Call for Journal of Systems and Software: Special Issue Following SPLC’2023

Call for Papers – Special Issue on Intelligent Software Product Lines

A special issue of the Journal of Systems and Software.

Editors in Chief

  • Paris Avgeriou, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands
  • David Shepherd, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, USA

Special Issues Editors

  • Laurence Duchien, University of Lille Faculty of Science and Technology, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France
  • Raffaela Mirandola, Polytechnic of Milan, Milano, Italy

Guest Editors

  • Iris Reinhartz-Berger, University of Haifa, Israel
  • Gilles Perrouin, PReCISE/NaDI, University of Namur, Belgium


The theme of SPLC 2023 intelligent software product lines. This theme acknowledges the
increasing use of machine intelligence techniques (neural and symbolic machine learning)
for a variety of purposes, including predicting the performance of variants, assisting
configuration tasks, or driving the generation of variants of interest. How humans interact
with such AI techniques is also in the scope of this special theme. This theme completes the
topics of the conference (see below), and we continue welcoming submissions in numerous
closely related areas, such as configurable systems, product configuration, and software

Topics include but are not limited to the following.

  • AI: genetic algorithms, neural networks, and machine learning for product lines
  • Architecture, design, and visualization of product lines
  • Dynamic software product lines, reconfigurable systems, (self-)adaptive systems
  • Evolution, maintenance, and continuous integration for product lines (e.g., DevOps)
  • Formal methods and SPL verification techniques (e.g., program analysis, model checking)
  • Green and sustainable technologies for variation
  • Human, organizational, and social aspects of product lines (e.g., BPM, collaborative modeling and development, cooperative configuration processes, economics, program comprehension)
  • Language product lines, and domain-specific and programming languages for product lines
  • Multi-product lines, program families, product lines of product lines, software ecosystems
  • Non-functional properties: modeling, analysis, and optimization (e.g., performance, energy)
  • Reverse engineering, variability mining, and refactoring (e.g., migration from clone-and-own)
  • Recommender systems for configurators and feature models (e.g., CSP/SAT/SMT solvers)
  • Specification and modeling of SPL (e.g., domain-specific modeling, model-driven engineering)
  • Testing product lines (e.g., product sampling, test-case selection, prioritization, mutations)
  • Variability management and variability modeling (e.g., feature models, decision models)

Important Dates

  • Submission: 31 January 2024
  • Notification to authors (first round): 31 March 2024
  • Submission of revised papers (second round): 31 May 2024
  • Notification to authors (second round): 31 July 2024
  • Submission after second review: 30 September 2024
  • Final acceptance: 31 October 2024
  • Proposed date of publication: 31 December 2024

Submission Guidelines

All submitted papers will undergo a rigorous peer-review process and should adhere to the
general principles of the Journal of Systems and Software articles. Submissions have to be
prepared according to the Guide for Authors at Submitted
papers must be original, and must not have been previously published or be under
consideration for publication elsewhere. If a paper has been already presented at a
conference, it should contain at least 30% new material before being submitted to this issue.
Authors must provide any previously published material relevant to their submission and
describe the additions made. We will invite some papers from SPLC 2023 for this special
issue, although the issue is open: it is not necessary to have a paper accepted at the
conference to submit.
All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted through the Elsevier
Editorial System at Follow the submission instructions given on
this site. During the submission process, select the article type “VSI:SPLC2023” from the
“Choose Article Type” pull-down menu. All submissions must adhere to the general
principles of the Journal of Systems and Software articles. Submissions have to be prepared
according to the Guide for Authors, available on the journal website, and must follow the
format specified in the JSS Guide for Authors