The 5th International Workshop on Theory-Oriented Software Engineering (TOSE 2016)

[ TOSE 2016]

In conjunction with The 38th The International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2016), Austin, Texas, USA 

Key Dates 

Paper submission deadline: January 22, 2016
Paper acceptance notification: February 19, 2016
Camera-ready accepted paper deadline: February 26, 2016
Workshop: TBD


Workshop Overview

Most academic disciplines are based around a set of central theories. Software engineering, meanwhile, has produced few widely-accepted and influential theories of its core phenomena. Lack of theory undermines the perceived scientific legitimacy of the field, curtails education and impedes development of a cumulative body of knowledge. TOSE consequently supports attempts to propose, synthesize, clarify and test theories of software engineering phenomena. TOSE especially promotes attempts to answer fundamental questions, integrate ideas from diverse sources and propose revolutionary, contrarian or ambitious new theories.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • New theories
  • Groundbreaking extensions to existing theories
  • Groundbreaking synthesis of existing theories
  • Novel applications of theories from reference disciplines (e.g. sociology) to software engineering
  • Grounded theory, ethnography and qualitative theory building
  • Systematic literature review and thematic synthesis, leading to new theory
  • Empirical evaluation of new and existing theories
  • Software engineering process theories
  • Research methodologies for theory evaluation
  • Contrarian perspectives on software engineering theory

Possible Contributions include (but are not limited to):

  • Theory proposals with conceptual evaluations
  • Theory building empirical field studies including grounded theory, case studies and ethnography
  • Theory building, explorative lab studies, experiments and simulations
  • Empirical evaluations of theories (any research approach welcome)
  • Systematic literature reviews and thematic analyses
  • Conceptual contributions related to research methodology
  • Position papers related to theories in software engineering


We welcome full papers (up to 7 pages) and short papers (up to 4 pages). Papers must follow ICSE technical papers formatting guidelines: and they should be submitted to the workshop's EasyChair site: All papers will be published in the ACM and IEEE Digital Libraries. The official publication date of the workshop proceedings is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of ICSE 2016. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.

Organizing Committee

Paul Ralph, University of Auckland, New Zealand 

Arbi Ghazarian, Arizona State University

Gregor Engels, University of Paderborn

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