The 28th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE’20) will host a journal-first track. Through this initiative, authors of journal-first papers accepted in the participating journals will be invited to discuss their research directly with the RE community.

A submission to the RE’20 journal-first track must adhere to the following criteria:

  • The associated accepted journal paper was accepted or published in a journal from the list below no earlier than October 1, 2018:
    • Requirements Engineering Journal (REJ)
    • IEEE Transaction of Software Engineering (IEEE TSE),
    • Information and Software Technology (IST)
    • ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology (ACM TOSEM),
    • Empirical Software Engineering (EMSE)
    • Software and Systems Modeling (SoSyM)
    • Journal of Systems and Software (JSS)
  • The paper is in the scope of the RE’20 conference.
  • The paper reports completely new research results and/or presents novel contributions that significantly extend and were not previously reported in prior work.
  • The paper does not extend prior work solely with additional proofs or algorithms (or other such details presented for completeness), additional empirical results, or minor enhancements or variants of the results presented in the prior work.
  • The paper has not been presented at, and is not under consideration for, journal-first programs of other conferences.

How to submit

The authors of a paper that respects these criteria are invited to submit a one-page presentation proposal (in IEEE 2-column format) consisting of the paper’s title, the paper’s authors, an extended abstract, and a pointer to the original journal paper at the journal’s Web site. If the journal paper extends previously published work (such as, a tool demo or a poster), then the proposal must include a section listing the main contribution that are novel to the journal paper. If the paper is not online yet, then specify so. The original paper should also be uploaded during submission. 

Please submit your proposal in PDF format via EasyChair. Select the RE’20 Journal-First Track for your submission.

Selection Criteria

Submissions that do not satisfy the above listed criteria will be-desk-rejected. As the papers have already been reviewed and accepted by the journals, they will not be reviewed again for technical content. If we receive more submissions than we can accommodate in the RE’20 conference program, we will select submissions according to the following criteria:

1. Priority will be given to the papers that:

  • Increase opportunities for authors to attend RE’20, who might not otherwise attend. In other words, priority will be given to papers with authors that have no (or fewer) papers accepted at the other tracks of RE’20.
  • Best fit the technical program of RE’20, offering a balance across the conference topics.

2. If there is further need to select from papers with the same priority, then they will be selected based on a lottery.



Authors of accepted submissions will be invited to present their paper in a session at the conference.

The journal-first manuscripts are published through the journals and will not be part of the RE’20 proceedings. The journal-first papers will be listed in the conference program and cited in the foreword of the proceedings.

At least one author of the associated journal paper must register for and attend the conference to present the paper. 

Key Dates

Journal-First submissions dueMay 22, 2020 June 2, 2020
Notification of authorsJune 22, 2020

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