Accelerating Scientific Discovery with Reusable Software – Call for Papers


Letter of intent to submit (with abstract) deadline: April 2, 2018
Full paper submission deadline: July 2, 2018
Publication: March/April 2019

Guest editors: Michael Folk (HDF Group), Daniel S. Katz (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Scott Lathrop (National Center for Supercomputing Applications), Lois Curfman McInnes (Argonne National Laboratory), and Andy Ray Terrel (NumFOCUS)

This is a call for papers for an upcoming special issue of Computing in Science & Engineering to be published in March/April 2019. The goal of this special issue is to promote high-quality reusable research software for advancing computational and data-enabled discovery in all fields. Active community participation is critical to improving, promoting, and expanding the use of research software. We welcome and encourage submissions from the international community, including application scientists, software developers, and stakeholders.

Computational and data-enabled researchers have the potential to accelerate discovery by incorporating software that is easy to adapt, efficient, optimized for highly scalable computing systems, well-tested, and continuously refined over time.  Reusable software is an overarching name for libraries for numerical computing, I/O, data analytics, and machine learning, as well as domain-specific community codes and other software packages. The breadth of available options is vast, and members of the community often seek to understand which software to apply to advance their research and education.

This special issue of Computing in Science & Engineering will examine the state of reusable software, inform the community of the excellent resources available to advance research and education goals, and inform future directions for creating reusable software that is responsive to community needs for advancing discovery.

We are soliciting papers on topics that include, but are not limited to,

  • the state-of-the-art,
  • how reusable software can advance discovery,
  • lessons learned,
  • developing and applying reusable software,
  • efforts in interoperability and community policies,
  • effective methods for addressing user requirements,
  • case studies that can be generalized, and
  • strategies to address emerging technologies including extreme-scale computing.

Manuscripts of particular interest will describe efforts that involve collaborations among government, industry, and academia.

Submission Guidelines

Please contact the guest editors at to inquire whether your topic is suited for the special issue. Letters of intent with a one-page abstract are requested in advance of full papers. Please send them to by April 2, 2018.

When writing your paper, please see the CiSE-specific author guidelines and the general author guidelines. Please submit your manuscript electronically through ScholarOne Manuscripts, selecting this special-issue option.


Contact the guest editors at