Web Intelligence

An International Journal



21, 4 issues

Latest issue

20:4 online 15 November 2022

Next issue

21:1 scheduled for February 2023

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From volume 4, 2016

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Aims & Scope

Web Intelligence (WI) is now a cutting-edge area which addresses open issues towards deepening the
understanding of all Web’s entities, phenomena, and developments in utilizing the power of human brains
and man-made networks to create a better world. More specifically, the fields of how artificial intelligence
is impacting the Web of People, the Web of Data, the Web of Things, the Web of Trust, the Web of
Agents, and emerging Web in health and smart living in the 5G Era. Therefore, “Web Intelligence = AI in
the Connected World”.

WI is an official journal of the Web Intelligence Consortium (WIC), an international organization dedicated
to promoting collaborative scientific research and industrial development in the era of Web intelligence. WI
seeks to collaborate with major societies and international conferences in the field. WI is committed to
publishing research that both deepens the understanding of computational, logical, cognitive, physical,
and social foundations of the future Web, and enables the development and application of technologies
based on Web intelligence.

WI is a peer-reviewed journal, which publishes four issues a year, in both online and print form. The
journal features high-quality, original research articles (including state-of-the-art reviews), brief papers,
and letters in all theoretical and technological areas that make up the field of WI. The articles should
clearly focus on one or some of the following areas of interest:


  • Crowdsourcing and Social Data Mining
  • Human Centric Computing
  • Information Diffusion
  • Knowledge Community Support
  • Modelling Crowdsourcing
  • Opinion Mining
  • People Oriented Applications and Services
  • Recommendation Engines
  • Sentiment Analysis
  • Situational Awareness Social Network Analysis
  • Social Groups and Dynamics
  • Social Media and Dynamics
  • Social Networks Analytics
  • User and Behavioural Modelling


  • Algorithms and Knowledge Management
  • Autonomy-Oriented Computing (AOC)
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Big Data and Human Brain Complex Systems
  • Cognitive Models
  • Computational Models
  • Data Driven Services and Applications
  • Data Integration and Data Provenance
  • Data Science and Machine Learning
  • Graph Isomorphism
  • Graph Theory
  • Information Search and Retrieval
  • Knowledge Graph
  • Knowledge Graph and Semantic Networks
  • Linked Data Management and Analytics
  • Self-Organizing Networks
  • Semantic Networks
  • Sensor Networks
  • Web Science


  • Complex Networks
  • Distributed Systems and Devices
  • Dynamics of Networks
  • Industrial Multi-domain Web
  • Intelligent Ubiquitous Web of Things
  • IoT Data Analytics
  • Location and Time Awareness
  • Open Autonomous Systems
  • Streaming Data Analysis
  • Web Infrastructures and Devices Mobile Web
  • Wisdom Web of Things (W2T)


  • Blockchain Analytics and Technologies
  • Fake Content and Fraud Detection
  • Hidden Web Analytics
  • Monetization Services and Applications
  • Trust Models for Agents
  • Ubiquitous Computing
  • Web Cryptography
  • Web Safety and Openness
  • Web-scale Security, Integrity, Privacy and Trust


  • Agent Networks
  • Autonomy Remembrance Agents
  • Autonomy-oriented Computing
  • Behaviour Modelling
  • Distributed Problem-Solving Global Brain
  • Edge Computing
  • Individual-based Modelling Knowledge
  • Information Agents
  • Local-global Behavioural Interactions
  • Mechanism Design
  • Multi-Agent Systems
  • Network Autonomy Remembrance Agents
  • Self-adaptive Evolutionary Systems
  • Self-organizing Systems
  • Social Groups and Dynamics


  • Big Data in Medicine
  • City Brain and Global Brain
  • Digital Ecosystems
  • Digital Epidemiology
  • Health Data Exchange and Sharing
  • Healthcare and Medical Applications and Services
  • Omics Research and Trends
  • Personalized Health Management and Analytics
  • Smart City Applications and Services
  • Time Awareness and Location Awareness Smart City
  • Wellbeing and Healthcare in the 5G Era

Editorial Board


Yuefeng Li
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Queensland University of Technology

Amit Sheth
Artificial Intelligence Institute
University of South Carolina

Athena Vakali
Department of Informatics
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Managing Editor

Xiaohui Tao
School of Science
University of Southern Queensland

Email: Xiaohui.Tao@usq.edu.au

Founding Editors-in-Chief

Prof. Dr. Jiming Liu
Hong Kong Baptist University
Hong Kong

Prof. Dr. Ning Zhong
Maebashi Institute of Technology

Advisory Board

Francis Heylighen
Free University of Brussels

Jiming Liu
Hong Kong Baptist University
Hong Kong

Vijay Raghavan
University of Louisiana

Yiyu Yao
University of Regina

Ning Zhong
Maebashi Institute of Technology

Editorial Board

Rajendra Akerkar
Western Norway Research Institute

Hong Chang
Chinese Academy of Sciences

Yu-Wang Chen
The University of Manchester

William K. Cheung
Department of Computer Science, Hong Kong Baptist University
Hong Kong

Joseph Davis
University of Sydney

Xiaoying Gao
Victoria University of Wellington
New Zealand

Yang Gao
Beijing Institute of Technology

Ali Ghorbani
University of New Brunswick

Martin Giese
University of Oslo

Zhisheng Huang
Department of Computer Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Xiaolong Jin
Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Matthias Klusch

Hoong Chuin Lau
Singapore Management University

Raymond Yiu Keung Lau
City University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Carson K Leung
University of Manitoba

Lin Li
Wuhan University of Technology

Shou-De Lin
National Taiwan University

Yu-Ru Lin
University of Pittsburgh

Pierre Maret
University Jean Monnet Saint Etienne

Guy Melancon
Université de Bordeaux

Marina Mongiello
Politecnico di Bari

Ngoc Thanh Nguyen
Wroclaw University of Technology

Gabriella Pasi
University of Milano-Bicocca

Heiko Paulheim
University of Mannheim

Hemant Purohit
George Mason University

Yuhui Shi
Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Miguel-Angel Sicilia
University of Alcala

Atsuhiro Takasu
National Institute of Informatics

Ah-Hwee Tan
Nanyang Technological University

Pang-Ning Tan
Michigan State University

Laurent Vercouter
Institut National de Sciences Appliquées de Rouen

Sheng-Tang Wu
Asia University

Xiao-Feng Xie
Carnegie Mellon University

Yue Xu
Queensland University of Technology

Bo Yang
Jilin University

Wenping Zhang
Renmin University of China, Beijing

Yanqing Zhang
Georgia State University

Xujuan Zhou
University of Southern Queensland

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Reviewers are asked to judge a paper on at least:

  • Originality, novelty and significance of results
  • Technical quality of work
  • Comprehensibility and presentation of the paper
  • Overall impression

Based on the received reviews the handling editor will propose to the Editors-in-Chief a recommendation:

  • Accept
  • Minor revisions required
  • Major revisions required
  • Revise and resubmit
  • Reject

They mean the following:

  1. Accept: The manuscript is suitable for publication and only requires minor polishing; thus, no further reviews are requested.
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  3. Major revisions required: The manuscript cannot be accepted for publication in its current form. However, a major revision which addresses all issues raised by the reviewers may be acceptable for publication. The revised manuscript will undergo a full second round of review. Authors are requested to provide a letter to the reviewers detailing the improvements made for the resubmission.
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  5. Reject: The manuscript is rejected as it is deemed to be out of scope, not relevant, or not meeting the journal's quality standards in terms of significance, novelty, and/or presentation.

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Formerly Web Intelligence and Agent Systems (ISSN print 1570-1263, ISSN online 1875-9289)

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