Call for Papers

Software and System Modeling (SoSyM) Journal

Special Section on Graph Transformations and Visual Modeling Techniques

Guest Editors: Paolo Bottoni and Mark Minas

As diagrammatic notations become widespread in software engineering and visual end user environments, there is an increasing need of formal methods to precisely define the syntax and semantics of such diagrams. In particular, when visual models of systems or processes constitute executable specifications of systems, not only is a non-ambiguous specifications of their static syntax and semantics needed, but also an adequate notion of diagram dynamics. Such a notion must establish links (e.g., morphisms) which relate diagram transformations and transformations of the objects of the underlying domain. The field of Graph Grammars and Graph Transformation Systems has contributed much insight into the solution of these problems, but also other approaches (e.g., meta modeling, constraint-based and other rule-based systems), have been developed to tackle specific issues.

Following the successful workshop on Graph Transformations and Visual Modeling Techniques ( held in conjunction with the First International Conference on Graph Transformations, held in Barcelona in October 2002, a special section of the Software and System Modeling (SoSyM) journal ( has been scheduled.

High quality papers are sought on different methodologies and approaches to problems such as diagram parsing, diagram transformation, integrated management of syntactic and semantic aspects, tool support for working with visual models. The paper focus should be on methodological aspects rather than on particular technical aspects.

Authors of papers presented at the workshop are solicited to submit revised and extended versions of their papers. Submissions related to visual modeling are welcome also from authors not previously attending the workshop.

Each paper will be revised by 4 reviewers.

Please submit your papers in electronic format (.pdf or .ps.gz files) to the guest editors Paolo Bottoni ( or Mark Minas (

Important dates:

31st January 2003:Submission deadline
31st March 2003:Notification to Authors
15th June 2003:Revised version submission
1st August 2003:Final decision
1st Sept. 2003:Camera-ready version