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SBES 2023
XXXVII Brazilian Symposium on Software Engineering

Call for Papers - Research Track

The Brazilian Symposium on Software Engineering (SBES), annually promoted by the Brazilian Computer Society (SBC), is the premier Software Engineering conference in Latin America. SBES is held in conjunction with the Brazilian Conference on Software: Theory and Practice (CBSoft). In 2023, the main theme of SBES is "Responsible Software Engineering". The SBES Research Track is the main track of the symposium and publishes solid, well-evaluated contributions regarding originality, presentation quality, and relevance for the Software Engineering area. The symposium proceedings will be published in the ACM Digital Library in 2023.

Important Dates

Abstract submission:May 2, 2023 May 10, 2023
Full paper submission:May 8, 2023 May 17, 2023
Rebuttal period:June 19 - June 25, 2023
Notification of acceptance:July 10, 2023
Camera-ready paper submission:July 17, 2023

Topics of Interest

Submissions related (but not limited to) the following topics will be accepted:
  • API Development and Evolution
  • Cloning Detection and Refactoring
  • Configuration Management
  • Continuous Software Engineering
  • Development of Critical Systems
  • Development of Mobile Applications
  • Distributed and Collaborative Software Engineering
  • Economic, Human, and Social Aspects of Software Engineering
  • Ethics in Software Engineering
  • Experimental Software Engineering
  • Mining Software Repositories
  • Model-Driven Software Engineering
  • Open Science in Software Engineering Research
  • Requirements Engineering
  • Search-based Software Engineering
  • Service Orientation and Microservices
  • Software Architecture
  • Software Ecosystems
  • Software Engineering and Data Science
  • Software Engineering for Cloud Computing
  • Software Maintenance, Reengineering, and Evolution
  • Software Processes (including Agile)
  • Software Project Management
  • Software Quality (including Privacy and Security in Software Systems)
  • Software Reuse
  • Software Sustainability
  • Software Testing
  • Software Validation and Verification
  • Software Visualization
  • Startups and Software Economics
  • Systems-of-Systems
  • Technical Debt Management
  • Variability and Software Product Lines

Open Science Policies

The SBES 2023 Research Track encourages authors to adopt Open Science principles, through the availability of research artifacts (for example, collected data and source code), aiming at promoting transparency, replicability and reproducibility in research. Authors must provide an explicit statement about data availability (or lack thereof) in the submitted paper in an unnumbered section named "Artefact Availability" following the "Conclusion" section, indicating the place the research artifacts are deposited or providing a justification for their non-availability. It is noteworthy that the availability of artifacts is not mandatory and will not be used as a criterion for paper acceptance or rejection.
The document “SBES 2023 - Open Science Policies” presents Open Science principles and practices to support authors of the SBES Research Track. In case of questions, please approach the Open Science Chair via e-mail at any time. Contacting the Open Science Chair does not violate the doubly-anonymous submissions.

On use of AI (Artificial Intelligence) or AI-assisted technologies in research papers

Inspired by Elsevier’s and ICML (International Conference on Machine Learning) policies regarding the use of AI or AI-assisted technologies, such as Large Language Models, the SBES 2023 - Research Track 2023 tentatively adopted a policy to be strictly followed by the submitted research papers. For the next editions of SBES Research Track, the upcoming SBC policy will take place.
What is forbidden:
  • Text or image produced/generated entirely by AI or AI-assisted technologies; and
  • Any AI or AI-assisted technology as an author.
What is allowed:
  • Using AI or AI-assisted technologies for editing or polishing author-written text;
  • Using AI or AI-assisted technologies for improving the quality of images regarding contrast and clarity; and
  • Investigating the use of AI or AI-assisted technologies to support Software Engineering activities.

