Semantic Web

Interoperability, Usability, Applicability

Impact Factor


15, 6 issues

Latest issue

15:3 online 14 May 2024

Next issue

15:4 scheduled for July 2024

Back volumes

From volume 1, 2010

ISSN print


ISSN online

Open Access
Online Only

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

Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Managing Editors

Eva Blomqvist
Linköping University

Cogan Shimizu
Kansas State University

Editorial Assistant

Sanaz Saki Norouzi
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS, 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

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

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

Maria Maleshkova
University of Siegen

Raghava Mutharaju

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

Oshani Seneviratne
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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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From 1 January 2020 onwards the Semantic Web journal has moved from its previous hybrid publication model to a true gold open access journal. Authors of accepted papers pay an open access fee of €500 / US$550 (ex. VAT if applicable) to publish under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license on acceptance for publication. For papers submitted on or after 1 April 2023 the open access fee is €1250 / US$1250 (ex. VAT if applicable). There are no submission fees and there are no charges to papers that are rejected from publication. Items of an editorial nature (e.g. special issue introductions, errata, book reviews, letters to the editor, call for papers etc.) are not subject to a charge.

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Authors who did not make use of the gold open access option pre-2020 may still make their article freely available using self-archiving, also referred to as green open access. Authors may make their final author accepted manuscript available for free download from their personal or institutional website or institutional archive. This model is free for the author.


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Semantic Web journal 10-year award 2022: In October 2022, we proudly announced the winners of the 10-year award. Congratulations to Claus Stadler, Jens Lehmann, Konrad Höffner and Sören Auer. 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

Latest Articles

Discover the contents of the latest journal issue:

Editorial of the special issue on semantic technologies for data and algorithmic governance
Oshani Seneviratne, Sabrina Kirrane, Michel Dumontier

Consent through the lens of semantics: State of the art survey and best practices
Tek Raj Chhetri, Anelia Kurteva, Harshvardhan J. Pandit, Anna Fensel

Semantic-enabled architecture for auditable privacy-preserving data analysis
Andreas Ekelhart, Fajar J. Ekaputra, Rudolf Mayer, Tomasz Miksa, Tanja Šarčević, Sotirios Tsepelakis, Laura Waltersdorfer

Analysis of ontologies and policy languages to represent information flows in GDPR
Víctor Rodríguez-Doncel, Beatriz Esteves

Differential privacy and SPARQL
Jorge Lobo, Carlos Buil-Aranda, Federico Olmedo

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Semantic Web 10-Year Award 2022