relate to
social network
-  Information and knowledge sharing in social networks
-  Interactions between awareness, visualization, and social networks
-  The role of trust in software development as enacted in social networks
-  Social networks analysis in open source software projects and ecosystems
-  Large scale analysis of social networks in software ecosystems
-  Patterns and anti-patterns in social networks in software development
-  New requirements for supporting social network infrastructure, such as
middleware, frameworks, and cloud computing environments
-  Technologies-in-use practices of social network within software
development organizations

*SUBMISSION*
JISA is an international Open Access journal published by Springer. Several
bases index the journal, such as SCOPUS, INSPEC, Academic OneFile, DBLP,
DOAJ, EI-Compendex, OCLC, SCImago, and Summon by Serial Solutions. JISA
adopts the Open Access policy, allowing free access to the papers. We have
*fee waivers* to assure that all quality articles will be published,
regardless of the funding capacity of the authors. Please, enter in touch
if you are interested in a fee waiver.

Manuscripts are submitted online as described in
http://www.jisajournal.com/manuscript. There is no minimum or maximum
length imposed on papers, but a typical length is around 15 pages in the
Springer template format. Reviewers will weigh the contribution of a paper
relative to its length. Thus, papers should report research thoroughly but
succinctly.

This is the second independent cycle of submission. The journal will
publish the papers as soon as they are ready, thus all authors are welcome
do submit. Enter in contact if you need additional time.

*- Deadline for submissions:* October 15, 2014.
*- Author’s notifications:* December 8, 2014.

*Questions?*
If you have any questions about the suitability of your manuscript or any
other query related to this call do not hesitate to contact the theme
editors.

*EDITORIAL COMMITTEE* (under formation)
Akinori Ihara (NAIST, Japan)
Alexander Boden (University of Siegen, Germany)
Andrew Begel (Microsoft Research, USA)
Christian Bird (Microsoft Research, USA)
Christoph Treude (McGill University, Canada)
Claudia Werner (UFRJ, Brazil)
Cleidson de Souza (ITV & UFPA, Brazil)
Kari Kuutti (University of Oulu, Finland)
Kate Ehrlich (IBM, USA)
Kim Herzig (Microsoft Research, UK)
Marcelo Cataldo (ConnReperio, LLC, USA)
Myriam Lewkowicz (University of Technology of Troyes, France)
Patrick Wagstrom (IBM Watson Group, USA)
Sabrina Marczak (PUCRS, Brasil)
Yuanfang Cai (Drexel University, USA)
Yvonne Dittrich (IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

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