Initial ideas to guest editors (rncharette@ieee.org): 15 October 2017

Full papers due: 1 March 2018

Publication date: November 2018

Computer plans a November 2018 special issue on Winners and Losers: Outcomes of IT Projects.

IT is increasingly embedded into nearly everything, yet remains hard to “get right.” IT success often comes out of nowhere and is a surprise. Developmental and operational failures are common despite years of effort to manage effectively the totality of the “lifecycle.” IT deliverables are frequently late, over budget, hard to maintain, and difficult to replace and retire.

For this special issue, guest editors welcome contributions covering any aspect of IT: transaction processing, computer-mediated communication, embedded systems, enterprise systems, artificial intelligence, sensor networks, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and more. Guest editors will particularly focus on software, broadly considered, as well as societal outcomes.

Submissions should make contributions to thought and practice, with emphasis on how realms of IT interact with one another and society, over time, for good and bad. Each article should share successful practices to follow, or painful experiences to avoid. Succinctness and readability will be important selection factors. Some contributions will be solicited. Computer is a peer-reviewed publication and all articles will go through review process.

Those who wish to submit must send an initial idea write-up (2,000 words, maximum) to Robert N. Charette (rncharette@ieee.org) by 15 October 2017. The guest editors will comment on these, encouraging those that are promising and discouraging others.

Submissions must be previously unpublished, original, and state-of-the-art, and they must not currently be under review by another conference or journal.

Final articles are subject to a strict 6,000-word limit for publication (figures and tables are equivalent to 300 words each). Articles should be understandable by a broad audience of computer science and engineering professionals, without unnecessary theory, mathematics, jargon, or abstract concept.

All articles are subject to peer review on technical merit and relevance. Accepted articles will be professionally edited.

For accepted articles, authors must provide electronic files conforming to guidelines. Graphs and charts must be submitted in original, editable source format (PDF, Visio, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, for example). Screenshots or photographs must be submitted as high-resolution JPEG or TIFF files (300 dpi or higher at the largest possible dimensions). Authors of accepted papers are encouraged to submit multimedia (such as a two- to four-minute podcast, or other videos, audio, or audio/video interview of authors by experts in the field). Computer staff can help facilitate, record, and edit such materials.


Direct any correspondence to the guest editors:

Robert N. Charette (RNCharette@ieee.org)

John Leslie King (jlking@umich.edu)

For author guidelines and information on how to submit a manuscript electronically, visit www.computer.org/web/peer-review/magazines. For full paper submission, please visit mc.manuscriptcentral.com/com-cs.