Wednesday, September 2, 2020

CfP: Ontology-Based Software Architectures

The Journal of Web Semantics invites submissions for a special issue on Ontology-Based Software Architectures to be edited by Martin G. Skjæveland, Roman Kontchakov and Martin Giese. Submissions are due by 31st December 2020.

Semantic technologies and knowledge-based systems are gaining momentum in society and industry. A variety of standards, techniques and tools have become available for the development, deployment, and maintenance of ontologies and related artefacts. However, the use of ontologies as an active integrating component in complex software systems is less well understood. The lack of a clear understanding of the role of an ontology in a software system is one of the major challenges to the adoption of ontologies and semantic technologies in mainstream software. This special issue solicits best practices, practitioner insights and novel theoretical contributions to architectures, techniques, orchestrations of artefacts and tools for the realisation of successful ontology-based software systems.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:

Ontology-based software architectures
  • development methodologies, environments and tools
  • system architecture, ontology architecture
  • management and orchestration of multiple ontology-based systems
  • design and management of artefacts (ontologies, constraints, mappings, data sources, queries, interfaces, etc.)
Reports from real-world deployments and applications of ontology-based systems
  • lessons learned and new insights to the field
  • best practices of development, deployment and maintenance
  • benefits and costs, especially in comparison with alternative technologies
  • socio-technical aspects
Core technologies and tools relevant for the realisation of ontology-based systems
  • ontology engineering tools and methodologies
  • ontology reasoners
  • ontology alignment and integration
  • data quality and constraints
  • ontology-based data integration
  • ontology-based data access
  • ontology-driven user interfaces, including visualisation, query interfaces, etc.

Submissions must clearly state their contributions’ role and relevance in the application, development or management of ontology-based software systems.

Guest Editors

  • Martin G. Skjæveland ( is a researcher at the University of Oslo, and adjunct associate professor at the University of Stavanger.
  • Roman Kontchakov ( is a Reader at Birkbeck, University of London.
  • Martin Giese ( is a professor at the University of Oslo.

Review committee

  • Mara Abel (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
  • Sören Auer (Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany)
  • Eva Blomqvist (Linköping University, Sweden)
  • Oscar Corcho (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain)
  • Anastasia Dimou (Ghent University, Netherlands)
  • Paul Groth (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • Aidan Hogan (Universidad de Chile, Chile)
  • Ernesto Jimenez-Ruiz (City, University of London, UK)
  • Evgeny Kharlamov (Bosch, Germany and University of Oslo, Norway)
  • Maxime Lefrançois (MINES Saint-Etienne, France)
  • Boris Motik (University of Oxford, UK)
  • Bijan Parsia (University of Manchester, UK)
  • Mariano Rodríguez Muro (Google, US)
  • Ognjen Savkovic (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy)
  • Juan Sequeda (, US)
  • (additional reviewers to be confirmed)

Important Dates

Call for papers:              2 September 2020
Submission deadline:    31 December 2020
Author notification:      31 March 2021
Publication:                  Q3 2021

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 Editorial Manager (EM) system. Please state the name of the SI in your cover letter and, at the time of submission, please select “VSI: OBSA” when reaching the Article Type selection.

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 via JWS First Look. Final copies of accepted publications will appear in print and at Elsevier's archival online server.