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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 inception, 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 Experience Reports Track is mainly interested in contributions that are based on practical cases, where approaches, models, techniques, tools, etc. that support Software Quality have been used in companies, generating new knowledge after its evaluation. Its main purpose is to bring to the SBQS audience experiences that can be discussed and implemented by other companies and/or considered as relevant knowledge for future research on Software Quality.

The report should describe in detail the experience, the context in which it took place, and discuss the results and how they were achieved. When applicable, it should also discuss lessons learned, such as what worked and what has not worked, and why, among others. Scientific rigor in the description is desired. 

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
  • Improving IT Service Processes
  • Software Process Improvement
  • Agile Software Development Methods
  • Process Modeling
  • Models and Standards of Capacity and Maturity
  • Software Processes, Methods, and Tools
  • Project (Design) and Integration of Software and IT Services
  • Quality of Software applied to IT Services
  • Software Reuse and Services
  • Usability and User Experience
  • Value in Software Quality
  • Verification, Validation, and Testing

Evaluation Criteria

Papers in this track will be evaluated considering:

  • Adherence: the paper must describe an experience report that occurred in the industry (e.g, Startups, Software development company, R&D projects);
  • Originality: the paper needs to present an original experience not previously published;
  • Usefulness for industry: degree of potential usefulness for other companies;
  • Replicability: the paper needs to detail the context of the experience report (e.g., characteristics of both company and software development project) to allow the replication of the experience in other companies;
  • Technical soundness: coherence and consistency in the description and use of Software Quality concepts; and
  • Presentation: refers to the quality of the paper, including text cohesion, spelling, formatting, and readable figures and tables.

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 article 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 article 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 annals of the event will be indexed online. The event chain is in the process of negotiating to publish the full article of the SBQS tracks in the ACM DL.

Submissions that do not meet the required format or are outside the scope of the Experience Report Track will be rejected without review.

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 article 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 articles must fill some forms requested by the proceedings chair on specific dates.

Paper submitted to the Track of Experience Reports must not have been simultaneously submitted to another forum (scientific or periodic event), 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 article of each track every year. The Track Chairs and SBQS Steering Committee will choose the winning articles from the Program Committee reviews. The award-winning articles 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).

Program Committee Co-Chairs

Ismayle de Sousa Santos (UFC)

Sabrina Marczak (PUCRS)

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)

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