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International Journal on Software and Systems Modeling (SoSyM)



  • Benoit Combemale joined the Editorial Board of SoSyM (January 2016)
  • We are proud to announce that the 2014 Impact Factor has increased to 1.408. With this Impact Factor we are among the top five of the journals about software engineering.
  • Timothy Lethbridge joined the Editorial Board of SoSyM (August 2015)
  • Jeff Gray has started his new duties as Editor-in-Chief together with Bernhard Rumpe for SoSyM (May 2015)
  • Esther Guerrra and Yves Le Traon joined the Editorial Board of SoSyM (January 2015)
  • SoSyM is the premier journal on modeling for software and systems and thus receiving many excellent papers. To ensure a timely publication of papers in printed form, Springer and we have decided to
    • a) again increase the size of SoSyM and
    • b) almost double up this years volume

Current Call for Papers of Theme Issues:

Other Information:

NEW: SoSyM Journal-First Papers presented at MODELS

SoSyM is proud to announce that the MODELS 2015 conference will be hosting the inaugural journal-first paper session for modeling papers. This initiative enables authors of SoSyM articles that have not been presented elsewhere (not even in shorter form) to reach a broader conference audience. At the same time it enriches the conference program with works that may not fit the standard conference format and process. MODELS 2015 will feature three articles that have been selected jointly by the Program Chairs and the Editors in Chief among recent articles. We expect this to happen annually in the future.

NEW: SoSyM is Soliciting Survey Articles

In order to improve SoSyM by addressing community needs, we asked readers and authors to suggest the topics and themes that they would like to see in future issues. Several responses suggested the need for survey/overview articles that address specific areas of software and systems modeling. Therefore, we encourage the submission of survey articles that are of excellent quality (e.g., a systematic literature review of a SoSyM topic area, or a deep overview of a specific area that summarizes past work and synthesizes a future research plan while also identifying open problems).

If you have an idea for a survey paper about a modeling theme, please consider submitting a scientific assessment in the form of an article to SoSyM. Survey articles will still be reviewed according to high-quality standards, but do not need to contain a research experiment that has novel findings. Authors may also contact us before submission and provide a suggested topic area, list of authors, and a short argument that motivates the importance of the area surveyed. Other items that could be included in the correspondence are: why are the proposed authors the appropriate experts to serve as an authority to write such a survey, what comparison and evaluation criteria (e.g., epistemological, empirical, or any analytical form) will be used to categorize or distinguish the contributions made in the area. An outline, as well as an initial list of surveyed papers, tools, or approaches may be included in the correspondence.

Survey papers for SoSyM must be of high quality and within the scope of the journal. A paper can only be accepted if it is excellent in all four of these categories:

  • Technical quality is high.
  • Relevance to significant areas of research or practice is high.
  • The level of general interest is high.
  • The presentation is effective.

Aims And Scope

Software and Systems Modeling (SoSyM) is a quarterly international journal (published in English) that focuses on theoretical and practical issues pertaining to the development and application of software and system modeling languages and techniques. The aim of the journal is to publish high-quality works that further understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of modeling languages and techniques, present rigorous analyses of modeling experiences, and introduce scalable modeling techniques and processes that facilitate rigorous, efficient or economical development of software.

The journal is unique in its emphasis on theoretical foundations of modeling languages and techniques, and on rigorous analyses of "real-world" modeling experiences. The balance of theoretical works and works based on in-depth analyses of experiences offers insights to researchers that can inform future investigations into better modeling languages and techniques, and provides modeling practitioners with a deeper understanding of modeling languages and techniques that can lead to more effective application.

