Journal-First Papers

PROFES has formed a partnership with prestigious software engineering journals to incorporate journal-first papers into the PROFES program. Through this partnership, authors of (journal-first) manuscripts accepted in the partnering journals, can apply to present their work in front of the PROFES community during the conference. These presentations shall broaden the content of the PROFES program and allow invited authors to interact directly with the PROFES community, thus, increasing the visibility of their work.

The journals that have partnered with are:

  • Journal of Systems and Software
  • Empirical Software Engineering Journal
  • Information and Software Technology

A journal-first presentation submitted to PROFES 2020 must meet the following criteria:

  • The journal-first manuscript has been accepted at the participating journal no earlier than May, 2019.
  • The topic addressed in the journal manuscript is in tune with the scope of the PROFES conference
  • The manuscript reports completely new research results or presents novel contributions that significantly extend and were not previously reported in prior work (or has been designed a “journal-first” paper by the publishing journal). That is to say, we cannot accept editorials, letters, or otherwise short papers, but encourage authors to also submit position papers critically reflecting on the state of the art or practice.
  • The manuscript does not extend prior work solely with additional proofs or algorithms (or other such details presented for completeness), additional empirical results, or minor enhancements or variants of the results presented in the prior work (e.g. as part of special issue invitations of papers accepted at conferences).
  • The paper does not repurpose materials previously published at a conference to target software professionals.
  • The paper has not been presented at, and is not under consideration for, journal-first programs of other conferences.
How to Submit

Interested authors should submit a one-page presentation proposal consisting of the following information: manuscript title, authors, original journal that published the manuscript, pointer to the original manuscript, if available, pointer to a preprint version of the manuscript, an extended abstract of the work described in the paper (could be longer than the original paper abstract) together with a justification explaining why the work is relevant to the PROFES audience and it is in scope for the conference.

Journal-First papers must be submitted following the Submission Procedure.


Since all papers have already been reviewed and accepted by the journals, they will not be reviewed again for technical content. The committee will review the presentation proposal based on the eligibility for journal-first, and the justification why it is relevant and interesting to conference attendees. If we receive more proposals for eligible talks than the conference schedule allows, we will prioritise the proposals to fit the conference themes and structure of the sessions. Authors will not receive any technical reviews with the notification.


Every Journal-First paper is expected to be presented by one of its authors according to the general registration conditions (to appear in due time). Failure to present the paper might result in exclusion from future Journal-First programs at PROFES and/or the involved journal.

The Journal-First papers will not be part of the PROFES proceedings as they have already been published in the respective journals. However, the presentations will appear in the conference program. In addition, we expect the authors to make a pre-print of the paper available to PROFES (within the limits of existing copyright agreements) so that interested participants can easily access it.