Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures - An International Journal (EMISA) is a scholarly peer-reviewed open access journal with a unique focus on novel and innovative conceptual modelling and enterprise modelling research and its applications.

‘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 Enterprise Modelling research and intend to further its many different facets, theoretical foundation and experiential body of knowledge.’

EMISA targets researchers, practitioners and students with an interest in state-of-the-art conceptual and enterprise modelling research and its applications including the areas listed below. The journal publishes thoughtful, well developed articles on all facets of analysing, designing, investigating, evaluating and applying conceptual models, enterprise models, enterprise and information systems architectures, corresponding modelling languages and modelling methods, and is open to submissions from all scientific disciplines and fields. The editorial board imposes no restrictions regarding the research paradigm or research method, encourages multi- and transdisciplinary research contributions, and welcomes submissions from for-profit, nonprofit and government organisations in a dedicated ‘Experience Report’ section.

The journal will address (but will not limit itself to) the following specific areas:

  • Information Systems Development and Operations
  • Information Systems Design and Design Methods
  • Information Systems Development Methods and Tools
  • Business Process Management, Enterprise Architecture Management
  • Modelling Methods, Meta Modelling, Method Engineering
  • Enterprise Architectures, Information Systems Architectures, Software Architectures
  • General Purpose and Domain-Specific Modelling Languages 
  • Ontologies and Reference Models
  • Analysis Patterns, Design Patterns, Architectural Patterns
  • Analysis of Conceptual Models and Modelling Languages 
  • Evaluation and Quality of Conceptual Models, Architectures, and Languages
  • Model-Driven Development, Models@run-time, Executable Models 
  • Software Tools for Conceptual and Enterprise Modelling, Business Process Management and Enterprise Architecture Management

EMISA is a publisher-independent journal, and is published by the German Informatics Society (GI) and is a publication of its SIG on Modelling Business Information Systems (SIG MoBIS) and its SIG on Design Methods for Information Systems (SIG EMISA).

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Section Policies

Original Research Contribution

Original research contributions are double-blind peer-reviewed by at least three reviewers, and must adhere to scholarly standards in terms of originality, level of abstraction and justification of results. The journal imposes no restrictions regarding the research paradigm or research method and is open to submissions from all scientific disciplines and fields. Note that submissions to this section may include large-scale (meta-)models, comprehensive language specifications, and other artefacts.

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Experience Report

The editorial board invites submissions from for-profit, nonprofit and government organisations to the 'Experience Report' section. Submissions to this section will be reviewed by at least two reviewers with reviewing criteria adapted to the specific purposes of experience reports. Submissions to this category may, for example, discuss the application of modelling methods and languages and refer to a specific case in an organisation. Ideally, submissions should entail a description of the practical problem(s), the specifics of the case, and a discussion of design alternatives and design decisions as well as of the lessons learned to provide an orientation for problem solving in practice.

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Report on Tool and Tool Application

Reports on Tools and Tool Applications describe and evaluate software tools and tool applications in the journal's areas of interest, e.g., (meta-)modelling tools, tools for M2M- and M2T-transformations, process-aware information systems, process management systems, process engines, software architectures of such tools. A submission to this section should describe and justify the tool design including all relevant design objectives and requirements, design alternatives and decisions and the software architecture. The tool description should focus on the specific features of the tool and relate the tool to other tools and prior related work. It is strongly encouraged that the described tools are openly accessible on the Web (i.e. Libre/Free/Open Source Software at best). If this is not possible, then they have to be made available to the reviewers (contact the editorial office for an arrangement). Submissions to this section are double-blind peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers (with review criteria adapted to this section), and must adhere to scholarly standards in terms of originality, level of abstraction and justification of results.

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Reply to Published Article

The editorial board welcomes reply articles to previously published papers to foster scientific discourse. Submissions to this category are reviewed by the editors-in-chief.

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Invited Contribution

This journal section is reserved for contributions invited by the Editors-in-Chief. Submissions will be reviewed by the Editors-in-Chief but will not run through the regular peer review process. The "Invited Contribution" section is intended for position papers, keynote papers and the like.

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Peer Review Process

Original research contributions are double-blind peer-reviewed by at least three reviewers, and must adhere to scholarly standards in terms of originality, level of abstraction and justification of results. At least two reviewers are chosen from the editorial board according to their areas of expertise. 
 
Experience Report: Submissions to this journal section will be reviewed by at least two reviewers with reviewing criteria adapted to the specific purposes of experience reports.
 
Report on Tool and Tool Application  Submissions to this journal section will be reviewed by at least two reviewers with reviewing criteria adapted to this section.
 
Reply to Published Article: The editorial board welcomes reply articles to previously published papers to foster scientific discourse. Submissions to this category are reviewed by the editors-in-chief.
 
We aim at 8 weeks as a turnaround time for each round of reviews. 

 

Publication Frequency

Starting with Vol. 11 (2016) a rolling publication mode ('publish-as-you-go') will be employed with submissions accepted for publication appearing as soon as the final publication document has been produced. Thus, the publishing cycle is shorter and new research results are available earlier.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures - An International Journal (EMISA) is committed to ensuring ethics in publication and quality of articles. It is therefore important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behaviour for all parties involved: Authors, Editors, and Reviewers. Our ethics statement is based on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

Editor Responsibilities: An editor of EMISA is responsible for deciding which articles submitted to the journal should be published. In making these decisions, the editor may be guided by the policies and guidelines of the journal’s editorial board and by the legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism. The editor may confer with other editors or reviewers when making publication decisions. An editor should evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors. The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the author(s), reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate. An editor must not use unpublished material disclosed in a submitted manuscript without the explicit written consent of the author(s). An editor should not consider manuscripts in which he/she has any conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the manuscripts (i.e. should ask a co-editor or other member of the editorial board instead to consider). An editor should take reasonable responsivemeasures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper. When considering retracting, issuing expressions of concern about, and issuing corrections pertaining to articles that have been published in EMISA, the editor will be guided by COPE’s Guidelines for Retracting Articles.

Reviewer Responsibilities: Peer review assists the editors of EMISA in making editorial decisions. Manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. A reviewer must not use unpublished material disclosed in a submitted manuscript without the explicit written consent of the author(s). Reviews should be conducted objectively and be formulated clearly with supporting arguments and providing constructive criticism, so that authors can use them for improving the manuscript. A reviewer feeling unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript should feel responsible and can decline the review. Any invited reviewer who knows that its timely review will be impossible should immediately notify the editor and excuse herself/himself from the review process. A reviewer should not consider manuscripts in which he/she has conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the manuscripts.

Author Responsibilities: An author should ensure that her/his work is original, not copied, and submitted for the first time only. Parallel submission of the same manuscript to more than one journal and/or conference constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Plagiarism in all its forms as well as fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported research. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. All authors should disclose any financial or personal conflict of interest that governs the research in the manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed. When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in her/his own published paper, it is the author's obligation to promptly notify the Editors-in-Chief of EMISA and cooperate with them to retract or correct the paper.