Call for Papers: Research Track

The research track of ESWC 2024 is looking for contributions addressing theoretical, analytical, and empirical aspects of the Semantic Web, knowledge graphs and semantic technologies in general. We also encourage contributions at the intersection of these domains and other scientific disciplines. Submissions to the research track should describe novel, significant research, and are expected to provide a principled evaluation.

Submissions are solicited in the following domains of interest:

  • Foundational Semantic Web research
  • Knowledge representation, ontologies, rules, and reasoning (within and beyond Description Logics)
  • Data quality, bias, transparency, and trust
  • Ontology analysis and design
  • Knowledge graphs: provenance, embeddings, management, query processing, and automated construction
  • Machine learning on or for semantic data
  • Hybrid learning and reasoning systems (explainability, neuro-symbolic)
  • Matching, integration, and fusion of  ontologies and knowledge graphs
  • Reuse and modularization of ontologies and knowledge graphs
  • Tabular data to knowledge graph matching
  • NLP, language models, and information retrieval
  • Linked data
  • Ontology-based data access, and distributed data access
  • Data dynamics, internet of things, streaming data, and mobile platforms
  • Social and human aspects of the Semantic Web
  • Privacy and security
  • Science and research data management
  • User interfaces, usability and accessibility

Positioning and delineations 

Other tracks: We strongly recommend that prospective authors carefully check the calls of the other main tracks of the conference in order to identify the optimal track for their submission.

  • Papers that propose new algorithms and architectures should continue to be submitted to the regular research track.
  • Papers that reuse and apply state-of-the art semantic technology or resources in practical settings should be submitted to the in-use track (i.e., the novelty falls into the in-use application of the semantic technology or resource).
  • Authors who want to present an interesting industry application but who do not want to submit a full paper should submit to the industry track.
  • Papers describing concrete resources (datasets, ontologies, vocabularies, annotated corpora, workflows, knowledge graphs, evaluation benchmarks, etc.) should be submitted to the resources track.

Note that research, in-use and resource papers are published within the same proceedings by Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science series.

Positioning with respect to the Machine Learning Community: Contributions should be clearly related to the Semantic Web or have an impact in the field of the Semantic web. The scope of the conference is the Semantic Web and how it enables new research and applications. While the Semantic Web is part of a broader interdisciplinary ecosystem, including technologies, such as Machine Learning (ML) and Natural Language Processing (NLP), it remains a distinct scholarly field, with its own research methods, tools, and challenges. Therefore, contributions to other disciplines that have no direct impact on the Semantic Web are not relevant to the ESWC conference.

Use of LLM generated text: For ESWC 2024, we adhere to the principles and guidelines stated in the ACM Policy on Authorship specifically about “Criteria for Authorship” regarding the use of Generative AI technologies for authoring papers: “Generative AI tools and technologies, such as ChatGPT, may not be listed as authors of an ACM published Work. The use of generative AI tools and technologies to create content is permitted but must be fully disclosed in the Work. For example, the authors could include the following statement in the Acknowledgements section of the Work: ChatGPT was utilized to generate sections of this Work, including text, tables, graphs, code, data, citations, etc.). If you are uncertain ­about the need to disclose the use of a particular tool, err on the side of caution, and include a disclosure in the acknowledgements section of the Work. (…) Basic word processing systems that recommend and insert replacement text, perform spelling or grammar checks and corrections, or systems that do language translations are to be considered exceptions to this disclosure requirement and are generally permitted and need not be disclosed in the Work. As the line between Generative AI tools and basic word processing systems like MS-Word or Grammarly becomes blurred, this Policy will be updated.”

In case of any questions regarding this policy, please contact the organizing committee. 

Review Criteria

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

  • Relevance to the Semantic Web conference
  • Novelty
  • Originality
  • Impact of the research contributions
  • Soundness
  • Design and execution of the evaluation of the work
  • Clarity and quality of presentation
  • Grounding in the literature and related work
  • Reproducibility and availability of resources

We also encourage the submission of interesting and sound approaches, even if these do not fully outperform the state of the art. All papers should include evaluations of the approaches described in the paper. Evaluation metrics should be explained and justified.
Negative results should be reported as well. Evaluations should be repeatable, and papers should provide links to the data sets, source code (including all the external dependencies and versions, as well as the necessary parameters), queries, and other resources.

Important Dates

Abstract submissionNovember 30, 2023
Paper submissionDecember 07, 2023
Opening of rebuttal periodJanuary 22, 2024
Closing of rebuttal periodJanuary 26, 2024
Notification to authorsFebruary 22, 2024
Camera-ready papers dueMarch 28, 2024

All deadlines are 23:59 anywhere on earth (UTC-12).

Submission Guidelines

  • ESWC will not accept work that is under review or has already been published in or accepted for publication in a journal, another conference, or another ESWC track.
  • Papers must pre-submit an abstract.
  • The proceedings of this conference will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. The preprints of the accepted papers will be available openly.
  • Papers must not exceed 15 pages (plus unlimited references) and be in English. Authors are permitted to include an optional Appendix of maximum 2 pages. However, reviewers will not be mandated to review the Appendix and all papers must be self contained.
  • Submissions in the research track are dual anonymous, and should not identify the authors. Use anonymous links (e.g., by Dropbox or similar services) or pseudo-anonymous Github repositories (e.g. Anonymous Github) for supplementary material. For more information on how to do this check out this article by Daniel Graziotin. Reviewers will not actively try to identify the authors.
  • 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 HTML submission guidance, see the HTML submission guide.
  • Authors will have the opportunity to submit a rebuttal to the reviews to clarify explicit questions posed by program committee members.
  • At least one author per contribution must register for the conference for presentation.
  • Submission is done through EasyChair. When logging in select the appropriate track.

Program Chairs

Anastasia Dimou, KU Leuven, Belgium,

Raphaël Troncy, EURECOM, France,

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