esem 2012

Call for papers

The ACM / IEEE International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement (ESEM) is the premier conference to present research results related to empirical software engineering. These include the discussion of: i) strengths and weaknesses of software engineering technologies and methods from an empirical viewpoint; ii) the design and analysis of empirical studies, ranging from controlled experiments to case studies and from quantitative to qualitative studies; iii) the use of data and measurement to understand, evaluate, and model software engineering phenomena. The symposium encourages the presentation of both novel work and replication studies.

ESEM provides a stimulating forum where researchers and practitioners can present and discuss recent research results on a wide range of topics, in addition to also exchanging ideas, experiences and challenging problems.

The relevant topics include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • Measurement theory and fundamental issues
  • Qualitative methods
  • Infrastructures and novel techniques for conducting empirical studies
  • Families of experiments
  • Replication of empirical studies
  • Cross- and multi-disciplinary methods and studies
  • Systematic literature reviews
  • Meta-analyses
  • Empirical studies of software processes and products
  • Industrial experience and case studies
  • Evaluation and comparison of techniques and models
  • Reports on the benefits / costs associated with using certain technologies
  • Empirically-based decision making
  • Development and evaluation of prediction systems
  • Effort and cost estimation, defect rate and reliability prediction
  • Mining data from software repositories or other sources
  • Quality measurement and assurance
  • Software project experience and knowledge management
  • Technology transfer • Measurement and process improvement programs

We are seeking the following types of submission:

  • Full papers
  • Short papers
  • Posters

Full paper submission

Papers should describe original, unpublished work, which is not under parallel submission elsewhere. All papers must be submitted through the Web-based submission system (, and using PDF format only (please select 'track' "ESEM 2012"). Papers are limited to 10 pages, must be written in English, and be formatted according to the ACM authoring guidelines ( Any papers which exceed 10 pages, or are outside the scope of the symposium, or do not follow the formatting guidelines will be rejected without review. At least one author of accepted full papers must register by the full papers' camera-ready deadline.

Short paper submissions

The goal of short papers is to promote current work on research and practice. Short papers represent an early communication of research and do not always require complete results as in the case of a full paper. In this way authors can introduce new ideas to the community, discuss ideas and get early feedback. Please note that short papers are NOT intended to be position statements. Short papers that are accepted will be published in the proceedings and the Digital Library. Short papers must be submitted through the Web-based submission system (please select track "Short Papers"), and using PDF format only. Short papers must not exceed 4 pages and must be formatted according to the ACM authoring guidelines ( At least one author of accepted short papers must register by the short papers' camera-ready deadline.

Poster Sessions

The ESEM Poster Sessions provide an excellent forum for authors to present their work in an informal and interactive setting. Posters are ideal for presenting speculative, late-breaking results or for presenting new and innovative work. Poster Sessions separate themselves from the Short Paper Sessions by allowing authors the ability to get immediate, personal feedback from conference attendees during the break sessions as they present their work. Posters also provide conference attendees an opportunity to see emerging work in the field in a more relaxed setting. Successful posters are carefully designed to convey technical details. They should also attract the attention of attendees as they stroll past the displays. The goal is to develop a poster that encourages and facilitates small groups of individuals interested in a technical area to gather and interact. Posters that present work in progress and draw important conclusions from practical experience are especially welcome. Posters must be submitted through the Web-based submission system (please select track "Posters"), and using PDF format only. Poster proposals must not exceed 1 page but need not be formatted according to the ACM authoring guidelines.