Call for RE@Next! Papers

The 25th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE'17) will host a special track devoted to the presentation of work currently being carried out by RE researchers around the world. We look for short communications (2 to 6 pages) that describe the current status of ongoing research. The goal of the RE@Next! track is to provide a venue to present your work to academic colleagues and potential industry partners and to receive early feedback.

A good RE@Next! contribution will:

  • provide in succinct form the information that you would convey in a seminar about your ongoing research work to a fellow academic visiting your department;
  • present the long-term directions and prospects of your research endeavours;
  • serve as a trigger for establishing new collaborations with like-minded colleagues;
  • lead to a full research paper, to be submitted to the next RE conference!

RE@Next! contributions will be evaluated based on clarity and interest to the conference attendees. Communications need not include a full literature survey (but a few pointers could be given where appropriate), and they are not expected to provide final results with a full validation. In contrast, the interest is in timely sharing of current research work and prospects.

Guidance to Authors

Papers will be evaluated based on the novelty and feasibility of the idea. Feasibility, for example, can be demonstrated by a sound, convincing review of well-established prior work, or by a pilot study based on a reasonably sophisticated example problem, early results from an exploratory qualitative or quantitative study. The generalizability of research results will not be the focus of the paper evaluations. Instead, the RE@Next! track aims to provide authors with early feedback to help them improve generalizability in a future submission to RE the following year.

Submission Instructions

In order to guide the reviewing process, all authors who intend to submit a paper must first submit the title, abstract (max. 200 words) and author information of their paper. Abstracts are used only to point out your interest to submit a full paper and to allow us to initiate the search for possible reviewers early in time.

Contributions must describe original work that has not been previously published or submitted elsewhere. Submissions must be written in English and formatted according to the IEEE formatting instructions.

Papers must not exceed 6 pages, including references. Papers that exceed the length specification or are not formatted correctly will be rejected without review. It is acceptable to reference additional content (i.e., data repositories, source code for open source tools, full protocols of empirical studies, etc.) by providing a corresponding URL hosted on an institutional, archive-grade site.

Please note that only full paper submissions will be peer reviewed. Abstract-only submissions will be discarded without further notice after the submission deadline.

Please submit your RE@Next! papers in PDF format via EasyChair. Select the RE@Next! Track for your submission.

Key Dates

Abstract Submission Friday, February 24
Full Paper Submission Friday, March 03
Paper Notification Thursday, May 11
Camera Ready Due Friday, June 23

All deadlines are 23:59 Anywhere on Earth (Standard Time).

Need Help?

If you have never previously published at a major international conference and would like some help with planning your Industry Paper submission, please consider the guidance and support offered by the RE'17 RE@Next! Mentors, Daniel M. Berry and Alistair Mavin.


Any inquiries regarding RE@Next! papers can be directed to the RE@Next! Co-Chairs:

RE@Next! Co-Chair

Jaelson Castro
Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil

RE@Next! Co-Chair

Pete Sawyer
Lancaster University, UK