Call for Papers

SoHeal aims to enable and promote collaboration between academia and industry, unifying the views on software health of researchers and practitioners. The workshop's goals are to: (i) raise awareness of practitioners' problems with software health; (ii) familiarize practitioners with the progress made by academia; and (iii) connect the two communities to further advance the body of knowledge and state of the practice on software health.

We invite position papers of up to 8 pages (including figures, tables and references), all submissions will peer-reviewed and must be submitted through HotCrp.
Formatting instructions are available at for both LaTeX and Word users. LaTeX users must use the provided acmart.cls and without modification, enable the conference format in the preamble of the document (i.e., \documentclass[sigconf,review]{acmart}), and use the ACM reference format for the bibliography (i.e., \bibliographystyle{ACM-Reference-Format}). The review option adds line numbers, thereby allowing referees to refer to specific lines in their comments.

Topics for contributions on software health (at ecosystem or project level) include but are not limited to:

  • technical health issues (e.g., library updates, breaking changes, vulnerabilities);
  • social health aspects (e.g., sustainability, onboarding, collaboration, coordination);
  • empirical qualitative and/or quantitative studies on software health;
  • theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches to measure, assess, and monitor software health at the individual, team, organisational, or community level of granularity;
  • prediction and/or recommendation models to forecast software ecosystems issues or improve their health;
  • dashboards and tools to analyse and visualise health-related factors.
  • evolution of software ecosystems and their health;
  • experiences with developing and/or relying on software ecosystems in industry, open-source or the public sector;
  • studies concerning the legal, process, or business aspects.

All accepted contributions will be presented during the workshop, but only position papers will be included in the proceedings. The official publication date of the workshop proceedings is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of ICSE 2020. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work. All submissions should provide unpublished and original work that has not been previously accepted for publication nor concurrently submitted for review in another workshop, conference, journal or book. If the submission is accepted, at least one author must attend the workshop and present the paper in order to include the paper in the proceedings.

Authors of the papers accepted at SoHeal 2020 will be invited to submit revised, extended versions of their manuscripts for a special issue of Science of Computer Programming (SCICO), edited by Elsevier.

Important dates

  • Position paper submission deadline: January 22, 2020 February 7, 2020
  • Notification of acceptance: February 25, 2020
  • Camera Ready for accepted position papers: March 16, 2020 April 7, 2020
  • Workshop: May 24, 2020; October, 2020; July, 2020