CLOSED Call for Papers: Special Issue on Software Correctness Technology

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Submissions Due: 11 March 2021

Submission deadline: March 11, 2021
Publication: September/October 2021

It has been said that software is “eating the world.” Many of today’s major companies are built entirely around information systems. More and more, systems are controlled by software and rely on correct operation of software. It has enabled us to make the most intricate machines that have ever existed. In today’s world, with its increasing number of autonomous systems, services, and devices, correctness of software definitely cannot be an afterthought. Ensuring correctness in software has become the major challenge in software engineering.

This special issue of IT Professional seeks to provide readers with an overview and applications of modern software technology to establish and ensure correctness in software and its potential applications in government, business, healthcare, and commercial products and services. We seek high-quality contributions from academia, business, industry, and government that present recent advances in software technology for engineering software with correctness guarantees. Visionary papers describing futuristic applications are also welcome. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Certifying the correctness of software
  • Model checking
  • Program analysis
  • Proof carrying code
  • Compiler correctness
  • Validating static analysis reports
  • Metrics to measure the degree of correctness of software
  • Specifications to check the correctness of runtime systems
  • Vulnerability assessment for code
  • Secure code analysis
  • Fuzz testing
  • Concolic testing
  • Automated bug triage
  • Automated input minimization (test case reduction)
  • Large databases of bug reports and/or reproducible test cases
  • Benchmarks to test the effectiveness of correctness tools
  • Artificial intelligence techniques (e.g. machine learning) for anomaly detection
  • Formal verification techniques applied to real-world production systems
  • Scalable tools for model checking, verification, certification, or symbolic execution
  • Scalable debugging solutions for large-scale applications
  • Approaches for the specification of algorithms with the goal of correctness checking

Submission Guidelines

Only submissions that describe previously unpublished, original, state-of-the-art research and that are not currently under review by a conference or another journal will be considered. Extended versions of conference papers must be at least 30 percent different from the original conference works. Feature articles should be no longer than 4,200 words and have no more than 20 references (with tables and figures counting as 300 words each). For author guidelines, see our peer review page. All manuscripts must be submitted to ScholarOne Manuscripts by the deadline in order to be considered. Submissions are subject to peer review on both technical merit and relevance to IT Pro’s readership. Articles should be understandable by a broad audience of computer science and engineering professionals, avoiding unnecessary theory, mathematics, jargon, or abstract concepts. Figures and tables should be placed in the appropriate location within the template, ideally in files that are 300 dpi or higher using the dimensions defined in the document template.


Please direct any correspondence before submission to the guest editors at

Guest editors

  • Markus Schordan (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, CA, USA)
  • Ignacio Laguna (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, CA, USA)
  • Cindy Rubio-González (UC Davis, CA, USA)