The methodological soundness of requirements engineering papers: a conceptual framework and two case studies

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Wieringa, R.J. and Heerkens, J.M.G. (2006) The methodological soundness of requirements engineering papers: a conceptual framework and two case studies. Requirements engineering, 11 (4). pp. 295-307. ISSN 0947-3602

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Abstract:This paper was triggered by concerns about the methodological soundness
of many RE papers. We present a conceptual framework that distinguishes
design papers from research papers, and show that in this framework,
what is called a research paper in RE is often a design paper. We
then present and motivate two lists of evaluation criteria, one for research
papers and one for design papers. We apply both of these lists to two
samples drawn from the set of all submissions to the RE'03 conference.
Analysis of these two samples shows that most submissions of the RE03
conference are design papers, not research papers, and that most design
papers present a solution to a problem but do not validate this solution
nor investigate the problems that can be solved by this solution. We end
with a discussion of the soundness of our results and of the possible impact
on RE research and practice.
Item Type:Article
Copyright:© 2006 Springer
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Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS)
Management and Governance (SMG)
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Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/publications/63566
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00766-006-0037-6
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