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Call for Papers: International Journal of Electronic Commerce - Special issue on Contract Architecture and Languages

From: Bartolini, Claudio <claudio.bartolini@hp.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2006 17:52:39 -0500
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International Journal of Electronic Commerce - the #1-ranked journal in
Electronic Commerce - http://www.gvsu.edu/business/ijec/


The cross-jurisdictional, inter-organisational, and collaborative nature
of business today requires that organisations have a more transparent
view of data, information and processes of their partners. Considering
that contracts are a key governing mechanism in defining interactions
and the policy framework for cross-domain business collaborations, this
requires almost instant access to a more reliable and accurate view of
the business contract data, including static contract definitions and
real-time contract execution data. In spite of this, contracts are still
treated mostly as legal documents disconnected from other enterprise
systems and there is currently inadequate e-business support for using
contract information to manage cross-organisational interactions. In
addition, current support for the management of contracts themselves has
an inward focus, namely on internal enterprise data and processes. The
cross-organisational interactions increasingly demand an outward-facing
perspective on enterprise contract management. 


The International Journal of Electronic Commerce is the #1-ranked
journal on Electronic Commerce. This Special Issue will provide a
significant opportunity for authors to publish novel and original
contributions in the area of Contract Architectures and Languages. The
guest editors seek papers and proposals that address various aspects of
contracts, including enterprise modelling, e-business, formal and legal
issues with the aim of providing a balanced mix of presentations from
these different perspectives. 


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 
- Enterprise contract architectures 
- Contracts as a basis for coordination of cross-organisational
- Contracts from a system-theoretic point of view 
- Formalisms for expressing contracts 
- Contract description languages 
- Contract negotiation and validation 
- Run-time contract monitoring and enforcement 
- Standardisation activities for e-contracts (e.g. legalXML OASIS and
UN/CEFACT): status and directions 
- The use of model-driven techniques and tools 
- Legal issues associated with electronic contracts 
- Tools for drafting and constructing contracts 
- Integration of contract management systems with other enterprise
systems, e.g. payment systems and ERP systems 
- Contract management requirements for specific contracts, e.g. SLAs,
construction, financial and e-government contracts 
- Trust and contract management issues 
- Use and applicability of existing standards/initiatives (e.g. Web
Services, WS-Agreement, BPEL4WS, WS-CDL, RuleML etc) 
- Links between contracts, business processes and business services 
- Practical experience with contract management systems 
- Role of electronic contracts in IT governance 
- Supply chain and e-contracts 
- Relationship of electronic and legal enforcement mechanisms 


Manuscripts submitted to the special issue should contain original
material not published in nor submitted to other journals. Submissions
should be sent via e-mail to Guido Governatori
<mailto:guido@itee.uq.edu.au> in PDF format, and should not exceed 30
pages - A4 paper in 12 point type with a maximum of 38 lines per page
and 75 characters per line (corresponding to LaTeX article style, 12


Submission deadline:		January 31th , 2007
Notification of Acceptance:	March 15th, 2007
Revised manuscript due:		May 15th, 2007
Final manuscripts due:		July 5th , 2007


Claudio Bartolini HP Labs, USA
Guido Governatori The University of Queensland, Australia
Zoran Milosevic Deontik, Australia 
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