Research Papers

Call for Research Papers

We invite high quality submissions describing original and unpublished results of theoretical, empirical, conceptual, and experimental software engineering research. Contributions should describe innovative and significant original research relevant to FSE. Submissions of papers describing groundbreaking approaches to emerging problems will also be considered. Submissions that facilitate reproducibility by using available data sets or making the described tools publicly available are especially encouraged.

Papers submitted for consideration should not have been already published elsewhere and should not be under review or submitted for review elsewhere during the duration of consideration. Specifically, authors are required to adhere to the ACM Policy and Procedures on Plagiarism and the ACM Policy on Prior Publication and Simultaneous Submissions.

Topics of Interest

We are interested in submissions from both industry and academia on all topics related to software engineering. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Architecture and design
  • Aspect-orientation
  • Autonomic computing and (self-)adaptive systems
  • Big data
  • Cloud computing
  • Components, services, and middleware
  • Computer-supported cooperative work
  • Configuration management and deployment
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Debugging
  • Dependability, safety, and reliability
  • Development tools and environments
  • Distributed, parallel, and concurrent software
  • Education
  • Embedded and real-time software
  • Empirical software engineering
  • End-user software engineering
  • Formal methods
  • Green computing
  • Human and social factors in software engineering
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Knowledge based software engineering
  • Mobile, ubiquitous, and pervasive software
  • Model-driven software engineering
  • Patterns and frameworks
  • Policy and ethics
  • Processes and workflows
  • Program analysis
  • Program comprehension and visualization
  • Program synthesis
  • Programming languages
  • Refactoring
  • Requirements engineering
  • Reverse engineering
  • Safety-critical systems
  • Scientific computing
  • Search-based software engineering
  • Security and privacy
  • Software economics and metrics
  • Software evolution and maintenance
  • Software product lines
  • Software reuse
  • Software services
  • Specification and verification
  • Testing
  • Traceability
  • Web-based software

How to Submit

At the time of submission all papers must conform to the FSE 2016 Format and Submission Guidelines, and must not exceed 10 pages for all text and figures plus 2 pages for references (abstract: 250 words max). All submissions must be in English and in PDF format. Submissions that do not comply with the above instructions will be desk rejected without review.

Papers must be submitted electronically through the FSE submission site.

Each submission will be reviewed by three members of the Program Committee. Authors will have an opportunity to respond to reviews during a rebuttal period. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of originality, importance of contribution, soundness, evaluation, quality of presentation and appropriate comparison to related work. The program committee as a whole will make final decisions about which submissions to accept for presentation at the conference.

All publications are subject to the ACM Author Representations policy.

Important Dates

  • Full paper submission date: March 11, 2016 (23:59:59 AOE, AOE Time Reference)
  • Rebuttal period: April 30, 2016 (starts at noon PDT) – May 3, 2016 (23:59:59 AOE)
  • Notification date: May 30, 2016
  • Camera ready date: July 31, 2016

Important: Note that the official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of FSE 2016. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.

At least one author of each accepted paper must register and present the paper at FSE 2016 in order for the paper to be published in the proceedings. One-day registrations do NOT satisfy the registration requirement. Please carefully read the complete list of FSE Submission Policies and Policies for Accepted Contributions.

Program Chairs

Jane Cleland-Huang
University of Notre Dame, IN, USA

Zhendong Su
University of California, Davis

Program Committee

The FSE 2016 program committee is listed here.


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Important Dates


  • Research papers: March 11, 2016
  • Workshop proposals: March 25, 2016
  • Visions and Reflections papers: June 15, 2016
  • Industry papers: June 15, 2016
  • Demo papers: June 15, 2016
  • Doctoral Symposium: June 15, 2016
  • Student Research Competition: June 15 July 1, 2016
  • Workshop papers: July 1, 2016

Rebuttal Period

  • For research papers only: April 30, 2016 (Noon PDT) - May 3, 2016 (23:59:59 AOE)


  • Pre-conference Events: November 13-14, 2016
  • Doctoral Symposium: November 14, 2016
  • Main Conference: November 15-17, 2016
  • Post-conference Events: November 18, 2016