The 28th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE’20) is the premier international forum for industrial practitioners, researchers, educators, and students for discussing the most recent innovations, experiences, and concerns in the discipline of Requirements Engineering. The RE’20 industry track will feature full industry papers, presentation-only contributions, invited presentations, and interactive formats.

We invite both practitioners and researchers with significant industry experience to submit original contributions reporting on requirements engineering challenges and innovations within industrial, government, and open-source settings.

Full industry papers may be up to 10 pages long, plus 1 additional page for references, and will be peer-reviewed. The accepted papers will be included in the IEEE proceedings for the conference and presented at RE’20. 

Presentation-only submissions recognize that practitioners often perform innovative work that would be valuable to share but do not publish it in paper form. We, therefore, accept presentations of strong work performed in the industry at RE’20 based on the submission of a 300-words extended abstract and draft slides (full paper not necessary). These presentations will not be eligible for publication in the conference proceedings.

RE’20 will provide you with an opportunity to share interests and discuss ideas with fellow practitioners and researchers. You will join the global network of requirements engineering experts across industry and academia and have a chance to influence the development of the field.

Call for Contributions

The industry track accepts the following types of industrial contributions:

  • Problem statement papers describe a significant challenge that has been encountered in industry and has not been satisfactorily solved.
  • Vision papers propose a solution and a research or innovation roadmap for addressing a significant challenge experienced in the industry.
  • Experience report papers report on the innovative application of a concept, method, or framework in one or several interesting industrial contexts, including the lessons learned.

As mentioned above, the track welcomes full industry papers and presentation-only submissions.

Guidelines for Full Industry Papers

Industry papers must be based on a strong connection to the industrial context. They should adhere to the following guidelines.

  • Clearly describe the context of the problem and why a practical solution is important to the industry. Indicate who has been impacted, for how long time, how new the problem is, and what the trigger of the problem is.
  • Identify prior work. You are not expected to have performed a systematic literature review as you would for the research track. However, identify if you are applying your own or someone else’s previously published ideas. Cite this related work.
  • Explain what you did and the results you have obtained. What were the environment and the problem that you have investigated? How did you develop and apply any solutions? What were the results, impact, and lessons learned? Provide concise descriptions and rationales for your choices.
  • Describe your findings with supporting data, and do not base your arguments on just your personal opinion or conjecture. Industry track papers may be based on topics for which there was originally no expectation of writing a paper and consequently no controlled data gathering. Use the data you have and collect inputs and opinions from those who were involved.
  • Discuss what makes your contribution innovative, significant, and useful for industry. To explain what is new, compare your results with relevant alternatives. If the findings were negative, provide a thorough discussion of the potential causes of failure, and ideally a perspective on how to solve them.

What is the Difference between Research and Industry Track Papers?

Authors sometimes ask for guidance as to the track to which they should submit their paper. Both Research and Industry Track papers are expected to meet the same high standards required by IEEE for published papers, but they are evaluated using different criteria. To ensure its best chance for acceptance, a paper must be submitted to the appropriate track. The following examples are by no means exhaustive, but shall provide an indication:

  • A review of previous research or literature on a given topic
  • A proposed new technique that industry could employ in the future, based on interviews with a company’s employees and analysis of data
  • A proposed new technique that industry could employ in the future, based on a trial in an industrial setting with simulated data
  • An exploration of the history, successes, and challenges of requirements related practices and/or vision of future directions based on the author’s work with practitioners
  • An analysis of the state of the art across multiple companies
  • A description of the practices of a particular company by an employee or non-employee (e.g. a consultant or independent researcher)
  • A proposed new technique that industry could employ in the future, based on a practitioner’s work experience
  • A proposed new technique that industry could employ in the future, based on a trial in an industrial setting performed by practitioners doing their daily work
  • The deployment of an existing or new technique to practitioners doing their daily work, regardless of failure or success
  • An exploration of the history, successes, and challenges of requirements related practices and/or vision of future directions based on the author’s work as a practitioner

Guidelines for Presentation-only Submissions

While “presentation-only” authors will not be required to submit full papers, they will still need to work with the industry track program committee to demonstrate that their presentation will meet the criteria of full papers. For example, authors must be able to substantiate any claims made in their presentation. They will be required to submit a 300-words extended abstract and draft slides. Similar to full papers, at least one author will be required to register for and attend the conference.

