A Quantitative Assessment of Requirements Engineering Publications – 1963–2006

  • Alan Davis
  • Ann Hickey
  • Oscar Dieste
  • Natalia Juristo
  • Ana Moreno
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4542)


Requirements engineering research has been conducted for over 40 years. It is important to recognize the plethora of results accumulated to date to: (a) improve researchers’ understanding of the historical roots of our field in the real-world and the problems that they are trying to solve, (b) expose researchers to the breadth and depth of solutions that have been proposed, (c) provide a synergistic basis for improving those solutions or building new ones to solve real-world problems facing the industry today, and d) increase practitioner awareness of available solutions. A detailed meta-analysis of the requirements engineering literature will provide an objective overview of the advances and current state of the discipline. This paper represents the first step in a planned multi-year analysis. It presents the results of a demographic analysis by date, type, outlet, author, and author affiliation for an existing database of over 4,000 requirements engineering publications.


requirements engineering requirements management  elicitation literature analysis specification researc analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan Davis
    • 1
  • Ann Hickey
    • 1
  • Oscar Dieste
    • 2
  • Natalia Juristo
    • 2
  • Ana Moreno
    • 2
  1. 1.U. of Colorado at Colorado Springs, College of Business, PO Box 7150, Colorado Springs, CO 80933-7150USA
  2. 2.Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Facultad de Informática, 28660 Boadilla del Monte, MadridSpain

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