本专刊与2022年CCF中国软件大会（CCF Chinasoft 2022）合作。投稿本专刊并通过第一轮评审的国内论文作者需要注册参加本次大会并在“软件缺陷的自动发现与修复”论坛上进行论文报告交流。
Software defects are prevalent among programs and may cause significant threats to both the national economy and human lives. However, they are inevitable during software development, especially with the rapid increase of the complexity and scale of software systems. Besides, finding and debugging software defects will cause huge burden to developers. Therefore, studying and developing automatic techniques to assist developers in these procedures to ensure software quality is vitally important. Automatically discovering defects is a longstanding and challenging research topic over the last decades. How to improve its effectiveness and efficiency is the ground challenge to make it meet the requirement of practical usages. Recently, the research interests on automatic fault localization and program repair are also rapidly growing, which are promising to free developers from heavy debugging tasks. However, how to precisely locate the buggy code and produce meaningful patches is fundamentally challenging due to the complexity and heterogeneity nature of large-scale software systems.
The aim of this special issue on “Automatic Defect Discovering and Fixing” is to bring this emerging area and related topics to the attention of the communities of software and system engineering as well as to provide an opportunity for researchers to present their latest attempts and achievements on related topics. In this special issue, we both invite extended versions of selected papers from collaborating workshops, and solicit novel submissions related to defect discovering and fixing.
The list of topics includes but not limited to:
（1） Theories and technologies for automatically predicting defects.
（2） Theories and technologies for automatically detecting defects.
（3） Theories and technologies for fault localization.
（4） Theories and technologies for automatic program repair.
（5） Theories and technologies for building or analyzing defect related benchmarks.
August 10th, 2022 (September 10th, 2022)
September 25th, 2022 (October 20th, 2022)
November 25th, 2022 (December 15th, 2022)
Notification of acceptance:
December 25th, 2022 (January 5th, 2023)
Authors should prepare their manuscript according to the Guide for Authors of the Software: Evolution and Process.
The submission site is http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jsme. Please select “Automatic Defects Discovering and Fixing” in the submission system. All the papers will be peer-reviewed following the Software: Evolution and Process reviewing procedures. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere.
If the submission is an extended work of a previously published conference/workshop paper, you must submit a cover letter/document detailing (1) the "Summary of Differences" between the conference/workshop paper and extended version paper, (2) a clear list of "new and original" ideas/contributions in the extended version paper (identifying sections where they are proposed/presented), (3) confirmation of the percentage of new material (at least 30%), and (4) the previously published conference/workshop paper.
Jiajun Jiang, PhD
Corresponding Guest Editor
Associate Resesarch Professor
College of Intelligence and Computing
Bo Wang, PhD
School of Computer and Information Technology
Beijing Jiaotong University
Ming Wen, PhD
School of Cyber Science and Engineering
Huazhongn University of Science and Engineering
Kui Liu, PhD
Software Engineering Application Technology Lab
Hui Liu, PhD
School of Computer Science and Technology
Beijing Institute of Technology