Software: Practice and Experience

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Edited By: Rajkumar Buyya, Kendra Cooper, Richard Jones, Agostino Poggi, Satish Srirama (Editors) and Nigel Horspool (Editor-at-Large)

Impact Factor: 0.652

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 76/106 (Computer Science Software Engineering)

Online ISSN: 1097-024X

Associated Title(s): Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience, Journal of Software: Evolution and Process, Software Process: Improvement and Practice, Software Testing, Verification and Reliability

Author Guidelines


Software: Practice and Experience operates an online submission and peer review system that allows authors to submit articles online and track their progress via a web interface. Please read the remainder of these instructions to authors and then visit and navigate to the Software: Practice and Experience online submission site. IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.

All papers must be submitted via the online system.

File types. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are .doc, .rtf, .ppt, .xls. LaTeX files may be submitted provided that an .eps or .pdf file is provided in addition to the source files. Figures may be provided in .tiff or .eps format.


IMPORTANT! A large fraction of new submissions to the journal are rejected without being refereed because the editors consider the topics covered by the submission to be outside the journal's scope. The journal's aims and scope are described in detail on the webpage found by following the link labelled 'ABOUT THIS JOURNAL/Overview' at the left. Please read it before submitting a new manuscript.

Non-LaTeX users. Upload your manuscript files. At this stage, figures and tables should be incorporated into the body of the main document and not be uploaded as separate files.
LaTeX users. For reviewing purposes you should upload a single .pdf that you have generated from your source files. You must use the File Designation "Main Document" from the dropdown box. At this stage, figures and tables should be incorporated into the body of the main document and not be uploaded as separate files.


The publisher must be granted copyright in any article which is to be published. For this reason, a previously published article cannot be accepted for re-publication in the journal. However submissions based on papers published in conference proceedings can be considered for publication provided that the following conditions are met.

  • The journal submission must contain significant additions which were not in the conference version of the paper.
  • The journal submission must reference the conference paper.
  • A separate document must be provided which explains to the editor and to the referees how the submitted paper differs from the conference paper. This document should be uploaded to ScholarOne Manuscripts and tagged as 'supplementary material for review'.
  • A copy of the conference paper must be uploaded to ScholarOne Manuscripts and also tagged as 'supplementary material for review'.


Non-LaTeX users. In addition to your revised document with figures and tables incorporated, you must also upload editable source files at this stage. Text and tables should be uploaded as ‘Supplementary Material Not for Review’. Figures should be uploaded as separate figure files.
LaTeX users. When submitting your revision you must still upload a single .pdf that you have generated from your revised source files. You must use the File Designation "Main Document" from the dropdown box. In addition you must upload your TeX source files. For all your source files you must use the File Designation "Supplementary Material Not for Review". Previous versions of uploaded documents must be deleted. If your manuscript is accepted for publication we will use the files you upload to typeset your article within a totally digital workflow.


If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by certain funders [e.g. The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)] you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with your Funder requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:


The language of the journal is English. 12-point, single-column, single spaced type in one of the standard fonts: Times, Helvetica, or Courier is preferred. For initial submissions, manuscripts should be submitted with tables and figures incorporated into the body of the main text. For revised manuscripts, in addition to a file with figures and tables incorporated into the body of the main text, authors should submit editable source files, with figures uploaded as individual figure files.

Manuscript length. Regular papers should not exceed the length of 40 pages, including figures and tables. Short communications should not exceed ten pages.

  • During the submission process you must enter the full title, short title of up to 70 characters and names and affiliations of all authors. Give the full address, including email, telephone and fax, of the author who is to check the proofs.
  • Include the name(s) of any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the paper, along with grant number(s) .
  • Enter an abstract of up to 250 words for all articles. An abstract is a concise summary of the whole paper, not just the conclusions, and is understandable without reference to the rest of the paper. It should contain no citation to other published work.
  • Include up to six keywords that describe your paper for indexing purposes.
  • The paper should be reasonably sub-divided into sections and, if necessary, subsections.
  • Program material. To avoid errors in reproducing program material, authors should supply displayed program examples either as artwork, in which case the guidelines for illustrations should be followed, or electronically. The preferred electronic format is as ASCII text with a maximum of 70 characters per line, with indentations generated by space characters rather than tabs. Programs, and program material in running text, will normally be set in a typewriter font (Courier). If your programs require non-ASCII characters or mixed fonts please indicate this clearly on the final manuscript.
  • The Editors and Publishers do not accept responsibility for the correctness of published programs. If the software discussed in your paper is available from a Web site or an FTP site, you should give the URL, either as a footnote to the text or as part of your reference list. Authors are responsible for verifying the accuracy of all citations, including URLs or other references to items available on the Internet.

Reference style . References should be cited in the text by number within square brackets and listed at the end of the paper in the order in which they appear in the text. All references must be complete and accurate. If necessary, cite unpublished or personal work in the text but do not include it in the reference list. Where possible the DOI * for the reference should be included at the end of the reference. Online citations should include date of access. References should be listed in the following style:
  • Alonso P, Badía JM, Vidal AM. Solving the block-Toeplitz least-squares problem in parallel. Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience 2005; 17 (1): 49-67. DOI: 10.1002/cpe.883.
  • Reismann H. Elastic Plates: Theory and Application . Wiley: New York, 1988;1-10.
  • PARAllel Total Energy Code. [6 November 2004].
  • *The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is an identification system for intellectual property in the digital environment. Developed by the International DOI Foundation on behalf of the publishing industry, its goals are to provide a framework for managing intellectual content, link customers with publishers, facilitate electronic commerce, and enable automated copyright management.

    Illustrations. Upload each figure as a separate file in either .tiff or .eps format, with the lead author's name, the figure number and the top of the figure indicated. Compound figures e.g. 1a, b, c should be uploaded as one figure. Tints are not acceptable. Lettering must be of a reasonable size that would still be clearly legible upon reduction, and consistent within each figure and set of figures. Where a key to symbols is required, please include this in the artwork itself, not in the figure legend. All illustrations must be supplied at the correct resolution:

    • Black and white and colour photos - 300 dpi
    • Graphs, drawings, etc - 800 dpi preferred; 600 dpi minimum
    • Combinations of photos and drawings (black and white and colour) - 500 dpi
    Colour policy. The cost of printing colour illustrations in the journal will be charged to the author. If colour illustrations are supplied electronically in either TIFF or EPS format, they may be used in the PDF of the article at no cost to the author, even if this illustration was printed in black and white in the journal. The PDF will appear on the Wiley Online Library site.


    We accept supporting information in many formats: Please provide as much information as you can about the file types, and aim for standard formats that will be viewable on many platforms (PC, Mac, UNIX, Linux). Irregular file types should be provided in a Zip archive.

    Preferred: GIF, JPEG, PDF, SVG, MPEG, AVI, MOV, MP3, plain text, RTF, Zip.

    Avoid: EPS, application specific files


    Further information. For accepted manuscripts the publisher will supply proofs to the corresponding author prior to publication. This stage is to be used only to correct errors that may have been introduced during the production process. Prompt return of the corrected proofs, preferably within two days of receipt, will minimise the risk of the paper being held over to a later issue. Once your article is published online no further amendments can be made. Free access to the final PDF offprint of your article will be available via Author Services only. Please therefore sign up for Author Services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers. Additional copies of the journal may be ordered. There is no page charge to authors.

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