Theme Issue on Reliability Engineering for Software

Submission Deadline: 1 December 2016
Publication: July/August 2017

As the amount of smart, interconnected devices in our cars and homes increases, engineers must increasingly consider software reliability in the connectivity tools and platforms that they create. Reliability engineering emphasizes dependability, whether in a critical moment or throughout the entire lifecycle of the software.

This IEEE Software theme issue focuses on reliability challenges and successes in software engineering.  
We seek articles reporting case studies, experience reports, practices, approaches, techniques, and guidelines. All articles should involve practical software results. In particular, we seek articles on these topics:

  • integration of reliability engineering methods and software methods;
  • development techniques and architectures (software architectures and off-the-shelf components);
  • tools, platforms, and environments for developing reliable software (designing and testing for reliability);
  • supplier-consumer reliability agreement management;
  • maintenance and evolution of reliable software;
  • operational monitoring;
  • dynamic and static program analyses for error detection, as well as their practical applications;
  • differences between reliability engineering and safety engineering;
  • existing models in new scenarios (application domains);
  • novel models that address the shortcomings of the current models;
  • teaching reliability engineering to the software community (including building a core reliability engineering curriculum); and
  • applications to vertical sectors like energy, vehicles, and healthcare.


For more information about the focus, contact the guest editors:

Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts must not exceed 4,700 words including figures and tables, which count for 250 words each. Submissions over these limits may be rejected without refereeing. Articles deemed within the theme and scope will be peer reviewed and subject to editing for magazine style, clarity, organization, and space. Submissions should include the special issue’s name.
Articles should be novel, have a practical orientation, and be written in a style accessible to practitioners. Overly complex, purely research-oriented, or theoretical treatments aren’t appropriate. IEEE Software doesn’t republish material published previously in other venues.

To submit an article:
For submission details:
Full author guidelines: Magazine Peer Review

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