Terceira Ponte
Ilha do Frade
Palácio Anchieta
Moqueca Capixaba
Pedra da Cebola
Terceira Ponte
previous arrow
next arrow


SBQS 2021: The 20th Brazilian Symposium on Software Quality

November 8th to 11th, 2021, Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil (online)



The Brazilian Symposium on Software Quality (SBQS) is the main Brazilian forum dedicated to Software Quality. The quality of the software is manifested in two complementary and dependent aspects: Process Quality and Product Quality. With the current heavy reliance on software and aggregated services, research into software quality and its application in products and services is both a necessity and a differential to provide value to organizations and their businesses.

Since its creation, the SBQS has excelled by the exchange of experiences between academia and industry, where researchers, educators, and the Software Quality and Software Engineering practice community meet to present and discuss ideas, experiences, and discoveries with a view to with the potential to positively influence the software industry.

Aim and Scope

The focus of the Research Track is in high-quality technical work describing original and unpublished results related to Software Quality. Papers describing pioneering research results in the area of Software Quality with an academic contribution are expected. The papers may present conceptual, empirical, experimental or theoretical works. The SBQS encourages the publication of the evaluation and analysis of the results presented in the papers. Results obtained by means of experimental techniques, whether primary or secondary, and qualitative or quantitative analyses are welcome.

Topics of Interest

Submissions on all topics related to Software Quality are welcome. Topics of interest to the track include (but are not limited to):

  • High Maturity and Statistical Process Control
  • Acquisition of Software Products
  • Acquisition of IT Services
  • Process Evaluation
  • Product Rating
  • Requirements Engineering
  • Human Factors and Social Aspects in Software Quality
  • Quality Assurance of IT Services
  • Software Quality Assurance
  • Configuration Management
  • Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning
  • Portfolio and Project Management
  • People Management
  • Software Process Lines
  • Software Product Lines
  • Software Maintenance and Evolution
  • Measurement and Analysis
  • IT Service Process Improvement
  • Software Process Improvement
  • Agile Software Development Methods
  • Process Modeling
  • Models and Standards of Capacity and Maturity
  • Software Processes, Methods, and Tools
  • Design and Integration of Software and IT Services
  • Quality of Software applied to IT Services
  • Services and Software Reuse
  • Usability and User Experience
  • Value in Software Quality
  • Verification, Validation, and Testing

Evaluation Criteria

Papers of this track will be evaluated considering their originality, relevance, technical solidity, and clarity of presentation.

Important Dates

  • Paper registration (abstract submission): July 5th, 2021
  • Paper submission: July 12th, 2021
  • Rebuttal period: August 13th to 16th, 2021
  • Notification of acceptance: August 21st, 2021
  • Camera-ready version: August 28th, 2021

Manuscript Preparation and Submission  

All submissions must be in PDF format and must follow the two-column ACM format for conferences (Interim template), available in ACM SIG Proceedings Templates. The use of LaTex (sigconf) is strongly recommended. In this case, authors should use the acmart.cls class provided in the template with the conference format enabled in the preamble of the document: \documentclass[sigconf]{acmart} and also apply the ACM-Reference-Format.bst bibliography style provided in the template: \bibliographystyle{ACM-Reference-Format}.

If authors choose to use the Word format, they should be aware of the fact that the two-column version (Interim Template) must be used for the submission. However, this is an outdated version of the ACM and, if the paper is accepted, the authors will have to move to the new simple column format (ACM Primary Article Template - Microsoft Word: Mac 2011, Mac 2016 and Windows) and deal with macro errors when importing into the ACM system until the paper version is correct and validated.

Papers should not exceed 10 pages, including all figures, tables, appendices, references, and acknowledgments. Submissions should be made electronically through the JEMS system.

Papers should be written in Portuguese or English. Submissions in English are strongly encouraged. As in the last edition, the event proceedings will be indexed online. The event chair is in the process of negotiating to publish the full papers of the SQBS tracks in the ACM DL.

Submissions that do not meet the required format or are outside the scope of the Research Track will be rejected without revision.

The paper review process includes a rebuttal period in which authors will have access to reviewers' comments and may present arguments and responses to comments and questions submitted by reviewers before the final decision to accept or reject the paper.

The acceptance of an paper implies that at least one of the authors must register to SBQS, including the respective publication fee(s), to present it during the event and that authors must provide extra files required by the general chair (for example, the previous presentation video following the requested format by SBQS). Additionally, for the purpose of speeding up the publication process, authors of accepted papers must fill some forms requested by the proceedings chair on specific dates.

Papers submitted to the Research Track must not have been simultaneously submitted to another forum (scientific event or journal), nor have they been previously published.

For details on submitting the other tracks, refer to the corresponding calls.

Best Paper Award

SBQS rewards the best paper of each track every year. The Track Chairs and SBQS Steering Committee will choose the winning papers from the Program Committee reviews. The award-winning papers are announced at the event.

Authors of the best papers are invited to submit extended versions for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Software Engineering Research and Development (JSERD).


The SBQS is partnering with the international journal "Journal of Software Engineering Research and Development" (JSERD) to incorporate the journal's papers as Journal First into the SBQS 2021 Technical Program.

Authors of papers published recently in this journal that meet the evaluation criteria are being invited to present their research papers in the SBQS. This provides an opportunity for authors to discuss their work with the software quality community as well as enrich the SBQS technical program.

The following evaluation criteria will be used to select papers as Journal First in SBQS 2021:

  • The paper should have been published at JSERD as: Research Paper, Case Study or Systematic Review;
  • The paper describes original results that are not extensions of papers from previous conferences;
  • The paper was accepted for publication in the journal before January 1th, 2021;
  • The paper was not presented at any other conference such as Journal First;
  • At least one of the authors of the selected paper as Journal First must register and attend SBQS 2021 to present it.

Authors interested in submitting an paper such as Journal First in SBQS 2021 need to send an email to the Program Co-Chairs - Rodrigo Santos (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Sandro Bezerra (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) - with the subject "Journal First - SBQS 2021" until July 31th, 2021. The following information should be provided: (i) title of the paper, (ii) list of authors, (iii) the link of the web page to access the paper; and (iv) a brief statement on how the work meets the above criteria.

Program Committee Co-Chairs - Research Track

Rodrigo Santos (UNIRIO)

Sandro Bezerra (UFPA)

SBQS Steering Committee

Adriano Bessa Albuquerque (UNIFOR)

Ana Regina Cavalcanti da Rocha (COPPE/UFRJ)

Gleison Santos (UNIRIO)

Ivan Machado (UFBA)

Monalessa Perini Barcellos (UFES)

Sheila Reinehr (PUCPR)

Tayana Conte (UFAM)

Proceedings Chair

Awdren Fontão (UFMS)

Program Committee  

(to be defined)

Organização Realização Patrocínio - Diamante Plus







All rights reserved to XX Brazilian Symposium on Software Quality