Call for papers: industrial systems and software product lines

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For more almost two decades, organizations have been taking advantage of systems and software product line practices to achieve business advantages in time-to-market, cost, quality, and agility. They have encountered a wide range of challenges, successes, and adaptations in their systems and software product line experience. In addition, more and more organizations are opening up products and platforms to external contributions, to leverage the innovation power and network effects of software ecosystems. We are seeking contributions from industry that share their challenges, successes, and adaptations of existing practices in all stages of maturity.


  • Abstract submission: March 16, 2018
  • Paper submission: April 3, 2018 (originally was March 23, 2018)
  • Notification: May 9, 2018
  • Camera-ready paper: July 2, 2018
  • Conference: September 10-14, 2018


We solicit papers on the following topics (but not limited to):

  • Introducing PLE to an organization, migration to a product line approach
  • Business ecosystems around product line engineering
  • Processes and methods, e.g., combining PLE with DevOps and agile practices
  • Scoping of product/solution portfolios and assets
  • Architecture, design, and implementation of product lines
  • Variability management across all stages of the life-cycle
  • Quality and non-functional properties in PLE and software ecosystems
  • PLE tools and methods for guidance and governance
  • Product line testing and validation
  • Version and configuration management
  • Disruptive innovations and their effects on software product lines

We explicitly encourage papers reporting on:

  • Applications of product line concepts in emerging domains (e.g., Cyber-Physical Systems, Industry 4.0, IoT, Cloud Computing, 3D printing) and
  • Application of novel concepts (e.g., from data analysis, machine learning) in a product line context.


  • Full papers – Reporting experience from industrial applications and projects. The papers in this category must provide sufficient context of the problems identified or addressed, describe clear requirements and/or experience in solving them, provide an assessment of benefits and drawbacks or other lessons learned, and explain why the contribution is innovative or valuable for others.
  • Short papers – Describing, from an industrial perspective, early returns on new product line and software ecosystem applications and projects, or other shorter industry topics of interest.

The page limit is 10 pages for full papers and 5 pages for short papers, not including references (2 extra pages maximum). Submissions must follow the ACM proceedings format and will be reviewed by at least three members of the program committee for the Industrial Systems and Software Product Lines Track.

The ACM styles have changed recently, and all authors should use the official 2017 ACM Master article template.

Latex users are indicated to use the “sigconf” option, so they are recommended to use the template that can be found in “sample-sigconf.tex”. In this way, the following latex code can be placed at the start of the latex document:


\acmConference[SPLC'18]{22nd International Conference on Software Product Line}{10--14 September, 2018}{Gothenburg, Sweden}

The SPLC proceedings will be published in the ACM Digital Library. SPLC is ranked as a top conference.

At least one author of each accepted submission must register and attend SPLC 2018 for the submission to be published.

Submissions should be sent using EasyChair:


Authors of accepted papers are invited to submit for evaluation and publication artifacts associated with the paper. According to ACM’s “Result and Artifact Review and Badging” policy, an “artifact” is “a digital object that was either created by the authors to be used as part of the study or generated by the experiment itself […] software systems, scripts used to run experiments, input datasets, raw data collected in the experiment, or scripts used to analyze results”.

Accepted artifacts will receive one of the following badges on the first page of the paper, table of contents, and in the ACM Digital Library:

  • Artifacts Evaluated – Functional: The artifacts are complete, well-documented and allow to obtain the same results as the paper.
  • Artifacts Evaluated – Reusable: As above, but the artifacts are of such a high quality that they can be reused as is on other data sets, or for other purposes.

The presentation of a paper associated with an accepted artifact will get 5 extra minutes. The authors must ensure that the artifacts are available from a stable URL or DOI. Please note that these badges exclude proprietary data or tools.

Authors of accepted papers who want to publish an artifact should do that via Easychair (select the Research Artifacts track) by submitting a PDF that contains a stable URL (or DOI) to the artifacts and that explains the steps and general instructions to execute/analyze the artifact. The deadline for submission is the paper camera-ready deadline.


Tomi Männistö
University of Helsinki, Finland
Goetz Botterweck

Lero, University of Limerick, Ireland