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.
Prof. Dr. Krzysztof Janowicz
Associate Professor Geographic Information Science and Geoinformatics
Department of Geography
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA, USA
FIZ Karlsruhe - Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure
& Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
University of Bari
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)
Geological Survey of Canada
Politechnic University of Madrid
University of Bonn
INRIA Grenoble Rhône-Alpes
University of Auckland
University of Bologna and ISTC-CNR
Anna Lisa Gentile
IBM Research Almaden
University of Vienna
Australian National University
Frank van Harmelen
Free University Amsterdam
Universidad de Chile
Aalto University and University of Helsinki
Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien)
Poznan University of Technology
University of Siegen
Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien)
Technische Universität Wien (TUWien)
FIZ Karlsruhe - Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure & Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
University of Bamberg
VU University Amsterdam
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Kansas State University
Ghent University - imec
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Wright State University
ACM Digital Library
Cabell's Guide or Directory
DBLP Bibliography Server
Web of Science: Current Contents®/Engineering, Computing, and Technology
Web of Science: Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition
Web of Science: Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch®)
Gold open access pricing
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.
After an article is accepted for publication, the corresponding author will be informed regarding the open access fee payment. It could be that the open access fee of an article is waived completely due an institutional agreement IOS Press has with the corresponding authors' institution. Please check the institutional agreements page for details.
Waivers are available for corresponding authors from eligible countries as identified by Research4Life project. Other authors who envisage difficulties paying the article processing charge may write email@example.com to discuss waiving the charge prior to submitting their article. Appeals submitted after review has been completed are rejected.
Articles published before the journal became open access are available only to institutions and individuals with access rights. However, the journal offers all authors the option to purchase open access publication for their article as part of the IOS Press Open Library, even after final publication. This means that the current version will be made freely available to anyone worldwide, indefinitely, under a Creative Commons license. This is also referred to as “gold” open access.
Green open access
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.
Discover the contents of the latest journal issue:
Special issue on Semantic Web Meets Health Data Management
Haridimos Kondylakis, Kostas Stefanidis, Praveen Rao
Evaluating the usability of a semantic environmental health data framework: Approach and study
Fabrizio Orlandi, Albert Navarro-Gallinad, Jennifer Scott, Mark Little, Declan O’Sullivan
Terminology and ontology development for semantic annotation: A use case on sepsis and adverse events
Lise Tuset Gustad, Melissa Y. Yan, Lise Husby Høvik, Øystein Nytrø
Empowering machine learning models with contextual knowledge for enhancing the detection of eating disorders in social media posts
María Teresa García-Ordás, José Alberto Benítez-Andrades, Mayra Russo, Ahmad Sakor, Luis Daniel Fernandes Rotger, Maria-Esther Vidal
Context-aware query derivation for IoT data streams with DIVIDE enabling privacy by design
Bram Steenwinckel, Mathias De Brouwer, Ziye Fang, Marija Stojchevska, Pieter Bonte, Filip De Turck, Sofie Van Hoecke, Femke Ongenae