REFSQ 2023
Dates and location to be announced

Requirements Engineering (RE) is a critical factor in developing high-quality and successful software, systems, and services. The REFSQ working conference series is an established international forum for discussing current and state-of-the-art RE practices, celebrating its 29th edition.

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Call for Papers

We invite original submissions in the following categories:

  • Technical design papers (15 pages incl. references) describe the design of new artifacts, i.e., novel solutions for requirements-related problems or significant improvements of existing solutions.
  • Scientific evaluation papers (15 pages incl. references) investigate existing real-world problems, evaluate existing real-world implemented artifacts, or validate newly designed artifacts, e.g., by means such as case studies, experiments, simulation, surveys, systematic literature reviews, mapping studies, or action research.
  • (NEW this year) Experience report papers (12 pages incl. references) describe retrospective reports on practical experiences in applying RE techniques in practice, or addressing RE problems in real-world contexts. These papers focus on reporting the experience in a narrative form, and give prominence to the lessons learned by the authors.
  • Vision papers (8 pages incl. references) state where research in the field should be heading.
  • Research previews (8 pages incl. references) describe well-defined research ideas at an early stage of investigation which may not be fully developed.

Submission, Reviewing, and Publication

Contributions must be submitted to:

Each submission in the scope of REFSQ will undergo a single-blind review process that will involve at least three members of the program committee.

The REFSQ 2023 proceedings will be published in Springer’s LNCS series.

The best papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their contribution to a Special Issue of the Requirements Engineering Journal


All submissions must be formatted according to the Springer LNCS/LNBIP conference proceedings template (for LaTeX and Word): As per the guidelines, please remember to include keywords after your abstract.

Furthermore, to facilitate accurate bidding and a better understanding of the papers, each paper submitted to REFSQ 2023 is required to have a structured abstract. The imposed structure demands each abstract have exactly 4 paragraphs with the following content:

  • Context and motivation: Situate and motivate your research.
  • Question/problem: Formulate the specific question/problem addressed by the paper.
  • Principal ideas/results: Summarize the ideas and results described in your paper. State, where appropriate, your research approach and methodology.
  • Contribution: State the main contribution of your paper. What’s the value you add (to theory, to practice, or to whatever you think that the paper adds value). Also, state the limitations of your results.

Three examples of structured abstracts are given here.