IEEE International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution and Reengineering

Updated Call For Papers for REFLECTION track.

The 27th edition of the International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution, and Reengineering (SANER’20) will feature an Early Research Achievements (ERA) track.

The goal of the ERA track is to provide researchers and practitioners with a forum for presenting promising ideas in early stages of research. These ideas do not require a strong empirical evaluation. The 2020 ERA track aims to provide constructive feedback to guide authors from their initial ideas and limited evaluations toward solid SANER 2021 papers with strong empirical underpinnings. The ERA track is specifically looking for fresh, innovative, provocative ideas. We aim to create an open atmosphere where discussion and feedback stands central.

The topics of interest for the ERA track are the same as the main research track and concern all the topics in the research and practice of software analysis, evolution, and reengineering.

Evaluation Criteria

Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of their originality, potential impact, technical soundness, evaluation, quality of presentation, and appropriate comparison to related work. Emphasis will be put on the originality and timeliness of the proposed contribution; a full evaluation of the proposed ideas is not required.

Submission Instructions

  • Papers must not exceed five pages (including all text, figures, references, and appendices)
  • Papers must conform to the IEEE proceedings paper format guidelines
  • Papers must be submitted electronically in PDF format via the SANER 2020 EasyChair submission site

Important note: SANER 2020 follows a full double-blind review process.​ Submissions that do not adhere to these limits or that violate the formatting guidelines will be desk-rejected without review.

Papers submitted to the ERA must not have been previously accepted for publication or submitted for review to another publication venue.

ERA Reflection

Call for Journal Reflection Papers

Journal Reflection focuses on the mid-aged studies as the future for these studies is here and now. Journal Reflection is an initiative to connect mid-aged (3-7 years old) studies within a growing field of research and contribute to the network of scientific innovation by discussing the current impact and implications. The purpose of this initiative is fostering innovation and transition of research results by systematically allowing authors to explore and evaluate the status quo of their research after a few years since its original publication. Primarily these papers should reflect on the future work that was discussed when publishing a journal paper and explaining how the vision we had did/did not come true? How other researchers took our published contribution and built on top? Or why our idea was not taken up?

By this initiative, we hope to overcome the tendency to continually seeking new ideas without fully reflecting on the potential of what is existing. Journal Reflection is taking place between journal publications and the Early Research Achievement Track (ERA) of the SANER conference. We foresee two main objectives for this initiative:

  1. An extended discussion of the potential: Authors of scientific papers are often asked to only discuss within the limitations of their observations. This in nature, limits the discussion of the possibilities that might be achievable under ideal circumstances. While the empirical correctness of the results is a key, but keeping the vision to the next possible steps is essential for survival and continuous growth of the field. Hence, Journal Reflection initiative encourages the extended elaboration on the potential usage of the methods, data, and the results of a published study backed up by connecting to other (more) recent studies.
  2. Crossing research silos: Software engineering research benefits from the synergy between research methods, studies, and experiments across disciplines inside software engineering and between software engineering and other disciplines. This implies not only the outreach to the other disciplines of science, art, and engineering but also the intra-domain synergy between different studies spread along the software lifecycle or subdisciplines. Journal Reflection mandates the positioning of the work in consideration of the growing body of knowledge in software engineering with the intent to facilitate the emergence of new ideas.

The Journal Reflection initiative is looking for submissions that describe the potential and importance of a published paper with the age of three to seven years and describe the contribution and connection of the Journal Reflection paper with the current field of research. This is a call for all the authors who their work has impacted the current state of the art, triggered innovation in science, engineering, or practice, or wished their specific work would have been taken up by others. We also encourage negative reflections to discuss the reasons that a published journal study have not been widely impacted the state of the art or practice.

Suggested outline of the paper:

  • Abstract
  • Summary and main contribution of the published paper
  • Overview of the paper cited the journal publication
  • Positioning in consideration of the recent state of the art and practice
  • New emerging ideas and current vision
  • Expected impact
  • References

Eligibility Criteria:

The paper should have been published in one of the partnered journals between 2012 to 2016.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Soundness of the vision and arguments;
  • Connection to other studies;
  • Value of the explored problem;
  • The overall quality of the paper

Review and Publication

We accept papers of Maximum five pages. Journal Reflection papers will be part of the conference proceedings and will be invited for a talk.

We follow the conferences peer-reviewing process for these submissions.

Partnered Journals: (To be completed)

  • IEEE Transactions of Software Engineering
  • Information and System Technology (IST)
  • Journal of Systems and Software (JSS)
  • Empirical Software Engineering Journal (EMSE)
  • Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology (TOSEM)

Important Dates


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Committee Members

Li Li (co-Chair)

Monash University


Maleknaz Nayebi (co-Chair)

École Polytechnique de Montréal


Sebastian Baltes

University of Adelaide


Lingfeng Bao

Zhejiang University


Alexandre Bergel

University of Chile


Haipeng Cai

Washington State University


Chunyang Chen

Monash University


Eunjong Choi

Kyoto Institute of Technology


Eleni Constantinou

University of Mons


Denae Ford

North Carolina State University


Davide Fucci

University of Hambourg


Sepideh Ghanavati

University of Maine


Yoshiki Higo

Osaka University


Reid Holmes

University of British Columbia


Andre Hora

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG)


Xiaohong Li

TianJin University


Kui Liu

University of Luxembourg


Fernanda Madeiral

Federal University of Uberlândia


Fabio Palomba

University of Zurich


Sebastiano Panichella

University of Zurich


Kla Chakkrit Tantithamthavorn

Monash University


Patanamon Thongtanunam

University of Melbourne


Haoyu Wang

Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunications


Vadim Zaytsev

University of Amsterdam