Research in software engineering: an analysis of the literature

Glass, R. L., Vessey, I. and Ramesh, V. (2002) Research in software engineering: an analysis of the literature. Information and Software Technology, 44 8: 491-506. doi:10.1016/S0950-5849(02)00049-6

Author Glass, R. L.
Vessey, I.
Ramesh, V.
Title Research in software engineering: an analysis of the literature
Journal name Information and Software Technology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0950-5849
Publication date 2002-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S0950-5849(02)00049-6
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 44
Issue 8
Start page 491
End page 506
Total pages 16
Place of publication New York
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 0806 Information Systems
Abstract In this paper, we examine the state of software engineering (SE) research from the point of view of the following research questions: 1. What topics do SE researchers address? 2. What research approaches do SE researchers use? 3. What research methods do SE researchers use? 4. On what reference disciplines does SE research depend? 5. At what levels of analysis do SE researchers conduct research? To answer those questions, we examined 369 papers in six leading research journals in the SE field, answering those research questions for each paper. From that examination, we conclude that SE research is diverse regarding topic, narrow regarding research approach and method, inwardly-focused regarding reference discipline, and technically focused (as opposed to behaviorally focused) regarding level of analysis. We pass no judgment on the SE field as a result of these findings. Instead, we present them as groundwork for future SE research efforts.
Keyword Topic: computing research
Research approach
Research method
Literature analysis
Reference discipline: Not applicable
Level of analysis: profession
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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