Paper Preparation and Submission

Authors should submit original work that has neither appeared elsewhere for publication, nor which is under review for another refereed publication. Papers can be submitted in Portuguese or English. Submissions in English are strongly encouraged since the symposium proceedings will be indexed in the ACM Digital Library. Papers written in Portuguese must include an abstract in English.
All submissions must be in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) and must comply with the ACM 2-column conference format (ACM_SigConf) available at this link LaTeX users must use the acmart.cls class provided in the template with the conference format enabled at the document preamble:
Authors must use the ACM-Reference-Format.bst bibliography style also provided in the template:
Below the Conclusion section, authors must include an unnumbered section named "Artefact Availability":
\section*{Artefact Availability}
Submissions must be no longer than 10 pages, including all figures, tables, appendixes, references and acknowledgement. Papers should be electronically submitted through JEMS (
  • Abstract submission: The paper title, authors, abstract, associated topic(s), and the language of the paper must be informed; and
  • Full paper submission: The file in PDF format containing the paper must be submitted.
The publication of Research Track accepted papers implies that at least one of its authors will register at CBSoft 2023 and will present the paper during SBES 2023.


The SBES 2023 Research Track will follow a double-blind review process. All submitted papers should conceal the identity of the authors. Both author names and affiliations must be omitted. In addition, the following rules should be addressed:
  • Citations to own related work must be written in the third person. For example, one must write "the previous work of Silva et al." as opposed to "our previous work." Terms that can identify the authors, for instance, "we", "our", "ours", "github", and "funding", must be avoided and should be removed prior to submitting.
  • Papers should not mention any artifact in repositories or websites that can identify the authorship. If any artifact needs to be made available, it should be anonymized in the repository/website. For using GitHub, we recommend the "anonymous" service (;
  • If the submitted paper is a follow-up of a previous work, the reference may be anonymized in the submitted paper. For example, "the previous work of Silva et al." can be adapted to "based on the previous work [X]" and the reference at the end of the paper can be presented as "[X] Anonymous authors. Not presented due to double-blind review.";
  • Reviewers will not be encouraged to look for references in other sources on the Internet that identify the authors. Searches in digital libraries or existing artifacts do not break the double-blind policy.
After paper acceptance, all the paper information (without anonymization) can be included in the camera-ready version. Any questions about paper preparation following the double-blind rules can be sent to the Program Committee Chairs.
Any questions about paper preparation following the double-blind rules can be sent to the Program Committee Chairs.

Desk Rejection

Submissions that are out of the scope of the symposium, or not in compliance with the required submission format and anonymization rules, will be rejected without review.

Paper Review

Papers in this track will be reviewed by at least three Program Committee members, based on technical and methodological soundness (the extent to which the paper's contributions address its research questions and are supported by appropriate research methods), relevance (the extent to which the paper's contributions can impact the field of software engineering), originality (the extent to which the contributions are sufficiently novel with respect to the state-of-the-art), and presentation (paper's quality of writing, including clear descriptions, adequate use of the Portuguese or English language, absence of major ambiguity, clearly readable figures and tables, and adherence to the SBES formatting instructions). Reviewers may also comment on research transparency based on the availability of open artifacts.
If a previous publication of the paper or simultaneous submission for a refereed forum (event or journal) is reported, the paper will be rejected and authors may be prevented from submitting papers in future SBES editions.

Authors' Response (Rebuttal)

During the review process, a rebuttal may be requested. In this case, authors will have access to reviews and may argue and answer questions from the reviewers before the final acceptance/rejection decision. The rebuttal is limited to a plain text up to 5,000 characters (including spaces). In case of questions, please approach the Program Committee Co-Chairs via e-mail at any time.

Best Paper Award

The SBES Steering Committee will appoint a committee to award the best papers of SBES Research Track. Awarded papers will be announced during the CBSoft. The five best papers will be invited to submit an extended version in English to the Journal of Software Engineering Research and Development (JSERD).

Outstanding Reviewer Award

The SBES Research Track acknowledges the generosity of the Program Committee members who give their time and best effort to review submitted papers. The progress of scientific growth depends on dedicated colleagues, who aim to further the development of technology by offering their attention and passion when reviewing the papers.
A certificate of Outstanding Reviewer will be awarded to the five best reviewers. The selection will be based on the adherence of the reviews to the SBES review criteria, the quality and usefulness of reviews, as well as active participation during Program Committee discussion.

