Monday, September 12, 2016

CFP: JWS Special Issue on Industry and In-use Applications

As the Semantic Web and Linked Data have matured over the past decade, we have witnessed the growth and deployment of a variety of applications that exploit Semantic Web technologies and standards to solve customers’ problems in novel ways:  from semantic search on the Web and question answering systems leveraging large knowledge graphs to information integration and predictive analytics in domains as diverse as healthcare & life sciences and smart cities.  These applications have tested, stressed, and imposed real-world constraints on semantic technologies. First, they have imposed significant scalability requirements on Semantic Web systems such as knowledge graph stores, reasoners, etc.  Second, given the sheer size and decentralized nature of the Semantic Web and Linked Data, they have magnified data integration challenges, which were traditionally limited to integration across a few sources, to practical data integration at Web scale.

The goal of this special issue is to provide a venue for researchers and practitioners to share their experience in designing, developing, deploying and evaluating applications and solutions that leverage semantic technologies and standards to achieve practical benefit.  In addition to submissions addressing traditional challenges of scalability and data integration, we also encourage submissions focused on tooling supporting Semantic Web application development and deployment, concrete use cases and case studies. Specifically, we expect submissions on, but not restricted to, the following topics with an emphasis on how semantic technologies were uniquely able to tackle application requirements and users’ needs:
  • Case studies and use cases for solutions and applications exploiting semantic technologies 
  • Foundations, methods, tools and technologies for facilitating Semantic Web application development and deployment
  • Exploitation of large scale knowledge graphs
  • Applications and solutions using data mining and machine learning on Linked Data.
  • In-use Ontology and domain modeling
In particular, applications not specifically concerned with the (semantic) web are also relevant as long as they exploit semantic technologies.

Guest Editors
Important Dates
  • Call for papers: 30 May 2016
  • Submission deadline: 14 October 2016
  • Author notification: 19 December 2016
  • Publication:  Third Quarter 2017
Submission guidelines

The Journal of Web Semantics solicits original scientific contributions of high quality. Following the overall mission of the journal, we emphasize the publication of papers that combine theories, methods and experiments from different subject areas in order to deliver innovative semantic methods and applications. The publication of large-scale experiments and their analysis is also encouraged to clearly illustrate scenarios and methods that introduce semantics into existing Web interfaces, contents and services.

Submission of your manuscript is welcome provided that it, or any translation of it, has not been copyrighted or published and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts should be prepared for publication in accordance with instructions given in the JWS guide for authors.

The submission and review process will be carried out using Elsevier's Web-based EES system. Upon acceptance of an article, the author(s) will be asked to transfer copyright of the article to the publisher. This transfer will ensure the widest possible dissemination of information. Elsevier's liberal preprint policy permits authors and their institutions to host preprints on their web sites. Preprints of the articles will be made freely accessible on the JWS preprint server. Final copies of accepted publications will appear in print and at Elsevier's archival online server.