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Special Issue on Software Engineering from a Social Network Perspective
SpringerOpen Journal of Internet Services and Applications (JISA)
Paper Submission: July 1 or October 1, 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]>

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

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

Manuscripts are submitted online as described in JISA is an international Open Access
journal from SpringerOpen. So far, JISA papers have had a relative high
impact ( It
adopts the Open Access policy, allowing free access to the papers. Several
bases index the journal, such as SCOPUS, INSPEC, Academic OneFile, DBLP,
DOAJ, EI-Compendex, OCLC, SCImago, and Summon by Serial Solutions.

There is no minimum or maximum length imposed on papers. However, reviewers
will weigh the contribution of a paper relative to its length. Papers
should report research thoroughly but succinctly. A typical length is
around 15 pages in the Springer template format. Papers whose length is
incommensurate with their contribution may be rejected.

There will be two independent cycles of submissions. The journal will
publish the papers as soon as they are ready, thus the authors can choose
in which one they want to participate.

*- Deadline for submissions:* July 1 or October 1, 2014.
*- Author's notifications:* September 19 or December 8, 2014.

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. Some of them will be available at the ACM CSCW 2014 Workshop 11
"Global Software Development in a CSCW Perspective" or during the
conference to discuss possible submissions.

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