Journal-First Submissions

SBES is partnering with international journals to incorporate journal-first papers into the SBES 2022 Research Track. Six journals --- IEEE Software (IEEE Softw), Journal of Software Engineering Research and Development (JSERD), Information and Software Technology (IST), Journal of Systems and Software (JSS), Empirical Software Engineering (EMSE) and Software Quality Journal (SQJ) --- have confirmed their partnership with SBES 2023.
The following evaluation criteria will be used to select journal-first papers to SBES 2023:
  • The paper describes an original result that is not an extension of previous conference papers;
  • The paper was accepted for publication in the journal no earlier than January 1, 2022;
  • The paper has not been accepted for presentation at any other conference as a journal-first paper;
  • SBES 2023 will consider submissions of research papers and literature reviews (systematic reviews and systematic mappings) on the topics of interest listed for the SBES 2023 research track and which have been peer-reviewed.
Authors interested in presenting journal-first papers should send an email to the Program Committee Chairs (, with the subject "Journal-First - SBES 2023" by July 14, 2023. The following information must be provided: (i) paper title; (ii) list of authors; (iii) DOI, and; (iv) a document containing a short statement on the relevance of presenting the pape during SBES 2023 and stating that the submission meets the evaluation criteria indicated in the CFP.
Authors of selected journal-first papers will be invited to present their research work in the technical sessions of the SBES 2023 Research Track. This offers an opportunity for authors to discuss their work with the community as well as enrich the technical program of SBES 2023.
At least one of the authors of the journal-first papers will need to register at CBSoft 2023 to present the paper during SBES 2023.


