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Transactions on Graph Data and Knowledge (TGDK)
An Open Access journal publishing research about graph data & knowledge

Special Issue: Resources

Resources play an essential role in various aspects of Computer Science research. In the context of Graph Data & Knowledge, such resources may include benchmarks, datasets, engines, frameworks, interfaces, knowledge graphs, languages, ontologies, pre-trained models, software libraries, standards, tools, user logs, web applications and services, etc. Unfortunately, despite the advances that such resources enable, the work invested into creating and maintaining them is often undervalued in a research setting.

In this Call for Resource Papers, we solicit submission of journal articles that describe in detail a resource relevant to research on Graph Data & Knowledge per the topics described in TGDK’s Call for Papers. Specifically, we solicit articles describing two types of resources:

We require that the articles submitted to this Call be written primarily by those involved in the creation and/or maintenance of the resource described. We further require—unless otherwise strongly justified by the submission, e.g., for ethical or legal reasons—that the resource be made available on the Web following best practices prior to submission, that it be linked from the submission, and that it be made available for third-party research works under an open license.


In order to ensure that a resource is suitable for publication under this Call, the Editors-in-Chief of TGDK will provide a lightweight pre-check service for all resources prior to submission based on a brief description. If the resource is deemed relevant, the EiCs will invite the authors to submit their article, which will then undergo a thorough peer-review process. If not deemed relevant, we hope to have saved the authors time preparing a full submission on an out-of-scope resource. The pre-check description should be no more than 500 words, should be emailed to the TGDK Editors-in-Chief (contact@tgdk.org) prior to a full submission with the subject “TGDK Resource Pre-Check Service”, and should contain:

If the resource is deemed relevant, the Editors-in-Chief will instruct the authors on how to submit.


Though there are no fixed upper or lower page limits, we expect submissions to this Call to be in the range of 10–20 pages using TGDK’s single column LaTeX template (see Author Instructions). We expect submissions to describe (at least) the rationale behind the creation of the resource, a technical description of the resource, the relevance to Graph Data & Knowledge, key statistics or other metadata underlying the resource and its adoption, how the resource is made available (including location, licensing, best practices adopted, etc.), how the sustainability of the resource is assured (for example, in terms of how it is published, how often it is updated, the community supporting it), an assessment of the limitations of the resource, and future directions for the resource. Descriptions of mature resources must also include a survey of how the resource is being used by third-parties. Descriptions of emerging resources must also describe novel scientific results gained through the use of the resource. Additional material to help validate the novelty, value or quality of the resource is also welcome, including experiments, theorems, etc.

In case the resource has been described in a previous publication, we expect the submission to cite this previous publication, and to clearly indicate the advances made since that prior publication as described by the current submission. Pre-prints with informal publication (e.g., on arXiv) do not count as a previous publication; in other words, we welcome submissions based on articles that have only been informally published as pre-prints. We do not accept submissions that are under review elsewhere.

Review Criteria

Submissions will undergo a standard peer review process, but will be subject to distinctive criteria, as follows:


We encourage authors to perform the pre-check with the Editors-in-Chief as soon as possible, and potentially much earlier than the deadline of June 3.


As a Diamond Open Access journal, official versions of accepted TGDK articles (as accessible via DOI) are published by Dagstuhl Publishing and made available for free online without fees for authors nor readers. Dagstuhl Publishing also provides means to publish resources, which can be used by authors to ensure the long-term sustainability and archiving of their work. Upon acceptance of the publication, we may request additional metadata about the resource from the authors (contributors, web location, documentation, version info, licensing, etc.).


This Special Issue will be edited by the Editors-in-Chief of TGDK.