Call for RE@Next! Papers

The 27th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE'19) will host a special track devoted to the presentation of work currently being carried out by RE researchers around the world. We seek short communications, 4 to 6 pages, that describe the current status of ongoing research. The goal of the RE@Next! track is to provide a venue to present your work to academic and industry colleagues, to receive early feedback and to establish new relationships.

A good RE@Next! contribution will:

  • provide in succinct form the information that you would convey in a seminar about your ongoing research work to a fellow academic visiting your department;
  • present the long-term directions and prospects of your research endeavours;
  • serve as a trigger for establishing new collaborations with like-minded colleagues;
  • lead to a full research paper, to be submitted to the next RE conference!

Evaluation Procedure and Guidelines to Authors

RE@Next! contributions will be reviewed by the RE@Next! Program Committee, following the double-blind review format. Evaluation criteria include clarity of the submission, expected interest to the conference attendees, novelty and feasibility of the idea. Feasibility, for example, can be demonstrated by a focused, sound, and convincing review of well-established prior work, by a pilot study, or by early results from an exploratory qualitative or quantitative study.

Submissions do not need to include a full literature survey (but some pointers should be given where appropriate), and they are not expected to provide final results with a full validation or evaluation. The purpose of the RE@Next! track is to discuss emerging research and provide authors with early feedback to help them in the next steps towards a future submission to RE the following year. Hence, the primary interest of RE@Next! is in timely sharing of current research work and prospects and not just presenting a research proposal.

We are happy to announce that RE@Next! Authors are eligible for the RE Mentor’s program chaired by Shaukat Ali and Nan Niu. For more details, please visit: RE Mentoring

Submission Instructions

In order to guide the reviewing process, all authors who intend to submit a paper must first submit the title, abstract (max. 200 words) and author information of their paper. Abstracts are used only to point out your interest to submit a paper and to allow the track co-chairs to initiate the search for possible reviewers early in time.

Contributions must describe original work that has not been previously published or submitted elsewhere. Submissions must be written in English and formatted according to the IEEE formatting instructions.

Papers must not exceed 6 pages, including references. Papers that exceed the length specification or are not formatted correctly will be rejected without review. It is acceptable to reference additional content (i.e., data repositories, source code for open source tools, full protocols of empirical studies, etc.) by providing a corresponding URL hosted on an institutional, archive-grade site.

Please note that only full paper submissions will be peer reviewed. Abstract-only submissions will be discarded without further notice after the submission deadline.

Same as in the Research track, the 2019 RE@Next! track will use a double-blind reviewing process. The goal of double-blind reviewing is to ensure that the reviewers can read and review your paper without having to know who the authors are, and hence avoid related bias. It is not about making the authors' identity undiscoverable. Of course, authors are allowed and encouraged to submit papers that build on their previously published work.

In order to prepare your submission for double-blind reviewing, please follow the instructions given below.

  1. Omit all names and affiliations of authors from the title page, but keep sufficient space to re-introduce them in the final version should the paper be accepted. Do not include any acknowledgements that might disclose your identity. Leave space in your submission to add such acknowledgements when the paper has been accepted.
  2. Refer to your own work in the third person, as you would normally do with the work of others.
  3. When providing supplementary material, do this via a website that does not disclose your identity (you can find useful suggestion at this link).
  4. Do not make changes that compromise the technical integrity of your work. For example, do not change the names of your own tools, approaches or systems. When referencing them, do this in the same way as you would refer to tools, approaches or systems created by others. Moreover, names of tools and systems should be avoided in the paper title.
  5. Avoid using your project name in your submission (e.g. “we validated our techniques in a European project”, not “we validated our techniques in the NAME European project”).
  6. Remove identification metadata from the PDF file before submission (in Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can check their presence with File Properties, or Ctrl-D). Microsoft Word users should follow the Document Properties and Personal Information section of these instructions. (following this link).

Please submit your RE@Next! paper in PDF format via EasyChair. Login and select "enter as an author" Select the “(RE'19) RE@Next! Track” for your submission.

Key Dates

Abstract Submission Friday, April 19, 2019
Full Paper Submission Monday, April 29, 2019
Paper Notification Saturday, June 22, 2019
Camera Ready Due Friday, July 19, 2019

All deadlines are 23:59 Anywhere on Earth (Standard Time).


Any inquiries regarding RE@Next! papers can be directed to the RE@Next! Co-Chairs:

RE@Next! Co-Chair

Lin Liu
Tsinghua University, China

RE@Next! Co-Chair

Angelo Susi
Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), Italy