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Journal of Web Semantics (JWS)
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Call For Papers
The Journal of Web Semantics is an interdisciplinary journal based on research and applications of various subject areas that contribute to the development of a knowledge-intensive and intelligent service Web. These areas include: knowledge technologies, ontology, agents, databases and the semantic grid, obviously disciplines like information retrieval, language technology, human-computer interaction and knowledge discovery are of major relevance as well. All aspects of the Semantic Web development are covered. 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. The journal emphasizes the publication of papers that combine theories, methods and experiments from different subject areas in order to deliver innovative semantic methods and applications.

The Journal of Web Semantics addresses various prominent application areas including: e-business, e-community, knowledge management, e-learning, digital libraries and e-sciences.

The Journal of Web Semantics features a multi-purpose web site, which can be found at: Readers are also encouraged to visit the Journal of Web Semantics blog, at for more information and related links.

The Journal of Web Semantics includes, but is not limited to, the following major technology areas:
• The Semantic Web
• Knowledge Technologies
• Ontology
• Agents
• Databases
• Semantic Grid and Peer-to-Peer Technology
• Information Retrieval
• Language Technology
• Human-Computer Interaction
• Knowledge Discovery
• Web Standards

Major application areas that are covered by the Journal of Web Semantics are:
• eBusiness
• eCommunity
• Knowledge Management
• eLearning
• Digital Libraries
• eScience

Each of these areas is covered by an area editor who supports the editors-in-chief. Furthermore, area editors manage the review process for submitted papers in the respective areas.

The Journal of Web Semantics publishes four types of papers:
• Research papers: Research papers are judged by originality, technical depth and correctness, as well as interest to our target readership. Research papers are recommended to have 15 - 25 pages in double column format.
• Survey papers: We rarely accept survey papers, and beyond a sheer enumeration of relevant methods and systems, we expect a substantial technical insight to be gained by a survey paper. Survey papers are recommended to have 15 - 25 pages in double column format.
• Ontology papers: We publish community-oriented description of ontology papers, if they generate interests from real-world users and semantic Web experts. Ontology papers are recommended to have 6 - 8 pages in double column format. Interested authors may here find a detailed Call-for-Ontology papers
• System papers: Widely adopted semantic systems and systems that generate a far above average amount of interest in the Semantic Web community, may be explained in systems papers. Systems papers are recommended to have 6 - 8 pages in double column format.

Shorter or longer papers are allowable, if the objectives of a paper warrant deviating length. Descriptions that are either unnecessarily short or long will negatively impact chances of acceptance.
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2019-01-05
Special Issues
Special Issue on JWS on Semantics in the Creative Industries
Submission Date: 2020-01-24

The Journal of Web Semantics seeks submissions for a special issue on Semantics in the Creative Industries, to be edited by George Fazekas and Kevin Page. Submissions are due by 24th January 2020. With substantial increase in bandwidth for multimedia and the evolution of web technologies, the Web has become a core platform for the distribution and consumption of a broad range of cultural artefacts, including broadcast media, advertising, games, movies and documentary, photography, online libraries and museum collections, as well as visual and performing arts such as music. The web is also a platform for exchanging ideas and works in the broader creative sectors. Semantic description, linking and analysis of this type of content is therefore a major challenge receiving increasing attention in recent years. In this special issue, we welcome articles describing research that (1) facilitate knowledge exchange and the description of cultural artefacts and workflows in the creative industries, (2) linked data solutions in the cultural and creative sectors as well as (3) works describing new methods for, or (4) works providing analytical insight into the creation, distribution and consumption of cultural artefacts on the Web. Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following: Knowledge discovery and representation for cultural, artistic and intellectual works Ontology extraction, generation, alignment and verification in support of cultural activities and their reception Representation and exchange of workflows in the production-consumption chain of creative and artistic intellectual works Entity recognition, disambiguation and linking for cultural artefacts Research and applications that facilitate access to creative and artistic outputs and intellectual works on the Web Web-based systems for the production and/or analysis of intellectual works
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2019-10-14
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