Call for Research Papers


Requirements Engineering (RE) is an important activity in the development of high-quality software, systems and services. The REFSQ working conference series is a well-established, leading, international forum for publishing and discussing current and state-of-the-art RE practices, now celebrating its 26th edition. We are excited to hold REFSQ2020 in Pisa, Italy, for the first time!

The Flyer of the Call for Research Papers can be downloaded here.


Important Dates

Abstract Submission

October 25, 2019 November 1, 2019 (Extendend)

Paper SubmissionNovember 1, 2019 November 8, 2019 (Extendend)
NotificationDecember 20, 2019
REFSQ 2020 ConferenceMarch 24-27, 2020



Working Conference Format


REFSQ has a long tradition of being a highly structured and interactive forum. Each session is organised to provoke discussion among the presenters of papers, pre-assigned discussants, and all the other participants. The REFSQ2020 program will include keynote speakers, technical papers, research previews, industrial presentations, as well as posters and tools. Workshops and the REFSQ doctoral symposium will be collocated with the main conference.




REFSQ2020 seeks reports of novel ideas and techniques that enhance the quality of RE’s products and processes, reflections on current research and industrial RE practices, as well as new views on RE. We invite submissions on any aspect of RE. We encourage researchers and practitioners from the field of RE, software engineering, information systems, service science, embedded systems, and product management fields to present original work. Contributions from further related areas such as systems engineering, economics, and management are also very welcome for the insights they provide to RE.


Special Theme: "RE and Cyber-Physical Systems"


The special theme of REFSQ2020 is “RE and Cyber-Physical Systems” to emphasize the role that RE can play in the design of the next generation of systems where people, and physical and software components interact in many different ways.


Research Paper Categories


We invite original submissions in the following categories:


Technical Design Papers (up to 15 pages) describe and explain new artifact design, i.e., novel solutions for requirements-related problems or significant improvements of existing solutions. The research method of technical papers follows the design cycle (problem, treatment design, validity argument). The paper should give credible arguments that the novel solution will have the desired effects in the intended problem context, possibly illustrated with an example. Technical design papers are evaluated based on problem relevance, novelty of design, clarity of presentation of design, the technical soundness of the design, and the credibility of the validity arguments.


Scientific Evaluation Papers (up to 15 pages) 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. The research method of scientific evaluation papers follows the empirical cycle (research questions, design, execution, data analysis). Scientific evaluation papers are evaluated based on the interest of the research questions, soundness of the research design, the clarity of presentation of measurements, and the validity (degree of support) of the conclusions.


Vision Papers (up to 6 pages) state where the research in the field should be heading towards. Vision papers outline research roadmaps and programmes for the future based on existing knowledge. These papers are evaluated based on the insights they offer to the readers and on their potential to shape future research.


Research Previews (up to 6 pages) describe well-defined research ideas at an early stage of investigation which may not be fully developed. Research previews will be evaluated based on their relevance, novelty, and soundness of the described research.





The REFSQ2020 proceedings will be published in Springer’s LNCS series. Papers should be submitted in PDF format. The results described must be unpublished and must not be under review elsewhere. Submissions must conform to Springer’s LNCS format and must no exceed the page limits mentioned above.

Information about the Springer LNCS format can be found at

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The authors of the best manuscripts will be invited to extend their papers into full journal papers for a Special Section of the Information and Software Technology Journal.




Other Contributions


REFSQ 2020 also  calls  for workshops focussing  on  relevant  topics, posters  and tools, doctoral symposium submissions, and a live study.