Call for Papers: Special Issue on Interactive Semantic Web

Call for papers: Special Issue on

Interactive Semantic Web

The SWJ special issue on Interactive Semantic Web invites submissions of a broad range of papers that contribute to the design, development, and refinement of all aspects of human interaction with the Semantic Web. The scope of this special issue is twofold: i) interactive techniques and visualizations that assist the human in tasks (e.g. browsing, inspecting, inferring) involving semantic data such as ontologies, linked data, knowledge graphs etc.; and ii) intelligent interfaces such as, but are not limited to, those that are driven by semantic technologies and other forms of machine intelligence, as well as those that empower users with personalizeable and adaptive features.

Given recent advances in Semantic Web interfaces and various interactive support for the human users working with semantic data and knowledge-enabled systems, this SWJ special issue places emphasis on the growing area of Interactive Semantic Web, whereby technologies are developed with a human-centered approach that aims to enhance human interaction with semantic data beyond improving the efficiencies and accuracies of automated algorithms and techniques, but also accounting human factors and user perspectives, as well as leveraging semantic technologies and computational intelligence in problem-solving. To this end, we invite manuscripts that contribute to the design and development of a new generation of human-centered interfaces for the Semantic Web, as well as semantically empowered interfaces and visualizations. As such, appropriate integrations of interaction techniques and visual analytics lie at the center of the next generation semantic systems, where interactive data representation, explainable models, and analytical techniques may provide the necessary meaningful platform for users to better understand, explore, correct, and modify intelligent semantic systems. This SWJ special issue aims to highlight the breadth of research within the scope of Interactive Semantic Web, such as interaction design and integration, visualization algorithms and techniques, and empirical studies that collectively advance and accelerate research in all aspects of human interaction with semantic data.


  • Interface artifacts that contribute to the development and refinement of novel and existing interactive techniques and interaction methods;
  • Visualization systems and visual analytics that support different groups of users (with diverse levels of visualization literacy and skills) in various types of tasks (e.g. information seeking, observation, dissemination, and collaboration) and domains (e.g. scientific, social, industrial, etc.) within the Semantic Web;
  • Intelligent interfaces and visualizations empowered by semantic technologies and other forms of machine intelligence that enable various degrees of automated capabilities in the rendering of interfaces and visual representations that enable human users to better understand, engage with, and influence the underlying algorithms, models, and interfaces such as adapting to a specific user, task, or domain;
  • Explainable interfaces for knowledge-based systems that provide justification or intervention mechanisms for the human user to improve system effectiveness and reliability;
  • Algorithms and techniques that transform data, render visualization, and traverse beyond multiple interaction modalities in application-specific or general-purpose plug-ins, apps, or platforms;
  • Theoretical and empirical user studies and experiments that contribute to better understanding of users, such as but are not limited to, user preferences, actions and behaviors, goals and context, cognitive and perceptual capabilities during interaction with semantic data;
  • Evaluation strategies that contribute novel methodologies to assess usability and user experience with interface and visual artifacts in their application and/or development setting;
  • Software, tools, and systems that facilitate the development of interfaces or visual representations for semantic data and semantically enabled applications;
  • Validation and verification studies that confirm prior findings or consolidate known theories and principles in human interaction with semantic content.


  • Submission deadline (extended!): 30 November 2022 AoE (Anywhere on Earth). Papers submitted before the deadline will be reviewed upon receipt.

Author Guidelines

Manuscripts may be submitted any time before the deadline via registered account at Authors shall follow the SWJ Submission Types, Submission Guidelines, and the Online Submission process as outlined at All submissions must comply with the Open Science Data requirements ( for the SWJ. Please indicate on the cover letter if a manuscript is submitted to the SWJ special issue on Interactive Semantic Web.

Manuscripts will be assigned to reviewers upon receipt, whereby the SWJ Open and Transparent Review process will be followed (see The SWJ is open access ( For further information on the Decision Categories, Two-Strike-Rule, Supplemental Files, and Overall Impression, please see

Guest editors

The guest editors can be reached at .

Bo Fu, California State University Long Beach, USA
Patrick Lambrix, Linköping University and University of Gävle, Sweden
Catia Pesquita, LASIGE, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

Guest editorial board

Christophe Debruyne, Liège University, Belgium
Anastasia Dimou, Ghent University, Belgium
Dejing Dou, University of Oregon, USA
Alain Giboin, INRIA, France
Roberto García González, Universitat de Lleida, Spain
Ali Hasnain, Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland
Mayank Kejriwal, University of Southern California, USA
Alex O'Connell, Autodesk, USA
Declan O'Sullivan, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Evan Patton, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Emmanuel Pietriga, INRIA, Université Paris-Saclay, France
Satya Sahoo, Case Western Reserve University, USA
Oshani Seneviratne, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
Cogan Shimizu, Kansas State University, USA
Ahmet Soylu, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway