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.

The creation, management, and use, of domain models in scientific and industrial practice is done in the context of some expected Return on Modelling Effort (RoME). In other words, it is expected that the model will provide a certain value that will offset the costs involved in the creation and maintenance of the model.

To ensure relevance of research into (the many different forms of) domain modelling, it is important to gather insights from the use of domain models in practice. To, indeed, better understand the practical needs for, and use of, domain models, it would be beneficial to have a library of cases in which domain models have played a crucial role. This desire is also shared by existing academic events including (in order of their planning in 2022):

  • the GI EMISA (Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures) workshop,
  • the IFIP 8.1 EMMSAD (Exploring Modelling Methods for Systems Analysis and Design) working conference,
  • the IEEE CBI (Conference on Business Informatics),
  • the ER conference on Conceptual Modelling,
  • the EEWC (Enterprise Engineering) working conference, and
  • the IFIP 8.1 PoEM (Practice of Enterprise Modelling) working conference.

It is the desire of these events to, at least in 2022, include explicit reports on the creation and use of domain models in practice (in science or industry) in a dedicated “Models-at-Work” track. This shared desire has now resulted in a coordinated effort to gather (and share among the events) case reports regarding the creation and use of models in scientific and industrial practice.

The longer-term ambition is to create an annual “Models-at-Work” special issue in the EMISA-Journal, involving the case reports within that year. The resulting library of case reports could be used in (at least) three directions:

  • Science: challenges from the real world are made explicitly visible to researchers.
  • Practice: results from research are illustrated (by way of cases) to practitioners.
  • Teaching: case reports can be used for educational purposes.

To qualify for inclusion in the “Models-at-Work” special issue, case reports, next to undergoing a regular reviewing process, are required to have been presented at one of the associated events (EMISA workshop, EMMSAD, CBI, ER, EEWC, or PoEM). In line with this, the following process will be followed:

  1. Authors submit a first version of their case report (version 1).
  2. These (version 1) case reports will be subject to a first review. Based on this review, case reports will be selected for presentation at one of the upcoming events. The allocation of the accepted case reports to the associated events will be done jointly by the authors and the organisers of these events. During the event, version 1 will be available to the audience as well.
  3. After the event, the authors are expected to provide an update of their case reports (version 2), where they will need to take the feedback of the first review into account, as well as the feedback from the discussions during the event. This version will then enter into a second review round. This may lead to further (required) improvements.
  4. By the end of January 2023, the finally accepted case reports will be included in the special issue.



Associate Editors

  • João Paulo A. Almeida, Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil
  • Tony Clark, Aston University, United Kingdom
  • Peter Beijer, Digital Architects Network, the Netherlands
  • Peter Bernus, Griffith University, Australia
  • Dominik Bork, TU Wien, Austria
  • Hans Bossenbroek, Luminis, the Netherlands
  • Roland Ettema, Open University, the Netherlands
  • Christophe Feltus, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg
  • Hans-Georg Fill, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Ulrich Frank, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • Aditya Ghose, University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Asif Gill, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Bas van Gils, Strategy Alliance, the Netherlands and Antwerp Management School, Belgium
  • Sabine Goldes, Allianz, Germany
  • Jaap Gordijn, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Danny Greefhorst, ArchiXL, the Netherlands
  • Giancarlo Guizzardi, University of Bolzano/Bozen, Italy and University of Twente, the Netherlands
  • Renata Guizzardi, University of Twente, the Netherlands
  • Simon Hacks, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
  • Frank Harmsen, PNA Group and University of Maastricht, the Netherlands
  • Stijn Hoppenbrouwers, HAN University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands
  • Manfred Jeusfeld, University of Skövde, Sweden
  • Jürgen Jung, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Dimitris Karagiannis, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Agnes Koschmider, Kiel University, Germany
  • Marien Krouwel, Capgemini, the Netherlands
  • Henrik Leopold, Kühne Logistics University and Hasso Plattner Institute, Germany
  • Qin Ma, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Heinrich C. Mayr, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria
  • Jan Mendling, Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany
  • Graham McLeod, Inspired!, South Africa
  • Miguel Mira da Silva, TU Lisbon, Portugal
  • Hans Mulder, Antwerp Management School, Belgium
  • John Mylopoulos, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Martin Op 't Land, Antwerp Management School, Belgium, and Capgemini, the Netherlands
  • Josephine Nabukenya, Makerere University, Uganda
  • Agnes Nakakawa, Makerere University, Uganda
  • Yannick Naudet, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg
  • Selmin Nurcan, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France
  • Oscar Pastor, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
  • Pascal Ravesteijn, HU University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands
  • Georgios Plataniotis, European Commission, EU and Hellenic Open University, Greece
  • Iris Reinhartz-Berger, University of Haifa, Israel
  • Monique Snoeck, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Pedro Sousa, TU Lisbon and Link Consulting, Portugal
  • Marlies van Steenbergen, Sogeti and HU University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands
  • Janis Stirna, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Bernhard Thalheim, Kiel University, Germany
  • Wilfrid Utz, OMiLAB, Austria
  • Jonas Van Riel,, Belgium
  • Jan Verelst, Antwerp University, Belgium
  • Vinay Vkulkarni, Tata Consulting Services, India
  • Roel Wagter, Solventa, the Netherlands
  • Gerard Wijers, Anderson MacGyver, the Netherlands
  • Robert Winter, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Jelena Zdravkovic, Stockholm University, Sweden


  • In authoring a case report, please follow the instructions
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  • Submitted manuscripts should not exceed 20 pages when formatted in the layout of the EMISAJ.
  • When submitting the article in the submission system, please make sure to select the section “Special Issue Models at Work”.
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Considering the spread of the EMISA workshop, EMMSAD, CBI, ER, and PoEM, across the year, we foresee two “waves” of submissions of the above mentioned versions 1 and 2.

Wave 1: for presentation during EMISA, EMMSAD, or CBI in June 2022:

  • Submission of version 1: 10th of April
  • Notification of selection to present: 7th of May
  • Submission of version 2: 10th of July

Wave 2: for presentation during ER, EEWC, or PoEM in October/November 2022:

  • Submission of version 1: 3rd of July
  • Notification of selection to present: 5th of September
  • Submission of version 2: 11th of December

To be included in the Models-at-Work special issue for 2022, final camera copies of accepted case reports should be available by January 31st 2023.