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

Expected Contributions

The special issue invites submission responding to a process modeling challenge, which is an updated version of the challenge used in MULTI 2019/2020 [3]. The challenge establishes requirements for a process representation defined at an abstract process-definition level and at various more concrete domain-specific levels, resulting in a multi-level hierarchy of related models. The abstract process-definition level should be reusable across domains and its constraints must be respected by the domain-specific levels. Solutions employing Multi-Level Modeling techniques and/or other process modeling techniques (such as flexible process modeling [5], ontology-based process modeling) are welcome.

Each challenge response will be reviewed against the following criteria:

  1. Does the response address the established domain as described in the challenge description and demonstrate the use of modeling features?
  2. Does it evaluate/discuss its proposed modeling solution against the criteria described in the challenge description?
  3. Does it discuss the merits and limitations of the employed modeling technique?
    Authors are invited to suggest further requirements to demonstrate particular benefits of the approaches they adopt.

All responders are expected to conduct a thorough evaluation of their solutions. Authors of challenge responses to MULTI 2019/2020 are welcome to extend their previous solutions into in-depth challenge response papers (ensuring over 30% of novel material).


Important Dates

15 March 2021: Intent to submit (via email)

17 May 2021: Deadline for article submission

16 August 2021: Notification of first round of reviews

18 October 2021: Submission of revisions

13 December 2021: Final notification


Submission Instructions

Please send all correspondence, in particular your intention to submit, to

Authors need to use the EMISAJ submissionsystem, following all instructions.

Make sure to enter "SI Multi-Level Process Challenge" in the "Comments for the Editor" text field in step 1 of the online submission process.


About the Journal

EMISAJ is published by the German Informatics Society (GI) and is a publication of its SIG on Modeling Business Information Systems (SIG MoBIS) and its SIG on Design Methods for Information Systems (SIG EMISA). Editors-in-Chief are Agnes Koschmider (Kiel University, Germany) and Peter Fettke (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) & Saarland University, Germany).

It is a true open access journal, without author fees and non-exclusive publication rights.

For further information, see the journal's "Focus and Scope" page.


Special Issue Guest Editors
  • João Paulo A. Almeida (Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil)
  • Thomas Kühne (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)
  • Marco Montali (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy)



1. Almeida, J.P.A., Frank, U., Kühne, T.: Multi-Level Modelling (Dagstuhl Seminar 17492). Dagstuhl Reports 7, 18–49 (2018).


3. Almeida, J.P.A., Rutle, A., Wimmer, M., Kühne, T.: The multi process challenge. In: 2019 ACM/IEEE 22nd International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems Companion (MODELS-C). pp. 164–167. IEEE (2019).

4. MULTI 2017: 4th International Workshop on Multi-Level Modelling.

5. Schonenberg, H., Mans, R., Russell, N., Mulyar, N., van der Aalst, W.: Process flexibility: A survey of contemporary approaches. In: Dietz, J.L.G., Albani, A., Barjis, J. (eds.) Advances in Enterprise Engineering I. pp. 16–30. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Berlin, Heidelberg (2008)