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 is a scholarly peer-reviewed open access journal with a unique focus on novel and innovative conceptual modeling research and its applications (about the journal): ‘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 conceptual modeling research and intend to further its many different facets, theoretical foundation and experiential body of knowledge’ (Editorial Statement).