Call for Papers

International Workshop on Ontologies and Conceptual Modelling ( is part of the 4th Joint Ontology Workshops (JOWO) that are hosted at the 10th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems in Cape Town, South Africa. OntoCom2018 concerns the practical and formal application of ontologies to conceptual modelling.

Information Systems Engineering (ISE) is strongly based on the development, integration and application of models. While models pervade the ISE lifecycle from requirements to implementation, there appears to be a lack of theoretical foundation in the way that models are developed. As a result it is quite common for practitioners, even working together, to produce different representations of the same real world domain or system. Conversely, a preferred approach would be one in which IS practitioners have the necessary conceptual tools to enable them to accurately represent the things that exist in the real world. Foundational or upper ontologies have the potential to resolve the difficult problems that derive from a lack of a consistent and sound ontological theory. The benefits that can derive from the application of a foundational ontology include improved mapping to the real world domain, increased level of communication and understanding among stakeholders, model reuse, semantic integration and interoperability and increased overall efficiency and effectiveness of information systems development and evolution.

We invite leading ontologists and conceptual modellers to discuss and comparatively analyse different foundational ontologies, their meta-ontological choices and their associated modelling processes. The workshop consists out of two different aspects: first, the workshop will host a paper session where researchers can present their current research efforts and/or will be able to discuss with experienced academics new research ideas. Second, the workshop focuses facilitating discussion to discover and evaluate how different ontologies would distinguish themselves in representing different kinds of case studies that each represent a particular modelling problem. The particular modeling problems can be submitted by means of a position paper.

Important Dates

  • June 25, 2018   July 9, 2018 – Paper submission deadline.
  • July 25, 2018 – Notification of acceptance.
  • August 18, 2018 – Camera-ready version.
  • September 17-18, 2018 – Workshop (the exact date will be communicate later).


As in earlier years, all contributions to JOWO workshops will be published in a joint CEUR proceedings volume, together with the contributions to the Early Career Symposium. Papers can be submitted using easychair: and select the track”6th International Workshop on Ontologies and Conceptual Modelling”. Papers should be submitted non-anonymously in PDF format following IOS Press formatting guidelines (downloadable here).

We accept to types of submissions:

  • Regular Articles (8-12 pages including the bibliography) for presenting original unpublished work, neither submitted to, nor accepted for, any other venue.
  • Short Papers (max 4 pages) for presenting a conceptual modeling problem (and possible answers) which will be analyzed in the afternoon session of the workshop using different reference ontologies.