Special Sections

Special Sections are meant to serve as tailored entries into 'hot' research areas by providing comprehensive overviews together with a selection of characteristic technical papers. They may be either

Special Sections are under the responsibility of an appointed editor, who may be either a member of the Editorial or Advisory Boards or a Guest Editor. A Special Section generally contains the following:

  1. An Overview in the form of an introductory (full-length) paper, usually solicited by the Special Section Editor. Due to the emphasis on technology transfer, the overview should introduce the addressed field, indicate its practical relevance, present an overview of the state of the art in research and industrial approaches, and explain the role of the individual contributions within this landscape. The language and the presentation style should be chosen so as to attract the interest of an audience of non-experts and be informative for readers with a good general background in Computer Science, so that even newcomers to the topic could profit from it.
  2. 3-6 Technical papers to be proposed by the Special Section Editor, concerning existing research results, prototypes, commercially available tools, applications, case studies, benchmarks, etc... Like regular papers, these contributions should be representative of the current state of research and best practices and should possibly offer a critical vision of it. The presentation style should also address a wide audience from the Computer Science community, although more technical details should be provided than in the overview.

Finally, one or two years later, the Special Section Editors are encouraged to write a relatively concise Follow-up Report. This report may describe important advances in the state-of-the-art, report on the feedback and the discussion between the readership and the Special Section contributors, and optionally publish some of the technically relevant reactions from readers.

Proposal Submissions

Proposals for Special Sections must be submitted prior to the invitation of potential contributors by the prospective Special Section Editor(s) to the STTT office. They contain:

The proposal will be examined by the Editors in Chief.