[Information] CFP - Journal Special Issue “Scientific Approaches to Requirements Engineering: Research, Applications, Education and Future Directions"

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As Guest Editors, we cordially invite you to submit a manuscript for consideration and possible publication in a Special Issue "Scientific Approaches to Requirements Engineering: Research, Applications, Education and Future Directions" to be published in the journal Information (http://www.mdpi.com/journal/information/, ISSN 2078-2489, Scopus citescore index 2019 = 2.4).

The manuscript submission deadline is 15 July 2021.

Software engineering offers theories, methods, and tools supporting the development of digital systems. Requirements engineering is a central discipline of software engineering, involved in eliciting and analyzing the stakeholders' needs and specifying and managing the functional and non-functional properties of a system under development. These properties are the glue between the users, the conceptual design of the system, and its implementation. As such, they support the development of software systems that are useful, usable, and enjoyable to use. A scientific approach to the requirements engineering activities is critical to evaluate their foundations and effectiveness.

As the software engineering field evolves rapidly, new aspects have to be considered. Agile and DevOps teams have been defining novel approaches to requirements engineering to handle evolution and time to market. Advances in artificial intelligence, and most specifically machine learning, introduce new challenges and opportunities. Systems of the future will have to cope with the complexity of new ethical and societal concerns (e.g., sustainability, human values, and gender issues) and with their evolution and impact on the society and ecosystem where they are deployed.

The requirements engineering community must adapt its current practice to leverage and adequately evaluate the foundations and effectiveness of these new approaches to requirements engineering.

This Special Issue aims at covering a wide variety of approaches to requirements engineering from a scientific perspective. It is intended to compile and disseminate original results from research, industry and academia, while also defining future directions as foreseen by the contributors. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

    - Software requirements methods
    - Software requirements application in industry
    - Software requirements tools
    - Software requirements education
    - Functional and non-functional requirements
    - Model driven requirements engineering
    - Formal methods for the early software development stages
    - Requirements engineering for artificial intelligence
    - User-centered software development
    - Requirements engineering for sustainability
    - Ethical and societal concerns (e.g., sustainability, human values) in software requirements
    - Requirements in Agile development
    - Requirements in DevOps processes

The main manuscript types accepted for submission are as follows:

    - Article (from 10 to 25 pages including references) presenting an original research that should include scientifically sound experiments and provide a substantial amount of new information.
    - Short Communication (6 pages + 1 page maximum of references) of preliminary, but significant, results with potential impact on the targeted domain(s).
    - Review (min 10 pages - max 25 pages + references) providing either a concise and precise update on the latest progress made in a given area of research, or a systematic review on a specific topic.

For more details please visit the Special Issue website:

Guest Editors
Dr. Nicolas Guelfi (University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg)
Dr. Ana Moreira (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal)
Dr. Cécile Péraire (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)