• Call for Papers - EMISAJ Special Issue: “BPM and Conceptual Modeling meets Blockchain”



    • Julius Köpke, University of Klagenfurt, Austria
    • Orlenys López Pintado, University of Tartu, Estonia


    Blockchain and distributed ledger technology offer promising opportunities for collaborative information systems and cross-organizational business processes. The underlying distributed consensus mechanisms and the immutability of stored transactions allow new business models without needing trusted third parties. This also makes blockchains a promising operating environment for Smart Contracts in terms of contractual agreements executed by hard and software.

    However, these highly welcome properties impose challenges concerning privacy, scalability, and communication with off-chain components.  Additionally, code executed on blockchains imposes advanced requirements on correctness since, in the case of errors, no central entity, such as an administrator, can resolve runtime errors. In the worst case, funds are lost forever. Therefore, correctness becomes even more critical than for off-chain applications. This gives additional traction for Conceptual Modeling, Process Modeling, Model-Driven Engineering, Correctness by Design, and Model-Checking approaches. From the data perspective, blockchain-based applications are an exciting source for process mining.

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  • EMISAJ has been accepted for Scopus!


    Through a qualification process, publications of EMISAJ will be included into the Scopus database.

    Scopus provides access to a comprehensive, peer-curated abstract and citation database with enriched data and linked scientific literature from a wide range of disciplines.

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    Great thanks go to all the people involved in making the journal a success, especially the previous Editor in Chiefs, Senior Editors, Associate Editors, members of the Advisory Board, and especially the members of the Editorial Offices who do an excellent job in the background throughout the publishing process.

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  • Call for Papers - EMISAJ Special Issue: "Models at Work"



    • Giancarlo Guizzardi, University of Bolzano/Bozen, Italy and University of Twente, the Netherlands
    • Oscar Pastor, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
    • Henderik Proper, Luxembourg Institute of Science & Technology and the University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

    Models are created and used in many different contexts, including business process management, enterprise engineering, enterprise architecture management, requirements engineering, information systems engineering, software engineering, ontology engineering, etc, across science and industry (including government, NGO's, etc). These different contexts result in a rich variety of more specific types of domain models, such as enterprise (architecture) models, business process models, information models, class diagrams, value models, reference models, ontologies, knowledge graphs, semantic web specifications, etc. Depending on the context, domain models can be created with the aim of being an (as truthful as possible) representation of the conceptual structure of the domain that is modelled; leading to conceptual models. In addition, to accommodate for specific uses and contexts, domain models may also incorporate “conceptual compromises” which, for instance, result in domain models that lend themselves better for animation, execution, gamification, or automated (logic-based) reasoning. The use of domain models may, sometimes, even go unnoticed since these models do not always take the form of traditional “boxes and lines” diagrams or some other dedicated notation.

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  • Call for Papers - EMISAJ Special Issue: "Multi-Level Process Challenge"


    Multi-level modeling (MLM) represents a significant extension to the traditional two-level object-oriented paradigm with the potential to dramatically improve upon the utility, reliability and maintainability of models. In contrast to conventional approaches, multi-level approaches allow for an unbounded number of classification levels and introduce modeling concepts that foster expressiveness, reuse and controlled adaptability. A key aspect of the MLM paradigm is the use of entities that are simultaneously types and instances, a feature which has consequences for conceptual modeling, language engineering and for the development of model-based software systems.

    Research into MLM has increased significantly over the last few years, manifesting itself in lively debates in the literature, seven international workshops (MULTI 2014-2020), a published journal theme issue (SoSyM) (with a further one in preparation), a Dagstuhl Seminar (in 2017 [1]) and an increasing number of tools and languages, such as DPF workbench, GModel, Melanee, Meta-Depth, MultEcore, Nivel, OMME, DeepTelos, ML2, and XModeller (see more at [2]). Successful applications of MLM have been reported in domains such as software engineering, process modeling and enterprise modeling.

    This special issue follows up on the MULTI Workshop 2019/2020 Process Challenge [3], which in turn was devised as a follow-up to the Bicycle Challenge used in MULTI 2017/2018 [4]. The process modeling domain was selected given its relevance to the enterprise domain and because of the interesting challenges created when attempting to reuse high-level process descriptions.

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  • Peter Fettke designated as new Co-Editor-in-Chief / Agnes Koschmider and Peter Fettke lead editorial team


    Starting in May 2019, Peter Fettke (DFKI and Saarland University, Germany) will lead the editorial team at EMISAJ - International Journal of Conceptual Modeling jointly with Agnes Koschmider (KIT, Germany) who has been serving as Co-Editor-in-Chief since early 2018.


