Journal First Track

Accepted Papers

Contrasting Big Bang with Continuous Integration through Defect Reports
Niklas Mellegård, Håkan Burden, Daniel Levin, Kenneth Lind and Ana Magazinius

Why and How Your Traceability Should Evolve: Insights from an Automotive Supplier
Rebekka Wohlrab, Patrizio Pelliccione, Ali Shahrokni and Eric Knauss

Call for Papers

ICSA 2021 has a partnership with Empirical Software Engineering (EMSE)IEEE Software, and Journal of Systems and Software (JSS) to incorporate journal-first papers into its program. Authors of journal-first papers accepted by EMSE, IEEE Software or JSS are invited to submit their work to be presented at ICSA 2021. This will allow authors of journal-first papers to present their work to the community.


We solicit submissions of accepted papers that meet the following criteria:

  • The paper was accepted to EMSE, IEEE Software, or JSS no earlier than November 1, 2019 and no later than December 1, 2020
  • The paper is related to the software architecture topics that are in the scope of the conference.
  • The paper has not been presented at, and is not under consideration for, journal-first programs of other conferences.


Authors of manuscripts that meet the above criteria are invited to submit a proposal directly in the EasyChair submission system consisting of (1) paper title, (2) authors, (3) abstract, (4) a pointer to the original journal paper (DOI) or pre-print, and (5) an acknowledgement that the paper meets the above mentioned criteria.


Authors will be invited to present their paper at ICSA 2021 after checking that the paper meets the above criteria. Because the papers have been already reviewed and accepted by the journal, they will not be reviewed again for technical content.

Our plan is to include in the journal first program as many papers as possible; only in case an exceptionally high number of proposals is received, not all submissions might be selected. If needed, presentation proposals will be prioritized according to fit to the conference theme and structure of sessions.

Important Dates

Proposal: Dec 16th, 2020
Notification: Jan 22nd, 2021
Camera-ready: Feb 19th, 2021

Notes: All deadlines are 23:59h AoE (anywhere on Earth)


As journal first presenter, you will have all the benefits of the conference presentation such as reaching a wider audience, interactions and discussion with peers, and feedback by peers on your work.

At least one author of each presentation accepted for the journal-first program must register and attend the conference to present the paper. The journal-first manuscripts are published through the journals and will not be part of the ICSA 2021 proceedings. The journal-first papers will be listed in the conference program and proceedings and ICSA 2021 participants will have access to the paper abstracts and a pointer to the journal publication outside the conference proceedings.


Anton Jansen (Phillips Innovation Services, The Netherlands)

Grace A. Lewis (Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute, USA)