Call for papers

Call for Papers and Posters Now Closed

Original Call for Posters

The deadline for poster abstracts passed on the 1st October 2015.

Reasons for making a poster for SWAT4LS 2015:

– You’ve got some late-breaking work or something else of interest you want to bring to the SWAT4LS community.
– You want to support a paper you’ve submitted to SWAT4LS 2015.
– You have a poster from another venue and the SWAT4LS community will be interested.
– You will get a one minute ‘flash presentation’ advertising your work and poster

Submissions for posters require an abstract only (up to maximum of two pages), in English and submitted in pdf using the LNCS format:

All submissions will be handled via the EasyChair submission system:

A light review by members of the organising committee for SWAT4LS will be used to decide upon acceptance.


Original Call for Papers

Data from biology, medicine and health care are vital to the pursuit of research, in order to learn from the data and accumulate knowledge. Technologies for generating increasingly large and detailed data continue to advance which presents challenges in how we share, integrate and analyse experimental results across communities and labs. The Semantic Web seeks to provide the means to enable accurate and unambiguous descriptions of data, shared across the Web and facilitating both human and computer understanding of the underlying data. Semantic Web technologies have begun to make an impact on the life-sciences, medicine and health care and SWAT4LS is the venue to gather and talk about Semantic Web technologies for tools and applications in the life sciences, medicine and in health care. It will showcase experiences, information resources, tool development, applications and future thoughts on the area. It will bring together researchers, both developers and users, from biology, bioinformatics, computer science, and the health care sector, in both academia and industry, to discuss goals, current limits and use cases for Semantic Web technologies.

The next SWAT4LS will be held in Cambridge, UK, 7-10th December 2015 and will be a full conference for the first time. SWAT4LS 2015 will comprise a tutorials day (7th), main conference (8th and 9th), and a Hackathon day (10th). Tutorials and the conference itself will be held in Clare College, Cambridge and the Hackathon will be at the European Bioinformatics Institute, Hinxton, Cambridge.

The 2015 SWAT4LS conference will provide the same open, vibrant and well-organised environment that has previously brought together researchers, developers, and users, from many fields to discuss goals, current limits and real experiences in the use of Semantic Web technologies in health care and the life sciences.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to Semantic Web technologies in the following areas:

– Tools for the management and analysis of semantic data in the life-sciences, medicine and health care
– The description, integration, analysis and use of data in pursuit of challenges in the life-sciences, medicine and health
– Semantically enabled tools for the life-sciences, medicine and health
– Knowledge representation for biomedical knowledge bases
– Harnessing biomedical ontologies and terminologies with medical standards for information exchange
– Electronic Health Records (EHRs), patient data and clinical trial data
– Enabling translational medicine and personalized medicine
– Semantic scientific publishing in the life-sciences, medicine and health
– Rule based systems exploiting semantics
– NLP and text mining using semantic technologies
– Emerging technologies in Semantic Web, e.g. JSON-LD, graph databases
– Empirical studies and evaluation of Semantic Web tools and applications in the life sciences
– Related standards such as CDISC and LOINC used in semantic technology
– Ethical issues and data governance in health care and medical data on Semantic Web
– Future directions for Semantic Web technologies in the life sciences

Types of submission

The following types of submissions for SWAT4LS 2015 are sought:
Long papers:
Research papers – Original research on a topic of interest to the SWAT4LS audience.
Software papers – New applications and tool descriptions addressing a topic of interest to the SWAT4LS audience.

Short papers:
Position papers, application notes, discovery notes or a short version of a long paper topic. using Semantic Web applications and tools.

Tutorials – Presenting teaching and learning material on a topic of interest for the SWAT4LS audience.
Software demos – Present software and tools in action.
Posters – An opportunity to present work in the area informally centred on a poster.
Industry – Abstract only required, describing industrial applications or research

Authors of accepted paper contributions to SWAT4LS 2015 will be invited to submit to a special issue of the BMC Journal of Biomedical Semantics.

Key dates

– Abstract and paper submission open now
Expression of interest for tutorials 24th August
– Abstract submission 7th September
– Full Paper submission 15th September Midnight UK
– Poster abstracts 1st October
– Notification of acceptance 15th October

Tutorials – Mon, 7 December, 2015
Conference – Tues, 8 December and Weds 9 December, 2015
Hackathon – Thur, 10 December, 2015


All papers and posters must be in English and submitted in pdf using the LNCS format

Submissions for long papers must be a maximum of ten pages.
Submissions for short papers must be a maximum of five pages.
Submissions for posters abstract only required up to a maximum of two pages.
Submissions for software demo proposals must be a maximum of two pages.


All submissions will be handled via the EasyChair submission system at the following link:

Papers will be peer-reviewed by at least three members of the Scientific Program Committee.


The tutorial submission deadline has now passed.