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!!!! New deadline for submission: March 15th, 2006!!!! Understanding the Social Side of Software Engineering Qualitative Software Engineering Research Special Issue of the Information and Software Technology Journal

Software engineering is a social activity. To
better understand the social side of software
development, the software engineering community
has been discussing the use of qualitative
methods from the social sciences to complement
quantitative research approaches.

Though a number of workshops have been held,
e.g., in conjunction with the International
Conferences on Software Engineering
icse2000/ ), relevant research is scattered.
Contributions are published in a number of
research communities in addition to Software
Engineering, e.g., Information Systems and
Computer Supported Cooperative Work. Taking the
number of publications in the different
communities in consideration, it indicates a rich
body of ongoing research in the area.

This special issue is meant to provide an
overview of the state of the art of qualitative software
engineering research. We especially invite
articles presenting concrete case studies that can
illustrate how the above-mentioned methodological
challenges can be addressed. The
choice of method and the concrete experience with
the chosen approach should be reflected
upon. We plan to provide an introduction into the
existing research and the specific
challenges of qualitative software engineering research.

Review Process
The authors are expected to review two other
papers submitted to the special issue within 3
months of submission (before July 1st, 2006).
These reviews will be combined with reviews
from people who have not submitted any paper to
the special issue. Each paper will be
reviewed by at least three reviewers.
In case, more of the submissions qualify as
journal publications than we can accommodate,
the editors of the journal offered to take them
over into the normal issues of the journal. In that
case, the final selection of articles for the
special issue will be decided by the guest editors
with the aim to provide a good overview over the
different qualitative approaches and their
adaptation in software engineering.

!! March 15th, 2006         New Deadline for submissions!!!!
Spring 2007            Publication of the special issue

Submission information
Feel free to contact any of the guest editors for
further information. Submissions will be
accepted electronically at: (Pay attention: the
address has been misspelled in the earlier call!)
The website will be open for submissions October 31, 2005.
For an extended call for papers see

Guest editors
Yvonne Dittrich, corresponding guest editor
    ITU of Copenhagen, Denmark ( )

Michael John
    Frauenhofer Institute in Berlin, Germany ( )

Janice Singer
    National Research Council Canada
( )

Bjørnar Tessem
    University of Bergen, Norway, ( )

Yvonne Dittrich, assoc. prof

Design and Use of IT
IT University of Copenhagen

Rued Langgaards Vej 7
DK-2300 København S, Denmark

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