[CFP] JWS special issue on Semantic Search

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First call for papers  for a 
           JWS special issue on Semantic Search

Yong Yu and Rudi Studer are editing a special issue of the Journal of Web
Semantics on "Semantic Search" that will appear in the summer 2010.

Semantic technologies, namely expressive ontology and resource description
languages, scalable repositories, reasoning engines and information
extraction techniques are now in a mature state such that they can be
applied to enable a higher level of semantic underpinning in real?world
Information Retrieval (IR) systems. This application of semantic
technologies to IR tasks is typically referred to as Semantic Search.
Challenges on this way include (i) identifying tasks and paradigms for
semantic search systems, (ii) devising expressive annotation frameworks as
well as scalable algorithms and infrastructures, (iii) investigating
innovative query paradigms for semantic search systems, and (iv) applying
machine learning and information extraction techniques in the context of
semantic search.

This special issue shall covers interdisciplinary topics between Semantic
Web and search. These include but are not limited to:

..	Information retrieval tasks on the Semantic Web
..	Incentives and interaction paradigms for resource annotation
..	Interaction paradigms for semantic search
..	Semantic technologies for query interpretation, refinement and
..	Modeling expressive resource descriptions
..	natural language processing and information extractions for the
acquisition of resource descriptions
..	Scalable repositories and infrastructures for semantic search
..	Crawling, storing and indexing of expressive resource descriptions
..	fusion of semantic search results on the Semantic Web
..	Algorithms for matching expressive queries and resource descriptions
..	Algorithms and procedure to deal with vagueness, incompleteness and
inconsistencies in semantic search
..	Evaluation methodologies for semantic search
..	Standard datasets and benchmarks for semantic search

We solicit contributions to tackle the above mentioned challenges, as well
as reports on novel applications with the potential to push semantic search

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 JWS Guide for Authors. The submission and
review process will be carried out using Elsevier's Web-based EES system.
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 covered. Editors-in-Chief: Tim Finin, Riichiro
Mizoguchi, Steffen Staab For all editors information, see
rialboard 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" 

Important Dates
..	Papers due Jan 20, 2010
..	Reviews due March 14, 2010
..	Notification due March 20, 2010
..	Final Revisions by April 16, 2010
..	Publication July 2010

Contact Information
For any further questions regarding the special issue (appropriateness of
your contribution, editorial issues, etc.), please feel free to contact the
guest editors: 
..	Yong Yu (yyu at apex sjtu edu cn) 
..	Rudi Studer (studer at aifb uni-karlsruhe de) 

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