30 Years of Automated GUI Testing: A Bibliometric Analysis

O. Rodríguez-Valdés*, T.E.J. Vos, P.K. Aho, Beatriz Marín

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Context: Over the last 30 years, GUIs have changed considerably, becoming everyday part of our lives through smart phones and other devices. More complex GUIs and multitude of platforms have increased the challenges when testing software through the GUI. Objective: To visualise how the field of automated GUI testing has evolved by studying the growth of the field; types of publications; influential events, papers and authors; collaboration among authors; and trends on GUI testing. Method: To conduct a bibliometric analysis of automated GUI testing by performing a systematic search of primary studies in Scopus from 1990 to 2020. Results: 744 publications were selected as primary studies. The majority of them were conference papers, the most cited paper was published on 2013, and the most published author has 53 papers. Conclusions: Automated GUI testing has continuously grown. Keywords show that testing applied to mobile interfaces will be the trend in next years, along with the integration of Artificial Intelligence and automated exploration techniques.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationQuality of Information and Communications Technology
Subtitle of host publication14th International Conference
Editors Ana C. R. Paiva, Ana Rosa Cavalli, Paula Ventura Martins, Ricardo Pérez-Castillo
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-85347-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-85346-4
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2021
EventInternational Conference on the Quality of Information and Communications Technology - Algarve, Portugal
Duration: 8 Sept 202111 Sept 2021

Publication series

SeriesCommunications in Computer and Information Science


ConferenceInternational Conference on the Quality of Information and Communications Technology
Abbreviated titleQUATIC 2021
Internet address


  • Automated testing
  • SECONDARY analysis
  • bibliometric
  • graphical user interface
  • Graphical user interface
  • Secondary study
  • Bibliometric analysis


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