Applied Ontology

An Interdisciplinary Journal of Ontological Analysis and Conceptual Modeling

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16, 4 issues

Latest issue

16:4 online 05 November 2021

Next issue

17:1 scheduled for February 2022

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From volume 1, 2005

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Aims & Scope

In recent years, the dramatic growth of information and communication technologies has led to an increasingly interdisciplinary approach to research and development activities in these fields. To exploit the immense opportunities of widespread networks effectively, designers of modern information systems need to combine the precision of formal semantics with the needs of cognitive transparency, as they incorporate increasingly sophisticated and heterogeneous information content. The recent explosion of interest on ontologies is an important component of this trend. Researchers in disciplines such as knowledge engineering, information systems modeling, artificial intelligence, formal and computational linguistics, information retrieval, library science, and knowledge management have come to realize that a solid foundation for their research calls for serious work in ontology, understood as a general theory of the types of entities and relations that make up their respective domains of inquiry. In all these areas, attention has started to focus squarely on the content of information, rather than on just the formats and languages used to represent that content.

Applied Ontology focuses on information content in its broadest sense. As the subtitle makes clear, two broad kinds of content-based research activities are envisioned: ontological analysis and conceptual modeling. The former includes any attempt to investigate the nature and structure of a domain of interest using rigorous philosophical or logical tools; the latter concerns the cognitive and linguistic structures we use to model the world, as well as the various analysis tools and methodologies we adopt for producing useful computational models, such as information systems schemes or knowledge structures. Applied Ontology is the first journal with explicit and exclusive focus on ontological analysis and conceptual modeling under an interdisciplinary view. It aims to establish a unique niche in the realm of scientific journals by carefully avoiding unnecessary duplication with discipline-oriented journals. For this reason, authors will be encouraged to use language that will be intelligible also to those outside their specific sector of expertise, and the review process will be tailored to this end. For example, authors of theoretical contributions will be encouraged to show the relevance of their theory for applications, while authors of more technological papers will be encouraged to show the relevance of a well-founded theoretical perspective. Moreover, the journal will publish papers focusing on representation languages or algorithms only where these address relevant content issues, whether at the level of practical application or of theoretical understanding. Similarly, it will publish descriptions of tools or implemented systems only where a contribution to the practice of ontological analysis and conceptual modeling is clearly established.

Applied Ontology aims at being a major publication forum for theoretical and applied research in a variety of topics, tentatively grouped together in research areas, examples of which are indicated in the list below.

  • Foundational issues • Philosophical foundations of ontology • Basic ontological categories and relations • Ontology, epistemology, and semiotics
  • Specialized ontologies • Ontology of time, events and processes • Ontology of space and geography • Ontology of physics and physical objects • Ontology of biomedicine • Ontology of mental entities • Ontology of agents and actions • Ontology of organizations and social reality • Ontology of the information society • Ontology of business and e-commerce • Ontology of law • Ontology of history, culture and evolution
  • Ontology development and ontology-driven conceptual modeling • Methodologies for ontology development • Impact of ontological analysis on current modeling practices • Best-practice examples and case studies
  • Ontology management • Tools for ontology development, analysis and comparison • Comparison and evaluation of ontologies • Ontology management, maintenance, versioning • Methodologies for ontology merging, alignment, and integration • Semantic Web
  • Ontology and language • Ontology and natural-language semantics • Ontology and lexical resources • Ontology and terminology • Ontology learning techniques and their evaluation • Role of ontology in natural-language systems
  • Ontology, cognition, perception • Conceptual schemas, perceptual invariances and ontological categorization • Psychological experiments evaluating the cognitive adequacy of ontological categories
  • Ontology and content standards • Library science • Knowledge organization • Museums and cultural repositories • Multimedia content • Product descriptions • Process and service descriptions • Biomedical and other scientific terminologies
  • Innovative ontology-based applications

Editorial Board


Roberta Ferrario
Institute for Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, National Research Council
Via alla Cascata 56/C, 38100 Povo (Trento), Italy

Michael Gruninger
University of Toronto
Dept. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

5 King's College Road, Toronto, Ont. M5S 3G8, Canada

Founding Editors

Nicola Guarino
National Research Council Institute for Cognitive Sciences and Technologies
(ISTC-CNR), Italy

Mark A. Musen
Stanford University

Associate Editors

John A. Bateman
Bremen University

Philipp Cimiano
University of Bielefeld, Germany

Antony Galton
University of Exeter
United Kingdom

Giancarlo Guizzardi
University of Bolzano

Robert Hoehndorf
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

Leo Obrst
The MITRE Corporation

Barry Smith
State University of New York at Buffalo

Michael F. Uschold
Reinvent Technology

Laure Vieu
Toulouse, France

Editorial Board

João Paulo Almeida
Federal University of Espírito Santo

Ricardo de Almeida Falbo
Federal University of Espírito Santo
Vitória, Brazil

Nathalie Aussenac-Gilles
Université Paul Sabatier
Toulouse, France

Adrien Barton
Toulouse, France

Brandon Bennett
University of Leeds
United Kingdom

Thomas Bittner
State University of New York at Buffalo

Olivier Bodenreider
National Library of Medicine
Bethesda, USA

Alex Borgida
Rutgers University

Stefano Borgo
Trento, Italy

Joost Breuker
University of Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Mathias Brochhausen
University of Florida

Boyan Brodaric
Natural Resources Canada
Ontario, Canada

Vinay Chaudhri
SRI International

Christiane Fellbaum
Princeton University

Aldo Gangemi
Rome, Italy

Pawel Garbacz
The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin

Yolanda Gil
University of Southern California
Marina del Rey, USA

Dagmar Gromann
University of Wien

Torsten Hahmann
University of Maine

Janna Hastings
European Bioinformatics Institute
United Kingdom

Heinrich Herre
University of Leipzig

Pascal Hitzler
Wright State University
Dayton, USA

Krzysztof Janowicz
University of California
Santa Barbara, USA

Ludger Jansen
Ruhr University of Bochum and University of Rostock

Paul Johannesson
Stockholm University

Gilles Kassel
MIS Laboratory, Jules Verne University of Picardie
Amiens, France

Megan Katsumi
University of Toronto

Maria Keet
University of Cape Town
South Africa

Yoshinobu Kitamura
Ritzumeikan University
Kyoto, Japan

Werner Kuhn
University of California
Santa Barbara, USA

Oliver Kutz
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Doug B. Lenat
Austin, USA

Claudio Masolo
Trento, Italy

William E. McCarthy
Michigan State University

Riichiro Mizoguchi
Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

John Mylopoulos
University of Toronto

Fabian Neuhaus
University of Magdeburg

Chris Partridge
BORO Solutions
London, United Kingdom

Maria Teresa Pazienza
University of Rome Tor Vergata

Daniele Porello
Trento, Italy

Florian Probst
SAP Research
Darmstadt, Germany

Daniele Radicioni
University of Torino

Emilio Sanfilippo
University of Tours

Marco Schorlemmer
Artificial Intelligence Research Institute, IIIA-CSIC
Catalonia, Spain

Selja Seppälä
University College Cork

Amit P. Sheth
Wright State University
Dayton, USA

Elena Simperl
University of Southampton
United Kingdom

Veda Storey
Georgia State University
Atlanta, USA

Hans Weigand
Tilburg University
The Netherlands

Bob Young
Loughborough University
United Kingdom

Assistant Editor

Isabella Distinto
Via alla Cascata, 56/C
38123 Povo (Trento), Italy

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