To fill the void left by ICSE’s cancellation, we are planning on hosting a JSS Happy Hour on May 29th. This happy hour will be streamed via, ensuring high quality audio and video, and will feature:

  • SHORT video summaries of selected papers (3 min or less, 10 papers or less)
  • Banter from our expert panel of Paris Avgeriou, Diomidis Spinellis, and Katie Stolee after each video (e.g., “If your result needs a statistician then you should design a better experiment”)
  • Interactive crowd voting on key JSS issues via (e.g., the goatee, which JSS co-EiC wears it better?)


I recently went on a bit of Twitter rage after reviewing the revision of a 40-page manuscript, where the authors in no way indicated in the manuscript what they had actually changed.

In the ensuing Twitter conversation, some people have asked me for how I normally mark up changed text in revisions. What I do is really low-tech: I simply use a different color for new or importantly changed text.

Example from the revised version of this paper

I find this approach to be very easy to do and less visually jarring than a full change log, while still making abundantly clear what we have updated in…

One of the perks of working with the Journal of Systems & Software (JSS) is that you get to work with some of the best people in our community: our editors. While these editors are all top researchers, they take on the service work necessary to keep our community healthy. These editors shepherd over 500 papers per year through the review process, taking personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of the decision. And our editors are doing an amazing job; they are returning first decisions in 10.0 weeks on average!

Earl Barr, JSS Editor of the Year 2019

For 2019, one editor stands out: Earl Barr. While…

What makes a journal work? Great Editors-in-Chief? Outstanding Associate Editors? An active Editorial Board from all over the world? These players contribute, certainly, but the engine that keeps a journal running is: Reviewers.

As we do each year, today we would like to honor the top Reviewers for The Journal of Systems & Software for 2019. These reviewers have each reviewed at least 8 papers in 2019, with Lin Guan completing 17! …

As a research-centric engineering discipline, systems and software engineering research is traditionally driven by the symbiotic relationship between theory and practice. Yet, it is commonly understood that researchers and practitioners are still having limited interactions with each other, rendering that symbiotic relationship and technology transfer cumbersome. To reduce the gap between theory and practice, the Journal of Software and Systems has introduced a new In Practice track. …

Last year we chose three papers to be considered for our ten-year Most Influential Paper Award. These three papers were:

  • A practical evaluation of spectrum-based fault localisation — A retrospective (blog, article)
  • A comparison of issues and advantages in agile and incremental development between state of the art and an industrial case — A retrospective (blog, article)
  • The Palladio Component Model for Model-driven Performance Prediction (blog, article)

While MIP awards are already prestigious, we would like to remind readers that an MIP award from JSS is particularly impressive due to its selectivity. In 2009 (the year under consideration), JSS accepted…

Bibliometrics — we all hate them, and yet everybody seems to be talking about them.

In a Twitter discussion end of June, Vahid Garousi has (inspired by a Medium blog post by CSIndexbr, a Brazilian computer science index) asked about acceptance rates for JSS:

It should be noted that current bibliometric data can always be found on this great site maintained by Elsevier.

However, as one of our goals is to increase transparency in the publication process, we want to oblige to Vahid’s request and provide some more detailed data about acceptance rates at the Journal of Systems and…

This week, Uwe Zdun, Florian Rosenberg, and me organized the “1st Vienna Seminar on the Relation of Software Architecture and DevOps / Continuous Delivery”. The goal was to create a Dagstuhl-like, by-invitation event where we wanted to bring together academics and practitioners working somewhere in the vicinity of software architecture, cloud application development, DevOps, continuous delivery, and software experimentation. We were a bit frisky with the event date — we deliberately set the event to happen in the last week before Christmas, partly because meeting rooms at University of Vienna were easy to get at this time, partly because we…

Next year, my current home base, Gothenburg, can count itself happy to host the annual iteration of ICSE, the premiere academic conference on software engineering. I am pretty psyched about the event already — Ivica and the team are surely going to do an awesome job, and you should totally join.

Now, this blog entry is not so much about next year’s iteration, but about it ICSE in general. I have by now attended five iterations of this conference (Zurich, San Francisco, Florence, Austin, and Buenos Aires), and something that has stuck with me is the sheer amount of lamenting

We all know and love and 9 circles of scientific hell (p-value hacking, overselling of data, etc.) that have prominently been going around social media a while ago. While interesting, it’s a pity that they have a fairly quantitative and stats-oriented slant to them, which makes them hard to relate to the more computer systems oriented research that I often work on with my students.

Of course this does not mean that there are no bad practices in those papers — quite the contrary, I am afraid to say. So, without further ado, I hereby present my personal best-of of…

Philipp Leitner

Associate Professor of Software Enginering at Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg. Researcher in Cloud Computing and Internet Technologies.

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