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ICSE NIER 2019 : ICSE New Ideas and Emerging Results


When May 29, 2019 - May 31, 2019
Where Montreal, QC Canada
Submission Deadline Oct 1, 2018
Notification Due Nov 17, 2018
Final Version Due Feb 9, 2019

Call For Papers

Call for Papers
ICSE’s New Ideas and Emerging Results (NIER) track provides a forum for innovative, thought-provoking research in software engineering with the goal of accelerating the exposure of the community to disruptive innovations that challenge the status quo of the software engineering discipline or early, yet promising and potentially inspiring research efforts.

To support this goal, NIER 2019 will publish two kinds of papers:

1. Reflections on the past, such as:

Startling results that call current research directions into question;
Bold arguments on current research directions that may be somehow misguided;
Results that disregard established results or belief of evidence that call for fundamentally new directions.
2. Visions of the future, such as:

Bold visions of new directions that may not yet be supported by solid results, but rather by a strong and well-motivated scientific intuition. An example of such a vision can be unusual synergies with other disciplines or the importance of software engineering in problems where software engineering aspects have not been studied earlier.
Note that evaluation results are not required for NIER papers, but preliminary results providing initial support for the proposed ideas claimed are welcomed.

The track addresses the same topics of interest as those of the ICSE 2018 technical research paper track. However, NIER authors are encouraged (1) to combine these topics in new ways, (2) to establish connections to other fields outside of classic software engineering, as well as (3) to argue for the importance of software engineering research in areas not explicitly listed.

Out of scope

A NIER paper is not a second-class ICSE research track paper. NIER is a forum for first-class contributions that provide novel, soundly motivated research directions and emerging results. Therefore, a NIER submission should not be an ICSE research submission with less or no evaluation, nor disguised advertisements for previously published results. Such a submission is considered out of the scope of NIER, and its authors should instead consider submitting it to the main ICSE conference, to one of the many ICSE workshops, or to one of the satellite ICSE conferences.


Each paper will be evaluated in terms of the following criteria:

Value: whether the problem is worth exploring;
Impact: the potential for disruption of current practice;
Soundness: the validity of the rationale;
Quality: the overall quality of the paper’s writing
How to submit

A NIER paper must not exceed 4 pages, including all text, references, appendices, and figures and must conform at the time of submission to the IEEE Conference Proceedings Formatting Guidelines (title in 24pt font and full text in 10pt font, LaTEX users must use \documentclass[10pt,conference]{IEEEtran} without including the compsoc or compsocconf option).

A NIER paper must be submitted electronically at the NIER submission site by the submission deadline (see below). A submission will be desk rejected if it does not comply with the instructions and size limits, or is already published or under review elsewhere.

At least one author of each accepted paper is required to register for the ICSE 2019 conference and to present the paper.

Note that authors of an accepted paper are also highly encouraged to present a poster describing their work. Posters will allow the authors and interested readers of the paper to connect to each other and to engage in discussions about the work presented in the paper.

Double-blind submission guidelines

The ICSE 2019 NIER track will employ a double-blind review process. No submitted paper may reveal its authors’ identities. The authors must make every effort to honor the double-blind review process. Any author having further questions on double blind reviewing is encouraged to contact the track’s program co-chairs by e-mail. Any submission that does not comply with the double blind review process will be desk-rejected. Further advice, guidance and explanation about the double-blind review process can be found in the Q&A page.

Program co-chairs

Anita Sarma, Oregon State University
Leonardo Murta, Universidade Federal Fluminense

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