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ERCIM News No. 99 (October 2014)


Articles have to be sent to the local editor for your country (see About ERCIM News) or to the central editor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please read the guidelines below before submitting an article

The sections of ERCIM News 99 are:

  • Joint ERCIM Actions
  • Special theme: "Software Quality"
  • Research and Innovation
  • Events
  • In Brief

The Special Theme and the Research and Innovation sections contain articles presenting a panorama of European research activities. The Special Theme focuses on a sector which has been selected by the editors from a short list of currently "hot" topics whereas the Research and Innovation section contains articles describing scientific activities, research results, and technical transfer endeavours in any sector of ICT, telecommunications or applied mathematics. Submissions to the Special Theme section are subjected to an external review process coordinated by invited guest editors whereas submissions to the Research and Innovation section are checked and approved by the ERCIM News editorial board.

Special Theme: "Software Quality"

Guest editors:

  • Jurgen Vinju, CWI
  • Anthony Cleve, University of Namur
The special theme of this issue coinciding with ERCIM's 25th anniversary celebration is dedicated to the important topic of software quality. Software quality is important because software is truly ubiquitous in society, influencing both our professional and personal lives in a profound way. The term "quality" puts the good and the bad aspects of software in the spotlight and emphasizes the way software products interact with people: software engineers and software users both.

You are invited to submit your contribution of a short article (700-800 words), explaining your position in or your contribution to the field. The aim of this ERCIM News issue is to provide an exciting overview of European research activity in the theory and practice of understanding and improving software quality.

Software quality is a many faceted concept. We solicit contributions from all domains of computing and software engineering, including formal methods, critical software, cyber-physical systems, government, science, education, games, and business. This includes, but is not limited to, research in software verification, testing, model driven engineering, reverse engineering, re-engineering, the web, cloud computing, multi-core and parallelization, mobile computing, e-government, or big data. We are looking for theory, methods and tools along all dimensions of software quality:

  • User perceived quality - requirements elicitation, user experience;
  • Source code quality - readability, maintainability, robustness, correctness, certification;
  • Algorithmic quality - computational complexity, accuracy, correctness;
  • Component quality - composability, run-time, memory and energy efficiency, compatibility;
  • Architectural quality - variability, evolvability, scalability;
  • Quality assessment - reverse engineering, mining repositories, testing;
  • Quality improvement - refactoring, re-engineering, restructuring, engineering processes, modularity.

Articles have to be sent to the local editor for your country (see About ERCIM News) or to the central editor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Articles submitted to the special theme are subject to a review process.

Guidelines for ERCIM News articles

Style: ERCIM News is read by a large variety of people. Keeping this in mind the article should be descriptive (emphasize more the 'what' than the 'how') without too much technical detail together with an illustration, if possible.

Contributions in ERCIM News are normally presented without formulas. One can get a long way with careful phrasing, although it is not always wise to avoid formulas altogether. In cases where authors feel that the use of formulas is necessary to clarify matters, this should be done in a separate box (to be treated as an illustration). However, formulas and symbols scattered through the text must be avoided as much as possible.

Length: Keep the article short, i.e. 700-800 words.

Format: Submissions preferably in ASCII text or MS Word. Pictures/Illustrations must be submitted as separate files (not embedded in a MS Word file) in a resolution/quality suitable for printing.

Structure of the article:
The emphasis in ERCIM News is on 'NEWS'. This should be reflected in both title and lead ('teaser').

  • Title
  • Author (full name, max. two or three authors)
  • Teaser:
    a few words about the project/topic. Printed in bold face, this part is intended to raise interest (keep it short).
  • Details describing:
    what the project/product is
    which institutions are involved
    where it takes place
    why the research is being done
    when it was started/completed the aim of the project
    the techniques employed
    the orientation of the project
    future activities
    other institutes involved in this project
    co-operation with other ERCIM members in this field
  • References: For special theme articles:
    • 1 - max. 3 references are mandatory. For articles for the section "Research and Devlopment", you can give a max. of three references (not mandatory)
    • Authors should preferably refer important sources only (i.e. journal papers, books) and avoid meaningless references such as article in preparation, unpublished presentations, personnal communications, research reports, patents, or local conference publications not listed in the major scientific digital libraries (such as IEEE, ACM, Springer).
    • The selected EN style is the shortened IEEE Citation Style.
    • The references should be as concise as possible and restricted to the minimal information needed. Avoid all unnecessary words (pages x pp., year, editors, location,...). Use acronyms instead of full conference names - OOPSLA x Object-Oriented Programing Systems, abbreviations (e.g. Conf. x Conference, IEEE TPAMI x IEEE Transaction on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, etc.).
    • Use et al. when three or more names are given.
  • Useful Link(s) (URLs separated from the refrences)
  • Contact address with:
    - full name of the author
    - phone number
    - e-mail address
  • Photos, illustrations:
    ERCIM News is a full color print magazine. Each article should be accompagnied by an illustration (photos, graphics), for example of the product, applications mentioned in the article, people working on the project, etc. (avoid as much as possible flow charts and screen dumps).
    Photos should be submitted in jpg or tiff format in a resolution suitable for printing (pictures taken from the web are usually in a quality suitable for printing), graphics in a vector format (svg, eps or ps).

Publishing in ERCIM News offers several advantages:

  • ERCIM News represents an excellent opportunity to present your research to a broad audience, also outside your own research community
  • the printed edition has a circulation of about 6000 copies
  • more than 6500 readers are subscribed to the online edition
  • the online edition has excellent visibility with a Google ranking of PR8
  • ERCIM News is widely distributed in the European Commission
  • ERCIM offers a free professional proof-reading service
  • Authors can reuse their articles; the copyright of the articles remains with the authors.
  • Articles of the sections "Special Theme" and "Research and Innovation" are referenced by DBLP