The journal targets researchers, practitioners and students who have a vested interest in results generated by high-quality modeling research and by rigorously analyzed modeling experiences. We invite authors to submit papers that discuss and analyze research challenges and experiences pertaining to software and system modeling languages, techniques, tools, practices and other facets. The following are some of the topic areas that are of special interest, but the journal publishes on a wide range of software and systems modeling concerns:

  • Domain-specific models and modeling standards
  • Model-based testing techniques
  • Model-based simulation techniques
  • Formal syntax and semantics of modeling languages such as the UML
  • Rigorous model-based analysis
  • Model composition, refinement and transformation
  • Software Language Engineering
  • Modeling Languages in Science and Engineering
  • Language Adaptation and Composition
  • Metamodeling techniques
  • Measuring quality of models and languages
  • Ontological approaches to model engineering
  • Generating test and code artifacts from models
  • Model synthesis
  • Methodology
  • Model development tool environments
  • Modeling Cyberphysical Systems
  • Data intensive modeling
  • Derivation of explicit models from data
  • Case studies and experience reports with significant modeling lessons learned
  • Comparative analyses of modeling languages and techniques
  • Scientific assessment of modeling practices

More information can be found at, which contains recent editorials, as well as information about the submission process for different paper categories (such as regular survey/overview, and special themes).


Jeff Gray
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA
          Bernhard Rumpe
RWTH Aachen University
Aachen, Germany

Associate Editors

Marsha Chechik
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
             Martin Gogolla
University of Bremen
Bremen, Germany
          Jean-Marc Jezequel
IRISA/INRIA and University of Rennes 1
Rennes, France

Assistant Editors

Geri Georg
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
          Martin Schindler
RWTH Aachen University
Aachen, Germany

Advisory Board

Egidio Astesiano (Italy)
Jean Bezivin (France)
Grady Booch (USA)
Manfred Broy (Germany)
David Harel (Israel)
          Michael Jackson (UK)
Tom Maibaum (Canada)
Pierre-Alain Muller (France)
Wolfgang Reisig (Germany)
Bran Selic (Canada)

Editorial Board

Perry Alexander (USA)
Daniel Amyot (Canada)
Colin Atkinson (Germany)
Joanne Atlee (Canada)
Benoit Baudry (France)
Jim Bieman (USA)
Gordon Blair (UK)
Ruth Breu (Austria)
Lionel Briand (Luxembourg)
Jean-Michel Bruel (France)
Jordi Cabot (Spain)
Betty Cheng (USA)
Tony Clark (United Kingdom)
Benoit Combemale (France)
Juan De Lara (Spain)
Jürgen Dingel (Canada)
Heiko Dörr (Germany)
Alexander Egyed (Austria)
Gregor Engels (Germany)
Ulrich Frank (Germany)
Sebastien Gerard (France)
Martin Glinz (Switzerland)
Hassan Gomaa (USA)
Esther Guerrra (Spain)
Alan Hartman (Israel)
Oystein Haugen (Norway)
Constance Heitmeyer (USA)
Zhenjiang Hu (Japan)
Heinrich Hussmann (Germany)
          Gerti Kappel (Austria)
Gabor Karsai (USA)
Jörg Kienzle (Canada)
Ingolf Krüger (USA)
Thomas Kühne (New Zealand)
Kevin Lano (UK)
Yves Le Traon (Luxembourg)
Gary T. Leavens (USA)
Timothy C. Lethbridge (Canada)
Hong Mei (China)
Dragan Milicev (Serbia)
Ana Moreira (Portugal)
Richard Paige (UK)
Dorina Petriu (Canada)
Alfonso Pierantonio (Italy)
Alexander Pretschner (Germany)
Bernhard Schätz (Germany)
Andy Schürr (Germany)
Jim Steel (Australia)
Perdita Stevens (UK)
Ketil Stølen (Norway)
Gabriele Taentzer (Germany)
Juha-Pekka Tolvanen (Finland)
Antonio Vallecillo (Spain)
Wil van der Aalst (Netherlands)
Dániel Varró (Hungary)
Jon Whittle (UK)
Roel Wieringa (Netherlands)

A complete list of all Reviewers, Special Section Editors, and Theme Issue Editors can be found here.
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