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REFSQ 2018 : Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Requirements Engineering (RE) is a crucial factor for developing high-quality software, systems and services. The REFSQ working conference series is a well-established leading international forum for discussing RE and its many relations to quality. REFSQ has a long tradition of being a highly structured and interactive forum. Each session is designed in order to provoke discussion among the presenters of papers, pre-assigned discussants, and all the other participants.


REFSQ 2018 seeks research papers about novel ideas and techniques that enhance the quality of RE’s products and processes, reflections on current research and industrial RE practices, as well as new views on RE. We invite submissions on any aspect of RE. We encourage researchers and practitioners from the fields of RE, software engineering, information systems, service science, embedded systems, and product management to submit their original work. Contributions from further related areas such as systems engineering, economics, and management are also very welcome for the insights they provide to RE.

Special Theme: RE and Digital Transformation

The special theme of REFSQ’18 is "RE and Digital Transformation" to emphasize an important issue: what role can RE play in the dramatic changes that take place in our society today to innovate and design new heterogeneous systems and services to fit the needs of users and to keep values of society.

Research Paper Categories

We invite original submissions in the following categories:

Technical Design Papers (up to 15 pages) describe and explain new artifact design, i.e., novel solutions for requirements-related problems or significant improvements of existing solutions. The research method of technical papers follows the design cycle (problem, treatment design, validity argument). The paper should give credible arguments that the novel solution will have the desired effects in the intended problem context, possibly illustrated with an example. Technical design papers are evaluated based on problem relevance, novelty of design, clarity of presentation of design, the technical soundness of the design, and the credibility of the validity arguments.

Scientific Evaluation Papers (up to 15 pages) investigate existing real‐world problems, evaluate existing real‐world implemented artifacts, or validate newly designed artifacts, e.g., by means such as case studies, experiments, simulation, surveys, systematic literature reviews, mapping studies, or action research. The research method of scientific evaluation papers follows the empirical cycle (research questions, design, execution, data analysis). Scientific evaluation papers are evaluated based on the interest of the research questions, soundness of the research design, the clarity of presentation of measurements, and the validity (degree of support) of the conclusions.

Vision Papers (up to 6 pages) state where the research in the field should be heading towards. Vision papers outline research roadmaps and programmes for the future based on existing knowledge. These papers are evaluated based on the insights they offer to the readers and on their potential to shape future research.

Research Previews (up to 6 pages) describe well-defined research ideas at an early stage of investigation which may not be fully developed. Research previews will be evaluated based on their relevance, novelty, and soundness of the described research.


Papers should be submitted in PDF format. The results described must be unpublished and must not be under review elsewhere. Submissions must conform to Springer’s LNCS format and must no exceed the page limits mentioned above.

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Last updated by Xin Yao in 2017-09-22
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