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: 31st of March 2021. 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.

Also note that the Semantic Web journal is open access.

Guest editors

The guest editors can be reached at .

Axel-Cyrille Ngonga Ngomo, University of Paderborn, Germany

Muhammad Saleem, University of Leipzig, Germany

Ruben Verborgh, Ghent University – imec, Belgium

Guest editorial board

to be determined