First Call for Papers: Special Issue on Digital Library Challenges to Support the Open Science Process to be published in the International Journal on Digital Libraries (IJDL)

Important Dates:

Paper Submission deadline:       September 19, 2021

First notification:                       December 1, 2021

Revision submission:                 January 24, 2022

Second notification:                  February 25, 2022

Final version submission:           March 31, 2022

Open Science is the broad term that involves several aspects aiming to remove the barriers for sharing any kind of output, resources, methods or tools, at any stage of the research process ( The Open Science process is a set of transparent research practices that help to improve the quality of scientific knowledge and are crucial to the most basic aspects of the scientific process. Thanks to research transparency and accessibility, we can evaluate the credibility of scientific claims and make the research process reproducible and the obtained results replicable.

Open data, materials, and code help to increase the credibility of the research process, the efficiency of scientific discovery and its verifiability. In this context, data should be shared by means of the FAIR principles - Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable - promoted by the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Association ( The Open Science process presents a great opportunity to improve the conduct of "good practice" research in terms of openness, easy access to scientific results, reproducibility, and multi-disciplinarity, resulting in better and trusted science. In this context, researchers are responsible for developing and maintain interoperable frameworks that define their practices for archiving, referencing, and describing research digital objects.

In this Special Issue, we invite authors to present innovative solutions, also related to technical challenges, about the identifiability of digital objects as well as the use of metadata and ontologies in order to support replicable and reusable research, the adoption of standards and semantic technologies to link information, and the evaluation of the application of the FAIR principles.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

•          Open Access and Open Data

•          Open Science Reproducible Research

•          Open Science Guidelines and Policies

•          Open Science Projects, Infrastructures, Tools, and Evaluation. 

Submission Guidelines:

•      Authors are invited to submit original manuscripts that have not been published and arenot currently under review by other journals or conferences. Authors will be asked for their help to review other manuscripts submitted to this special issue due to their expertise in the field of this special issue.

•      Manuscripts need to be prepared according to the Instructions for Authors provided on

The IJDL online submission page at 

Submitted manuscripts will be peer-reviewed according to the IJDL reviewing procedure. Note that the page limit of manuscripts is 12 (double column format).

•      During the submission procedure in Editorial Manager (, at the submission step 'Additional Information', authors should select the special issue title.

•      Special issues are reviewed and published on a "fast track" basis. Prior to sending fullmanuscripts, it is highly recommended to query their appropriateness for the special issue from the guest editors whose contact information is provided below.

Guest Editors:

•      Maristella Agosti, University of Padua, Italy

•      Giorgio Maria Di Nunzio, University of Padua, Italy (contact person)

Giorgio Maria Di Nunzio - Ph.D. in Computer Science
Associate Professor

Department of Information Engineering (DEI)
University of Padua
Via Gradenigo, 6/a - 35131 Padova - Italy
Tel (+39) 049-827-7613
Fax (+39) 049-827-7799