Call for Research Track Papers

The International Semantic Web Conference is the premier venue for presenting fundamental research, innovative technology, and applications concerning semantics, data, and the Web.

In this track of ISWC 2016, we are looking for novel and significant research contributions addressing theoretical, analytical, empirical, and practical aspects of this broad field. While we welcome work that relates to the W3C Semantic Web recommendations (e.g., RDF, OWL, SPARQL, etc.), we encourage submissions that investigate other approaches to the intersection of semantics and the Web.

All papers will be assessed by a program committee. Each paper will be reviewed by at least four committee members, including one senior member. The review criteria used are outlined below.

We also encourage authors to include pointers to additional material to substantiate the claims and findings discussed in their papers. Additional sources of material include extended technical reports, source code, datasets, as well as links to applications. Authors might consider submitting a separate paper describing these additional resources to the Resources Track.

Before submitting, authors are asked to consult the calls of the other tracks featured at ISWC 2016 and to choose the track that best suits their contribution. To produce a coherent conference program the track chairs may suggest transferring a submission to a different track of the conference with authors consent. However, the submission of the same work to multiple tracks is not allowed and may result in a rejection of the work across all tracks without a review.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Database, information retrieval, information extraction, natural language processing and artificial intelligence techniques for the Semantic Web
  • Knowledge graph creation, reasoning, and usage
  • Knowledge representation and reasoning on the Web
  • Scalable management of semantics and data on the Web, including Linked Data
  • Semantic Web data analysis
  • Languages, tools, and methodologies for representing and managing semantics and data on the Web
  • Architectures and algorithms for extreme volume, heterogeneity, dynamicity, and decentralization of Semantic Web data
  • Cleaning, quality assurance, and provenance of Semantic Web data, services, and processes
  • Ontology-based data access and integration/exchange on the Web
  • Ontology engineering and ontology patterns for the Web
  • Ontology modularity, mapping, merging, and alignment for the Web
  • Searching and querying the Semantic Web
  • Supporting multi-linguality in the Semantic Web
  • User interfaces and interaction with semantics and data on the Web
  • Information visualization and exploratory analysis methods for Semantic Web data
  • Personalized access to Semantic Web data and applications
  • Social semantics methods and applications
  • Geospatial semantics and data on the Web
  • Data streams and the Internet of Things
  • Semantic technologies for mobile platforms
  • Trust, privacy, and security on the Semantic Web
  • Semantic Web and Linked Data for cloud environments

Reviews and Review Criteria

Papers in this track will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • Originality
  • Relevance and impact of the research contributions
  • Soundness
  • Design and execution of the evaluation of the work
  • Clarity and quality of presentation
  • Grounding in the literature

Authors will have the opportunity to submit a rebuttal to the reviews to clarify questions posed by program committee members.

Submission Details

  • Pre-submission of abstracts is a strict requirement. All papers and abstracts have to be submitted electronically via
  • All research submissions must be in English, and no longer than 16 pages. Papers that exceed this limit will be rejected without review.
  • Submissions must be either in PDF or in HTML, formatted in the style of the Springer Publications format for Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). For details on the LNCS style, see Springer's Author Instructions. For details on the HTML format, see the HTML submission guide.
  • ISWC 2016 submissions are not anonymous.
  • We encourage embedding metadata in the PDF/HTML to provide a machine readable link from the paper to the resource.
  • Authors of accepted papers will be required to provide semantic annotations for the abstract of their submission, which will be made available on the conference Web site. Details will be provided at the time of acceptance.
  • Accepted papers will be distributed to conference attendees and also published by Springer in the printed conference proceedings, as part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the conference and present the paper there.

As in previous years, student-authors of accepted papers will be able to apply for travel support to attend the conference.

Prior Publication And Multiple Submissions

ISWC 2016 will not accept research papers that, at the time of submission, are under review for or have already been published in or accepted for publication in a journal or another conference.

The conference organizers may share information on submissions with other venues to ensure that this rule is not violated.

Important Dates

Abstracts submission: April 20th, 2016
Full paper submission: April 30th, 2016
Author rebuttals: June 12th - 15th, 2016
Notifications: June 30th, 2016
Metadata: July 8th, 2016
Camera-ready versions: July 18th, 2016
All deadlines are midnight Hawaii time.

Program Chairs

  • Paul Groth

    Elsevier Labs
    ( )
  • Elena Simperl

    University of Southampton
    ( )

Program Committee

The list of senior program committee and program committee members will be announced here.



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