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Key Dates in 2013

  • July 15: Doctoral Symposium
  • July 15-16: Workshops & Tutorials
  • July 17-19: Main Conference

Call for RE@21 Papers

“Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.”
-- Coco Chanel

In 2013, the IEEE International Requirements Engineering (RE) conference will be held for the 21st time. To mark this coming of age, we seek to investigate whether the field has made its transition from adolescence into adulthood, and we hope to guide its onward journey. To mark this occasion, RE’13 invites submissions in an additional and special category of papers that explicitly addresses the theme of RE@21: Keeping Requirements on Track.

RE@21: Keeping Requirements on Track

The concept of RE@21 is to gather a collection of shorter papers that specifically summarize the contribution of the RE conference series to the development and evolution of the field of requirements engineering, and to act as a baseline as the field moves forward. In the spirit of traceability, this is from the initial objectives and publications of the pioneering RE’93 and ICRE’94 conferences, up until the most recent RE’12 conference. Papers may also consider the earlier origins of the field, the context and motivation that led to the conference, and the impact of the various RE workshops and tutorials over the years.

Research and industry perspectives, as well as perspectives that bridge the research/industry divide, are all very welcome. Whether you have attended every single RE conference or are looking in for the first time, please considering reviewing elements of the past and contributing to a productive future. We encourage creative and innovative contributions, and we will be happy to discuss your submission.

“The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.”
-- Muhammad Ali

RE@21 Paper Category

RE@21 Papers analyze trends in requirements engineering research and practice based upon 20 years of the RE conference. Papers may examine themes that have come and gone, report on problems that have been solved or still remain, or investigate industrial practices that indicate technology transfer (or not). Papers may focus in depth on a particular topic (for example stakeholder analysis, prioritization, or traceability), a specific approach (such as i*, ethnography, or formal specification languages), an individual concern (for instance safety, trust, or transparency), or take a more birds-eye view of the entire field.

Evaluation criteria: RE@21 papers are distinguished from regular survey and roadmap research papers in terms of their scope and length. All survey and analysis work for RE@21 papers should be (primarily) based upon the RE conference and workshop publications. Papers that use visual means to present their findings are highly encouraged. All papers should conclude with an element of well-reasoned speculation about emerging challenges and required directions, for both the RE conference series and the broader field, based upon their findings.

Length: To permit a thorough review of the past RE conference material, RE@21 papers must not exceed 6 pages excluding references (i.e., the main body of the paper must not exceed 6 pages, but the references are not included in this page count).

Useful Resources

Submission Instructions

Papers must describe original work that has not been submitted to or presented at other forums. Submissions must be written in English and formatted according to the IEEE formatting guidelines provided here. Papers that exceed the length specification of their submission category or are not formatted correctly will be rejected without review. All accepted papers will be published as IEEE CS Press Conference Proceedings. Acceptance of a paper implies that one of the authors registers to the conference to present the submission; failure to do so by the early registration date will result in the paper being withdrawn from the conference proceedings.

Direct link to the Research Paper submission page

(RE@21 Papers will be handled as a special research paper category)

Important Dates

  • Abstracts: January 21st, 2013
  • Full paper submissions: January 28th, 2013
  • Notification: March 22nd, 2013
  • Camera-ready: April 15th, 2013

*All deadlines are 23:59 Pago Pago, American Samoa time

Need Help?

If you have never previously published at a major international conference and would like some help with planning your RE@21 Paper submission, please consider the guidance and support offered by the RE’13 RE@21 Paper Mentor, Daniel Berry.


If you have any other question regarding your RE@21 Paper submission, please contact the Program Chair for advice.

See also: Research Papers and Industry Papers