Call for Papers

12th International Workshop on Software Clones (IWSC 2018)

Co-located with the 25th IEEE International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution, and Reengineering (SANER 2018)

March 20, 2018, Campobasso, Italy

Software clones are often a result of copying and pasting as an act of ad-hoc reuse by programmers, and can occur at many levels, from simple statement sequences to blocks, methods, classes, source files, subsystems, models, architectures and entire designs, and in all software artifacts (code, models, requirements or architecture documentation, etc.). Software clone research is of high relevance for software engineering research and practice today.

IWSC series of events has provided a common forum for this important research area as it continues to grow in application breadth and technical depth. IWSC aims to bring researchers and practitioners to evaluate the current state of research, discuss common problems and emerging directions. In particular, we expect the in-depth analysis of use cases and experiences of clone management in practice to further shape our research. Further details about IWSC 2018 are here on this website (


Topics of interest include but not restricted to the following aspects of software clone research:

  • Use cases for clones and clone management in the software lifecycle
  • Experiences with clones and clone management in practice
  • Types and nature of clones in software systems
  • Causes and effects of clones
  • Techniques and algorithms for clone detection, search, analysis, and management
  • Clone and clone pattern visualization
  • Tools and systems for detecting software clones
  • Applications of clone detection and analysis
  • System architecture and clones
  • Effect of clones to system complexity and quality
  • Clone analysis in families of similar systems
  • Measures of code similarity
  • Economic and trade-off models for clone removal
  • Evaluation and benchmarking of detection methods
  • Licensing and plagiarism issues
  • Clone-aware software design and development
  • Refactoring through clone analysis
  • Higher-level clones in models and designs
  • Clone evolution and variation
  • Role of clones in software system evolution


Each paper will be reviewed by at least three members of the program committee following a full double-blind process. Authors must adhere to SANER's double blind guidelines - The following types of papers are sought:

  • Full papers (7 pages maximum)
  • Position papers (2 pages maximum)
  • Tool demonstration papers (4 pages maximum)


Papers must conform to the IEEE proceedings paper format guidelines.If the paper is accepted, at least one author must attend the workshop and present the paper. Accepted papers will be published in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library along with the SANER proceedings.

All submissions must be in PDF and must be submitted online by the deadline via the IWSC 2018 EasyChair conference management system.

Submit your papers here >>> EasyChair<<<


  • Abstract submission deadline: January 19, 2018 AoE
  • Paper submission deadline: January 26, 2018 AoE
  • Notifications: February 16, 2018
  • Camera Ready deadline: ** February 22, 2018 **
  • Workshop day: March 20 2018