About the Preprint Server

The Journal of Web Semantics: Preprint Server provides readers with free electronic access to article preprints of the Journal of Web Semantics. Science, Services and Agents on the World Wide Web at Elsevier.

Aims & Scope

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.

Readers are also encouraged to visit the Journal of Web Semantics blog, at http://journalofwebsemantics.blogspot.com/ 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
  • e-Science

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. Interested authors may here find a detailed Call-for-System papers.
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.

 

 

Conference-style Review Cycle

From January 2015 JoWS will employ a new conference-style review cycle
The cycle will repeat monthly, with the exception of January and August.

Each monthly review cycle will follow an 18-week schedule with the following strict deadlines:
  1. Author submission: 1st of the month
  2. EiC assignment to Area Editor: end of week 1
  3. AE assignment to Editorial Board Reviewers: end of week 2
  4. EB Reviewers complete reviews: end of week 8
  5. AE decision to EiC: end of week 9
  6. EiC decision to Authors: end of week 10
  7. Author resubmission (minor revision): end of week 12
    • <AE decision to EiC: end of week 13
    • EiC decision to Authors: end of week 14
  8. Author resubmission (major revision): end of week 14
    • AE decision to EiC: end of week 17
    • EiC decision to Authors: end of week 18
For example, in February 2015 the schedule will be:
1st Feb: Author submission
7th Feb: EiC assignment to Area Editor
14th Feb: AE assignment to Editorial Board Reviewers
28th Mar: EB Reviewers complete reviews
4th Apr: AE decision to EiC
11th Apr: EiC decision to Authors
25th Apr: Author resubmission (minor revision)
2nd May: AE decision to EiC
9th May: EiC decision to Authors
9th May: Author resubmission (major revision)
30th May: AE decision to EiC
6th June: EiC decision to Authors
 
Visualisation of reviewing timeline:
timeline

Submissions