Call for Papers: Special Issue on Semantic Web for Industrial Engineering: Research and Applications

Call for papers: Special Issue on

Semantic Web for Industrial Engineering: Research and Applications

The Semantic Web is increasingly used for research and applications in industrial engineering covering several tasks related to knowledge-based data management. It is sufficient to recall worldwide efforts related to Industry 4.0 aimed at the development of industrial environments where machines are designed to smoothly interact between themselves and with humans via knowledge models. At the same time, however, practitioners and stakeholders lack methodologies and guidelines to reliably develop, use or integrate (existing) ontologies. In addition, when ontologies are developed within specific application contexts, they are hardly accessible and reusable by third-parties. Recent initiatives like (the European project) OntoCommons, the Industry Ontologies Foundry (IOF), and the UK National Digital Twins, among others, attempt to improve this situation, e.g., by collecting methodologies, ontologies, and tools to facilitate the exploitation of the Semantic Web for industrial needs.

The purpose of the Special Issue is to collect contributions on the use of Semantic Web languages and technologies within industrial engineering areas such as discrete manufacturing (e.g., aerospace, automotive, machinery, electronics), continuous production (e.g., chemical engineering, oil and gas industry), product design, Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC), among others.

Topics relevant to this special issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Research and application challenges for the industrial exploitation of Semantic Web languages and technologies, including Industry 4.0 scenarios.
  • Semantic Web as an enabler for Digital Twin applications in industry.
  • Semantic Web frameworks (including frameworks adopting the FAIR principles) for knowledge-based industrial data management, covering tasks such as data modeling, sharing, integration, systems interoperability, reasoning about data and knowledge.
  • Data analysis workflows supported by the Semantic Web.
  • Novel technologies for Semantic Web applications in industry.
  • Bridging methods between Machine Learning and the Semantic Web tuned to industrial engineering.
  • Real cases of successful/unsuccessful use of the Semantic Web in industrial engineering applications
  • Ontologies for knowledge representation and reasoning about topics relevant for industrial engineering (e.g., products, processes, manufacturing resources, requirements and capabilities, etc.).
  • Ontology-based patterns for industrial engineering knowledge representation.
  • Methodologies, methods, and techniques targeted to industrial contexts supporting the development, modularization, extension, and evolution of ontologies.
  • Literature review of existing ontologies for industrial engineering, including structured comparisons.
  • Experiences with the use of top-level ontologies (e.g. BFO, DOLCE, ISO 15926, among others) in industrial engineering.
  • Experiences with research and application initiatives such as OntoCommons, the Industry Ontologies Foundry (IOF), and the UK National Digital Twins.


  • Submission deadline: 14 February 2022 (extended!). Papers submitted before the deadline will be reviewed upon receipt.

Author Guidelines

Submissions shall be made through the Semantic Web journal website at Prospective authors must take notice of the submission guidelines posted at

We welcome four main types of submissions: (i) full research papers, (ii) reports on tools and systems, (iii) application reports, and (iv) survey articles. The description of the submission types is posted at While there is no upper limit, paper length must be justified by content.

Extended versions of manuscripts published in conferences and workshops are welcome as long as the previous publications are clearly acknowledged and the new submission introduces substantial revisions and updates.

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 for Industrial Engineering: Research and Applications" 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.

Also note that the Semantic Web journal is open access.

Finally please note that submissions must comply with the journal’s Open Science Data requirements, which are detailed in the corresponding blog post.

Guest editors

The guest editors can be reached at .

Bahar Aameri, University of Toronto
María Poveda-Villalón, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Emilio M. Sanfilippo, ISTC-CNR Laboratory for Applied Ontology, Italy
Walter Terkaj, STIIMA-CNR, Italy

Guest editorial board

to be expanded

João Paulo A. Almeida, Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brasil
Farhad Ameri, Texas State University, USA
Stefano Borgo, ISTC-CNR Laboratory for Applied Ontology, Italy
Jean Paul Calbimonte Pérez, HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland
Hyunmin Cheong, Autodesk Research, Canada
Andrea Cimino, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Daniel Garijo, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Iker Esnaola-Gonzalez, TEKNIKER, Spain
Eeva Järvenpää, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Kim Kyoung-Yun, Wayne State University, USA
Maxime Lefrançois, Mines Saint Etienne, France
Pieter Pauwels, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
Lorenzo Solano, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain
Marcela Vegetti, CONICET, Argentina
Bob Young, Loughborough University, UK
Cecilia Zanni-Merk, INSA Rouen Normandie, France