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Subject:(SEWORLD) Empirical Studies in Software Architecture - Special Issue
From:"Muhammad.AliBabar" <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 2 Mar 2009 17:35:42 -0700 (MST)
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Call for Papers

Special Issue of the Empirical Software Engineering Journal

'Empirical Studies in Software Architecture: Opportunities,
Approaches, and Challenges'

http://www.lmsa-community.org/wikis/index.php/ESE-SA

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Guest Editors

M. Ali Babar, Lero, Ireland.
Patricia Lago, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Arie van Deursen, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands.

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Important dates

Deadline for submission: 30 July 2009
Date of notification to authors (first round): 15 October 2009
Proposed date of publication: Tentatively in Spring 2010

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Context and Theme

In recent years, the software architecture community (i.e.,
researchers and practitioners) has developed many methods, techniques,
and tools to support software architecture design, documentation, and
evaluation activities. However, apart from a few exceptions, there has
been little effort to gather and use empirical evidence to support the
claims of efficacy or capabilities of different methods and techniques
developed for supporting the software architecture process. The aim of
this special issue is to provide an authoritative reference on
systematically selecting and rigorously applying suitable empirical
methods for evaluating methods, techniques, and tools developed for
supporting the software architecture process.

This issue is particularly interested in carefully designed and
rigorously conducted empirical studies to demonstrate the strengths
and weaknesses of different methods, techniques, tools (e.g., ADLs,
design methods, analysis tools) developed to support the software
architecture process (i.e., design, description, and evaluation). The
editors of this special issue have made available some example papers
and relevant guidelines published in software engineering literature at
http://www.lmsa-community.org/wikis/index.php/ESE-SA . Although not
mandatory, we strongly encourage the authors interested in submitting
their work to carefully examine these papers and give full
considerations to the guidelines papers while preparing their
manuscripts for this special issue.

Articles on the following topics are of interest. In all cases
appropriateness of the empirical research design and reliability and
validity of the achieved results should be emphasized:

*	Empirical analysis of the benefits and limitations of different

architecture design methods
*	Empirical comparisons of different Architectural Description
Languages (ADLs) and architectural modeling tools
*	Empirical analyses of contemporary and emerging approaches to
architecting (e.g., aspect-oriented, model-driven, and service-oriented)
*	Empirical studies illustrating benefits and limitations of
technologies for architectural knowledge and rationale management
*	Empirical studies aimed at clarifying the misconceptions and
false
hopes of applying architectural styles and patterns
*	Experience reports or empirical case studies, particularly those

that demonstrate the scope and limitations of architecture design,
description, and evaluation approaches.
*	Papers describing the failures in using certain approaches will
be
of as much interest as the papers of success stories.
*	Empirical studies describing the social, organizational, and
economic aspects of institutionalizing architectural practices
*	Survey papers that present either the state-of-the-art or the
state-
of-the-practice to examine and compare past results in this area,
particularly survey papers focusing on limitations. Particular
interest will be paid to surveys using published results to assess the
strength of evidence provided and illustrate the limitations of the
studied approaches.

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Submission guidelines

All manuscripts should be compliant with the journal's submission
guidelines, which can be accessed by visiting journal's website
(http://www.springer.com/computer/programming/journal/10664
) and must not have been published previously or be currently under
consideration for publication in any other journals or conferences.
Significant extensions to substantive papers published in conferences
are also welcome, provided that the editors are made aware of the
previous publications.

The paper submissions via the online submission system at
http://www.editorialmanager.com/emse/

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For further information and relevant literature, please visit the
special issue's website:

http://www.lmsa-community.org/wikis/index.php/ESE-SA

For any kind of inquiry, Please contact one of the guest editors:

M. Ali Babar: [log in to unmask], Patricia Lago: [log in to unmask], Arie
van Deursen: [log in to unmask]

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