Call for papers


Designing and developing software systems that fulfill the requirements of different stakeholders is no simple matter. Quality assurance is required at each phase of the entire development process, starting from requirements elicitation, software architecture design, program design, and the eventual implementation of a system, since they are closely linked with one another. The quality of the artifacts from each development phase impacts on the rest of the system. The theme of QSIC 2012 is Engineering of Quality Systems. Under this theme, there are at least three major dimensions where research and investigations are ongoing. Firstly, quality assurance of artifacts such as programs and software architecture design. Secondly, quality relationships between software development phases such as the quality of requirements and their impact on the quality of software architecture. Thirdly, codification and communication of knowledge and how they impact on software quality.

The QSIC series of conferences has a long tradition of bringing together researchers and practitioners to present and discuss innovative methods of assuring software and system qualities. In QSIC 2012, we emphasize on a holistic view of quality assurance across different aspects of software engineering. Additionally, we will have a Software Quality in Practice (SQiP) industry track where experience reports from practitioners will be presented. We aim to facilitate discussions and cross cultivations between industry practitioners and researchers, and between researchers who study different aspects of quality assurance.

TOPICS OF INTEREST (not to be considered a restrictive list)

  • Software Testing, Verification and Validation: based on requirements specification, software architecture design, software programs, software and system configurations, implementation settings.
  • Process and Management: quality assurance processes, measurements and metrics, cost benefit analysis, quality impact analysis
  • Knowledge Codification and Communication: methods and processes for communicating requirements, design and other software system related knowledge amongst stakeholders to avoid miscommunication of desired intents.

We invite researchers to submit original research papers on these topics. Research paper submissions can be theoretical, methodological or practical. Papers will be reviewed based on their originality, validity, readability and evidential support.

We invite practitioners and researchers to submit experience reports and practice-oriented papers to our Software Quality in Practice (SQiP) industry track (short or long papers). Papers will be reviewed based on practical relevance for a broader audience, readability, and evidential support. We particular solicit papers from practitioners which give insights in application of research results, evaluations, case studies, and/or describe open problems in practice.

Types of Contributions

  • Full papers (research and industry) – up to 10 pages in IEEE Conference Proceedings format
  • Position and emerging results papers (research and industry) – up to 4 pages in IEEE Conference Proceedings format
  • Workshop papers - up to 8 pages, following the guidelines provided on the website


Submissions to QSIC 2012 must not have been previously published or be under consideration for publication in any other conference, journal, book, or workshop. All submitted papers will be reviewed by at least three members of the QSIC 2012 Program Committee.

Submissions must be formatted according to the IEEE CS proceedings format (8.5" x 11" two-column format). Templates and instructions can be downloaded from the IEEE Computer Society Press [].

Papers (properly formatted in IEEE CS proceedings format) must not exceed the size limits specified above.

Submissions will be made through the EasyChair on-line submission system.

Accepted papers will be published by the IEEE Computer Society. Each paper accepted must be presented by one of the co-authors.

Selected papers and speakers will be invited to submit to a special issue of the Elsevier Science of Computer Programming (SCP) journal. Invited submissions must extend their contributions extensively in addition to the original work. All invited papers will be reviewed by a separate panel of reviewers to meet the standards of the journal.

Important Dates

  • Technical and Industry Papers: April 23, 2012
  • Workshop Papers: April 30, 2012
  • Conference Date: August 27-28, 2012