Call for Contributions

Papers can be submitted to the workshop using the standard IEEE format. Submissions should present original, unpublished work and submitted electronically in Adobe PDF format as an attachment to mpec@lsi.upc.es. In the body of the message please include the title of the paper, the list of authors (without affiliation), a list of topics (up to 3) and the abstract. Acknowledge of reception and notification of the result will be sent to the author submitting the paper, unless otherwise required. All the papers will be reviewed by the Program Committee to ensure high quality and relevance. If the number of submissions is high, authors of papers may be required to participate in the evaluation process.

Submissions can be of four types: position papers, research papers, experience reports and tool-support descriptions or demos. Maximum length of the papers is 2 pages for position papers and 4 pages for other types of papers and must be in IEEE format. Although all kind of case studies are welcome, we suggest two domains of interest for vehiculating the proposals:

Selection will be made according mainly to the following criteria: adequacy to the topics of the workshop, technical soundness, novelty, significance and potential for generating discussion. Other such as quality of presentation and clarity of exposition will be evaluated just to provide recommendations for the final version of the contribution.

Research papers
The workshop is soliciting original high quality research papers on all aspects of COTS evaluation. Papers should present original reports of substantive new work and make clear the novel aspects of the work they present and their contribution to the development of the area. They should clearly establish the research contribution, its relevance and its relation to prior research. Full papers should emphasise what is new and significant about the chosen approach and adequately compare it with similar works.

Position papers
Position papers are intended to allow space for preliminary work, general statements or useful experiences, which are of sufficient interest to publish, but which would not meet the review criteria for a research paper. They are intended to allow for presentation of new developments and works in progress. Therefore, position papers should state the author's research position with respect to current practice or trends in the field and therefore should emphasise topics that are particularly important at present.

Experience reports
Experience papers should describe current challenges and trends of state-of-practice in the field. Actual case studies from practitioners emphasizing how to manage the evaluation process, how to model COTS during evaluation, organizational ramifications, business impact or major improvements to the state-of-practice are especially welcomed.

Tool-support descriptions
Reports about tools supporting the processes around COTS evaluation and the creation of COTS models useful for evaluation are welcome. These papers should state clearly the functionality of the tool and the current state with respect to the potential use by the community, both from the functional and technical points of view. Some figure presenting screen captions are worth to be included. Availability of the tool in some URL site will be taken into account when reviewing the paper.