Theme issue: 
Domain-Specific Modeling in Theory and Application

Call for Papers


Jeff Gray
University of Alabama, USA

Matti Rossi
Aalto University, Finland

Juha-Pekka Tolvanen

Contact email:
sosym-dsm at


Robert France
Colorado State University

Bernhard Rumpe
RWTH Aachen University

Domain-specific modeling (DSM) provides a modern solution to demands for higher productivity by constricting the gap between problem and solution modeling. In the past, productivity gains have been sought from new programming languages. Today, domain-specific modeling languages provide a viable solution for continuing to raise the level of abstraction beyond coding, making development faster and easier. 

In DSM the models are constructed using concepts that represent things in the application domain, not concepts of a given programming language. The modeling language follows the domain abstractions and semantics, allowing developers to perceive themselves as working directly with domain concepts. The models represent simultaneously the design, implementation and documentation of the system (which can be generated directly from the models). In a number of cases the final products can be automatically generated from these high-level specifications with domain-specific code generators. This automation is possible because of domain-specificity: both the modeling language and code generators fit to the requirements of a narrowly defined domain.

The Journal of Software and Systems Modeling (SoSyM) invites original, high-quality submissions for its theme issue on "Domain-Specific Modeling" that is focused on topics related to DSM, including:

  • Software development processes with DSM 
  • Experience reports describing success/failure in implementing and using domain-specific languages/tools 
  • Approaches to define DSM languages 
  • State of the art descriptions of tools for DSM 
  • Metrics for productivity using DSM techniques 
  • Novel approaches for code generation from domain-specific models 
  • Issues of support/maintenance for systems built with DSMs 
  • Testing, system confidence, test case generation, validation and verification within the DSM context 
  • Impact of DSM on software architecture 
  • Evolution of languages in accordance with domain 
  • Metamodeling frameworks and languages

Important Dates

  • Intent to submit: 01 Nov 10

  • Paper submission: 29 Nov 10

  • Initial notification: 14 Mar 11 (postponed  2 weeks)

  • 2nd round submission: 14 Aug 11

  • 2nd round notification: 30 Sept 11

General Author Information

  • Papers must be written in a scientifically rigorous manner with adequate references to related work. 
  • Submitted papers must not be simultaneously submitted in an extended form or in a shortened form to other journals or conferences. It is, however, possible to submit extended versions of previously published work if less than 75% of the content already appeared in a non-journal publication, or less than 40% in a journal publication. Please see the SoSyM Policy Statement on Plagiarism for further conditions.
  • Submitted papers do not need to adhere to a particular format, but papers should be prepared using font "Times New Roman" with a font size no smaller than 11 pt, and with 1.5 line spacing. The average paper is 20-25 pages using the two-column Springer format, which is about 40-50 pages using the 1.5 line spacing. Please consult the SoSyM author information for submitting papers.
  • Each paper will be reviewed by at least three reviewers.

Making a submission

  • Communicate your intent to submit a paper by emailing the theme issue editors the following information before the Intent to Submit deadline: Title, Authors, and an Abstract.
  • Prepare your submission with either Word or LaTeX using Word and LaTeX templates. Possible submission formats are:
  • Word (.doc, without macros)
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)
  • PostScript (.ps, special fonts must be embedded)
  • PDF (saved as readable in version 5.0 or later)
  • In step 1, select "Special Section Paper" as the manuscript type and select "Dr. Bernhard Rumpe" as the "Editor-in-Chief" (EIC).
  • In step 4, add Jeff Gray, Matti Rossi or Juha-Pekka Tolvanen as an editor (+sosym-dsm _ at _ and choose "Designate as Preferred Editor".
  • In step 5, make sure field "Cover Letter" includes the line: "Submission for Theme Issue on DSM".

Further information

If you have any questions or require additional information about this theme issue, please contact the guest editors at: (sosym-dsm _ at _