CFP: Using Provenance in the Semantic Web (Journal of Web Semantics)

Call for Papers:
(Apologies for cross-posting)

Journal of Web Semantics
Special Issue on Using Provenance in the Semantic Web

Yolanda Gil, University of Southern California’s Information Sciences 
Paul Groth, Free University of Amsterdam

The Web is a decentralized system full of information provided by 
diverse open sources of varying quality. For any given question there 
will be a multitude of answers offered, raising the need for assessing 
their relative value and for making decisions about what sources to 
trust. In order to make effective use of the Web, we routinely evaluate 
the information we get, the sources that provided it, and the processes 
that produced it. A trust layer was always present in the Web 
architecture, and Berners-Lee envisioned an “oh-yeah?” button in the 
browser to check the sources of an assertion. The Semantic Web raises 
these questions in the context of automated applications (e.g. 
reasoners, aggregators, or agents), whether trying to answer questions 
using the Linked Data cloud, use a mashup appropriately or determine 
trust on a social network. Therefore, provenance is an important aspect 
of the Web that becomes crucial in Semantic Web research.

This special issue on “Using Provenance in the Semantic Web” of the 
Journal of Web Semantics aims to collect representative research in 
handling provenance while using and reasoning about information and 
resources on the web. Provenance has been addressed in a variety of 
areas in computer science targeting specific contexts, such as databases 
and scientific workflows. Provenance is important in a variety of 
contexts, including open science, open government, and intellectual 
property and copyright. Provenance requirements must be understood for 
specific kinds of Web resources, such as documents, services, 
ontologies, workflows, and datasets.

We seek high quality sSubmissions should that describe ongoing 
workrecent projects, articulate research challenges, or put forward 
synergistic perspectives on provenance. We solicit submissions that 
advance the Semantic Web through exploiting provenance, addressing 
research issues including:

• representing provenance
• relating provenance to the underlying data and information
• managing provenance in a distributed web
• reasoning about trust based on provenance
• handling incomplete provenance
• taking advantage of the web’s structure for provenance

Submissions may focus on uses of provenance in the Semantic Web for:

• linked data
• social networking
• data integration
• inference from diverse sources
• trust and proof

Papers may also focus on application areas, highlighting the challenges 
and benefits of using provenance:
• provenance in open science
• provenance in open government
• provenance in copyright and intellectual property for documents
• provenance in web publishing

Important Dates

We will aim at an efficient publication cycle in order to guarantee 
prompt availability of the published results. We will review papers on a 
rolling basis as they are submitted and explicitly encourage submissions 
well before the submission deadline.

Submission deadline: 5 September 2010
Author notification: 15 December 2010
Revisions submitted: 1 February 2010
Final decisions: 15 March 2011
Publication: 1 April 2011

The submission site is

Submission guidelines

The Journal of Web Semantics solicits original scientific contributions 
of high quality. Following the overall mission of the journal, we 
emphasize the publication of papers that combine theories, methods and 
experiments from different subject areas in order to deliver innovative 
semantic methods and applications. The publication of large-scale 
experiments and their analysis is also encouraged to clearly illustrate 
scenarios and methods that introduce semantics into existing Web 
interfaces, contents and services. Submission of your manuscript is 
welcome provided that it, or any translation of it, has not been 
copyrighted or published and is not being submitted for publication 
elsewhere. Upon acceptance of an article, the author(s) will be asked to 
transfer copyright of the article to the publisher. This transfer will 
ensure the widest possible dissemination of information. Manuscripts 
should be prepared for publication in accordance with instructions given 
in the "Guide for Authors" (available from the publisher), details can 
be found at: 

The submission and review process will be carried out using Elsevier's 
Web-based EES system available at

Final decisions of accepted papers will be approved by an editor in chief.

About the Journal of Web Semantics

The Journal of Web Semantics is published by Elsevier since 2003. It is 
an interdisciplinary journal based on research and applications of 
various subject areas that contribute to the development of a 
knowledge-intensive and intelligent service Web. These areas include: 
knowledge technologies, ontology, agents, databases and the semantic 
grid, obviously disciplines like information retrieval, language 
technology, human-computer interaction and knowledge discovery are of 
major relevance as well. All aspects of the Semantic Web development are 

Editors-in-Chief: Tim Finin, Riichiro Mizoguchi, Steffen Staab

For all editors information, see 

The Journal of Web Semantics offers to its authors and readers:

* Free availability of papers on the Web at
* Professional support with publishing by Elsevier staff
* Indexed by Thomson-Reuters web of science
* Impact factor 3.41: the third highest out of 92 titles in 
Thomson-Reuters' category "Computer Science, Information Systems

Dr. Paul Groth (
Knowledge Representation & Reasoning Group
Artificial Intelligence Section
Department of Computer Science
VU University Amsterdam

Received on Thursday, 25 March 2010 14:43:00 UTC