Special Issue on

Elsevier'sJournal of Web Semantics 

NEW: Please see submissions section for updated submission and review schedule!


One of the key challenges in today's Grids is the need to deal with knowledge and data sources that are distributed, heterogeneous, and dynamic, and where effective elicitation of implicit knowledge is a necessary component of the overall system. In such systems, a complete global viewpoint or understanding is impossible to achieve. We therefore need to go beyond centralised knowledge service provision, and develop effective open, distributed, knowledge-based solutions.

The Semantic Grid aims to overcome this problem by adding meaning (ontologies, annotations and negotiation processes as studied in the Semantic Web and Software Agent paradigms) to the Grid. In this way, the Semantic Grid not only provides a general semantic-based computational network infrastructure, but a rich, seamless collection of intelligent, knowledge-based services for enabling the management and sharing of complex resources and reasoning mechanisms. In the Semantic Grid knowledge and semantics are deployed explicitly for Grid applications and for the development of innovative Grid infrastructures. This knowledge-oriented semantics-based approach to the Grid goes hand-in-hand with the exploitation of techniques and methodologies from intelligent software agents and web services representing various components of the virtual organizations and interacting in a P2P way.

This special issue of the journal (http://www.websemanticsjournal.org/) is soliciting highest-quality submissions on all topics related to Semantic Grid.


Guest Editors

York Sure
Institute AIFB, University of Karlsruhe
Englerstr. 11
76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
Tel.: +49 721 608 6592
URL: http://www.aifb.uni-karlsruhe.de/WBS/ysu/

David De Roure
School of Electronics and Computer Science
University of Southampton
Highfield, Southampton
SO17 1BJ, UK
Tel.: +44 23 8059 2418
URL: http://www.soton.ac.uk/~dder/


Submission Instructions

Updated: Submissions should be made via the submission website.

NEW: Due to many extension requests, particularly as a result of major funding deadlines in Europe, we announce that we are prepared to accept submissions of paper abstracts now with final paper submission by a hard deadline of 15th October. This enables us to allocate reviewers in anticipation of submission. No further extensions will be possible. We very much welcome full paper submission as soon as possible so that we can commence the review process.

Please refer to the journal's instructions for authors and artwork instructions.

NEW: LaTex style files are available here. We recommend to use elsart3 style (double column) for submission (you also need the elsart style file).


Important Dates (UPDATED on 10th November 2005)

September 15th, 2005: Submissions of abstracts
October 15th, 2005: Submissions due, extended
December 21st, 2005: Selection decisions with recommendations for revision
January 31st, 2005: Submission of revised papers
February 15th, 2005: Final acceptance decisions
February 28th, 2006: Final versions of accepted papers