About the Journal

Focus and Scope

EMISAJ publishes thoughtful, well-developed articles on all facets of analyzing, designing, investigating, evaluating and applying conceptual models, enterprise models, enterprise and information systems architectures, corresponding modeling languages and modeling methods, and is open to submissions from all scientific disciplines and research fields. The editorial board imposes no restrictions regarding the research paradigm or research method, encourages multidisciplinary research contributions, and welcomes submissions from for-profit, nonprofit and government organizations (see Journal Sections).

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

  • General Purpose and Domain-Specific Modeling Languages
  • Modeling Methods, Metamodeling, Method Engineering
  • Enterprise Architectures, Information Systems Architectures
  • Ontologies and Reference Models
  • Analysis Patterns, Design Patterns, Architectural Patterns
  • Analysis of Conceptual Models and Modeling Languages
  • Evaluation and Quality of Conceptual Models, Architectures, and Languages
  • Model-Driven Development, Models@run-time, Executable Models
  • Business Process Management
  • Enterprise Architecture Management
  • Information Systems Design and Design Methods
  • Information Systems Development Methods and Tools
  • Software Tools for Conceptual and Enterprise Modeling, Business Process Management and Enterprise Architecture Management
  • Learning and Teaching Conceptual Modeling
  • Applications of Conceptual Modeling in Organizations
  • Innovative Approaches to Conceptual Modeling

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

Advantages of publishing in EMISAJ

  • Fast review cycles with constructive reviews (targeted at 8 weeks per review cycle)
  • Immediate publishing online after acceptance and copyediting
  • No limitation of length of submission (contact the editorial office if >50 pages)
  • True Open Access (no author fees, no exclusive rights to publish)
  • International board of renowned editors
  • Ranked as WKWI JourQual C and by NSD in Norway
  • Indexed by DBLP and EBSCO (further indexing in preparation)
  • Articles reachable via Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
  • Long-time archiving with Private LOCKSS Network (PLN) by decentralized and distributed preservation

Submitting to EMISAJ

The editorial board invites submissions of these types: Original Research Contribution, Research Note, Industry/Experience Report, Report on Tool and Tool Application, and Reply to a Published Article (see Journal Sections). Manuscripts are prepared using a LaTeX package specific to the journal or by using any other text processing software (see Author Guidelines) and are submitted and published online. 'About the journal’ provides further information about the journal.

Section Policies


Original Research Contribution (Research Article)

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. The journal imposes no restrictions regarding the research paradigm or research method and is open to submissions from all scientific fields. Note that submissions to this section may include large-scale (meta-)models, comprehensive language specifications, and other extensive artefacts.

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Research Note

Research notes intend to advance new perspectives and research directions, new theoretical lenses and methodological approaches. In contrast to full research papers, research notes primarily seek to stimulate discussions among the EMISAJ community by putting interesting and possibly controversial, non-mainstream thinking up for discussion. The intention of a research note is thus to act as an incubator for new thinking in conceptual modeling research. Authors should efficiently argue how and why their contribution is novel and interesting and why it should stimulate a discussion among the community. A research note typically ranges from 4 to 10 pages including figures and references. Research notes are reviewed by at least two reviewers.

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Industry/Experience Report

Submissions to this section will be reviewed by at least two reviewers with reviewing criteria adapted to the specific purposes of reports from for-profit, nonprofit and government organizations. Submissions to this category may, for example, discuss the application of modeling methods and languages and refer to a specific case in an organization. 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.

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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-)modeling tools, tools for M2M- and M2T-transformations, and 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 its 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 freely available (i.e. Libre/Free/Open Source Software at best). If this is not possible, they have to be made available to the reviewers for the reviewing process (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 the specifics of this section), and must adhere to scholarly standards in terms of originality, level of abstraction and justification.

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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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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 – International Journal of Conceptual Modeling (EMISAJ) is committed to ensuring ethics in publication and quality of articles. It is therefore important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior 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 (guest) editor of EMISAJ 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 responsive measures 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 EMISAJ, the editor will be guided by COPE’s Guidelines for Retracting Articles.

Reviewer Responsibilities: Peer review assists the editors of EMISAJ 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 EMISAJ and cooperate with them to retract or correct the paper.