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The IEEE International Conference on Software Testing, Verification, and Validation (ICST) is the premier conference for research in all areas related to software testing. The ever-increasing complexity, ubiquity, and dynamism of modern software systems is making software quality assurance activities, and in particular software testing more challenging. ICST provides an ideal forum where academics, industrial researchers, and practitioners can present their latest approaches for ensuring the quality of today’s complex software systems, exchange and discuss ideas, and compare experiences. In this spirit, ICST welcomes both research papers that present high quality original work and industry reports from practitioners that present real world experiences from which others can benefit.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Testing theory and practice
  • Testing in globally-distributed organizations
  • Model-based testing
  • Domain specific testing, such as:
    • Web-service testing
    • Database testing
    • Embedded software testing
  • Testing concurrent software
  • Testing large-scale distribute systems
  • Testing in multi-core environments
  • Validation testing
  • Security testing
  • Quality assurance
  • Model checking
  • Testing metrics
  • Fuzzing
  • Inspections
  • Testing tools
  • Design for testability
  • Testing education
  • Technology transfer in testing
  • Unit test-driven development
  • Acceptance test-driven development and behavior driven development
  • Testing of open source and third-party software
  • Software reliability
  • Performance and QoS testing
  • Standards
  • Formal verification
  • Empirical studies of testing techniques
  • Experience reports

Each submission will be reviewed by at least three members of the ICST Program Committee. Authors of the best research papers presented at ICST 2014 will be invited to extend their work for possible inclusion in a special issue of Software Testing, Verification, and Reliability, a Wiley journal.


Research Track

We invite submission of research and technical papers that describe original and significant work in the research and practice of software testing, verification and validation. Case studies and empirical research are welcome. Papers must neither have been previously accepted for publication nor submitted in another conference or journal. The ICST 2014 research track accepts only full research papers. Short papers are not accepted to the research track.  Research papers must conform to the two-column IEEE conference publication format (, must be submitted in PDF format and must not exceed 10 pages (incl. references and appendix).

Industry Track

There are two paper formats: full length (ten pages) and short (four pages). Full length papers should present significant achievements and advances in industrial software testing, verification, or validation. Papers with metrics that quantify effects on time, cost, and quality are preferred. Short papers should concentrate on experience reports or discuss open problems or challenges. The program committee will review all submission. Accepted and presented contributions will be part of the published conference proceedings. The evaluation criteria for industry papers are based less on the originality of the technical contribution, and more on its relevance for practice soundness of the presented results, and implications for research. Practitioners can alternatively submit to the Industrial Presentations track that does not require a paper. Industry papers must conform to the two-column IEEE conference publication format (, must be submitted in pdf format and must not exceed 10 or 4 pages, respectively to full-length papers or short papers (incl. references and appendix).

How to submit?

Submissions will be handled via EasyChair at

Important Dates

Submission of abstracts
September 23rd, 2013
Paper submission
October 7th, 2013
Notification of acceptance
December 22nd, 2013
Camera ready paper
Conference date March 31st - April 4th, 2014