Call for Submissions (Papers): Free/Libre/Open Source Software Research Track at OpenSym 2014

Research paper submission deadline: May 4th, 2014 (changed from April 20th to evade Easter celebrations/vacation).

Link to full call for submissions: Free/Libre/Open Source Research Track.

Call for Submissions: Free/Libre/Open Source Research Track

Although free, libre, and open source software (FLOSS) can be studied with the general methodologies and techniques developed for other kinds of software, it shows enough peculiarities (such as the extent to which it can be reused, the fact of being usually build by cooperating communities, or the exploration of new business models) to need new developments that help to understand it. In addition, in many cases it also offers new possibilities and opportunities to researchers, such as the availability of detailed data about the development process, the openness of the decision taking procedures, or the open and collaborative nature of communities around FLOSS projects, which allow for the development of new techniques and methodologies.

The track on FLOSS research is one of the peer-reviewed research tracks of OpenSym. It aims at hosting current research papers on issues related to the different aspects of this kind of software, from different points of view. Multidisciplinary research is specially welcome, but specific lines within a given research field also have their place. In any case, the works presented should show specific aspects of FLOSS, and should not be limited to showing research issues on products that happen to be FLOSS, but have no differential aspect because of that.

Practical cases or industry presentations are welcome, provided they meet the scientific standards that will be applied by the program committee.

Topics of interest to this track include, but are not limited to:

  • FLOSS development, including software engineering aspects
  • FLOSS technologies, specially those taking advantage of being FLOSS
  • FLOSS communities, including developer, but also user or business communities
  • FLOSS and innovation, how both are related, and new innovation models based on FLOSS
  • Motivation and incentives to FLOSS development and adoption
  • Business models based on FLOSS and sustainability of FLOSS projects
  • Legal aspects of FLOSS, including copyright and licensing
  • Education and FLOSS
  • Impact of FLOSS in specific domains or technological areas, and FLOSS adoption
  • Measurement of significant parameters related to FLOSS

Submission Information and Instructions

The following types of submissions are invited:

  • Long research papers (5 to 10 pages)
  • Short research papers (1 to 4 pages)
  • Research-in-progress presentations (1 to 10 pages)
  • Research posters (1 to 2 pages)

Research papers present integrative reviews or original reports of substantive new theoretical or empirical work. Research papers will be reviewed by the research track program committee to meet rigorous academic standards of publication. Papers will be reviewed for relevance, conceptual quality, innovation and clarity of presentation. They must be written in English. At least one author of accepted papers is required to attend the conference in order to present the paper.

Research-in-progress presentations present integrative reviews or original reports of substantive new theoretical or empirical work. This is a new format is specifically aimed at social science researchers enabling those researchers to use OpenSym 2014 as a pre-publication venue before journal publication. Only the abstracts of these papers will be published as part of the proceedings thus leaving open the opportunity for journal publication at a later date. Research presentations will be reviewed by the research track program committee to meet rigorous academic standards just like research papers.

Research posters enable researchers to present late-breaking research results, significant research work in progress, or research work that is best communicated in conversation. OpenSym’s lively poster sessions let conference attendees exchange ideas one-on-one with authors, and let authors discuss their work in detail with those attendees most deeply interested in the topic. Successful applicants will display their posters, up to 1x2m in size, at a special session during the event.

The OpenSym website provides more information about the available paper types.

Submissions for experience reports (long and short), tutorials, workshops, panels, non-research posters, and demos are also sought but are handled through the community track, please see the community track call for submissions.

Submissions to OpenSym’s Doctoral Symposium are sought but are handled separately, please see the doctoral symposium call for submissions.

Submissions should follow the standard ACM SIG proceedings format. All papers must conform at time of submission to the formatting instructions and must not exceed the page limits, including all text, references, appendices and figures. All submissions must in PDF format.

All papers and posters should be submitted electronically through EasyChair using the following URL:

Submission and Notification Deadlines

  • Submission: May 4th (in the local timezone of the submitter)
  • Notification to authors: June 15th, 2014
  • Camera-ready: July 15th, 2014

As long as it is May 4th somewhere on earth, your submission will be accepted.

Research Track Program Committee

Track Chairs

  • Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid, Spain)
  • Gregorio Robles, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid, Spain)

Feel free to contact us at with any questions you might have.

Program Committee (still to be completed)

  • Cornelia Boldyreff, University of East London, UK
  • Olivier Berger, Institut Mines Telecom, France
  • Matthijs den Besten, Ecole Polytechnique, France
  • Deborah Bryant, Open Source Initiative, US
  • Andrea Capiluppi, Brunel University, UK
  • Roberto di Cosmo, Université de Paris VII, France
  • Georgios Gousios, TU Delft, The Netherlands
  • Israel Herraiz, Technical University of Madrid, Spain
  • Robert Hirschfeld, Universität Potsdam, Germany
  • Carlos Jensen, Oregon State University, US
  • Charles Knutson, Brigham Young University, US
  • Bernhard Krieger, Universität Postdam, Germany
  • Jonathan Lewis, Hitotsubashi University, Japan
  • Jens Lincke, Universität Potsdam, Germany
  • Bjorn Lundell, University of Skövde, Sweden
  • Paulo Meirelles, Universidade de Brasilia, Brasil
  • Martin Michlmayr, Hewlett Packard, UK
  • Tetsuo Noda, Shimane University, Japan
  • Lutz Prechelt, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
  • Dirk Riehle, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
  • Bruno Rossi, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
  • Ilias-Athanasios Rousinopoulos, Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt, Austria
  • Francesco Rullani, LUISS Università Guido Carli, Italy
  • Carlos D. Santos Jr., University of Brasilia, Brasil
  • Walt Scacchi, University of California, Irvine, U.S.
  • Sulayman Sowe, NICT, Japan
  • Megan Squire, Elon University, USA
  • Ioannis Stamelos, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Klaas-Jan Stol, LERO – University of Limerick, Ireland
  • Anthony Wasserman, Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, USA
  • Adam Wierzbicki, Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology, Poland
  • Stefano Zacchiroli, Université Paris Diderot, France

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