Understanding the stakeholders' desires and needs

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Call for Papers

Requirements engineering has increasingly become a dominant activity in systems development—the more we can generate or outsource design and construction, the more we need requirements that adequately reflect the stakeholders' desires and needs.

The IEEE International Requirements Engineering conference is the premier requirements engineering conference, providing a forum for researchers, practitioners, educators, and students to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, experiences, and concerns in the field of requirements engineering.

Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to:

Requirements elicitation, analysis, documentation, validation, and verification

Requirements specification languages, methods, processes, and tools

Requirements management, traceability, viewpoints, prioritization, and negotiation

Modeling of requirements, goals, and domains

Formal analysis and verification

Prototyping, simulation, and animation

Evolution of requirements over time, product families, and variability

Relating requirements to business goals, architecture, and testing

Social, cultural, and cognitive factors in requirements engineering

Domain-specific problems and solutions in the field of requirements

Paper categories

We invite submissions of high quality papers in the following categories:

Technical solution papers

Technical solution papers present solutions for requirements-related problems which are novel or significantly improve existing solutions. A technical solution paper must include a preliminary validation of the proposed solution.
Evaluation criteria: The proposed solution technique or its application to this kind of problem must be novel and sound. The author(s) must provide a preliminary validation of the proposed solution, for example, a proof-of-concept and/or sound arguments that the solution technique will work and that it will scale to real-world-sized problems. Results must be stated clearly enough so that the author(s) or others can further validate them in later research. A technical solution paper should also be clear about its contributions with respect to related work by others and to previous work by the author(s).
Size: A paper of this category must not exceed 10 pages.

Scientific evaluation papers

Scientific evaluation papers evaluate existing problem situations or validate proposed solutions with scientific means, i.e. by empirical studies, experiments, case studies, simulations, formal analyses, mathe¬matical proofs, etc. Scientific reflection on problems and practices in industry also falls into this category.
Evaluation criteria: The topic of the evaluation presented in the paper as well as its causal or logical properties must be clearly stated. The research method must be sound and appropriate. The research must be novel or, otherwise, the results must constitute a significant increase of knowledge. The results must be relevant and/or (statistically) significant. Furthermore, the research should be situated in the context of related work by others and previous work by the author(s).
Size: A paper of this category must not exceed 10 pages.

Industrial practice and experience papers

Industrial practice and experience papers present problems or challenges encountered in practice, relate success and failure stories, or report on industrial practice. The focus is on 'what' and on lessons learned, not on an in-depth analysis of 'why'. Otherwise, consider submitting a scientific evaluation paper.
Evaluation criteria: The practice must be clearly described and its context must be given. Readers should be able to follow easily and to draw conclusions for their own practice.
Size: A paper of this category should be 4-6 pages long. It must not exceed 6 pages.

Vision papers

Vision papers sketch new ways of looking at things, present creative new ideas, rethink current notions, etc. Please note that this is not a forum for research proposals or immature technical solution papers.
Evaluation criteria: A vision paper should be revealing and thought-provoking, thus providing new insight for the reader. The presented ideas must be original and look sound. Papers that only sketch an idea or propose research on some topic will be rejected.
Size: A paper of this category must not exceed 6 pages.


Papers must describe original work that has not been submitted to or presented at other forums. [more]

Submission information

Submissions will be handled electronically at the RE'06 submission site. Authors without web access must make advance arrangements with the Program Chair at least one week before the deadline.

Submissions must be formatted according to the 8.5x11 inch IEEE CS proceedings format. For downloading instructions and templates, go to the Author Forms web page of the IEEE Computer Society.

Submission deadlines

For the submission deadlines, see the list of important dates.


All submissions will be reviewed by members of the RE'06 Program Committee according to the criteria stated above. Based on the reviews and on the discussion of papers in the program committee, the RE'06 Program Board will decide which papers to accept for the conference.

Papers that do not conform to the submission instructions will be rejected without review. In particular, this will be the case for papers that exceed the size limit, are obviously out of the scope of the conference, or clearly do not fit the selected paper category. In the latter case, the Program Chair will first try to reclassify a submission to a proper category.

Publication of accepted papers

Accepted papers will be published in an IEEE CS Press Conference Proceedings and will be available in the IEEE CS Digital Library.

Other contributions

We also invite proposals for tutorials, workshops, panels, doctoral symposium contributions, posters, and research demonstrations.