IEEE Transactions on Reliability

Special Section on Safety and Security of System Software

Call for Papers


With the rapid advancement of computing technology, new system software in domains such as AI, big data, CPS and IoT have emerged. While such system software helps the development of new applications in the new computing paradigms, it also brings new challenges and concerns, especially in system safety and security. There have already been reports on attacks on such new system software that have resulted in privacy leakage and property loss. The problem will be even more severe if the system software is deployed in a safety-critical system.

To address this problem, IEEE Transactions on Reliability (TRel) solicits original work that makes novel theoretical or practical contributions to enhance the safety and security of system software for emerging computing paradigms. Papers will be reviewed and selected based on their innovation, technical correctness, presentation, and practical relevance.

This special section is a collaboration between IEEE Transactions on Reliability and the technical committee of system software and software engineering of China Computation Federation (CCF). The papers that pass the first round of review must be presented at the 17th National Software Application Conference (NASAC 2018). The final decision will be given after the presentation and the second round of review.


Submissions related to the following topics are encouraged. However, others relevant to safety and security of system software for emerging computing paradigms are also welcome. Their practical applications will be considered as well.

  • Reliability, security, and safety of system software
  • Testing, verification, and validation
  • Maintenance and evolvement
  • Architecture and modeling
  • Advanced methods for error detection, fault tolerance, and debugging
  • Software quality, metrics and measurements, estimation and prediction of quality/reliability
  • Dependability, survivability, and resilience study
  • Supporting tools and automation
  • Empirical study
  • Novel interdisciplinary research


We welcome high quality submissions that are neither published nor currently under submission elsewhere. We also encourage extensions to conference papers, unless prohibited by copyright, if there is a significant difference in technical content. Improvements such as adding a new case study or including a description of additional related studies do not satisfy this requirement. The overlap between each submission and other articles, including the authors’ own papers, should be less than 30%.

  1. Each submission must conform to the double column single spaced format of printed articles in the IEEE Transactions on Reliability with all figures and tables embedded in the paper, rather than listed at the end or in the appendix.
  2. For the initial submission, authors must submit their manuscripts simultaneously to both NASAC and TRel, by following the two links below. The reviewers for the two submission sites are identical. The papers that pass the first round of review are invited to present at NASAC.
  3. Based on the comments given in the first round of review and during the oral presentation at NASAC, authors are invited to submit their revised papers to TRel only using the aforementioned submission link. These manuscripts will be treated as revisions by TRel.
  4. Authors are required to submit their final revision based on the comments given in the second round of review. TRel will give the final decisions based on the recommendations by the guest editors.

Important Dates

  • June 1, 2018
  • August 15, 2018
  • September 15, 2018
  • November 23-25, 2018
  • December 1, 2018
  • January 1, 2019
  • February 15,2019
  • Paper submission due
  • First round notification
  • First round revised paper due
  • NASAC 2018 Presentation
  • Second round notification
  • Second round revised paper due
  • Final notification


  • Professor W. Eric Wong, University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Guest Editors

  • Professor Zijiang Yang, Western Michigan University, USA
  • Professor Lei Bu, Nanjing University, China

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