Evaluating the structure of research papers: A case study

V Gervasi (Editor), Roelf J. Wieringa, Johannes M.G. Heerkens, D. Zowghi (Editor), S.E. Sim (Editor)

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Abstract

This paper is triggered by a concern for the methodological soundness of research papers in RE. We propose a number of criteria for methodological soundness, and apply these to a random sample of 37 submissions to the RE'03 conference. From this application, we draw a number of conclusions that we claim are valid for a larger sample than just these 37 submissions. Our major observation is that most submissions in our sample are solution-oriented: they present a solution and illustrate it with a problem, rather than search for a solution to a given problem class; and most papers do not analyze why and when a solution works or does not work. We end with discussion of the need to improve the methodological soundness of research papers in RE.
Original languageUndefined
Pages41-50
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2004
EventSecond International Workshop in Comparative Evaluation of Requirements Engineering, CERE 2004 - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 5 Sep 200410 Sep 2004
Conference number: 2
http://www.di.unipi.it/CERE04/

Workshop

WorkshopSecond International Workshop in Comparative Evaluation of Requirements Engineering, CERE 2004
Abbreviated titleCERE
CountryJapan
CityKyoto
Period5/09/0410/09/04
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Keywords

  • SCS-Services
  • IR-64194
  • EWI-10493
  • IS-Design science methodology

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