25-27 Jan 2023

Call for Papers

Technical Papers

We welcome original and unpublished research ideas, methods, techniques, empirical studies and surveys related to the management of variability. We particularly encourage the submission of research-in-progress and vision papers describing preliminary results, problem statements and open issues, especially in emerging domains where variability poses new challenges. Submissions should be up to 4 pages (+ 2 additional pages for references only) for short papers, or up to 8 pages (+ 2 additional pages for references only) for long papers. Each submission will be reviewed by 3 different reviewers following a double-anonymous review process in which the identity of authors will not be known to the program committee at any time during the process. The papers submitted must not reveal the authors’ identities in any way.

  • Authors should leave out author names and affiliations from the body of their submission.

  • Authors should ensure that any citation to related work by themselves is written in the third person, that is, “the prior work of XYZ” as opposed to “our prior work”.

  • Authors should avoid provide URLs to author-revealing sites (tools, data sets). Any supplemental sites should be fully anonymized. While open science is encouraged for all authors of all papers, visiting such sites should not be needed to conduct reviews.

  • Authors should anonymize author-revealing company names yet can provide general characteristics of the organizations involved needed to understand the context of the paper.

Authors having further questions on double-anonymous reviewing are encouraged to contact the Program Chairs by email. Papers that ignore the double-anonymous requirement and overtly reveal authorship will be desk-rejected.

Variability-in-Practice Papers

We welcome contributions from practitioners, industry, and researchers describing real-world, variability-related problems or solutions, including methodologies, tool demonstration and experience reports. Submissions should be up to 4 pages (+ 2 additional pages for references only) and will be reviewed by 3 different reviewers. The review for variability-in-practice papers will follow a single-blind review process.

New and Controversial Ideas Papers

As a new addition to VaMoS this year we are including a “New and Controversial Ideas” track.

This track is meant for authors to present short (lightning) talks on new (not yet highly evaluated) areas of research or to state positions (possibly controversial) on the directions or lack of directions, on any topic relevant to the VaMoS scientific community. The papers will be 2 pages (+1 for references) in the conference format. Authors names and affiliations should be included in the submissions.

Exceptionally for this track, the deadline for submission is 27 October 2022 (AoE).

These papers will receive a lightweight review, but should not simply be a shortened version of an existing paper. Reviewers will evaluate these papers on how well they articulate a new idea and/or position by providing a compelling argument as to

  • why the topic is important for the VaMoS community,

  • if the idea or position has potential to work, and

  • the potential of the topic to foster interesting discussions at this year’s conference.

NOTE: We are working to include these as part of the main proceedings, pending approval from our publisher. We will update this site with more information when it becomes available.

Snapshots of VaMoS 2021-2022 Papers

This year VaMoS will provide a limited number of presentation slots to authors of papers from VaMoS 2021–2022. We realize that many in our VaMoS community missed out on an opportunity to attend and present their research in person during the past 2 years. To bring back the vibrancy of our in-person community, we are planning to reserve some presentation slots for those authors.

Authors will be asked to submit the title of their paper, along with author names. The program chairs will review this data and invite the authors to present at this year’s conference. Authors will be expected to register and attend this year’s event. This is a unique opportunity to present the research as it was originally presented (virtually), as well as (optionally) to add some additional context on the state of the research today.

The deadline for submission is 27 October 2022 (AoE).

Format and Submission Site

All submissions must be written in English and follow the double-column ACM template with the options sigconf, review, and anonymous (for technical papers only): \documentclass[sigconf,review,anonymous]{acmart}. At least one author is expected to attend the conference and present the accepted paper.

Submissions will be handled via EasyChair.

Accepted contributions will be published by ACM in the conference proceedings.

Ten-years Most Influential Paper

We are proud to celebrate VaMoS’ own history and outstanding past publications. As such, we will continue the 10-year most influential paper award tradition and will reward papers from the earlier VaMoS editions that had the highest impact on the community and beyond.