Journal of Symbolic Computation

Special Issue on Symbolic Computation in Software Science

2009

This special issue is related to the topics of the workshop SCSS'08: Symbolic Computation in Software Science, which took place in Hagenberg, Austria, on July 12-13, 2008. Both participants of the workshop and other authors are invited to submit contributions.

Symbolic Computation is the science of computing with symbolic objects (terms, formulae, programs, representations of algebraic objects etc.). Powerful symbolic algorithms have been developed during the past decades like resolution, model checking, proving methods for various inductive domains, rewriting techniques, cylindric algebraic decomposition, Groebner bases, characteristic sets, telescoping for recurrence relations, etc.
In this special issue, we concentrate on the application of symbolic algorithms to software science. Topics include but are not limited to the application of symbolic techniques to:

- algorithm (program) synthesis
- algorithm (program) verification
- termination analysis of algorithms (programs)
- complexity analysis of algorithms (programs)
- extraction of specifications from algorithms (programs)
- generation of inductive assertions for algorithms (programs)
- algorithm (program) transformations
- component-based programming
- querying (e.g. XML)
- semantic web
- ...

We expect original articles (typically 15-30 pages; submission of larger papers will be evaluated depending on editorial constraints) that present high-quality contributions that have not been previously published and that must not be simultaneously submitted for publication elsewhere.

Submissions must comply with JSC's author guidelines. They must be written in English and should be prepared in
LaTeX using the "Elsevier Article Class (elsart.cls)" with "JSC add-on style (yjsco.sty)" and "Harvard style
references (elsart-harv.bst)". The package "JSC LaTex" (that contains all the necessary style files and a template)
can be obtained from here.

The introduction of the paper MUST explicitly address the following questions in succinct and informal manner:

- What is the problem?
- Why is the problem important?
- What has been done so far on the problem?
- What is the main contribution of the paper on the problem?
- Is the contribution original? Explain why.
- Is the contribution non-trivial? Explain why.

Without these, the paper will not be considered.

We also encourage tutorials/surveys. They will be reviewed for

- Quality of Presentation
- Fair/complete crediting of the people who worked on the subject.

- List of the main problems/questions
- Motivation/importance
- Description of main ideas/algorithms/improvements so far
- List of important open problems
- Complete bibliography

If you plan to submit a tutorial or a survey, make sure that the title
contains a phrase, such as "tutorial on ......." or "survey of .....", etc.

Submissions to this special issue are hereby encouraged via the EasyChair submission system:
http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=jscscss2009.

- Submission of papers:
~~March 23, 2009~~March 30, 2009 (extended). - Notification of acceptance/rejection:
~~July 27, 2009~~August 10, 2009 (extended). - Final version: October 5, 2009.

- Temur Kutsia (RISC, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria)