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Journal of Systems and Software (JSS)
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The Journal of Systems and Software publishes papers covering all aspects of programming methodology, software engineering, and related hardware-software-systems issues. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, software development environments and tools, techniques for developing, validating, and maintaining software systems, software architecture and design, global software development, service orientation, agile approaches, mobile, multiprocessing, real-time, distributed, concurrent, and telecommunications systems, software metrics, reliability models for software, performance issues, and management concerns. The journal publishes research papers, state-of-the-art surveys, and reports of practical experience. All articles should consider the practical application of the idea advanced through case studies, experiments, or systematic comparisons with other approaches already in practice. Occasionally, special issues are devoted to topics of particular interest; proposals for such issues are invited.

Last updated by Dou Sun in 2019-11-24
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Special Issue on Metamorphic Testing
Submission Date: 2020-10-30

Testing is the de facto technique for correctness verification and validation in software development. An important aspect of testing is the ability to tell whether the execution results agree with the expected outcomes. The mechanism to determine the correctness of the results is called a test oracle. Unfortunately, such a mechanism often does not always exist, or may exist but cannot be feasibly used, which is known as the oracle problem. This is a major challenge to software testers, severely curtailing the application of testing approaches and methods to practical situations. Metamorphic testing (MT) is a technique that exploits the relationships among the inputs and outputs of multiple program executions. These relationships are called metamorphic relations (MRs). MT has been proved highly effective in testing programs with the oracle problem, for which the correctness of individual output is difficult to determine. Since the introduction of MT, the number of research activities surrounding this technique has grown immensely with numerous applications in various domains such as web services and applications, computer graphics, embedded systems, simulation, and bioinformatics, among others. There is also an increasing trend in domains such as compilers and artificial intelligence-related topics like autonomous vehicles, where MT is being recognized as a key technique. Since the First International Workshop in Metamorphic Testing in 2016, this series of workshops has been held annually, and has been run in conjunction with the International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE). The aim of this special issue is to document new contributions in MT. We are looking for high-quality submissions on the latest challenges, breakthroughs, and future trends. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: Emerging and innovative applications of MT (e.g., Artificial Intelligence). Guidelines and techniques for the construction of MRs or MT test cases. Prioritization and minimization of MRs or MT test cases. Quality assessment mechanism for MRs or MT test cases (e.g., metrics). Automated generation of potential MRs. Combination of MRs. Formal methods involving MRs. Case studies from practice. Tools. Empirical studies. Integration/comparison with other techniques. Novel applications, perspectives, or theories inspired by MT.
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2020-02-23
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