Journal Information
Information and Software Technology (IST)
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Call For Papers
Information and Software Technology is the international archival journal focusing on research and experience that contributes to the improvement of software development practices. The journal's scope includes methods and techniques to better engineer software and manage its development. Articles submitted for review should have a clear component of software engineering or address ways to improve the engineering and management of software development. Areas covered by the journal include:

• Software management, quality and metrics,
• Software processes,
• Software architecture, modelling, specification, design and programming
• Functional and non-functional software requirements
• Software testing and verification & validation
• Empirical studies of all aspects of engineering and managing software development 
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2021-03-15
Special Issues
Special Issue on Agile UX: challenges, successes and barriers to improvement
Submission Date: 2021-11-12

Submissions can be made, but not limited to, on the following topics: - How to conduct continuous research - How to manage Agile UX - Integrating agile values in Agile UX - How to organize processes and practices - UX Debt: what is it and how to manage it - UX metrics for DevOps/DesignOps - The impacts of Agile UX ROI - The role of artifacts and technologies - Artifact-facilitated communication - How to take advantage of the social and people aspects – Agile UX Teams - How to elicit and manage User Requirements - How to carry out Usability/UX Testing and Evaluation - Agile UX around the world
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2021-08-08
Special Issue on Managing Software Processes Using Soft Computing Techniques
Submission Date: 2021-11-30

Managing Software Processes Using Soft Computing Techniques Software processes are becoming complex and challenging due to the modern-day continuous software engineering (CSE) concepts, which are mainly based on continuous integration, continuous delivery, infrastructure-as-code, automation and more. Different intelligent techniques and approaches are required to tackle challenges related to the software processes. There are multiple applications of soft computing methods and concepts which can be used in software engineering projects in industry and research. Soft computing intelligence techniques are used for many applied software engineering challenges including defect prediction, estimation and reusable software engineering and classification. However, the applications of soft computing techniques in software processes are far from being mature, which appears to be more suitable field for its application. The applied soft computing techniques like fuzzy logic, neural networks (NNs), case base reasoning and evolutionary computation could provide a novel roadmap to manage software processes. The aim of this special issue is to provide a platform for both practitioners and researchers to discuss the suitability of soft computing techniques for managing the managerial, organizational, economical and technical aspects of software processes. This issue will provide an opportunity to present the empirical evidences and technical strategies of software processes, as well propose new techniques, tools, frameworks and approaches to maximize the significance of software development processes with the application of soft computing techniques. We welcome the articles where the authors report research studies for the applications of soft computing methods in the domain of software processes. Suggested Topics and Quality Control Papers in the field of applied computing for software processes on (but not limited to) the following topics are invited for submission: Soft computing applications for process improvement Security in software processes Decision support systems DevOps pipeline automation Information processing in software processes Software process automation AI for process management Ethics in AI based processes Managing agile processes using soft computing concepts Process management in global software development Fuzzy optimization Process risks management using soft computing techniques Soft computing-based process improvement standards and models Software process simulation modelling Data science for process management Managing crowdsourcing using soft computing approaches Systematic literature reviews Important Dates Deadline for submission: 30 November 2021 Notification to authors: 90 days (3 months) Submission Guidelines All submissions should follow the journal submission guidelines, including maximum length requirements and having a structured abstract. The guidelines for authors can be found at: All manuscripts submission and review will be handled through the Editorial Manager system: When submitting, please select the following article type from the special issues: “VSI:SoftComp”. Guest Editors Arif Ali Khan, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China Email: Pekka Abrahamsson, University of Jyväskylä, Finland Email: Mahmood Niazi King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia. Email:
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2021-03-15
Special Issue on Visualization applied to Software Engineering
Submission Date: 2021-12-17

Software visualization is a broad research area whose general goal is to enhance and promote the theory, realization, and evaluation of approaches to visually encode and analyze software systems, including software development practices, evolution, structure, and software runtime behavior. Software visualization is inherently interdisciplinary, drawing on theories and techniques from information visualization and computer graphics and applying these in the software engineering domain. This special issue on software visualization aims to bring together a community of researchers from software engineering, information visualization, computer graphics, human-computer interaction, and data science to discuss theoretical foundations, algorithms, techniques, tools, and applications related to software visualization. Topics of interest include: Innovative visualization and visual analytics techniques for analysis of software engineering data. This includes source code, dependencies, repositories, developer social networks like StackOverflow and GitHub, mobile app reviews, documentation, runtime logs, and DevOps data Visualization to support software development activities, including design, requirements engineering, program comprehension, software testing, and debugging Interaction techniques and algorithms for software visualization Visualization-based techniques in software engineering education Integration of software visualization tools with development environments Empirical evaluation of software visualizations Industrial experience with using software visualization Applications of new technologies to enhance software visualization, including virtual reality, augmented reality, gamification, and machine learning Analytical approaches to understand software-related aspects based on data science concepts
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2021-01-10
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