Call for Workshop Proposals

ISWC is the premier venue for presenting innovative systems and research results related to the Semantic Web and Linked Data, attracting a large number of high quality submissions every year and participants from both industry and academia. ISWC brings together researchers from different areas, such as artificial intelligence, databases, natural language processing, information systems, human computer interaction, information retrieval, web science, etc., who investigate, develop and use novel methods and technologies for accessing, interpreting and using information on the Web in a more effective way.  

Besides the main technical program, ISWC will host several workshops on topics related to the general theme of the conference. The role of the workshops is to provide a setting for focused, intensive scientific exchange among researchers and practitioners interested in a specific topic. As such, workshops are the primary venues for the exploration of emerging ideas as well as for the discussion of novel aspects of established research topics.

We invite you to submit a proposal for workshops on a research topic of interest to ISWC attendees.


Review Criteria

The decision on acceptance or rejection of a workshop proposals will be made on the basis of the overall quality of the proposal and its appeal to a reasonable fraction of the Semantic Web community. Other factors, such as overlap with other workshop proposals, or issues regarding logistics, will also be taken into account when making the final decision.

In particular, workshops should address research topics which satisfy each of the following criteria:

We look for two types of workshop proposals:


Submission Guidelines

Proposal submissions should be done via EasyChair. All submissions should be in English as a single PDF file no longer than 4 (four) pages containing the following sections:


We strongly advise having more than one chair, preferably from different institutions, bringing different perspectives to the workshop topic, ideally with a mix of both junior and senior researchers. We also strongly advise to have a maximum of five workshop organisers. We welcome workshops with an innovative structure and a diverse programme which attracts various types of contributions and ensures rich interactions. We highly encourage workshops with open review procedure (i.e., publicly available submissions and reviews, non-anonymous reviews). Proposed workshops should have a core theme that is much more selective than the broader scope of the main conference. We may reject or propose to merge workshops that overlap significantly with other workshops in terms of theme.

Accepted workshops will be required to prepare a workshop web page containing their call for papers and detailed information about the workshop organisation and timelines. While the ISWC workshop and local chairs will assist with the local organisation of the workshop, the workshop organisers will be responsible for conducting their own reviewing process, for publicity of their workshop, and for publishing electronic proceedings.

At least two workshop organizers must be registered before the early registration date ends and ultimately attend the conference and participate in the workshop. There will be one free registration per event. At the discretion of the chairs, workshops may be cancelled if organizers have not registered in a timely manner or if a workshop has received too few submissions.’


Important Dates

Workshop proposals dueJanuary 21, 2018
Notification of accepted proposalsFebruary 15, 2018
Workshop website and CfP published
March 6, 2018
Workshop papers due
no later than June 1, 2018 (see workshop website for details)
Notification of accepted workshop papers
June 27, 2018
Materials for the USB sticksJuly 31, 2018
Publication of workshop proceedings
August 15, 2018
Workshops held
October 8-9, 2018

All deadlines are midnight Hawaii time. Workshop organisers may choose to offer a maximum deadline extension of one week up until June 8th. Please note that these are strict deadlines necessary to comply with the overall conference organization. Later dates can cause severe problems by making it impossible for potential workshop participants to get their Visa on time.


Program Chairs