Software Engineering Track (SET)

SET is a forum where researchers and practitioners from the Ibero-American community may report and discuss new research results in all areas of Software Engineering, except for topics in requirements engineering and empirical software engineering, which are discussed in the corresponding specialized tracks.

  • Continuous software engineering (e.g., DevOps, agile, etc.)
  • Formal methods applied to software engineering
  • Human and social aspects of software engineering
  • Machine learning applied to software engineering
  • Model-driven software engineering
  • Search-based software engineering
  • Software architecture
  • Software economics and metrics
  • Software engineering education and training
  • Software engineering in emerging practices (e.g., cloud computing, big data applications, IoT, cyber-physical systems, socio-technical systems, block chains, etc.)
  • Software engineering, safety and security
  • Software maintenance and evolution
  • Software process
  • Software product lines
  • Software quality and quality models
  • Software reuse
  • Software testing
  • Technical debt management
Technical Papers (not exceeding 14 pages)

Technical papers should describe innovative research in the topics of the main tracks. Papers in this submission category should describe a novel contribution to the topics and should carefully support claims of novelty with citations to the relevant literature.

Evaluation criteria: Technical papers are evaluated by originality, soundness, relevance, importance of contribution, strength of validation, quality of presentation, and appropriate comparison to related work. In case a submission builds upon the previous work of the author(s), the novelty of the new contribution must be described clearly concerning the previous work. Technical papers need to discuss openly how the results were validated.

Emerging Ideas Papers (not exceeding 8 pages)

Emerging ideas papers describe new, non-conventional approaches that depart from standard practice, on the topics of the main tracks. They are intended to describe clear research ideas that are at an early stage of the investigation.

Evaluation criteria: Emerging ideas papers will be assessed primarily on their level of originality and potential for impact on the field regarding promoting innovative thinking. Hence, inadequacies in the state-of-the-art and the pertinence, correctness, and impact of the idea must be described precisely. While the idea that is described does not need to be fully validated, a presentation of preliminary results that provide initial insights into the feasibility and the impact of the idea is expected.


All papers must be submitted through EasyChair (, using PDF format only. Submissions must be formatted according to the LNCS style (

At least one author of each accepted paper must register by the camera-ready deadline. One registration corresponds to only one paper. Some author of each accepted paper must present it in person or the paper will be excluded from the proceedings made available online by Curran Associates (, and later indexed by Scopus. If an author has more than one accepted paper, it is possible to pay the 50% of the registration in the second and following co-authored papers.

Evaluation process

Any paper which is not in the scope of the conference, does not follow the formatting guidelines, or was submitted or published in any other forum (conference or journal) will be desk-rejected without review. All other submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least three members of the Program Committee.

The organizers will publish all accepted papers in the conference proceedings, which will be indexed in Scopus and DBLP.

The best paper of each track will receive an award certificate. Moreover, the three best papers of each track (SET, RET, and ESELAW) will be invited to submit an extended version in English to a special issue of the Journal of Software Engineering Research and Development (JSERD).

Journal first

We are partnering with the Journal of Software Engineering Research and Development (JSERD) to incorporate Journal First papers into the CIbSE 2021 main track. Authors of journal-first papers accepted as Research Articles, Case Studies, or Review in JSERD are invited to present their research work at CIbSE. This offers an opportunity for authors to discuss their work with the community as well as enrich the technical program of CIbSE.

The following evaluation criteria will be used to select journal first papers to CIbSE 2021:

  • The paper describes original results that are not extensions of previous conference papers.
  • The paper was accepted for publication in the journal no earlier than January 1st, 2019.
  • The selected papers will be presented in the technical program of the CIbSE main tracks. At least one author per selected journal first paper will need to register and attend the conference to present it.

Authors interested in presenting journal first papers at CIbSE 2021 should send an email to with the subject “Journal First – CIbSE 2021” by June 1st, 2021. The following information must be provided: (i) paper title; (ii) list of authors; (iii) web link to the paper; and (iv) a short statement on how the work satisfies the criteria above.

SET chairs

  • Sheila Reinehr (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, Brazil)
  • Rafael Prikladnicki (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil