Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Proceedings of the Spring/Summer Young Researchers’ Colloquium on Software Engineering is an annual online journal (ISSN 2311-7230) whose issues are composed of the papers chosen for presentation at SYRCoSE and may also include the papers of the Invited Speakers. The journal covers a wide variety of topics including (but not limited to):

  • Software Development Processes
  • Object-Oriented Analysis and Design
  • Programming and Specification Languages
  • Component-Based Software
  • Distributed and Concurrent Software
  • Requirements Engineering
  • Visual Modeling
  • Reengineering and Reverse Engineering
  • Formal Methods
  • Quality Assurance
  • Software Safety and Security
  • Testing, Verification, and Validation
  • Design and Verification of Hardware
  • Software Development and Analysis Tools
  • Software Engineering Education

Peer-Review Process

The peer-review process and editorial scrutiny are the main mechanisms for ensuring the quality of published articles. To this end, all submissions are carefully peer-reviewed to ensure the high quality papers are accepted and published. The peer-review process is single blinded with the reviewers aware of whom the authors of the manuscript are, the authors do not know who the reviewers are. The Editorial Board is composed of research scientists with rich research and publication experiences.

The single most important criterion for acceptance is the originality of the work. However, other factors may affect decisions. Such factors are, but not limited to, the extent and importance of new information in the paper compared with that in other papers being considered and the overall suitability for the Proceedings. Decisions on peer-reviewed papers are sent to the authors via email within an average of 4 weeks from the Submission Deadline.

  • A manuscript is submitted via the Online Submission System.
  • An editorial assistant checks whether the manuscript is conforming to the Requirements:
    • If the manuscript does not meet the Requirements, it will be returned to the authors for corrections and resubmission.
    • If the manuscript meets the Requirements, it will be assigned for peer-reviewing to at least 3 members of the Editorial Board after matching the subject of the article and the members’ expertise.
  • The members of the Editorial Board assigned for peer-reviewing are able to reassign the manuscript to external reviewers.
  • The reviewers will send back the review comments with their recommendations as:
    • accepted unchanged;
    • accepted with minor revision;
    • accepted with major revision;
    • rejected.
  • Based on the reviewers’ comments and recommendations, the editors will make the editorial decision.
  • Upon submission of the manuscript, the authors are asked to indicate their agreement to abide by an open access Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license.

Publication Frequency

The Proceedings are published annually (issued on June).

Open Access Policy, Archiving and Indexing/Abstracting

All issues of the Proceedings are available online at CyberLeninka, the Russian scientific electronic library built on the Open Science paradigm. The project is aimed at distribution of knowledge using the Open Access model providing free-of-charge full-text access to electronic scientific publications.

By using CyberLeninka, the Proceedings are abstracted and/or indexed in:

  • Google Scholar
  • OCLC WorldCat
  • Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE)
  • Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR)
  • The Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR)

Copyright and License Policy

The Proceedings are published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license to its articles. This license was developed to facilitate open access – namely, free immediate access to, and unrestricted reuse of, original works of all types. Under this license, authors agree (see the Publication Agreement and Copyright License) to make articles legally available for reuse, without permission or fees, for virtually any purpose. Anyone may copy, distribute or reuse these articles, as long as the author and original source are properly cited. The license ensures that the authors' article will be available as widely as possible and that the article can be included in any scientific archive.

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice

The Proceedings are committed to the academic community and the lay world in ensuring ethics in publication and quality of articles in publication. Plagiarism is strictly forbidden and papers found to be plagiarized will be removed or not published. Any manuscript, or substantial parts of it, submitted to the Proceedings must not be under consideration by any other journal. In general, the manuscript should not have already been published in any journal or other citable form, although it may have been deposited on a preprint server. Authors are required to ensure that no material submitted as part of a manuscript infringes existing copyrights, or the rights of a third party. In respect of the COPE's Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers, the publication ethics of the Proceedings includes the most important ethical standards for editors, peer reviewers, and authors. Any potential or emerging conflicts of interests are to be prevented and – in case of deviations therefrom – to be reported directly to the editor.

Editor's Duties
  • The editor must maintain the confidentiality of any information related to submitted manuscripts by not disclosing such materials to any non-corresponding authors or reviewers.
  • The evaluation of the manuscripts must be accomplished in an objective and nondiscriminatory way.
  • The editor must not use unpublished materials of submitted manuscripts for own research purposes without written consents of the author(s).
  • The final decision about the selection of the articles to be included is taken by the editor of the Proceedings - if necessary - in combination with the Editorial Board.
Reviewer's Duties
  • The reviewers' tasks are to support the editor in editorial decision making and the improvement of received manuscripts.
  • Submitted manuscripts must be treated confidentially (in agreement with the editor), not used for personal benefit and reviewed objectively on the basis of supporting arguments and without personal criticism.
  • The reviewers must track any uncited sources or materials that have been published before.
 Author's Duties
  • The authors should report precisely the originality and significance of their research.
  • The authors are committed to submit only original work and use citations for any already reported material.
  • Concurrently submitted manuscript and already published research are unethical and unacceptable.
  • The manuscripts should include sufficient details and references for replication purposes.
  • Only significantly contributing authors should be listed in the manuscripts.
  • The corresponding authors take full responsibility for the content, scientific context and legal aspects of their manuscripts.
  • Statements and sources with deceptive, dishonest or inaccurate content are unethical and therefore intolerable.
  • The authors should communicate any applicable funding or financial support of the research and the funder's relation to the contribution as well as acknowledge the research of others by citing their work.
  • The authors are obliged to inform the editor about discovered errors in their already published manuscripts.