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Preliminary guidelines for empirical research in software engineering

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7 Author(s)
Kitchenham, B.A. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Keele Univ., UK ; Pfleeger, S.L. ; Pickard, L.M. ; Jones, P.W.
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Empirical software engineering research needs research guidelines to improve the research and reporting processes. We propose a preliminary set of research guidelines aimed at stimulating discussion among software researchers. They are based on a review of research guidelines developed for medical researchers and on our own experience in doing and reviewing software engineering research. The guidelines are intended to assist researchers, reviewers, and meta-analysts in designing, conducting, and evaluating empirical studies. Editorial boards of software engineering journals may wish to use our recommendations as a basis for developing guidelines for reviewers and for framing policies for dealing with the design, data collection, and analysis and reporting of empirical studies.

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Software Engineering, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:28 ,  Issue: 8 )