Topics of Interest

Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Use of requirements engineering to address societal, economic, or corporate challenges
  • Use of requirements engineering to leverage emerging technologies such as Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, IoT, 5G, or Blockchain
  • Innovation through networking, community-building, and creativity
  • Enablement of value chains or software ecosystems
  • Requirements elicitation and negotiation
  • Work in multi-party consortia or geographically dispersed teams
  • Involvement of the crowd for requirements elicitation, analysis, and validation
  • Good-enough requirements engineering
  • Agile and lean approaches
  • Domain-specifics and special contexts for requirements engineering such as Open-source or API development
  • Natural language
  • Formal and model-driven approaches
  • Work on complex systems or product lines
  • Traceability
  • Ethics, compliance, and risk management
  • User experience, privacy, safety, and security
  • Sustainability
  • Approaches for requirements testing, validation, and impact management
  • Value creation techniques
  • Product planning and evolution
  • Dissemination and cooperation with media, marketing, sales, and support
  • Deploying new or improved processes
  • Transferring technology from academia to industry or within the industry
  • Tooling for requirements engineering or management
  • Training and certification for practitioners
  • Learning from practice and improving productivity
  • Identifying industry best practices and benchmarks

Artifacts

The authors of accepted papers will have the opportunity to increase the visibility of their artifacts (software and data) and to obtain an artifact badge. Upon acceptance, the authors can submit their artifacts, which will be evaluated by a committee that determines their sustained availability and reusability.

Need Help?

If you have never previously published at a major international conference and would like some help with planning your Paper submission, please contact the Industry Track Co-Chairs.

Full Paper Submission Instructions

Authors who intend to submit a paper must first submit the title, abstract (max. 200 words) and, without feedback on the abstract, the full paper. Only full paper submissions will be peer-reviewed. Abstract-only submissions will be discarded without further notice after the submission deadline. Abstracts are used only to point out your interest to submit a full paper and to allow us to initiate the search for possible reviewers early in time.

Papers 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 10 pages, plus a maximum of 1 additional page for references. You may reference additional content (i.e., data repositories, source code for open source tools, etc.) by providing a corresponding URL hosted on an institutional, archive-grade site. Papers that exceed the length specification or are not formatted correctly will be rejected without review.

Presentation-only Submission Instructions

Authors who intend to submit a paper must first submit the title, Presentation-only Submission Form and, after reception of feedback, the presentation. Abstract-only submissions will be discarded without further notice after the presentation submission deadline. Presentations must describe original work that has not been previously published or submitted elsewhere. Submissions must be written in English. You may reference additional content (i.e., data repositories, source code for open source tools, etc.) by providing a corresponding URL hosted on an institutional, archive-grade site.

Submissions must be accompanied by a submission form that will be published later on the RE’20 website of the industry track.

Submission Link

Please submit your paper or presentation in PDF format via EasyChair. Select the RE’20 Industry track for your submission.

Paper Evaluation and Acceptance

All submissions will be evaluated through a competitive peer-review process. The submissions will be judged considering the criteria described in the guidelines above. Accepted full papers may require editing for clarity prior to publication and presentation. They will appear in the IEEE Digital Library.

At least one author of each accepted paper must attend the conference in order to present their paper.

Key Dates

Abstract SubmissionMonday, February 24th, 2020
Full Paper SubmissionMonday, March 2nd, 2020
Paper NotificationTuesday, May 12th, 2020
Camera Ready DueMonday, June 22nd, 2020

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

Contact

Any inquiries regarding industry papers can be directed to the Industry Track Co-Chairs: