JISA Thematic Series on FOSS Development

Deadline of the 2nd Submission Round: August 15, 2016


Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) is now a significant component in the Internet industry and is recognized as an important area of research within Software Engineering and related disciplines. The FOSS movement has a major impact on how organizations work and how individuals create, distribute, acquire and use software. FOSS development continues to grow, and its development model serves as a foundation for business, collaboration processes, software engineering practices, IT management. On the other hand, the movement has introduced new challenges, especially in relation to openness and the innovative nature of this development model.

This JISA Thematic Series seeks innovative contributions to research and development of Free and Open Source Software Development. The goal is to establish the state of the art for knowledge in this area, and define a research agenda for, creating a source of reference for researchers and practitioners. In this Thematic Series, we are seeking for original contributions of different types, including theoretical foundations, practical, empirical, and conceptual studies.


In this Thematic Series, we are seeking for original contributions of different types, including theoretical foundations, practical, empirical, and conceptual studies. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Social/Human aspects of FOSS development
    • Cultivating/developing open source communities
    • FOSS intellectual property, copyrights and licensing
    • Joining process
    • Cultural aspects of FOSS communities
    • Social networks analysis of FOSS communities
  • FOSS practices and methods
    • FOSS and traditional/agile development methods
    • FOSS and decentralized development
    • Knowledge and documentation management in FOSS
    • Using mining software repositories techniques to manage and investigate FOSS processes and practices
  • FOSS and innovation
    • The role of FOSS in innovative processes
    • FOSS and crowdsourcing
    • FOSS-based startups
    • Expanding scientific research and technology development methods through openness
    • New application areas in FOSS
    • Application of FOSS in the Smart Cities context
  • FOSS adoption in commercial and non-commercial settings
    • Success cases of migration to FOSS systems
    • Adoption of FOSS practices in commercial projects - inner source
    • Effects of commercial involvement on FOSS sustainability
    • Experiences of relicensing existing closed-source software as a FOSS
    • Case studies of FOSS deployment
  • FOSS and Education
    • Teaching FOSS at all levels of education
    • Project Based Learning using FOSS projects
  • FOSS Infrastructure (underlying technology and applications)
    • FOSS and the Internet of the future
    • FOSS and cloud computing
    • Using FOSS in cluster computing and MapReduce
    • FOSS noSQL databases
    • FOSS and the Internet of Things


Manuscripts are submitted online as per instructions at JISA is an international Open Access journal from SpringerOpen. So far, JISA papers have had a relatively high impact ( It adopts the Open Access policy, allowing free access to the papers, while the authors retain the copyright of their papers. Several repositories index the journal, such as Scholar, SCOPUS, INSPEC, Academic OneFile, DBLP, DOAJ, EI-Compendex, OCLC, SCImago, and Summon by Serial Solutions.

There is no minimum or maximum length restriction for papers. However, reviewers will weigh the contribution of a paper relative to its length. Papers should report research thoroughly but succinctly. A typical length is around 15 pages in the Springer 2-column template format. Papers whose length is incommensurate with their contribution may be rejected. Although not mandatory, authors are encouraged to refer to related papers published recently in JISA to help build the consistency of the journal.

It is the wish of the JISA board that all quality papers will be published in the journal independent of the funding capacity of the authors. Thus, if the authors are unable to pay the open access APC charge, we request that they contact Prof. Igor Steinmacher so that a waiver can be granted.


Paper Submission: August 15, 2016
First response from reviewers: October 30, 2016


If you have any questions about the suitability of your manuscript or any other query related to this call do not hesitate to contact the theme editors.

  • Submissions will also benefit from the usual advantages of open access publication:
  • Rapid publication: Online submission, electronic peer review and production make the process of publishing your article simple and efficient
  • High visibility and international readership in your field: Open access publication ensures high visibility and maximum exposure for your work - anyone with online access can read your article
  • No space constraints: Publishing online means unlimited space for figures, extensive data and video footage
  • Authors retain copyright, licensing the article under a Creative Commons license: articles can be freely redistributed and reused as long as the article is correctly attributed

Guest editors:

  • Brian Fitzgerald - Lero/University of Limerick - Ireland <>
  • Gregorio Robles - Universidad Rey Juan Carlos - Spain <>
  • Igor Steinmacher - Federal University of Technology - ParanĂ¡ - Brazil <>
  • Tony Wasserman - Carnegie Melon University -- Silicon Valley - USA <>

Editorial Committee:

  • Andrea Capiluppi - Brunel University London - UK
  • Barbara Russo - Free University of Bolzano - Italy
  • Carlos Jensen - Oregon State University - USA
  • Christoph Treude - University of Adelaide - Australia
  • Klaas-Jan.Stol - Lero - Ireland
  • Megan Squire - Elon University - USA
  • Reid Holmes - University of British Columbia - Canada

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