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Requirements Engineering (RE) is a critical factor in developing high-quality and successful software, systems, and services. The REFSQ working conference series is an established international forum for discussing current and state-of-the-art RE practices, celebrating its 28th edition.

Working Conference Format

REFSQ has a long tradition of being a highly structured and interactive event. Each session is organized to emphasize discussion among the presenters of papers, pre-assigned discussants, and all the other participants. The REFSQ 2022 program will include keynote speakers, technical papers, research previews, industrial presentations, as well as posters and tools. Workshops and the REFSQ doctoral symposium will be co-located with the main conference.


REFSQ 2022 seeks reports of novel ideas and techniques that enhance the quality of RE products and processes, reflections on current research and industrial RE practices, as well as new views on RE. We invite submissions on any aspect of RE. We encourage researchers and practitioners from the RE, software engineering, information systems, service science, embedded systems, and product management fields to present original work. RE methods, tools, and processes are expected to support engineering diverse types of systems of different scales and complexity and are applied in diverse domains. As such, contributions from related areas such as systems engineering, economics, and management, providing insights to RE, are welcome.

The special theme of REFSQ 2022 is “Explainability in RE” including how to elicit, specify and validate requirements for explainability in (and thus accountability of) software system, and how to design and implement systems whose behavior in specific instances is explainable, back to their requirements and associated rationale.

Call for Papers


We invite original submissions in several categories:

  • Technical design papers (15 pages incl. references) describe the design of new artifacts, i.e., novel solutions for requirements-related problems or significant improvements of existing solutions.
  • Scientific evaluation papers (15 pages incl. references) investigate existing real-world problems, evaluate existing real-world implemented artifacts, or validate newly designed artifacts, e.g., by means such as case studies, experiments, simulation, surveys, systematic literature reviews, mapping studies, or action research.
  • Vision papers (6 pages incl. references) state where research in the field should be heading.
  • Research previews (6 pages incl. references) describe well-defined research ideas at an early stage of investigation which may not be fully developed.

Submission, Reviewing, and Publication

Contributions must be submitted on https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=refsq2022.

Each submission in the scope of REFSQ will undergo a single-blind review process that will involve at least three members of the program committee.

The REFSQ 2022 proceedings will be published in Springer’s LNCS series. We are also planning a special section with a journal for the best papers.


All submissions must be formatted according to the Springer LNCS/LNBIP conference proceedings template (for LaTeX and Word): https://www.springer.com/gp/computer-science/lncs/conference-proceedings-guidelines. As per the guidelines, please remember to include keywords after your abstract.

Furthermore, to facilitate accurate bidding and a better understanding of the papers, each paper submitted to REFSQ 2022 is required to have a structured abstract. The imposed structure demands each abstract have exactly 4 paragraphs with the following content:

  • Context and motivation: Situate and motivate your research.
  • Question/problem: Formulate the specific question/problem addressed by the paper.
  • Principal ideas/results: Summarize the ideas and results described in your paper. State, where appropriate, your research approach and methodology.
  • Contribution: State the main contribution of your paper. What’s the value you add (to theory, to practice, or to whatever you think that the paper adds value). Also, state the limitations of your results.

Three examples of structured abstracts are given here.