Special Section on Human and Social Aspects
of Software Quality

Call for Papers


One important topic in software engineering is to address the quality of software. Human and social aspects play a significant role in software development. Hence, it is imperative that we explore the impact of human and social aspects on software quality, as well as to mine the social networks for developers, to help practitioners improve the quality of software they produce.

Together with the International Workshop on Human and Social Aspects of Software Quality, which was part of the 19th IEEE International Conference on Software Quality, Reliability, and Security (QRS 2019), the International Journal of Performability Engineering (IJPE) will have a special section to address the interactions between social networks and software production, and examine their potential impacts on software quality.

This special section will include extensions of selected papers recommended by the workshop program committee and those from the open submission.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Developer social networks
  • Software testing, verification, and validation
  • Software analysis
  • Software quality assurance
  • Empirical study of human aspects in software quality
  • Empirical study of developer social networks in software quality
  • Benchmarks, tools, experience reports


We welcome high quality submissions that are original work, not published, and not currently submitted elsewhere. We also encourage extensions to 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 which can be downloaded on the journal’s official website. Please submit your paper to the IJPE submission page.

Important Dates

  • June 15, 2020
  • August 1, 2020
  • October 1, 2020
  • Paper submission
  • First round notification
  • Second round notification

Papers accepted for this special section are expected to be published in the October 2020 issue.

Guest Editors

  • Professor Ziyuan Wang, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China
  • Dr. Lin Chen, Nanjing University, China

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