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Special Issue of Elsevier’s Science of Computer Programming (SCICO) to Feature “Advances in Dynamic Languages”

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In recent years, we have seen an increased interest in dynamic programming languages such as Smalltalk, Lisp, Scheme, PHP, JavaScript, Self, Python, Ruby and others. These languages have taken a prominent role in teaching, web development, scripting, rapid prototyping, tool building, language engineering and many other domains.

For this special issue of Elsevier’s Science of Computer Programming (SCICO), publishers are inviting high-quality papers that focus on novel research related to dynamic programming languages and applications of these languages.

They are interested in research that uses dynamic languages in the context of, but not restricted to:

  • Aspects, aspect Languages and applications
    • Ambient intelligence, ubiquitous/pervasive computing and embedded systems
  • Compilation technology, optimization and virtual machines
  • Language engineering and extensions
  • Model-driven engineering/development
  • Meta-modeling, reflection and meta-programming
  • Programming in the large — design, architectures and components
    • Programming environments, browsers, user interfaces and UI frameworks
    • Source-code analysis and manipulation (static analysis, refactoring, type inference and metrics)
  • Testing and eXtreme programming/practices
  • Web services, internet applications and event-driven programming
  • Experience reports

The special issue is associated with the Smalltalks 2011 Conference, which is part of a series of conferences ( representing a lively forum on Smalltalk-based software technologies that brings together more than 200 people from both academia and industry for a period of three days.

Submission Guidelines

Papers should be written in English, should be in PDF format and should not exceed 25 pages (including references and figures), using the Elsevier journal format. The LaTeX template for this format can be found at

Papers must be submitted through the EES submission system located at When reaching the “Article type” step in the submission process, it is important to select “Special issue: Advances in Dynamic Languages.”

Each paper will be reviewed by at least three experts within the domain. The accepted papers will be published in a special edition of Elsevier’s Science of Computer Programming.

Papers submitted must not have been previously published (at least 30% new material) and must not be under review for publication elsewhere.

Papers must strictly adhere to submission guidelines. If you have questions, please send an e-mail to Jannik Laval at or Andy Kellens at

Important Dates (tentatively)

  • Submission round 1: March 16, 2012
  • Feedback round 1: May 17, 2012
  • Submission round 2: June 29, 2012
  • Feedback round 2 (final notification): August 17, 2012
  • Camera-ready version: September 14, 2012

Guest Editors

  • Andy Kellens (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
  • Jannik Laval (LaBRI Bordeaux, France)