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Special Issue in Journal of Systems and Software on

Search Based Software Engineering




Call for Papers

Search-Based Software Engineering (SBSE) is the application of search algorithms to the solution of software engineering tasks. Typically, these algorithms come from the operations research and evolutionary computation domains. In particular, they include evolutionary algorithms, ant colony optimization, particle swarm optimization, estimation of distribution algorithms, simulated annealing, tabu search, iterated local search and variable neighborhood search among others. The software engineering tasks to which they are applied are drawn from throughout the engineering lifecycle. Some examples are:


  • Project Management and Organization
  • Requirements Engineering
  • Developing Dynamic Service-Oriented Systems
  • Configuring Cloud-Based Architectures
  • Enabling Self-healing/Self-optimizing Systems
  • Creating Recommendation Systems to Support Software Development
  • Software Security
  • System and Software Integration
  • Test Data Generation
  • Regression Testing Optimization
  • Network Design and Monitoring
  • Software Maintenance, Program Repair, Refactoring and Transformation


We invite papers that address problems in the software engineering domain through the use of heuristic search techniques. We particularly encourage papers demonstrating novel search strategies or the application of SBSE techniques to new problems in software engineering. While empirical results are important, papers that present new approaches, concepts, or theory are also very welcome.


Submission Guidelines

All submissions have to be prepared according to the Guide for Authors as published in the journal website at http://ees.elsevier.com/jss/. Authors should select "SI: Search Based Software Engineering", from the "Choose Article Type" pull-down menu during the submission process. All contributions must not have been previously published or be under consideration for publication elsewhere. A submission extended from a previous conference version has to contain at least 30% new material. Authors are requested to attach to the submitted paper their relevant, previously published articles and a summary document explaining the enhancements made in the journal version.


  • 15 November 2013 abstract submission deadline
  • 1 December 2013 full paper submission deadline
  • 15 March 2014 authors notification
  • 15 June 2014 author€™ revisions
  • 1 October 2014  final notification
  • 15 October 2014 final manuscript

Guest Editors


Mark Harman


University College London, UK


Francisco Chicano


University of Malaga, Spain

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