Call for Papers ESWC 2020

ESWC is one of the key academic conferences to present research results and new developments in the area of the Semantic Web and Knowledge Graphs. For its 17th edition, ESWC will be back in Heraklion (Crete, Greece) from May 31, 2020 to June 4, 2020.

ESWC2020 features three main tracks (Research, Resources, In-Use), and recently switched to an open and transparent review policy (see below). This is the first call for papers for each of the main tracks:

Important dates for Research, Resources and In-Use Tracks

  • Abstract submission (mandatory): December 4, 2019
  • Paper submission: December 11, 2019
  • Opening of rebuttal period: January 20, 2020
  • Closing of rebuttal period: January 24, 2020
  • Notification to authors: February 19, 2020
  • Camera ready papers due: March 18, 2020

All deadlines are 23:59 anywhere on earth (UTC-12).

Submission Information

ESWC 2020 welcomes the submission of original research and application papers dealing with all aspects of representing and using Semantic Web technologies and Knowledge Graphs. We encourage theoretical, methodological, empirical, and applications papers. Submitted papers should describe original work, present significant results, and provide rigorous, principled, and repeatable evaluation.

We strongly encourage and appreciate the submission of papers incorporating links to data sets and other material used for evaluation as well as to demos and software source code.

ESWC will not accept papers that, at the time of submission, are under review for or have already been published in or accepted for publication in a journal, another conference, or another ESWC track. Papers that abide by the aforementioned conditions and are available on research paper archives (e.g., ArXiV) are welcome. The conference organizers may share information on submissions with other venues to ensure that these rules are not violated.

The proceedings of this conference will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science series.

Guidelines Include

  • Pre-submission of abstracts is a strict requirement. All papers and abstracts have to be submitted electronically via the EasyChair conference submission system. Abstracts alone will not be reviewed.
  • Papers must not exceed 16 pages (including references). Papers that exceed the page limit will be rejected without review.
  • All research submissions must be in English.
  • Submissions must be either in PDF or in HTML, formatted in the style of the Springer Publications format for Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). For details on the LNCS style, see Springer’s Author Instructions. For HTML submission guidance, see the HTML submission guide.
  • We encourage embedding metadata in the PDF/HTML to provide a machine readable link from the paper to the resource.
  • Authors will have the opportunity to submit a rebuttal to the reviews to clarify questions posed by program committee members.
  • Authors of accepted papers will be required to provide semantic annotations for the abstract of their submission, which will be made available on the conference web site. Details will be provided at the time of acceptance.
  • Accepted papers will be distributed to conference attendees and also published by Springer in the printed conference proceedings, as part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series.
  • At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the conference and present the paper there.

Open and Transparent Review Policy

The ESWC 2020 review process will follow a flexible policy. We encourage an open and transparent review process, while at the same time we acknowledge the wishes of authors to keep their paper submissions private.

The basic principles are:

  • All submitted papers, reviews, rebuttals, meta-reviews, and decisions will be publicly posted on the ESWC 2020 web site upon final notification, including reviewer names. Comments, revisions to reviews (aside of the main update after the rebuttal) as well as confidential remarks to SPC will not be published.
  • The authors can opt in or opt out of being known by the reviewers (i.e., submissions can be anonymous). The submissions of authors who opt to be anonymous as well as the corresponding reviews will not be published on the website.
  • SPC and PC members will be made public by default after final notification. However, PC members can also explicitly opt-out.
  • If requested by the authors, papers and their reviews will be removed from the ESWC 2020 website 4 weeks after the notification deadline.

Program Chairs

Sabrina Kirrane, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
e-mail: sabrina.kirrane(at)

Axel Ngonga, Paderborn University, Germany
e-mail: axel.ngonga(at)

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