General Chairs
Awdren de Lima FontĂŁo (UFMS, Brazil)
DĂ©bora Paiva (UFMS, Brazil)
Hudson Borges (UFMS, Brazil)
Maria Istela Cagnin Machado (UFMS, Brazil)
Patricia Gomes Fernandes Matsubara (UFMS, Brazil)
Vanessa Borges (UFMS, Brazil)
Program Chairs - Research Track
Carla Silva (UFPE, Brazil)
Rohit Gheyi (UFCG, Brazil)
Open Science Chair
Edson OliveiraJr (UEM, Brazil)
Proceedings Chair
Edna Dias Canedo (UnB, Brazil)
Steering Committee
Carla Silva (UFPE, Brazil)
Christina von Flach (UFBA, Brazil)
Elisa Yumi Nakagawa (ICMC-USP, Brazil)
Fernando Castor (UFPE, Brazil)
Igor Steinmacher (Northern Arizona University, USA)
Márcio Ribeiro (UFAL, Brazil)
Marco TĂşlio Valente (UFMG, Brazil)
Rohit Gheyi (UFCG, Brazil)
Sabrina Marczak (PUCRS, Brazil)
Tayana Conte (UFAM, Brazil)
Program Committee
Adenilso Simao (ICMC-USP, Brazil)
Adolfo Neto (UTFPR, Brazil)
Alcemir Rodrigues Santos (UESPI, Brazil)
Alessandro Garcia (PUC-Rio, Brazil)
Alfredo Goldman (IME–USP, Brazil)
Awdren FontĂŁo (UFMS, Brazil)
Baldoino Fonseca (UFAL, Brazil)
Breno Bernard Nicolau de França (UNICAMP, Brazil)
Bruno Gadelha (UFAM, Brazil)
Carla Ilane Moreira Bezerra (UFC, Brazil)
Carla Silva (UFPE, Brazil)
Christina von Flach (UFBA, Brazil)
Claudia Raibulet (University Milano-Biccoca, Italy)
Colin Venters (University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom)
Daniel Feitosa (university of Groningen, Netherlands)
Davi Viana (UFMA, Brazil)
Diego Elias Costa (Concordia University, Canada)
Edna Dias Canedo (UnB, Brazil)
Edson Oliveira Jr (UEM, Brazil)
Eduardo Almeida (UFBA, Brazil)
Eduardo Figueiredo (UFMG, Brazil)
Eduardo Guerra (Free University of Bolzano, Italy)
Elisa Yumi Nakagawa (ICMC-USP, Brazil)
Everton L. G. Alves (UFCG, Brazil)
Everton Cavalcante (UFRN, Brazil)
Everton GuimarĂŁes (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
Fabiano Cutigi Ferrari (UFSCar, Brazil)
Fernanda Alencar (UFPE, Brazil)
Fernanda Madeiral (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)
Fernando Castor (UFPE, Brazil)
GenaĂ­na Nunes Rodrigues (UnB, Brazil)
Glauco Carneiro (UFS, Brazil)
Gleison Santos (UNIRIO, Brazil)
Guilherme Horta Travassos (COPPE-UFRJ, Brazil)
Gustavo Soares (Microsoft, USA)
Henry Muccini (University of L’Aquila, Italy)
Hyggo Almeida (UFCG, Brazil)
Igor Steinmacher (UTFPR, Brazil)
Igor Scaliante Wiese (UTFPR, Brazil)
Ivan Machado (UFBA, Brazil)
Jaelson Castro (UFPE, Brazil)
Julio Leite (UFBA, Brazil)
Kecia Aline Marques Ferreira (CEFET-MG, Brazil)
Kenji Tei (Waseda University, Japan)
Leonardo Murta (UFF, Brazil)
Leopoldo Teixeira (UFPE, Brazil)
Lincoln Rocha (UFC, Brazil)
Luciana Zaina (UFSCAR, Brazil)
Mairielli Wessel (Radboud University, Netherlands)
Marcelo Maia (UFU, Brazil)
Márcio Ribeiro (UFAL, Brazil)
Marco Aurelio Gerosa (Northern Arizona University, USA)
Marco Tulio Valente (UFMG, Brazil)
Marcos Kalinowski (PUC-Rio, Brazil)
Melina Mongiovi (UFCG, Brazil)
Mohamad Kassab (Penn State University, USA)
Monalessa Perini Barcellos (UFES, Brazil)
Nabor Mendonça (Unifor, Brazil)
Natasha Malveira Costa Valentim (UFPR, Brazil)
Pablo Oliveira Antonino (Fraunhofer IESE, Germany)
Patricia D. L. Machado (UFCG, Brazil)
Paulo Meirelles (UNIFESP, Brazil)
Rafael Capilla (University Rey Juan Carlos, Spain)
Rafael Prikladnick (PUCRS, Brazil)
Raphael Oliveira (UFS, Brazil)
Ricardo Terra (UFLA, Brazil)
Rita Suzana Pitangueira Maciel (UFBA, Brazil)
Roberta de Souza Coelho (UFRN, Brazil)
Rodrigo Bonifácio (UnB, Brazil)
Rodrigo Santos (UNIRIO, Brazil)
Rohit Gheyi (UFCG, Brazil)
Rossana Andrade (UFC, Brazil)
Sabrina Marczak (PUCRS, Brazil)
Sergio Soares (UFPE, Brazil)
Sheila Reinehr (PUC-PR, Brazil)
Silvia Regina Vergilio (UFPR, Brazil)
Simone do Rocio Senger de Souza (ICMC-USP, Brazil)
Tayana Conte (UFAM, Brazil)
Thais Batista (UFRN, Brazil)
Thelma Elita Colanzi (UEM, Brazil)
Tiago Massoni (UFCG, Brazil)
Uirá Kulesza (UFRN, Brazil)
Valter Vieira de Camargo (UFSCar, Brazil)
Vander Alves (UnB, Brazil)
Vânia de Oliveira Neves (UFF, Brazil)
VĂ­tor E. Silva Souza (UFES, Brazil)
Wesley Klewerton Guez Assunção (PUC-Rio, Brazil)
Wilkerson Andrade (UFCG, Brazil)