The International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution is the premier international forum for researchers and practitioners from academia, industry, and government to present, discuss, and debate the most recent ideas, experiences, and challenges in software maintenance and evolution.


General Chairs

Rainer Koschoke, University of Bremen, Germany

George A. Papadopoulos, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Program Chairs

Paris Avgeriou, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Dave Binkley, Loyola University Maryland, USA

Local Organising Chair and Industry Liaison

Georgia M. Kapitsaki, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

New Ideas Track Chairs

Eleni Constantinou, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

Christian Newman, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA

Tool Demonstrations Chairs

Sherlock Licorish, University of Otago, New Zealand

Gilles Perrouin, University of Namur, Belgium

Industry Track Chairs

Georgios Gousios, Technical University Delft and Facebook, The Netherlands

Shi Han, Microsoft Research Beijing, China

Journal First Track Chairs

Alexander Chatzigeorgiou, University of Macedonia, Greece

Amjed Tahir, Massey University, New Zealand

Doctoral Symposium

Matthias Galster, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Mark Hills, East Carolina University, USA

ROSE Festival Chairs

Maria Papoutsoglou, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Christoph Treude, University of Melbourne, Australia

Most Influential Paper Awards Chairs

Massimiliano Di Penta, University of Sannio, Italy

Jonathan I. Maletic, Kent State University, USA

Diversity and Inclusion

Hadil Abukwaik, ABB Corporate Research, Germany

Sonia Haiduc, Florida State University, USA

Registered Reports

Maria Teresa Baldassarre, University of Bari, Italy

Mike Papadakis, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Publicity and Social Media

Gregory Gay, Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Yasutaka Karmei, Kyushu University, Japan

Call for paper

Important date

2022-03-25 00:00:00
Abstract submission deadline
1970-01-01 00:00:00
Abstract notification of acceptance
2022-04-01 00:00:00
Draft paper submission deadline
2022-06-10 00:00:00
Draft paper acceptance notification
Final paper submission deadline

To establish a consistent set of expectations in the review process, the authors are asked, as part of the online submission process, to identify their papers with one or more of the following categories:

1) Technological

A paper in which the main contribution is of a technical nature. This includes novel tools, new algorithms, new theories, modeling languages, infrastructures, processes, methods, and other technologies. Such a contribution does not necessarily need to be evaluated with humans. However, clear arguments, backed up by evidence as appropriate (whether through a proof, complexity analysis, or run-time analysis, among others), must show how and why the technology is beneficial, why a new method is needed, whether it is in automating or supporting some user task, refining our modeling capabilities, improving some key system property, etc.

2) Empirical

A paper in which the main contribution is the empirical study of a software evolution technology or phenomenon. This includes controlled experiments, case studies, and surveys of professionals reporting qualitative or quantitative data, and analysis results. The authors should provide convincing arguments, with commensurate experiences, why certain methods or models are needed. Such a contribution will be judged on its study design, the appropriateness and correctness of its analysis, and its discussion of threats to validity. Replications are welcome.

3) Perspectives

A paper in which the main contribution is a novel perspective on the field as a whole, or part thereof. This includes assessments of the current state of the art and achievements, systematic literature reviews, framing of an important problem, forward-looking thought pieces, connections to other disciplines, and historical perspectives. Such a contribution must, in a highly convincing manner, clearly articulate its vision, novelty, and potential impact.

All papers should be full papers and papers may belong to more than one category. 


All submissions that meet the submission criteria (see below) and fit the scope of the conference will be reviewed by three members of the program committee. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of soundness, importance of contribution, originality, quality of presentation, appropriate comparison to related work, and convincing evaluation of the proposed approach. Submissions that are not in compliance with the required submission format or that are out of the scope of the conference will be rejected without being reviewed. Submitted papers must comply with IEEE plagiarism policy and procedures. Papers submitted to ICSME 2022 must not have been published elsewhere and must not be under review, or submitted for review, elsewhere while under consideration for ICSME 2022. Submitting the same paper to different tracks of ICSME 2022 is also not allowed.

Publication and Presentation

Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings and submitted for inclusion in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. All authors of all accepted papers will be asked to complete an electronic IEEE Copyright form and will receive further instructions for preparing their camera-ready versions. At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the conference and present the paper at the conference. Failure of at least one author to register by the early registration date will result in the paper being withdrawn from the conference proceedings. IEEE reserves the right to exclude a paper from distribution after the conference (e.g., by not placing it in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library) if the paper is not presented at the conference. Presentation details will follow notifications of acceptance.

Submission Topics

IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution (ICSME) is the premier forum for researchers and practitioners to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, experiences, and challenges in software maintenance and evolution. We invite high quality submissions describing significant, original, and unpublished results related to but not limited to any of the following software maintenance and evolution topics (in alphabetical order):

  • Change and defect management
  • Code cloning and provenance
  • Concept and feature location
  • Continuous integration/deployment
  • Empirical studies of software maintenance and evolution
  • Evolution of non-code artifacts
  • Human aspects of software maintenance and evolution
  • Maintenance and evolution of model-based methods
  • Maintenance and evolution processes
  • Maintenance and evolution of mobile apps
  • Maintenance and evolution of service-oriented and cloud computing systems
  • Maintenance versus release process
  • Mining software repositories
  • Productivity of software engineers during maintenance and evolution
  • Release engineering
  • Reverse engineering and re-engineering
  • Run-time evolution and dynamic configuration
  • Software and system comprehension
  • Software migration and renovation
  • Software quality assessment
  • Software refactoring and restructuring
  • Software testing theory and practice
  • Source code analysis and manipulation
  • Technical Debt

ICSME welcomes innovative ideas that are timely, well presented, and evaluated. All submissions must position themselves within the existing literature, describe the relevance of the results to specific software engineering goals, and include a clear motivation and presentation of the work.

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  • Conference Date

    Oct 03



    Oct 07


  • Mar 25 2022

    Abstract Submission Deadline

  • Apr 01 2022

    Draft paper submission deadline

  • Jun 10 2022

    Draft Paper Acceptance Notification

  • Jul 01 2022

    Final Paper Deadline

  • Oct 07 2022

    Registration deadline

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