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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • EMISAJ Author Instructions and Style Guidelines and Submission Guidelines
  • Anonymized for double-blind review: All references to the authors of the submission have been removed from the submitted PDF of the manuscript, and anonymous placeholders (e.g. removed for review) have been used instead where appropriate.
  • If the manuscript is to be submitted to a Special Issue, the 'Comment to the editor(s)' textfield (presented during the submission process) is used to indicate to which Special Issue the manuscript is submitted.
  • The submission includes a separate cover page (as supplementary file) with the manuscript's title and the names, affiliations and e-mail addresses of all authors, and the first page of the manuscript contains the title of the manuscript but does not mention the authors' names etc. for a double-blind review process.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in the 'Comments to the Editor' field). If the submission is based on an earlier publication (e.g. in a conference proceedings), it entails a corresponding statement in the 'Comments to the Editor' field and the final preprint contains a respective comment on the first page.
  • I (We) hereby declare that the copyright of the submission including all figures and tables (and supplemented material) is held by the author/the authors which implies that the submission (or parts of it) does not infringe any copyright by a third party or other copyright holder (e.g. another journal or publisher). In the event that any elements used in the submitted work contain the work of third-party individuals or legal entities, I/we understand that it is my/our responsibility to secure any necessary permissions. I/we hereby release and discharge the editors and the publisher and other publication sponsors and organizers from all liability arising out of the inclusion of copyrighted work in the publication. This includes, but is not limited to, my right of privacy or publicity, copyright, patent rights, trade secret rights, moral rights or trademark rights.
  • I (We), the author/the authors, hereby grant the journal 'Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures - International Journal of Conceptual Modeling' and the Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI) the right of first publication and the non-exclusive, irrevocable and non-time limited publication permission for the submitted work and the non-exclusive rights to store, copy, distribute and reproduce their work in printed and electronic form for the duration of the legal copyright. This includes the right of translation.
  • I (We) hereby agree to license the published work under a Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license and to grant the journal 'Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures - International Journal of Conceptual Modeling' and the Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI) the right to license the work under a Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license.
  • I (We) hereby acknowledge that subsequent file uploads after the initial submission are not possible until after a decision to accept or reject the submission has been made.

Author Guidelines

Please note that subsequent file uploads after the initial submission are not possible until after a decision to accept or reject your submission has been made.

Manuscripts submitted to EMISAJ can be prepared using any text processing/typesetting system, e.g. LibreOffice or Microsoft Word™. However, manuscript preparation using the LaTeX package specific to the journal (e.g. using our Overleaf template) is strongly encouraged. Manuscripts submitted for review to EMISAJ must follow the "Submission Preparation Checklist" and should follow these general style guidelines:

  • EMISAJ uses an author-year ('Harvard') citation style based on its own formatting guidelines for in-text citations and reference formatting (see the EMISAJ LaTeX package),
  • figures (e.g. diagrams, schematic drawings) should generally be prepared as vector graphics (and prepared in PDF format as the final LaTeX production process requires PDF for vector graphics),
  • images (e.g. screenshots) should be prepared as bitmap graphics (e.g. as PNG) and provided in print-quality high-resolution (avoid pixelation due to low resolution; bitmap graphics shown in full page width in the submission should at least be of a resolution of 2 megapixels or at least 1920 pixels wide). Please note that the final LaTeX production process requires PNG or JPEG for bitmap graphics.

Note that EMISAJ accepts manuscripts for review in any reasonable visual layout (to minimize the effort on part of authors, e.g., if the manuscript had been prepared in a journal-independent layout and formatting style). Manuscripts must be submitted for review in the Portable Document Format (PDF). Also note that the authors of accepted manuscripts are required to prepare their (final preprint) manuscript version in LaTeX using the journal's LaTeX package following the journal's Author Instructions and Style Guidelines.

