|Title||Preliminary guidelines for empirical research in software engineering|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2002|
|Authors||Kitchenham, BA, Pfleeger S L, Pickard LM, Jones PW, Hoaglin DC, Emam K E, Rosenberg J|
|Journal||IEEE Trans. Softw. Eng.|
|Keywords||empirical software research, research guidelines, statistical mistakes|
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.