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  • Merry Christmas / EMISAJ now is indexed in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)


    As a community-driven open access journal, EMISAJ – International Journal of Conceptual Modeling relies on volunteers to run the journal’s editorial and reviewing processes, and on authors to recognize the value of such a community effort for the scientific community. We are very grateful to our editors, associate editors, reviewers, authors and executive editors in the editorial office for the countless hours they spent on making EMISAJ a success story.

    In Volume 13 (2018), we published 13 research articles and research notes, 2 editorials for special issues as well as an extensive special issue in honor of Heinrich C. Mayr.

    To top things off for 2018, we have just received word from the decision-makers at Clarivate Analytics to include EMISAJ in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI).

    We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a truly Happy New Year, and are looking forward to your submissions to EMISAJ in 2019!

    Stefan Strecker, Agnes Koschmider (Editors-in-Chief)
    Peter Fettke (Upcoming Editor-in-Chief)
    Michael Fellmann, Hans-Georg Fill, Judith Michael (Editors)

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  • New Journal Website!


    You have probably noticed the fresh new look of our journal website and submission system. Our website is now running the latest version of the Open Journal System (OJS) with many new features and a responsive web design. We hope that you enjoy the new access to the latest in research on conceptual modeling, and submit your next research manuscript to EMISA. If you find a glitch with the new website, please let us know.

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  • Editorial statement


    Does your research deal with enterprise architectures, conceptual models, enterprise models and modeling languages or modeling tools?  

    We welcome submissions from all research directions and communities and promote our editorial statement:

    ‘Conceptual Models, Enterprise Models and Information Systems Architectures should be researched from different perspectives, angles, and backgrounds, with a multitude of theoretical and practical lenses and mindsets. We welcome and encourage a broad understanding of Enterprise Modelling research and intend to further its many different facets, theoretical foundation and experiential body of knowledge.’

    The editorial team at EMISA works hard to provide you with constructive and knowledgeable reviews, short review cycles and support with copyediting.

    If you are not sure whether your research fits the journal's scope, do not hesitate to contact us! We gladly offer to provide you with advice in case you have questions before submitting your work to EMISA.  


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  • Want to help us run EMISAJ? Please get in touch with us!


    EMISAJ is a community effort and run by volunteers. If you are interested in helping us run the journal, do not hesitate to get in touch with us at!

    As you may have noticed ;-), the journal website is in need of a major overhaul and a remake. If you are knowledgeable in Web technologies and know how to implement a decent frontend with CSS/HTML, we would truly appreciate your help. We are running EMISAJ on OJS, an open source journal management system which provides means to customise its web frontend.

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  • New journal section: Report on Tools and Tool Applications


    Submissions to the new section "Report 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.

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  • Multilevel Modelling: Theoretical Foundation, Languages, Tools and Applications


    Guest editors: Tony Clark and Ulrich Frank

    Designing software systems for reuse, integration and flexibility requires abstractions such as classification, generalisation, or encapsulation. Traditional modelling and programming languages are usually limited to one classification level only. Therefore, they do not support abstractions that would require additional levels of classification. As a consequence, software designers and programmers are confronted with the problem that they cannot express abstractions that would be useful to satisfy important design goals and to represent patterns of domain concepts. Domain-specific modelling languages offer an attractive perspective on introducing advanced abstractions to foster reuse and flexibility. However, their implementation and use are compromised by restrictions of mainstream programming languages.

    Multilevel modelling and programming promise to overcome these limitations by allowing languages, models and instances to co-exist within the same model or program. Multilevel languages increase expressivity and reflective capabilities. In recent years, various languages and tools have demonstrated the potential of this new paradigm. However, research on multilevel modelling and programming languages is still restricted to a relatively small community.

    Multilevel approaches offer an opportunity for a new paradigm that can be applied in a wide range of situations. In order to realise the potential of this approach there is need to demonstrate that it is based on sound principles and that it enables more versatile tools which are suited to empower users of future software systems. This special issue is dedicated to provide a platform for researchers and practitioners who work on multilevel languages, models and tools and/or apply them to develop advanced application systems.

    Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures (EMISA) is an international scholarly open access journal with a unique focus on novel and innovative research regarding all aspects of Enterprise Modelling. It allows for supplementing articles with additional material such as models, specifications or tools. We seek contributions that address original aspects of developing languages, language concepts, models, tools and related application systems for multilevel modelling.

    Topics of interest for this special issue include, but are not limited to:

    • Methods to guide analysis and design of multilevel systems and languages.
    • Innovative system architectures enabled by multilevel languages.
    • Use of multilevel languages for creating process-modelling languages.
    • Formal foundations for multilevel languages.
    • Utilizing multilevel languages for enabling models at runtime.
    • Tools for multilevel languages.
    • Applications of multilevel languages and tools.
    • Novel multilevel languages.
    • Multilevel extensions to traditional languages.


