Special Call for Semantic Web Tools and Systems Papers

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The "Semantic Web" journal invites submissions of papers describing mature Semantic Web related tools and systems. These reports should be brief and pointed, indicating clearly the capabilities of the described tool or system. It is strongly encouraged, that the described tools or systems are free, open, and accessible on the Web. If this is not possible, then they have to be made available to the reviewers. For commercial tools and systems, exceptions can be arranged through the editors.

A paper concerning a new release of a tool/system for which a (tool/system) paper has already been published in the Semantic Web journal or some other journal must cite the earlier paper and clearly explain what contributions are brought by the new release. The cover letter must also point out that it is a paper concerning a new release. These papers will be evaluated with respect to the standing criteria for tools/systems papers, and in addition with respect to all of the following. (a) The changes to the tool/system since the previous paper must sufficiently substantial to deserve a new paper. These changes must be described clearly in the paper. (b) The system must have had significant additional uptake since acceptance of the previous paper; convincing evidence must be provided. (c) The previous paper must have had significant visibility within or outside the community. This will typically be assessed by citation counts (not including self-citations) of the previous paper, and this assessment will be performed by the reviewers and editors. It is strongly recommended to contact the editors-in-chief about a preliminary assessment, before submitting such an update paper.

Submissions will be reviewed along the following dimensions: (1) Quality, importance, and impact of the described tool or system (convincing evidence must be provided). (2) Clarity, illustration, and readability of the describing paper, which shall convey to the reader both the capabilities and the limitations of the tool.

Some of the most visible papers in the Semantic Web journal are tools and systems papers. For a list of previously accepted such papers, please see http://www.semantic-web-journal.net/tools_and_systems. Tools and Systems papers are typically 8-10 pages long, but longer papers can also be submitted if there is significant additional content.

Submission Deadline: 1st of December, 2015.