Call for Papers: Special Issue on Semantic Web of Things for Industry 4.0

Call for papers: Special Issue on

Semantic Web of Things for Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 refers to the 4th Industrial revolution - the recent trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. To fully realize the Industry 4.0 vision, manufacturers need to unlock several capabilities: vertical integration through connected and smart manufacturing assets of a factory; horizontal integration through connecting discrete operational systems of a factory; end-to-end integration through the entire supply chain. In recent technology advancements in Web of Things (WoT) and Semantic Web (Jointly referred as Semantic Web of Things) have a promising role to play to address Industry 4.0 vision. Integration of Semantic Web with WoT technologies enables communications among heterogeneous Industrial assets. Semantic Web can be also used to represent manufacturing knowledge in machine-interpretable way. The semantic modeling of industrial assets and their service produces unambiguous and machine-interpretable descriptions and creates interoperability among assets and their services across domains. Semantic Web is indeed a good fit for a plethora of complex problems related to automated, flexible, and self-configurable systems like Industry 4.0 systems.

Several of such novel systems based on Semantic Web of Things are already being proposed. However, the efforts have not been consolidated to link together, and capitalize on experience in, the major issues related to computational underpinning, multidisciplinary technologies involved, and application domain demands. Time is ripe to bring together the different disciplines related to use of Semantic Web of Things for Industry 4.0 and form an international community to identify the major challenges and research directions.

This special issue builds upon the International Workshop on SWeTI: Semantic Web of Things for Industry 4.0 (hyperlinks to: held in conjunction with the 15th ESWC 2018. The aim of the special issue is present the latest advances in the area and further attract attention to these issues from interested communities in these areas.

The special issue invites original and innovative articles on the following topics from the thematic areas:

  1. Industry 4.0 implementation and real-world case studies
  2. Challenges, vision, and concepts for Industry 4.0 and Semantic Web
  3. Semantic frameworks & architectures for interoperability among Industry 4.0 platforms
  4. Semantic data models for sensor data representation and integration for Smart factory domains
  5. Semantic architectures and middleware for building Industry 4.0 applications
  6. Semantic techniques using edge & fog computing for Manufacturing scenarios
  7. Linked Data-based Intelligent Applications for Manufacturing Industries
  8. Case studies and experience reports on existing open standards (RAMI, OPC-UA) for Industry 4.0 use cases
  9. Semantic frameworks for developing Industry 4.0 applications
  10. Real-time IoT data analytics, data aggregation, data abstraction and event detection
  11. Use of Semantic Web in Emerging Industry 4.0 scenarios such as supply chain, predictive maintenance, asset tracking, logistics


  • Submission deadline: *extended* to 15 May 2019. Papers submitted before the deadline will be reviewed upon receipt.

Author Guidelines

The special issue invites original research papers that make significant contributions to the state-of-the-art in "Semantic Web of Things for Industry 4.0". The papers must not have been previously published or submitted for journal or conference publications. However, the papers that have been previously published with reputed conferences could be considered for publication in the special issue if they are substantially revised from their earlier versions with at least 30% new contents or results that comply with the copyright regulations, if any.

Submissions shall be made through the Semantic Web journal website at Prospective authors must take notice of the submission guidelines posted at Note that you need to request an account on the website for submitting a paper. Please indicate in the cover letter that it is for the "Semantic Web of Things for Industry 4.0" special issue.

All manuscripts will be reviewed based on the SWJ open and transparent review policy and will be made available online during the review process.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Significance to the readership of the journal
  • Relevance to the special issue
  • Originality of idea, technical contribution, and significance of the presented results
  • Quality, clarity, and readability of the written text
  • Quality of references and related work
  • Quality of research hypothesis, assertions, and conclusion

Guest editors

The guest editors can be reached at

Dr. Dhaval Thakker, Senior Lecturer, University of Bradford, United Kingdom

Dr. Pankesh Patel, Senior Research Scientist, Fraunhofer USA – CESE

Dr. Muhammad Intizar Ali, Adjunct lecturer, Research fellow, and Research unit leader, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Dr. Tejal Shah, Research Associate, Newcastle University, UK

Guest editorial board

The guest editorial board will be recruited based on the topics of the submitted papers.