    Submissions to this special issue shall follow the journal's author guidelines for general submissions and will be subject to the regular journal review process. For author guidelines and further information on submitting to EMISA, see

    Important note: Make sure to enter 'SI Multilevel modelling' in the 'Comments to the editor(s)' text field in step 1 of the online submission process. Also please make sure to select the appropriate type of submission (i.e. 'Original Research Contributions' or 'Experience Reports').


    (1) Intent to submit: Aug 1, 2016 (via email to
    (2) Full submission of article: Oct 31, 2016

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  • Towards the Model Driven Organisation (MDO)

    Modern organisations are faced with the very challenging problem of rapidly responding to continual external business pressures in order to sustain their competitiveness or to effectively perform mission-critical services. Difficulties arise because the continual evolution of systems and operational procedures that are performed in response to the external pressures eventually leads to suboptimal configurations of the systems and processes that drive the organisation.

    The management of continuous business change is complicated by the current lack of effective mechanisms for rapidly responding to multiple change drivers. The use of inadequate change management methods and technologies introduces accidental complexities that significantly drive up the cost, risk, and effort of making changes. These problems provide opportunities for developing and applying organisation modelling approaches that seek to improve an organisation's ability to effectively evolve in response to changes in its business environment.

    Modelling an organisation to better support organisational evolution leads to what we call a Model Driven Organisation (MDO), where an MDO is an organisation in which models are the primary means for interacting with and evolving the systems that drive an organisation.

    Definition: A Model Driven Organisation uses models in the analysis, design, simulation, delivery, operation, and maintenance of systems to address its strategic, tactical and operational needs and its relation to the wider environment.

    An organisation's Enterprise Systems (ES) support a wide-range of business activities including planning, business intelligence, operationalisation, and reporting. ES are thus pivotal to a company's competitiveness. Modelling technologies and approaches that address the development, analysis, deployment and maintenance of ES have started to emerge. Such technologies and approaches must support a much broader collection of use-cases than traditional technologies for systems design modelling. Current ES architectures do not adequately address the growing demands for inter-organisational collaboration, flexibility and advanced decision support in organisations.

    Realising the MDO vision will require research that cross-cuts many areas, including research on enterprise architectures, business process. and workflow modelling, system requirements and design modelling, meta-modelling, and models@runtime.

    This special issue will bring together articles that describe issues and results relating to achieving the MDO vision. In particular the following issues are deemed in scope:

    • Models used to support organisations.
    • Model-based simulation of organisations.
    • Model-based quality assurance of organisations.
    • Achieving organisational agility through models.
    • Using models to enhance organisation capability.
    • Using models to allow organisation to engage with emerging technologies.
    • Using models to understand and analyse organisations.
    • Languages and meta-modelling to support organisations.


    The Guest Editor (Tony Clark, Sheffield Hallam University, UK, invites submissions to this special issue that are deemed within scope as described above.

    The submissions must follow the journal's guidelines for general submissions and should be either 'Original Research Contributions' or 'Experience Reports' and will be subject to the normal journal review process.

    In particular, authors should ensure that they follow the author instructions and style guidelines available from

    Make sure to enter 'SI Towards the Model Driven Organisation (MDO)' in the 'Comments to the editor(s)' text field in step 1 of the submission process.


    (1) Intent to submit including abstract: April 1, 2016 (via email to
    (2) Full submission of article: July 4, 2016
    (3) Deadline for first round reviews: Nov 1, 2016


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  • We started to assign DOI to our articles

  • Revised EMISA LaTeX package for authors released


    Today, we released the revised EMISA LaTeX package for authors, version 2.0 at Github. The current development version with bug fixes, new features and the most recent authors instructions is available from Github as well.

    The canonical release version of the LaTeX package is available from CTAN at

    @Authors:  Please use to revised package for manuscript preparation, and let us know your suggestions for improvements. Consult the LaTeX package documentation for author instructions and style guidelines.

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  • Change in publishing mode

    Starting with Volume 10, No. 1 (2015), will be used to publish the journal (similar to the publishing model used, for example, by the journal 'Semantics and Pragmatics' at  Each article will be available for download in PDF format. Frontmatter and editorials will be published as an additional download. Moreover, we are planning to publish all earlier issues as well. Read more about Change in publishing mode
  • Revised LaTeX template for EMISA in Q4/2015


    The LaTeX template for preparing submissions to EMISA is currently under development. A revision is scheduled for release in Q4/2015. The revised LaTeX document class will simplify manuscript preparation for authors and will entail detailed author guidelines for using advanced LaTeX features for manuscript preparation. Meanwhile,  the initial submission to the journal may either be prepared using the current LaTeX template, or by using another text processing system, e.g. Microsoft Word or LibreOffice.

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