CfP Special Issue in Science of Computer Programming: Success Stories in Model-Driven Engineering

by Steffen Zschaler, Dec. 17, 2022

We are pleased to invite you to submit papers to the Special Issue on Success Stories in Model-Driven Engineering to be published in Science of Computer Programming.


Success Stories in Model-Driven Engineering
Special Issue in Science of Computer Programming



Model-Driven Engineering (MDE) is an established engineering paradigm that promotes a way to develop and maintain software systems using models as primary artifacts of the software life cycle. The relevance of this discipline lies in the tools, resources, and methods which help to tackle the inherent complexities of systems and the software development processes in general, by raising the level of abstraction in which they are addressed.

Historically, model transformations and code generation from abstract models have been among the main MDE applications. Nevertheless, the range of systems and domains in which MDE tools and techniques are applied is considerably expanding. Models are now also used to analyze information systems, guide their evolution, or to address some of their critical security or interoperability issues. The emergence of new technologies and paradigms, such as the growth of artificial intelligence, the proliferation of IoT devices and applications, the adoption of DevOps practices and processes, or the increasing use of cyber-physical systems and digital twins in industry, are opening new opportunities for MDE. Under the low-code brand, some of the MDE techniques have also shown their outstanding capability to provide practical solutions in many business domains.

Despite its growing adoption, success stories about MDE applications are not often found in the literature. Researchers tend to focus on investigating more conceptual or theoretical aspects of modeling, disregarding the relevance of assessing the overall discipline in terms of its application to real-scale and complex scenarios. While these solid theoretical contributions are of paramount importance, showcasing the success (and inherent challenges) of applying MDE in widely varied domains is essential to increase adoption of MDE ideas and tools across industry and practice. Applications of more disparate domains using real scenarios can also reveal new directions for theory development, as well as lessons of transferable value for future MDE practice, thus helping to advance MDE research.

Addressing these problems, a Special Issue on Success Stories in MDE was published in 2014. However, MDE technology and research have advanced significantly over the past decade, and it is, therefore, time to reflect, as a community, on how this has improved the cost-benefit ratio of what MDE can contribute to real-world case studies.

For this special issue, we invite contributions that show how MDE techniques can be successfully applied in practice, showing experiences, and providing insights on issues encountered when applying these approaches in real case studies. Thus, we call for high-quality experience reports focused either on industrial practice and applications of MDE techniques and tools or in interdisciplinary or novel applications (not necessarily contextualized in the industry). Papers representing the results of MDE projects based on a partnership between industry and academia are considered highly relevant.


Topics of interest for this special issue are related to those aspects of MDE and its application which can be considered success stories or best practices. The topics are not limited to the following:

  • Experience reports on industrial practice and applications of MDE techniques and tools, both in traditional and novel domains.
  • Success stories in developing and deploying MDE tools on realistic or real projects (large-scale, complex, complicated)
  • Industrial quality benchmarks with model-driven development
  • Practical advice and success stories to help organizations in adopting MDE

Authors who are unsure about the appropriateness of their contribution concerning the special issue goals are invited to contact the editors.

Content guidelines

Submissions should answer the following questions:

  • Give a brief high-level summary of the project.
  • Summarize what it was about MDE that helped you make a difference in this case. Why could you not have done this without MDE?
  • Were there any challenges along the way? How did you handle them?
  • What has happened since the project was completed? What are the following stages for your project? (and will MDE play a role?)
  • Would you use MDE for similar projects again?

In MDENet, some success stories were reported with similar content as expected in this special issue. You can find these stories and further information in this link. Authors who are unsure about the appropriateness of their contribution concerning the special issue goals are invited to contact the editors.

Submission details

Submissions should describe original contributions and should not have been published or submitted elsewhere. Submissions based on conference papers should be extended and include a reference to the corresponding proceedings. All submissions will be reviewed by at least three reviewers. Final decisions on accepted papers will be approved by an editor-in-chief.

Manuscripts should be prepared for publication in accordance with instructions given in the Guide for Authors:

The submission websites of Science and Computer Programming could be found at

Guest Editors

Important Dates

  • Intent to submit: 15 Feb 2023
  • Paper submission: 15 Mar 2023
  • Initial Notification: 31 May 2023
  • Publication: expected Nov 2023