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.

This special issue focuses – but is not limited to – the following topics on the edge between business processes, conceptual modeling, and blockchains:

  • Modeling paradigms for blockchain-based information systems
  • User-friendly specification and monitoring of smart contracts
  • Synthesis of smart contracts from high-level specifications of business collaborations
  • Process mining-based analysis of blockchain systems and blockchain applications
  • Verification and validation of blockchain-based collaborative information systems
  • Enforcing regulations and business rules with smart contracts
  • Collaborative business process optimization on blockchains
  • Privacy models for blockchain-based collaborative information systems
  • Data provenance in blockchain-based cooperative processes
  • Security requirements engineering for blockchain-based collaborative information systems
  • Data management in blockchain-based information systems
  • Process auditing on blockchains
  • Integration of ubiquitous computing and blockchains for process monitoring
  • Novel paradigms for process design utilizing the blockchain
  • Novel paradigms for information systems design utilizing the blockchain
  • Linking blockchain platform properties with business and compliance goals
  • Novel business collaboration models enabled by blockchain.
  • Blockchain and ethical business practices
  • Inter-organizational, cross-chain communications among parties in a collaborative process
  • Vertical applications of blockchain-based collaborative information systems (e.g., healthcare, supply chain, finance, logistics)
  • Flexibility in blockchain-based process execution.
  • Modeling Security and Privacy Requirements in the scope of Blockchains.
  • Enactment of processes using layer two technologies.

Associated events:

The special issue especially invites authors of blockchain-related papers of the BPM 2023 conference to submit extended versions of their papers. At least 30% of new content must be included.

Fast Track is possible for all papers of the BPM Blockchain Forum.
For the BPM and BPM Forum, fast-track handling is only possible if the reviews of the original conference papers are included in the submission.

Associate Guest Editors

  • Marco Comuzzi, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
  • Claudio Di Ciccio, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
  • José María García, University of Seville, Spain
  • Marko Hölbl, University of Maribor, Slovenia (Reviewer)
  • Felix Härer, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Kais Klai, University Sorbonne Paris-Nord, France
  • Yue Liu, Data61 of CSIRO, Australia
  • Giovanni Meroni, DTU – Technical University of Denmark
  • Alex Norta, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
  • Andrea Morichetta, University of Camerino, Italy
  • Pierluigi Plebani, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Stefan Schulte, TU Hamburg, Germany
  • Raimundas Matulevicius, University of Tartu, Estonia


  • Submissions must adhere to the author guidelines for EMISAJ, which can be found at
  • 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 “BPM and Conceptual Modeling meets Blockchain”.
  • Please note that EMISAJ is a True Open Access journal (no author fees, no exclusive rights to publish).
  • EMISAJ is indexed in SCOPUS, DBLP, EBSCO, and the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI).


Fast Track Paper Submission: 14.01.2024
General Paper Submission: 30.04.2024

The EMISA Journal uses a rolling publication system. Therefore, papers can be published before the deadline has passed.