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Carnegie Mellon University | Software Engineering Institute

International Conference on Software and Systems Processes 2022

Jointly held with the International Conference on Global Software Engineering (ICGSE)

May 20-22, 2022 | Virtual

Call for Papers

ICSSP 2022 aims to bring together researchers and practitioners to share their research findings, experiences, and new ideas on diverse topics related to software and system processes and global software engineering. For 2022, the theme of the joint conference is: “Envisioning the Future of Software Engineering Process & Practice for Global Competitiveness and Innovation.” The goal is to advance both the state of the research and the state of the practice by applying innovative ideas from different fields of research to the future of software engineering process and globally distributed software development.


Submissions are invited for unpublished original work in the following categories:

  • Full Papers (10 pages + up to 2 pages with references) that reflect completed and evaluated research on novel approaches to major software and systems engineering process challenges, especially relating to the Future of Software Engineering Process & Practice for Global Competitiveness and Innovation. Enhanced versions of the best research papers will be included in a special issue of the Journal of Software: Evolution and Process.
  • Short papers (5 pages including references) that present concise research results, describe work-in-progress (e.g. Ph. D. research), or conceptual and position papers addressing new perspectives, open questions and future directions. Short papers can also be industrial papers, for instance, describing practical challenges or research needs motivated by experience.
  • Experience reports – by industry. Experience Reports provide the opportunity for you to share your practical experience through a paper and accompanying talk at the conference. An experience report is a reflection of your own industry experiences (e.g. challenges you have seen, what you tried and approaches you have taken, what worked and what didn’t work). In a specific call, we will invite submissions of an abstract in which you briefly explain your own, unpublished experience related to one or more topics of the conference. If your proposal is accepted, you will then be shepherded as you write your report. Experience reports are short papers (maximum 5 pages) that will be published in the conference proceedings. (See Industry Call for Papers.)
  • Industry talk – by industry. Industry track submissions are expected to have a strong focus on the real-world application of techniques, tools, methodologies, processes, and practices. Submissions should clearly identify the problem that is addressed, the industrial context, and the outcomes, as well as the expected learning for the audience. (See Industry Call for Papers.)
  • Journal first – original works published only on Journal but never presented in a conference. Specific Call To Be Announced

Topics of Interest

Submissions must be related to software and systems processes and/or global software engineering and we are especially interested in, but not limited to, papers addressing the topics in the following list:

Work from Anywhere (WFX)
Emerging processes supporting remote work
Infrastructure for WFX
Hiring and Economics of WFX

Education and Training
Software process management (SPM) education
Global and Distributed SE curricula
Lessons learned on SPM or GSE courses

Future and Innovation Related to Software Process and Collaboration
Process for Embedded and IoT Systems
ALM/PLM for distributed teams Software Processes for Augmented, virtual, and extended reality (AR/VR/ XR)  
Use of AR/VR/XR in Distributed Settings
Software Process for low-code development practices
Quantum programming and software engineering
Software process for Blockchain
Blockchain to improve/enhance Global Software
Software Developer’s Experience (DX)
Software Developers’ Relationship (DevRel)
Process and Infrastructure for Software Applications in Scientific Research



Submission Requirements and Policies

All submissions must conform to the ICSSP (and ICGSE) 2022 formatting and submission instructions and must not exceed the given page limits for the applicable type of submission. All submissions must be in English. Page limits include all text, figures, tables, references, and appendices. Only research papers are permitted up to two more pages containing only references. The page limit is strict, and purchase of additional pages in the proceedings is not allowed at any point in the process (including after the paper is accepted). All submissions must be in PDF.

Formatting – Submissions must conform to the ACM template Formatting instructions are available at for both LaTeX and Word users. LaTeX users must use the provided acmart.cls and ACM-Reference-Format.bst without modification, enable the conference format in the preamble of the document (i.e., \documentclass[sigconf,review]{acmart}), and use the ACM reference format for the bibliography (i.e., \bibliographystyle{ACM-Reference-Format}). The review option adds line numbers, thereby allowing referees to refer to specific lines in their comments. In addition, a selection of the best papers from the ICSSP 2022 conference will appear in a special issue of the Journal of Software Evolution and Process.

Authorship policy – By submitting to ICSSP (and ICGSE) 2022, authors acknowledge that they conform to the authorship policy of the ACM. Note in particular that submitted papers must reflect the original work of the authors, the authors must be entitled to publish the work, the work must not have been published previously in a refereed or formally reviewed publication, and the work must not be in press elsewhere while under review for ICSSP 2022, among other provisions.

Plagiarism policy – By submitting to ICSSP 2022, authors also acknowledge that they are aware of and agree to be bound by the ACM Policy and Procedures on Plagiarism. In particular, papers submitted to ICSSP and ICGSE 2022 must not have been published elsewhere and must not be under review or submitted for review elsewhere whilst under consideration for ICSSP or ICGSE 2022. Contravention of this concurrent submission policy will be deemed a serious breach of scientific ethics, and appropriate action will be taken in all such cases. To check for double submission and plagiarism issues, the chairs reserve the right to (1) share the list of submissions with the PC Chairs of other conferences with overlapping review periods and (2) use external plagiarism detection software, under contract to the ACM, to detect violations of these policies.

Submission site – Submissions must be made through the ICSSP (and ICGSE) 2022 submission site on EasyChair no later than the applicable submission deadline. Be sure to direct your submissions correctly and select the appropriate submission type when uploading your submission. We encourage authors to upload their paper info early (and can submit the PDF later, but still before or on the date of the submission deadline AoE) to support the management of the review process.

Any submission that does not comply with these requirements may be desk rejected by the PC Co-Chairs without further review.

Notice: The official publication date is the first day of the conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.

Proceedings – The proceedings will be published by ACM, and will appear in the ACM digital library. The proceedings will only contain papers that have been presented at ICSSP 2022 and for which at least one author has registered.

Reviewing – All submissions will be peer-reviewed by the ICSSP or ICGSE 2022 program committee members. When submitting, you will have the option to choose if you are submitting to ICSSP or to ICGSE as a track. Each submitted research paper will receive reviews from at least three members of the specific program committee.

ICSSP 2022 does not employ double-blind review process.

Requirement to Register, Attend, and Present – Upon notification of acceptance, authors of accepted papers will be asked to complete a copyright form and will receive further instructions for preparing their camera-ready versions. At least one author of each accepted paper is expected to register for and attend the ICSSP 2022 and present the work. The organizers have the right to pull papers out of the proceedings if there is no associated registration by two weeks past the authors’ registration deadline. All accepted contributions with at least one registered author will be published in the conference electronic proceedings and appear in the ACM digital library.

Open Science Policy – ICSSP (and ICGSE) 2022 encourage authors to submit artifact packages and/or data sets with their papers, for the sake of transparency, reusability, replicability, and/or reproducibility, as well as for facilitating the peer review process. The following guidelines are recommendations and are not mandatory. Your choice will not affect the review process for your paper. Should you decide to embrace this policy, we strongly encourage you to archive empirical datasets on Zenodo or Dataverse, following Google guidelines to dataset providers, and share analysis scripts on freely accessible code repositories such as GitHub, GitLab, and Bitbucket.

Self-Archiving – ICSSP and ICGSE 2022 also encourage authors to self-archive a preprint of your accepted manuscript in or other similar open repositories. This is permitted by the ACM publisher. Note that the final version of the paper, as laid out by the publisher, cannot be self-archived. Instead, manuscripts with reviewer comments addressed must be used, but before applying the camera-ready instructions and templates.

Contact – Feel free to contact the ICSSP and ICGSE 2022 Program Co-Chairs for more details.