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The Journal of Web Semantics is an interdisciplinary journal based on both theoretical and applied research involving using or creating explicit representations of knowledge for Web-related information systems. At the core of our interests is work on extracting semantic information from Web resources, Semantic Web languages, technologies, ontologies, tools and resources, and linked semantic data

These areas include, but are not limited to, the following major technology areas: 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.

Each of these areas is covered by an Associate Editor (AE) who supports the Editors-in-Chief (EiC). Furthermore, AE’s 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 welcome survey papers that integrate the existing literature in (some area of) semantic web research and put its results in context.

      A survey article should:

      - develop a framework or overview of an area that helps to organise and structure the existing literature;

     - identify/evaluate trends, and expose topics that need additional research; 

explain what is currently known about the relevant area, and what it means to researchers and practitioners;

provide the basic knowledge that would enable new researchers to enter the area, current researchers to continue developments, and practitioners to apply the results.

Survey papers are recommended to have 15–25 pages (in Elsevier double column format).

  • Ontology papers: We publish community-oriented description of ontology papers, if they generate interest 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.

  • Benchmark papers: The purpose of benchmark papers is to present novel benchmarks including datasets that deal with problems of interest to the community as well as extensive evaluations. Benchmark papers are recommended to have 15 - 25 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.

Readers are also encouraged to visit the Journal of Web Semantics blog, at for more information and related links.

Conference-style Review Cycle

We have employed a conference-style review cycle since January 2015 which repeats monthly, with the exception of January and August when the editorial office is closed. Each monthly review cycle follows an 18-week schedule - for example, in February 2019 the schedule will be:

1st Feb: Author submission

7th Feb: EiC assignment to AE

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 Author

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Editorial Board


Prof. Ian Horrocks, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Prof. Lalana Kagal, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Prof. Andreas Hotho, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany

Associate Editors

Christian Bizer, Universität Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany

Huajun Chen, Zhejiang University, School of Computer Science, China

Philip Cimiano, Universität Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany

Bernardo  Cuenca Grau, University of Oxford, UK

Claudia D'Amato, Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro, Bari, Italy

Emanuele Della Valle, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy

Gianluca Demartini, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

Jerome Euzenat, INRIA, St Ismier, France

Aldo Gangemi, University of Bologna and ISTC-CNR, Rome, Italy

Lynda Hardman, Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI), Amsterdam, University of Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands

Olaf Hartig, Linköping Universitet, Linköping, Sweden

Hong-Gee Kim, Seoul National University (SNU), Seoul, The Republic of Korea

Matthias Klusch, DFKI GmbH, Saarbrücken, Germany

Jeff Pan, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

Dimitris Plexousakis, University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece

Axel Polleres, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria

Guilin Qi, Southeast University, Nanjing, China

Ansgar Scherp, University of Essex, UK

Giorgos Stamou, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Athens, Greece

Valentina Tamma, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

Vojtech Svatek, University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic

Kewen Wang, Griffiths University, Australia

Editorial Board

Marcelo Arenas, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Macul, Santiago, Chile

Rafael Berlanga Llavori, Universitat Jaume I, Spain

Eva Blomqvist, Linköping Universitet, Linköping, Sweden

Jiaoyan Chen, University of Oxford, UK

Irene Celino, CEFRIEL, Politecnico de Milano, Italy

Jeremy Debattista, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Science Foundation Ireland

Gerard de Melo, Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA

Daniele Dell'Aglio, Universität Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

Stefan Dietze, GESIS, Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Mannheim, Germany

Mauro Dragoni, Foundazione Bruno Kessler, Italy

Jianfeng Du, Guangdong University, China

Miriam Fernandez, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

Fabian Flӧck, GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Mannheim, Germany

Paul Groth, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tudor Groza, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Darlinghurst Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Aidan Hogan, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile

Katja Hose, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

Jason Jung, Chung Ang University Korea, Dongjak, Seoul, The Republic of Korea

Hak-Lae Kim, Jungang University, Korea

Jin-Dong Kim, Database Center for Life Science, Japan

Christian Kindermann, University of Manchester, UK

Sabrina Kirrane, Vienna University of Economics & Business, Vienna, Austria

Spyros Kotoulas, IBM Research, Dublin 15, Ireland

Christoph Lange, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn, Germany

Zhiyuan Liu, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Vanessa Lopez, IBM Research, Dublin, Ireland

David Martin, Nuance Communications, Burlington, Massachusetts, USA

Diana Maynard, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, England, UK

Wolfgang Nejdl, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Hannover, Germany

Axel-Cyrille Ngonga Ngomo, Universität Paderborn, Paderborn, Germany

Ana Ozaki, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

Peter Patel-Schneider, Nuance Communications, Burlington, Massachusetts, USA

Heiko Paulheim, Universität Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany

Giuseppe Pirro, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Valentina Presutti, National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Rome, Italy

Stefan Schlobach, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Oshani Seneviratne, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, USA

Juan Sequeda, Capsenta Labs, Austin, Texas, USA

Luciano Serafini,, USA

Miguel-Angel Sicilia, University of Alcala, Spain

Kuldeep Singh, Nuance Communications, India

Ahmet Soylu, Norwegian University of Science & Technology NTNU, Gjovik, Norway

Markus Strohmaier, Universität Koblenz-Landau, Mainz, Germany

Hideaki Takeda, National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo, Japan

Juergen Umbrich, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Jacopo Urbani, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Marieke van Erp, KNAW, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Evelyn Viegas, Microsoft Research, Redmond, Washington, USA

Serena Villata, University Cote d'Azur, CNRS, INRIA, France

Atsuko Yamaguchi, Center for Life Science, Japan

Xiaowang Zhang, College of Intelligence & Computing, Tianjin University, China

Antoine Zimmerman, Ecole des Mines de Saint Etienne, Saint-Etienne, France

International Advisory Board

Tim Berners-Lee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Wendy Hall, University of Southampton, UK

James Hendler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, USA

Former Editors-in-Chief

Abraham Bernstein, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Tim Finin, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Carole Goble, University of Manchester, Manchester, England, UK

James Hendler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, New York, USA

Toru Ishida, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

Riichiro Mizoguchi, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan

Steffen Staab, Universität Koblenz-Landau, Koblenz, Germany

Rudi Studer, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany

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