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Call for Papers
Important Dates
Abstract Submission (EXTENDED): April 30, 2023 May 8, 2023
Full Paper Submission (EXTENDED): May 7, 2023 May 17, 2023
Artifact Submission: May 14, 2023 May 22, 2023
Author Notification: June 29, 2023
Conference: September 20-22, 2023

All deadlines are Anywhere on Earth.

Scope and Topics

The International Conference on Quantitative Evaluation of SysTems (QEST) is the leading forum on quantitative evaluation and verification of computer systems and networks. QEST 2023 is the 20th conference in the series.

Scientific areas of interest include:

  • languages and methods for the specification of quantitative properties of systems;
  • quantitative and probabilistic aspects of programming;.
  • stochastic, probabilistic, and non-deterministic models and metrics for the correctness, performance, reliability, safety, and security of systems;
  • algorithms for the evaluation and verification of stochastic, probabilistic, and non-deterministic models;
  • data-driven and machine-learning techniques for the analysis, prediction, and verification of quantitative properties of systems;
  • case studies that highlight the role of quantitative specification, modelling, and evaluation in the design and analysis of systems, with emphasis on emerging problems and technologies;
  • novel tools to support the practical application of research results in all of the above areas.

QEST 2023 will set up a artifact evaluation process (details below).

QEST 2023 is open to both theoretical, experimental and applicative research. The conference welcomes a diversity of modelling formalisms, programming languages and methodologies that incorporate quantitative aspects such as probabilities, temporal properties, rewards and forms of non-determinism. Papers may advance empirical, simulation and analytic methods, and industrially-relevant case studies.


QEST 2023 considers three types of papers (authors will be able to specify the type of the contribution at the submission):

  1. Research papers: Theoretical, methodological, and application-based contributions that advance the understanding on a topic or issue, describe the development of new analysis processes and techniques, or apply quantitative methods to relevant case studies.
  2. Tool papers: New tools and the formalisms they support, focusing on the software architecture and practical implementation and use. Tool papers must be accompanied by an artifact in the Artifact Evaluation.
  3. Work-in-progress papers: We offer an opportunity to present preliminary results and receive feedback from the community. Work-in-progress contributions are not required to be fully worked-out approaches, for example regarding validation or technical depth; however the presented ideas should be mature enough to appreciate soundness and how they advance our knowledge.

Research and tool papers can be regular or short:

  • Regular papers must not exceed 14 pages, excluding references.
  • Short papers should be limited to 7 pages, also excluding references.

All papers can have an appendix containing supporting material. Note that reviewers are not required to read the appendix to fully assess the merits of the paper.

Work-in-progress papers must not exceed 4 pages including references.

All submitted papers must be unpublished and not be submitted for publication elsewhere. Papers should be submitted electronically using EasyChair. Springer encourages authors to include their ORCIDs in their papers. Authors should consult Springer's authors' guidelines and use Springer's LaTeX templates for the preparation of their papers. Submitted papers not complying with the above guidelines may be rejected without undergoing review.

Journal-first Presentations

This year, QEST also accepts submissions for journal-first paper presentations. To further promote exchange of ideas and gather feedback from the community, authors of papers already accepted in a journal will have the opportunity to present their work in a dedicated session at QEST. The candidate journal-first paper should report entirely new material (i.e., extensions of previously presented papers at a conference will not be considered) and must not be under consideration for presentation under similar programs in other conferences.

Journal papers will be accepted for presentation based on timeliness and adherence of the topic to areas of interest of QEST. Submissions for journal-first paper contributions will be available in Easychair by providing: list of authors; paper title; paper abstract; link to the original paper at the journal's website.


All accepted papers will be presented and discussed at the conference by one of the authors. The QEST 2023 proceedings will be published in the Springer LNCS series and indexed by ISI Web of Science, Scopus, ACM Digital Library, dblp, Google Scholar.

All submitted papers will be evaluated by at least three reviewers on the basis of their originality, technical quality, scientific or practical contribution to the state of the art, methodology, clarity, and adequacy of references.

Artifact Evaluation

The reproducibility of experimental results is crucial to foster an atmosphere of trustworthy, open, and reusable research. To improve and reward reproducibility, QEST 2023 includes a dedicated Artifact Evaluation (AE). Submission of an artifact is mandatory for tool papers (both regular and short), and optional but encouraged for research papers where it can support the results presented in the paper. Artifacts will be reviewed concurrently with the paper review process, and accepted papers with a successfully evaluated artifact will receive a badge to be shown on the published paper's title page.

Detailed guidelines for preparation and submission of artifacts are available at this page. Exceptions to the submission guidelines may be granted by the PC chairs in cases where the tool cannot, in any reasonable way, be run by the AE committee.

Special Issue

A selection of the best papers (excluding work-in-progress papers) will be invited to submit an extended version of their work to special issues in the International Journal on Software Tools for Technology Transfer (STTT) and in the Performance Evaluation (PEVA) journals.

Jan 2023
Website online
Apr 2023
Deadline extension
Jul 2023
Accepted papers announced
Aug 2023
Program announced