Research Papers

RE'12 invites submissions in the following categories:

Technical solution papers present solutions for requirements-related problems that are novel or significantly improve existing solutions. The proposed solution technique or its application to this kind of problem must be novel and sound. The author(s) must provide a preliminary validation of the proposed solution, for example, a proof-of-concept and/or sound arguments that the solution technique will work and that it will scale to real-world-sized problems. Results must be stated clearly so that the author(s) or others can further validate them in later research. A technical solution paper should also be clear about its contributions with respect to related work by others and to previous work by the author(s). Technical solution papers must not exceed 10 pages.

Scientific evaluation papers evaluate existing problem situations or validate/refute proposed solutions with scientific means, i.e. by empirical studies, experiments, case studies, simulations, formal analyses, mathematical proofs, etc. Scientific reflection on problems and practices in industry also falls into this category. The topic of the evaluation presented in the paper as well as its causal or logical properties must be clearly stated. The evaluation method or analysis approach must be sound and appropriate. The research must be novel or, otherwise, the results must constitute a significant increase of knowledge. The results must be relevant and/or (statistically) significant. Furthermore, the research should be situated in the context of related work by others and previous work by the author(s). Scientific evaluation papers must not exceed 10 pages.

Visionary papers explore the history, successes, and challenges for various requirements related practices and research agendas, and outline research roadmaps for the future. Visionary papers are not short position papers nor brief emerging results (a la ICSE's NIER track), but their focus on history as well as challenges suggests an element of review and an element of unevaluated (but well argued) speculation. Visionary papers must not exceed 10 pages.

Accepted papers will be published as IEEE CS Press Conference Proceedings.

Topics of Interest include but are not limited to:
  • Requirements elicitation, analysis, documentation, validation and verification
  • Requirements specification languages, methods, processes and tools
  • Requirements management, traceability, viewpoints, prioritization and negotiation
  • Modeling of requirements, goals and domains
  • Formal analysis and verification
  • Prototyping, simulation and animation
  • Evolution of requirements over time, product families and variability
  • Relating requirements to business goals, architecture and testing
  • Social, cultural, global, personal and cognitive factors
  • Domain-specific problems, experiences and solutions
  • Requirements in service-oriented environments
  • Software product management (incl. topics such as requirements valuation, requirements for product lines, release planning, road-mapping, product life-cycle management as it pertains to requirements, and market focus).

Submission Instructions

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Papers must be formatted according to the IEEE Conference Publishing Services formatting instructions.


Any inquiries regarding the research track can be directed to Pete Sawyer (