Call for Resources Track Papers

Resources are of paramount importance as they foster scientific advancement. For example, the DBpedia resource had a major influence on the Semantic Web community by enabling the Linked (Open) Data movement. Validating a research hypothesis or providing answers to a research question often goes together with developing new resources that support these achievements. These resources include, among others,  datasets, benchmarks, workflows, and software. Sharing them is key to allow other researchers to compare new results, reproduce experimental settings and explore new lines of research, in accordance with the FAIR principles for scientific data management. Yet, resources themselves rarely get the same recognition as the scientific advances they facilitate.

The ISWC 2018 Resources Track aims to promote the sharing of resources including, but not restricted to: datasets, ontologies, vocabularies, ontology design patterns, evaluation benchmarks or methods, services, APIs and software frameworks, workflows, crowdsourcing task designs, protocols and metrics, that have contributed to the generation of novel scientific work. In particular, we encourage the sharing of such resources following best and well established practices within the Semantic Web community. This track calls for contributions that provide a concise and clear description of a resource and its usage.

A typical Resource track paper has its focus set on reporting on one of the following categories of resources:


Differentiation from the other tracks

We strongly recommend that prospective authors carefully check the calls of the other main tracks of the conference in order to identify the optimal track for their submission. Papers that propose new algorithms and architectures should continue to be submitted to the regular research track, whilst papers that describe the use of semantic web technologies in practical settings should be submitted to the in-use track. When new reusable resources are produced during the process undertaken for achieving these results, e.g. datasets, ontologies, workflows, etc., they are suitable subject for a submission to the Resources Track.


Review Criteria

The program committee will consider the quality of both the resource and the paper in its review process. Therefore, authors must ensure unfettered access to the resource during the review process by citing the resource at a permanent location. For example, data available in a repository such as FigShare, Zenodo, or a domain specific repository; or software code being available in public code repository such as GitHub or BitBucket. In exceptional cases, when it is not possible to make the resource public, authors must provide anonymous access to the resource for the reviewers.

We welcome the submission of established resources, having a community using them (excluding the authors), and of new resources, which may not prove established reuse but have sufficient evidence and motivation for claiming potential adoption. In the first case it is required to provide evidence and statistics about the resource adoption. In the second case authors should defend the claim of potential adoption by providing evidence of discussion in fora, mailing lists, and the like.

All resources will be evaluated along the following generic review criteria. In addition, there are specific criteria for each type of resource. Detailed and resource specific criteria are available as Instructions for Authors and Reviewers. These criteria should be carefully considered both by authors and reviewers.





Design & Technical quality:




Submission Details


Support for publishing research data and code

ISWC 2018 authors who wish to make their resources (research data, datasets, ontologies, software code and supporting documentation) related to their submission publicly available can use Springer Nature’s Data Support Service, provided in partnership with FigShare. Submitted files will be curated by the publisher, held privately until the article is published, and then assigned a unique, citable Digital Object Identifier (DOI). This gives wide visibility to a snapshot of their resource; authors should still maintain the latest version of their (possibly evolving) resource at a persistent URI (PURL, DOI, w3id), and are still encouraged to keep it evolving in a public repository as explained above. Springer’s service is just an additional option. Authors will choose an open license for their content when submitting their files. To submit files to Springer Nature’s Data Support Service for ISWC 2018 please visit this form and for general information on the services see the Data Support Services website or contact


Prior Publication And Multiple Submissions

ISWC 2018 will not accept resource 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 ISWC track. The conference organisers may share information on submissions with other venues to ensure that this rule is not violated.


Important Dates

Abstracts dueMarch 30, 2018
Full papers dueApril 6, 2018
Author rebuttalsMay 7-11, 2018
May 25, 2018
Camera-ready papers dueJune 15, 2018

All deadlines are midnight Hawaii time.


Program Chairs