Call for Papers

ARCS 2013 - International Workshop on Aligning Research on Code Smells
August 18, 2013 - co-located with ESEC/FSE 2013, St. Petersburg, Russia


Code smells are a metaphor to describe issues with source code that are associated with bad program design and bad programming practices that affect negatively software comprehensibility and maintainability. In the last decade, research has focused on the formalization and detection of code smells. More recently, studies have started to deeper investigate the impact of smells on software maintenance and evolution. Now, it is time to align efforts and better integrate the body of knowledge on code smells.

The purpose of this 1-day workshop is to bring together researchers, practitioners and students interested in this topic, to share their insights and opinions, to ultimately lay the foundations for:
  1. Establishing an initial “domain vocabulary” for the code smell research community.
  2. Consolidating the current empirical evidence on the effects of code smells and building an ontological framework to compare empirical evidence
  3. Establishing a framework for evaluating/comparing code smell detection approaches


We specifically solicit papers that directly address the goals of the workshop by:
  • comparing the terminology used in code smell literature,
  • proposing a framework/ontology to compare/synthesize results from empirical studies involving code smells,
  • discussing potential moderator factors that can affect the results in empirical studies on code smells,
  • proposing new designs for empirical studies to support better comparability across studies,
  • proposing methods to compare/evaluate detection approaches,
  • discussing conceptual and technical differences between existing approaches,
  • proposing an evaluative framework for detection tools.


Submission deadline: May 20, 2013
Author notifications: June 17, 2013 
Camera-ready copies: July 1, 2013


Prospective participants are invited to submit a position paper of 2-4 pages describing work or ideas related to the workshop topic. Key decision criteria for acceptance include relevance to the workshop’s topics, originality and suitability for triggering discussion. Accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library as part of the ESEC/FSE 2013 Workshop Proceedings.

Submissions should be made using EasyChair:


Leon Moonen, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway
Aiko Yamashita, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway
Tracy Hall, Brunel University, UK
Steve Counsell, Brunel University, UK


Francesca Arcelli, University of Milano-Bicocca, IT
Andrea Capiluppi, Brunel University, UK
Glauco Carneiro, Salvador University (UNIFACS), BR
Yann-Gael Gueheneuc, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, CA
Michele Lanza University of Lugano, CH
Angela Lozano, Université Catholique de Louvain, BE
Isela Macia Bertran, PUC Rio, BR
Mika Mantyla, Aalto University, FI
Naouel Moha, University of Quebec in Montreal, CA
Emerson Murphy-Hill, North Carolina State University, USA
Steffen Olbrich, University of Mannheim, DE
Rocco Oliveto, University of Molise, IT
Raed Shatnawri, Jordan University of Science and Technology, JO
Nikolaos Tsantalis, Concordia University, CA
Andy Zaidman, Delft University of Technology, NL
and the organizers