Information about theme issues/sections
A theme issue contains scientific papers that all focus on a
highly-relevant and important topic in the area of software and system
A theme issue may also cover a highly-innovative new topic
where it is foreseeable that models will play an important role.
Please note: As these theme issues are published as part of the regular
printed issues we usually use the wording "theme section" instead of
Typically two editors are responsible for putting a theme
section together. We expect the editors to define the theme, select
relevant literature for the theme that builds a solid integrated bases,
to publish an open call for paper and actively solicit a number of
respected researchers and practitioners from that area to submit papers.
A potential source of prospective submitters is a conference or a series
of high quality workshops that cover the desired theme. The theme
editors (who may be the conference or workshop organizers) can invite
the authors of the best papers in the conference or workshop to submit
an extended and substantially enhanced version of their paper by a
certain deadline and also run an open call for articles. Under the
supervision of the theme editors the submitted papers will be rigorously
reviewed and the accepted papers will be published in the theme
Requirements: The theme editors, their relatives, and their current
research collaborators must not submit papers to be published in the
theme section. Papers that were published in a respected conference
before need to be considerably enhanced and extended and the
differences have to be made clear in the article.
If you are interested in editing a theme section for the SoSyM journal,
please contact the Editors-in-Chief.
Editors of theme sections write either a short editorial or
submitt a complete overview article on the theme, describing the basic
definitions, techniques, methods and results in that field, including
a thorough overview of the literature.
This article should in a first version
be written and made available
for the other papers, such that a common ground
Theme sections planned, in progress, or recently finished:
Editors-in-Chief Contact Information
- Email: bernhard.rumpesosym.org (primary contact for theme sections)
- Voice: +49-241-80-21301
- German Mail:
RWTH Aachen University
D-52074 Aachen, Germany
- Voice: 205-348-2847, Fax: 205-348-0219
- Email: jeff.graysosym.org
- U.S. Mail:
Department of Computer Science
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0290, USA
Outline of Submission/Review Process for Theme Sections:
- Interested editors submit a SoSyM theme section proposal,
containing information about the contents, the paper
a list of basic literature that has been published
in the field and that the authors can rely on (including
relevant recent SoSyM papers),
a draft Call for Papers, and authors
that will be invited to submit papers.
- If there is a related conference or workshop, then the
following has to be described: the conference or workshop and
its review process (e.g. acceptance rate, total number of
papers), the number of potential papers including titles and
authors, a proposed schedule and other helpful information.
Papers accepted to the conference or workshop must have been
through a thorough review process prior to their
- Deadlines must be defined. A useful pattern is given below (x
is in weeks):
||CfP for a SoSyM theme section, candidates may be
papers with smaller versions already published
in the conference/workshop.
||Papers are submitted to SoSyM via the online
system Manuscript Central. The paper
type is 'theme section paper' and the
Editor-in-Chief (EiC) is Bernhard Rumpe.
Authors also indicate that the theme editor is
the preferred editor, and note that the paper
is being submitted to the particular theme
section. Beforehand a complete list of titles
and authors of all expected papers is sent to
||Reviewers are assigned by Program Committee
Chair (who serves as editor of the theme
section) via Manuscript Central. The time
for a review is 30 days (counted from
the day the reviewer accepted).
||Check status of reviews; reminders are sent if
necessary to the editors, who send them on to
||Reviews/acknowledgements are sent to authors
by the Editor-in-Chief.
||Final versions arrive at SoSyM, via Manuscript
Central (usually only minor changes can be
handled in that time. Major revisions need
extra time for another round of reviews.)
||Editor or reviewers re-review minor changes
and editor gives approval. Usually another
full review cycle for major revisions has
to be started.
- The CfP is published.
- The papers (as well as the reviews later) are submitted via
the online system Manuscript Central.
- The theme editors act as supervisors for the papers. They
assign at least three reviewers to each paper. These are
acknowledged by the Editors-in-Chief. The theme editors also
make the final recommendation. The editors can recommend that
a paper be accepted (with or without minor revisions),
rejected or resubmitted for another review after a major
revision. The final decision is made by the Editor-in-Chief
and he notifies the paper's contact author with the result of
the review process, including reviewers' comments.
- The review process for theme papers doesn't differ from the
regular process, but the reviewers for the theme papers can
come from the program committee of a conference or workshop
related to the theme section.
- Once a final decision for each submission is made, the
ordering of the accepted papers in the theme section is decided
by the theme editors. They also write an Editorial for the