Scientific Track Info

The Software Quality Days (SWQD) conference and tools fair – one of the largest software quality conferences in Europe - will bring together researchers and practitioners from business, industry, and academia working on quality assurance and quality management for software engineering and
information technology.

In 2023, the SWQD conference hosts the 12th scientific program on research and industry experience. The guiding topic for 2023 will be “Higher Software Quality through Zero Waste Development”.

The conference will be organized on-site (not virtually) and celebrate lively presentations and various interactive formats.

Main Scientific Program

High software and systems quality are critical success factors in engineering practices and refer to product, process, and service quality. However, quality attributes have to be embodied within individual phases of software and systems development. In distributed engineering environments, for example, various stakeholders coming from heterogeneous disciplines have to collaborate and interact efficiently. Additional quality attributes with focus on collaboration and data exchange might then apply. Mobile environments, to name another example, typically refer to product quality and include quality requirements regarding usability, interaction, safety, and security. In the 12th edition of the scientific program at the SWQD, we aim at focusing on higher software quality through zero waste development.

Following this guiding topic, we welcome contributions related to all topics about software and systems quality. Topics of particular interest – if not limited to – are meant to foster discussions on experiences and challenges of constructive and analytical quality assurance.

Related topics of interest for research and industrial experience papers include accordingly:

  • System and software quality management methods
  • Improvement of software development methods and processes
  • Testing and quality assurance of software and software-intensive systems
  • Process and quality assurance automation
  • Requirements Engineering and Management
  • Project and Risk Management
  • Effort and quality estimation
  • Metrics (product, process, project)
  • Domain specific quality issues such as embedded, medical, automotive systems
  • Novel trends in software quality
  • Crowdsourcing in Software Engineering

Paper submission information

The main scientific program of SWQD 2023 accepts two categories of conference submissions. In both categories, papers with practical relevance and already conducted practical evaluation will be preferred.

Technical Research Papers

should describe innovative research in software quality concepts, standards, processes, methods, or tools. They should describe a novel contribution to the field or significantly improve existing solutions. The proposed solution technique or its application to this kind of problem must be novel and sound. The author(s) must provide (empirical) validation of the proposed solution, for example, a proof-of-concept and sound arguments that the solution technique will scale to real-world-sized problems. Results must be stated clearly so that the author(s) or others can further validate them in later research. A technical solution paper should also be clear about its contributions with respect to related work by others and to previous work by the author(s).

Industrial Experience Papers

should describe a significant experience in applying software quality technology in a real-world context and should carefully identify and discuss important lessons learned so that other researchers and/or practitioners can benefit from the experience. The author(s) should provide (empirical) evidence supporting the experience and derived conclusions.

The SWQD 2023 conference will provide best paper awards in both categories, i.e., technical research papers and industrial experience papers.

The language of the scientific program is English.

Papers must contain original unpublished work, describe significant novel contributions, and provide evidence on the validation of results. In particular, reports on industrial applications are welcome. Papers must not have been previously published or submitted for review elsewhere.

All scientific program contributions will be reviewed by the international Program Committee on their scientific merit and relevance to the conference topics and may be accepted as regular or short papers. Accepted papers will be included in the proceedings, published by Springer LNBIP (abstracted/-indexed in ISI Proceedings, DBLP, EI and Scopus), and the Springer Digital library.

If accepted, papers must be personally presented at the Software Quality Days 2023 Conference by the author or one of the co-authors. The first presenting author can participate free of charge at the two conference days. Additional authors/presenters can participate at a discounted partner fee.

Publication of Papers with Springer LNBIP

The scientific program papers will be rigorously peer-reviewed for publication in the well-known research publication series Springer LNBIP (see the LNBIP-Website for author instructions).

Full Papers should be 15-20 pages (in Springer LNBIP proceedings format) and include an abstract of up to 150 words.

Short Papers should be 8-12 pages (in Springer LNBIP proceedings format).

Deadlines for Scientific Papers

Paper Submission: until November 4th, 2022
Notification of accepted/rejected papers: December 16th, 2022
Camera-ready paper for Springer Publication: January 27th, 2023


The Call for Scientific Papers has already ended!