IJSWIS Special Issue on Linked Data

Call for Papers

Submission deadline: January 26, 2009 (*extended*)

The International Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems seeks contributions to a Special Issue on Linked Data.


The Web is increasingly understood as a global information space, consisting not just of linked documents, but also of linked data. In addition to the maturing of the Semantic Web technology stack, a major catalyst in this transition has been the application of the Linked Data principles [1], hand-in-hand with the publication and dense, mutual interlinking of large-scale data sets distributed across the Web [2]. This movement has brought the vision of a “Web of Data” closer to realization than ever befor. However, the emergence of Linked Data on a Web scale raises numerous novel and significant research challenges that touch on both the “semantics” and “Web” aspects of the Semantic Web vision. These challenges are diverse in nature and rang from algorithmic approaches for linking and fusing Web data, over those of providing user applications on top of distributed and heterogeneous data sets, to social and business questions related to the production and consumption of Linked Data. Building on successful events in the field, such as the 1st Workshop on Linked Data on the Web (LDOW2008) [3], the goal of this special issue is to solicit high quality, original research contributions on all aspects of Linked Data, thereby capturing the state of the art and stimulating further developments in this and related areas.


Topics of interest for this IJSWIS special issue include, but are not limited to:

Submission Process

Submissions to this special issue should follow the journal's guidelines for submission, and be made via the IJSWIS Submission System. After submitting a paper, please also inform the guest editors by email, indicating the paper ID assigned by the submission system. Papers must be of high quality and should clearly state the technical issue(s) being addressed as related to Linked Data on the Web. Research papers should present a proof of concept for any novel technique they are proposing. Wherever possible, submissions should demonstrate the contribution of the research by reporting on a systematic evaluation of the work. If a submission is based on a prior publication in a workshop or conference, the journal submission must involve substantial advance (a minimum of 30%) in conceptual terms as well as in exposition (e.g., more comprehensive testing/evaluation/validation or additional applications/usage). If this applies to your submission, please explicitly reveal the relevant previous publications.

All papers must be submitted by January 26, 2009. Pre-submission of abstracts before this date is highly desirable, as this will aid the selection of suitable reviewers and hence speed up the publication process. The recommended length of submitted papers is between 5,500 to 8,000 words. All papers are subject to peer review performed by at least three established researchers drawn from a panel of experts selected for this special issue. Accepted papers will undergo for a second cycle of revision and reviewer feedback. Please submit manuscripts as a PDF file using the online submission system.

The International Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems (IJSWIS) is the first Semantic Web journal to be included in the Thomson ISI citation index. More information on the journal can be found at http://www.ijswis.org.

Important Dates

Special Issue Organizing Committee

Editor in Chief:

Guest Editors:


  1. Berners-Lee, Tim (2006) Design Issues: Linked Data. http://www.w3.org/DesignIssues/LinkedData.html
  2. W3C SWEO Linking Open Data Project (2008) http://esw.w3.org/topic/SweoIG/TaskForces/CommunityProjects/LinkingOpenData/
  3. 1st Workshop on Linked Data on the Web (LDOW2008), WWW2008, Beijing, China http://events.linkeddata.org/ldow2008