Call for Papers

Software visualization is a broad research area whose general goal is to enhance and promote the theory, realization, and evaluation of approaches to visually encode and analyze software systems, including software development practices, evolution, structure, and software runtime behavior. Software visualization is inherently interdisciplinary, drawing on theories and techniques from information visualization and computer graphics and applying these in the software engineering domain. The VISSOFT conference is principally a venue for publishing and discussing research related to software visualization. VISSOFT brings together a community of researchers from software engineering, information visualization, computer graphics, and human-computer interaction to discuss theoretical foundations, algorithms, techniques, tools, and applications related to software visualization. This year’s VISSOFT, co-held with ICSME, encourages a variety of submissions that address outstanding challenges in software systems using visualization. This includes technical papers, empirical studies, applications, case studies, and papers that present novel ideas and tools.

Topics of interest include:

  • Innovative visualization and visual analytics techniques for analysis of software engineering data. This includes source code, dependencies, repositories, developer social networks like StackOverflow and GitHub, mobile app reviews, documentation, runtime logs, and DevOps data.
  • Visualization to support software development activities, including design, requirements engineering, program comprehension, software testing, and debugging.
  • Interaction techniques and algorithms for software visualization.
  • Visualization-based techniques in software engineering education.
  • Integration of software visualization tools with development environments.
  • Empirical evaluation of software visualizations.
  • Industrial experience with using software visualization.
  • Applications of new technologies to enhance software visualization, including virtual reality, augmented reality, gamification, and machine learning.

We solicit papers that present original, unpublished research results. Papers will be rigorously reviewed by an international program committee. In addition to technical papers, VISSOFT features a New Ideas or Emerging Results (NIER) track and a Tools track. All accepted submissions will appear in the conference proceedings and the IEEE Digital Library.

Submission Types

Technical papers (up to 10 pages):

A technical paper contribution must describe an in-depth and mature research result relevant to software visualization. The content of a technical paper can be at a maximum 10 pages long (including all figures, tables, and appendices). However, the 10 page limit does not include the bibliography, which is not limited in length. The submission of a video (up to 5 minutes in length) to accompany the paper is highly encouraged to show interaction possibilities. Authors who wish to submit a video should provide a URL to the video.

Authors will be given the opportunity to provide a response to reviewer requests for clarifications before a final decision is made.

Important Dates:
Abstract Submission: April 18, 2017
Paper Submission: April 25, 2017
Author Response Period: May 29 - June 2, 2017
Author Notification: June 9, 2017
Camera-Ready: TBA

Artifacts: Traditionally, technical research papers are published without including any artifacts (such as tools, data, models, videos, etc.), even though the artifacts may serve as crucial and detailed evidence for the quality of the results that the associated paper offers. Following the effort initiated at ESEC/FSE’11, authors of accepted technical papers at VISSOFT 2017 can have their artifacts evaluated by the program committee. Positively evaluated artifacts will be reflected in the paper publication, presentation, and be formally announced during the conference. More information about the artifact evaluation process may be found on

Important Dates:
Artifact Submission for Accepted Papers: June 25, 2017
Artifact Notification: July 15, 2017

Submission Link:

Submission Format: Submissions must be formatted according to the ICSME 2017 Formatting Instructions.

Best Paper Award: This year’s Best Paper Award will be a Huawei Mate 9 smartphone.

JSEP special issue: This year’s VISSOFT will organize a special issue with the Journal of Software: Evolution and Process (JSEP). Top papers accepted to the conference will be invited for an extension that is then submitted for review with JSEP.

NIER/Tool track (up to 5 pages):

We accept two types of paper submissions: NIER contributions (New Ideas and Emerging Results) and Tool contributions.

The NIER contributions describe work-in-progress and preliminary exciting results. Authors should include open questions and even provocative hypotheses to get early feedback on their research ideas or even support through new research collaborations. NIER papers have to be maximum 5 pages long (including bibliography).

Tool contributions describe the design or actual utilization of software visualization tools, with a focus on relevant tool construction aspects or the use of the tool for gaining new insights. Authors should be prepared to demonstrate their tool at the conference. The submission may also contain a link to a screencast (e.g., YouTube video). Tools papers have to be maximum 5 pages long (including bibliography).

Important Dates:
Paper submission date: June 23, 2017
Notification: July 24, 2017
Camera-Ready: TBA

Submission Link:

Submission Format: Submissions must be formatted according to the ICSME 2017 Formatting Instructions.

How to Submit

Submissions must be formatted according to the formatting instructions available at the ICSME website and submitted online via the VISSOFT 2017 EasyChair conference management system.

Supplemental material (e.g., video, data, software) that might be helpful for the reviewers can be submitted together with your paper. All material must be included in a single ZIP file. Please note that this supplemental material is independent of the artifact evaluation.

Important Dates

All dates refer to midnight 23:59:59 AoE.

Main track (technical papers) NIER and Tool tracks
Abstract Submission: April 18, 2017 May 2, 2017
Paper Submission: April 25, 2017 May 9, 2017 June 23, 2017
Author Response Period: May 29 - June 2, 2017
Author Notification: June 9, 2017 July 24, 2017
Camera-Ready Copies: TBD TBD
Artifact Submission for Accepted Papers: June 25, 2017
Artifact Notification: July 15, 2017
Conference Date: September 18-19, 2017