Semantic Web

Interoperability, Usability, Applicability

Impact Factor


12, 6 issues

Latest issue

12:6 online 06 October 2021

Next issue

13:1 scheduled for December 2021

Back volumes

From volume 1, 2010

ISSN print


ISSN online

Open Access

Aims & Scope

The journal Semantic Web – Interoperability, Usability, Applicability is an international and interdisciplinary journal bringing together researchers from various fields which share the vision and need for more effective and meaningful ways to share information across agents and services on the future Internet and elsewhere.

As such, Semantic Web technologies shall support the seamless integration of data, on-the-fly composition and interoperation of Web services, as well as more intuitive search engines. The semantics – or meaning – of information, however, cannot be defined without a context, which makes personalization, trust and provenance core topics for Semantic Web research.

New retrieval paradigms, user interfaces and visualization techniques have to unleash the power of the Semantic Web and at the same time hide its complexity from the user. Based on this vision, the journal welcomes contributions ranging from theoretical and foundational research over methods and tools to descriptions of concrete ontologies and applications in all areas. Papers which add a social, spatial and temporal dimension to Semantic Web research, as well as application-oriented papers making use of formal semantics, are especially welcome.

The journal is co-published by the Akademische Verlagsgesellschaft AKA.


Editorial Board


Prof. Dr. Pascal Hitzler
Department of Computer Science
Kansas State University

2184 Engineering Hall
1701D Platt St.
Manhattan, KS 66506, USA

Prof. Dr. Krzysztof Janowicz
Associate Professor Geographic Information Science and Geoinformatics
Department of Geography
University of California

Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Editorial Board

Mehwish Alam
FIZ Karlsruhe - Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure
& Karlsruhe Institute of Technology


Claudia d’Amato
University of Bari

Stefano Borgo
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)

Boyan Brodaric
Geological Survey of Canada

Philipp Cimiano
Bielefeld University

Oscar Corcho
Politechnic University of Madrid

Philippe Cudre-Mauroux
University of Fribourg

Bernardo Cuenca-Grau
Oxford University
United Kingdom

Elena Demidova
University of Bonn

Jerome Euzenat
INRIA Grenoble Rhône-Alpes

Mark Gahegan
University of Auckland
New Zealand

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

Anna Lisa Gentile
IBM Research Almaden

Rafael Goncalves
Stanford University

Dagmar Gromann
University of Vienna

Armin Haller
Australian National University

Karl Hammar
Jönköping University

Frank van Harmelen
Free University Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Aidan Hogan
Universidad de Chile

Katja Hose
Aalborg University

Eero Hyvönen
Aalto University and University of Helsinki

Sabrina Kirrane
Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien)

Agnieszka Lawrynowicz
Poznan University of Technology

Freddy Lecue
CortAIx Thales

Jens Lehmann
University of Bonn

Maria Maleshkova
University of Siegen

Axel Polleres
Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien)

Guilin Qi
Southeast University

Marta Sabou
Technische Universität Wien (TUWien)

Harald Sack
FIZ Karlsruhe - Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure & Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Christoph Schlieder
University of Bamberg

Stefan Schlobach
VU University Amsterdam

Tania Tudorache
Stanford University

Ruben Verborgh
Ghent University - imec

GQ Zhang
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Editorial Assistant

Cogan Shimizu
Wright State University

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Semantic Web journal 10-year award 2021: In October 2021, we were please to announce a the winners of the 10-year award. Congratulations to Matthew Horridge and Sean Bechhofer. View the announcement here

Going for Gold: In December 2019, it was announced that Semantic Web journal will be switching to become a fully open access (OA) journal. Full details are available here and you can read the announcement by the Editors-in-Chief on the journal website here

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