Call for Papers: Special Issue on Storing, Querying, and Benchmarking the Web of Data

Call for papers: Special Issue on

Storing, Querying, and Benchmarking the Web of Data

The constant growth of Linked Data on the Web gives rise to new challenges for querying and integrating massive amounts of data. Such datasets are available through various interfaces, such as data dumps, Linked Data documents and webpages, SPARQL endpoints, Triple Pattern Fragments, or the Linked Data Platform. In addition, various sources produce streaming data. Efficiently querying these sources is of central importance for the scalability of Linked Data and Semantic Web technologies. To exploit the massive amount of data to its full potential, users should be able to query and combine this data easily and effectively. This special issue at the Semantic Web Journal seeks original articles describing theoretical and practical methods and techniques for storing, querying, consuming, and benchmarking the Web of Data.

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

  • Representing and Storing Web of Data
    • Efficient representation
    • Indexing
    • Caching and replication
    • Storage techniques
    • Real-time data warehousing from Web data
  • Querying the Web of Data
    • Centralized, decentralized, federated, and distributed
    • Source selection
    • Lightweight Linked Data interfaces
    • Web streams processing
    • Big Data techniques
    • Entailment regimes
    • Read and write queries
    • Linked Data documents and embedded Linked Data
    • Query relaxation and rewriting
  • Benchmarking Web of Data
    • Benchmarks
    • Ranking
    • Measures and metrics
    • Performance evaluation
  • Integrating different sources
    • Querying non-Linked Data sources
    • Combining public and private Linked Data
    • Querying personal Linked Data stores
  • Query languages for the Web
    • Domain-specific query languages (e.g., temporal and spatial queries)
    • Alternative languages for representing and querying the Web of Data
    • GraphQL applications and optimizations


  • Submission deadline: 15th of April 2020 (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.

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 "Storing, Querying, and Benchmarking the Web of Data" 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.

Regarding open access: The Semantic Web journal announced in October 2019 that it will go full (gold) open access. As a general rule, all manuscripts submitted after 1 January 2020 will fall under this. However, since this special issue call was posted before this announcement, authors will be given a choice whether they want their paper to be full (gold) open access or not. Please note that the paper submission page may not reflect this exception during the transition period. If you have any questions about this, please contact the editors-in-chief directly at contact @

Guest editors

The guest editors can be reached at .

Muhammad Saleem, University of Leipzig, Germany

Ruben Verborgh, Ghent University – imec, Belgium

Muhammad Intizar Ali, INSIGHT, NUI Galway, Ireland

Olaf Hartig, Linköping University, Sweden

Guest editorial board

Aidan Hogan, Universidad de Chile

Pieter Heyvaert, Ghent University

Giuseppe Pirrò, Sapienza University of Rome

Pascal Molli, University of Nantes - LS2N

Andre Valdestilhas, University of Leipzig

Natanael Arndt, University of Leipzig

Volha Bryl, Springer Nature

Anastasia Dimou, Ghent University

Kemele M. Endris, L3S Research Center

Oscar Corcho, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid

Bernd Amann, Sorbonne Université

Umair Qudus, Kyung Hee University

Enrico Daga, The Open University

Ghislain Auguste Atemezing, Mondeca

Meng Wang, Southeast University, Nanjing

Andriy Nikolov, metaphacts GmbH

Hala Skaf-Molli , Nantes University

Stefan Heindorf, University of Paderborn

Riccardo Tommasini, University of Tartu