The EMISAJ publishing process relies entirely on the LaTeX package prepared specifically for publications in EMISAJ. The most recent, i.e., current and bug-fixed version of the EMISAJ LaTeX package is available for download from its Github repository (including the most recent Author Instructions and Style Guidelines). The canonical release version of the package is available from the Comprehensive TeX Archive Network (CTAN), and, even more conveniently, through package managers in common TeX distributions, e.g., in MikTeX and TeXLive. You may need to refresh the list of available packages to obtain access to the prepackaged EMISAJ LaTeX package. Note that an article template is provided as a starting point for manuscript preparation as part of the EMISAJ LaTeX package (emisa-author-template.tex) which significantly simplifies manuscript preparation for EMISAJ. 

UPDATE: For your convenience you can also use the following Overleaf Template. This ensures compatibility during the publishing process, as copy editing is done using Overleaf. (

Submissions accepted for publication must be formatted by the author(s) using the EMISAJ LaTeX package in accordance with the style defined by the journal (see Author Instructions and Style Guidelines) as well as thoroughly proofread. The authors of accepted papers are required to provide the following documents for copyediting and postproduction:

  • the LaTeX source code of the final accepted manuscript (ready to compile using the EMISAJ LaTeX package),
  • all external files required to compile the final PDF of the accepted manuscript, in particular external files such as vector and bitmap graphics, and the bibliographic database (the BibLaTeX .bib file),
  • a precompiled PDF preprint version of the accepted manuscript (i.e. the copyedited, proofread final proof).

Please note that the maximum file size per upload in the online submission system amounts to roughly 16 MB.

The editorial office provides only limited support with preparing submissions using the EMISAJ LaTeX package, and assists with finding LaTeX support services if needed (see also the TeX User Group). Oftentimes, your local (La)TeX guru can be asked for assistance if need be.

Publication Fees

EMISAJ is a True Open Access Journal, i.e. there are no author fees and no exclusive rights to publish while all accepted papers are openly available free of charge to the public.

Research Article

Original research contributions are double-blind peer-reviewed by at least three reviewers, and must adhere to scholarly standards in terms of originality, level of abstraction and justification of results. The journal imposes no restrictions regarding the research paradigm or research method and is open to submissions from all scientific disciplines and fields. Note that submissions to this section may include large-scale (meta-)models, comprehensive language specifications, and other artefacts.

Research Note

Research notes intend to advance new perspectives and research directions, new theoretical lenses and methodological approaches.  In contrast to full research papers, research notes primarily seek to stimulate discussions among the EMISA community by putting interesting and possibly controversial, non-mainstream thinking up for discussion. The intention of a research note is thus to act as an incubator for new thinking in the field of Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures. Authors should efficiently argue how and why their contribution is novel and interesting and stimulate a discussion in the EMISA community.  A research note typically ranges from 4 to 10 pages including figures and references. Research notes are reviewed by the Editors-in-Chief and one or more members of the editorial board.

Experience Report

The editorial board invites submissions from for-profit, nonprofit and government organisations  to the 'Experience Report' section. Submissions to this section will be reviewed by at least two reviewers with reviewing  criteria adapted to the specific purposes of experience reports. Submissions  to this category may, for example, discuss the application of modelling methods and languages and refer to a specific case in an organisation. Ideally, submissions  should entail a description of the practical problem(s), the specifics of the case, and a discussion of design alternatives and design decisions as well as of the lessons learned to provide an orientation for problem solving in practice.

Report on Tool and Tool Application

Reports on Tools and Tool Applications describe and evaluate software tools and tool applications in the journal's areas of interest, e.g., (meta-)modelling tools, tools for M2M- and M2T-transformations, process-aware information systems, process management systems, process engines, software architectures of such tools. A submission to this section should describe and justify the tool design including all relevant design objectives and requirements, design alternatives and decisions and the software architecture. The tool description should focus on the specific features of the tool and relate the tool to other tools and prior related work. It is strongly encouraged that the described tools are openly accessible on the Web (i.e. Libre/Free/Open Source Software at best). If this is not possible, then they have to be made available to the reviewers (contact the editorial office for an arrangement). Submissions to this section are double-blind peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers (with review criteria adapted to this section), and must adhere to scholarly standards in terms of originality, level of abstraction and justification of results.

Reply to Published Article

The editorial board welcomes reply articles to previously published papers to foster scientific discourse. Submissions to this category  are reviewed by the editors-in-chief.

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