Special Section on Modern Software Practices

Call for Papers


Modern software practices are transforming the way software and systems are designed, developed, tested, deployed, and monitored. It is widely recognized that progressively higher levels of automation are needed to ensure complex software systems provide continuity of operations. Examples include site reliability engineering (SRE), Development and IT operations (DevOps), Development, security, and IT operations (DevSecOps), and continuous integration and continuous delivery/deployment (CI/CD). Many of these possess the potential to substantially improve multiple software process and product metrics. Despite the strong interest in modern software practices, the concepts will benefit greatly from further study and formalization. Recognizing that there is no universal software process encompassing all domains, this special issue on Modern Software Practices seeks recent research from across the spectrum, ranging from theoretical to empirical software research for the purposes of knowledge sharing. We invite submissions from experts to share their ideas and experience to identify common themes as well as to define differences. In doing so, we seek to bring enhanced clarity to this ever-evolving field and to accelerate the maturation of principles and best practices that can be effectively disseminated to and implemented by the software engineering community.

Topics of Interest

Researchers and practitioners may submit their innovations and findings by applications in deep learning and cyber security. Sample topics are given below:

  • Novel models to characterize one or more process and/or product metrics, including but not limited to performance, reliability, availability, and security
  • Novel metrics to guide process measurement and improvement
  • Maturity modeling and process evaluation techniques
  • Algorithmic advances to support automation, including formal methods and machine learning (e.g., DevSecAIOps)
  • DevSecOps for machine learning (e.g., MLOps)
  • Empirical case studies that elaborate technical and social challenges such as organizational adoption, configuration, and transformation of the work culture
  • Opportunities or experiences enhancing corporate and academia training
  • Surveys of the state of the art in some aspect of modern software development practices


We are soliciting original contributions that have not been published and are not currently under consideration elsewhere. Both theoretical studies and state-of-the-art practical applications are welcome. All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed and selected on the basis of their quality and relevance to the theme of this special section.

We also encourage extensions of conference papers, unless prohibited by copyright, if there is a significant difference in the technical content. Improvements such as adding a new case study or including a description of additional related studies do not satisfy this requirement. A description explaining the difference between the conference paper and the journal submission is required. The overlap between each submission and other articles, including the authors’ own papers and dissertations, should be less than 30%. Each submission must conform to the IJPE template. Please click here to submit your paper.

Special Attention

  • All submissions must be in English and in MS Word (.docx) following the IJPE template.
  • Each paper must have at least 8 pages and a maximum of 10 pages.
  • Every table and figure must have an appropriate caption.
    Each of them must be cited at least once in the paper.
  • There should be at least 10 publications in the Reference Section with every publication cited at least once.
    These publications should be listed in the order of their appearance in the submitted paper.
  • Papers that do not comply with the required format will be rejected without evaluation.

Important Dates

  • October 30, 2021
  • January 15, 2022
  • Paper submission
  • Notification

Guest Editors

  • Professor Lance Fiondella, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, United States
  • Professor Vidhyashree Nagaraju, University of Tulsa, United States

About the Guest Editors

Professor Lance Fiondella is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMassD) and the Director of the UMassD Cybersecurity Center, a NSA/DHS designated Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Research (CAE-R). He received his Ph.D. (2012) in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Fiondella’s papers have been the recipient of twelve conference paper awards, including five as first author and seven with his students as first author. His research has been funded by the Department of Homeland Security, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Army Research Laboratory, Naval Air Systems Command, Naval Sea Systems Command, Air Force Institute of Technology, and National Science Foundation, including a CAREER Award.

Professor Vidhyashree Nagaraju is an Assistant Professor in the Tandy School of Computer Science at the University of Tulsa. She received her Ph.D. (2020) in Computer Engineering from UMassD. Dr. Nagaraju’s papers have been the recipient of four conference paper awards.

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