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SSBSE 2021
Mon 11 - Fri 15 October 2021 Bari, Italy
co-located with ESEM 2021

Call for Papers

The New Ideas and Emerging Results Track at SSBSE 2021 is a forum to present and get feedback on forward-looking, innovative ideas in the Search-Based Software Engineering (SBSE) field. This forum provides an opportunity for researchers to present and gather feedback on groundbreaking results, tools under development, experience reports, or position papers. The track provides an opportunity for researchers to introduce ideas that challenge the status-quo in the SBSE community, start a discussion, and receive feedback on new research ideas or results in an early stage of investigation. Early career researchers and Ph.D. students are particularly encouraged to present inspiring research efforts that push the boundaries of SBSE. However, researchers at all levels are invited to submit.

You are encouraged to submit your work that provides:

  • Innovative results that may open new research directions in SBSE;
  • New ideas that can be further explored by emerging SBSE community;
  • Perspectives that call into question long held beliefs or conventions;
  • Visions of new directions in SBSE; and,
  • Novel interdisciplinary synergies.

Papers submitted to this track should address the following questions:

  • Why is the problem worth exploring?
  • What is the potential for disruption of current practice?
  • What makes the approach original?
  • Is the proposed approach sound and feasible?
  • Has the relevant literature been covered?

Format and submission

The submissions should not exceed 6 pages in length and should be prepared for double-blind review following the symposium general instructions.

Papers must not have been previously published, or be in consideration for, any journal, book, or another conference. Papers will be evaluated by members of the program committee based on their originality, technical soundness, and presentation quality. Submissions must conform to Springer’s LNCS format. Similar to previous editions of SSBSE, the NIER Track will follow a strong double-blind reviewing process in which the identity of authors will not be known to the program committee at any time during the process. The papers submitted must not reveal the authors’ identities in any way.

  • Authors should leave out author names and affiliations from the body of their submission.
  • Authors should ensure that any citation to related work by themselves is written in the third person, that is, " the prior work of XYZ" as opposed to " our prior work".
  • Authors should avoid providing URLs to author-revealing sites (tools, data sets). The paper can mention the existence of such sites, but the visit of such sites should not be needed to conduct the review. You can submit, optionally, a zip file or a pdf file containing supplementary material (raw data, data sets, experiments, etc.), which should also be blinded. The program committee will not necessarily consider it in the paper review process.
  • Authors should anonymize author-revealing company names, yet can provide general characteristics of the organizations involved needed to understand the context of the paper.

Authors having further questions on double-blind reviewing are encouraged to contact the Program Chairs by email. Papers that do not comply with the double-blind review process will be desk-rejected. If a paper is accepted, at least one author is expected to attend the symposium and present the paper. In the case of a student paper, the first (student) author is expected to attend and present the paper.

Submissions can be made via Easychair (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ssbse2021) by the submission deadline.

Conference proceedings

Accepted papers will be published in a volume of the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science series (LNCS).