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ERA Track


Denys Poshyvanyk, College of William & Mary, USA
Andy Zaidman, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Program Committee

The goal of the Early Research Achievements (ERA) track is to provide researchers and practitioners with a forum for presenting great, promising ideas in early stages of research. These ideas do not require a strong empirical evaluation! The 2014 ERA track aims to provide constructive feedback to guide you from your initial idea and limited evaluation towards a solid ICSME 2015 paper with strong empirical underpinnings. The topics of interest for this track are the same as for the main research track, i.e., all the topics in the research and practice of software maintenance and evolution. Papers submitted to the ERA track must not have been accepted previously for publication or submitted for review to another conference, journal, or book.


Submissions must be in English and conform to the IEEE proceedings style. They must be five-page long, including all text, references, appendices, and figures. They must be submitted electronically as PDF files via EasyChair at will be reviewed by members of the ERA Program Committee.

Review and Evaluation Criteria

Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of their originality, importance of contribution, soundness, evaluation (if available), quality and consistency of presentation, and appropriate comparison to related work. Special emphasis will be put on the originality and timeliness of the proposed contribution, i.e., a full evaluation of the proposed ideas is not required.

Publication and Presentation

Upon notification of acceptance, all authors of accepted papers will be asked to complete an IEEE Copyright form and will receive further instructions for preparing their camera ready versions. At least one author of the paper must register and present the paper at the conference, for the paper to be published in the proceedings. All accepted papers will be published in the conference electronic proceedings, which will also be available in the IEEE Digital Library. The papers will be presented in a formal setting and as a poster. More details on the presentations will follow the notifications.

One week submission 'Grace Period' for all paper tracks

We have implemented a one week 'grace period' past the submission deadline for all paper tracks. Authors can update the PDF file for a paper submitted by the submission deadline for one week.  No new papers will be accepted during the grace period.

Submission time zone

All submission times are AoE (Anywhere on Earth) --- Howland Island (UTC-12).

Formatting instructions

Please follow the IEEE Conference Publishing Services (CPS) formatting instructions available at

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission: June 23, 2014
  • Full papers submission: June 30, 2014 -- grace period to update the PDF file until July 7
  • Notification: July 31, 2014
  • Camera-ready: August 7, 2014