Software - Practice and Experience is an internationally respected and rigorously refereed vehicle for the dissemination and discussion of practical experience with new and established software for both systems and applications. The key criterion for publication of a paper is that it makes a contribution from which other persons engaged in software design and implementation might benefit. Originality is also important. Exceptions can be made, however, for cases where apparently well-known techniques do not appear in the readily available literature.
The journal also invites timely Short Communications and Review articles. A Short Communication is appropriate for introducing a rapidly developing new topic and for publishing early results on that topic; it will be given higher priority for publication than a regular article. In contrast, a Review Article would normally provide a brief introduction to a topic of interest to the journal's readers and follow that introduction with a critical analysis of work to date on the topic.
The editors actively encourage papers that result from practical experience with tools and methods developed and used in both academic and industrial environments. The aim is to encourage practitioners to share their experiences with design, implementation and evaluation of techniques and tools for software and software systems.
Papers cover software design and implementation, case studies describing the evolution of software systems and the thinking behind them, and critical appraisals of software systems. The journal has always welcomed tutorial articles describing well-timed techniques not previously documented in computing literature. The emphasis is on practical experience; articles with theoretical or mathematical content are included only in cases where an understanding of the theory will lead to better practical systems.
Articles range in length from a Short Communication (up to ten pages) to the length required to give full treatment to a substantial piece of software (exceptionally up to 40 pages).