MSR 2024
Mon 15 - Tue 16 April 2024 Lisbon, Portugal
co-located with ICSE 2024

Call for Nominations

To encourage research on understanding and improving FOSS (Free, Open Source Software), MSR has established the “FOSS Impact” award. The award will be granted to papers that show outstanding contributions to the FOSS community.

For many years, the MSR community has leveraged public data from FOSS projects, and in the process, the community has contributed new insights, tools, and techniques to assist FOSS projects in different ways. This award recognizes and encourages this line of research.

Authors can self-nominate their research papers for the FOSS award, after which a dedicated committee will evaluate these papers.

How to self-nominate for the FOSS Award

Any paper that is notified as accepted in the Technical Papers, Industry, Data and Tool Showcase tracks can self-nominate for the FOSS Award. Those papers will be examined by the FOSS Award Committee, that will select awarded papers based on the impact of the paper (or the study, experience or tool described in it) on the FOSS (free, open source software) development community. To self-nominate, authors will submit their paper (the version that was reviewed or the final camera-ready version, as convenient) to the FOSS Award track in HotCRP (link below). When convenient, links to source code, reproducible packages, etc. related to the paper should appear in the paper, so that the FOSS Award Committee can inspect them. When submitting their paper, authors will be requested to fill in a form, where they will explain the rationale for self-nominating the paper. This rationale should be written in terms of the impact of the paper on the FOSS development community: how it could benefit, or are already benefiting, from its results, the use of the tools described, the reported experience, etc.


Self-nominations shall be submitted via the HotCRP at:

Announcement of the awarded papers

The awarded papers will be announced during MSR. They could be one or more papers, but the Award could also be declared void.

Important Dates

  • January 12, 2024: Self-nominations for FOSS Award open
  • January 31, 2024: Self-nominations for FOSS Award closes

Please note that there is no deadline for notifications since the results of the FOSS Award will be announced during the conference.


Recipients of the FOSS Award will be announced at the MSR 2024 Conference on 15-16 April 2024, in Lisbon, Portugal.