Hi, fellow academics!
In 2018, we conducted a survey among past CEUR-WS proceedings editors on the copyright license model of CEUR-WS. Most open-access publishers nowadays adopt a CC-BY license. CEUR-WS up to now has a proprietary license clause, which states the the copyright is with the authors (resp. editors for the volume as a whole) and that private and academic use is permitted. The latter part is a form of a license. The first part states the copyright holder.
To put our service on a more solid ground and to be more compatible with the open-access practices, we want to adopt the CC-BY 4.0 license for papers and for proceedings volumes. CC-BY was the relative winner of the survey in 2018, beating the more narrow variants CC-BY-SA, CC-BY-NC and other combinations. The current CEUR-WS copyright license can the least number of votes.
So, we shall now begin with setting up the agreement forms compatible with the new license model. Until everything is in place, we continue using the old clause and the existing PUT-FORM agreement!
One everything is in place, there shall be two agreements to be signed. One by each author, in which s/he agrees that their paper is included in the proceedings volume under a CC-BY 4.0 license model and that CEUR-WS is the original publisher of the paper. The other signed by the proceedings editors, in which they agree that the proceedings as a whole is originally published on CEUR-WS under the CC-BY 4.0 license model. Details will be published as soon as we have the two forms ready.
Note that authors/editors continue to retain their copyright. The important change is on the licensing. Also note that the CC-BY license does not supersede the rules and habits of proper conduct in academic publishing. Re-publication of a paper in a different channel continues to be subject to the rules of proper academic publishing.
We do not plan to make any changes to already published volumes and their papers.
If all goes well, the new scheme is enacted in April 2019.
Chair of CEUR-WS Advisory Team
The CEUR-WS Team handles the publication of submitted proceedings volumes. If the submission has no or few errors, it takes around 15-30 minutes to publish such as submission.
The editors in the team are all active researchers from the computer science field, who perform this work as volunteers.
Since the popularity of CEUR-WS is still growing, we seek enthusiastic new team members who are willing to spend up to 5 hours per months to help us with handling the submissions. The candidate should be an active researcher in the field of computer science and ideally have published some volumes with CEUR-WS.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested to join the team! Further information is available at
Kind greetings, Manfred Jeusfeld
Hej! If you ever used #CEURWS (CEUR-WS.org) you may wonder how to give us something back. We do not take money, but we definitely welcome script donations that make our work easier. For example, a Python program could check whether a submission directory contains any of the top errors listed in http://ceur-ws.org/HOWTOSUBMIT.html#TOPERRORS.
The script should come along with a permissive license such as BSD/FreeBSD-style and should be easy to read & maintain.
Ideally, the scripts should also support proceedings editors to produce correct index.html files. Hence, installation on Linux,Windows,OS-X should be easy.
Contact us for more info!
Manfred (ceurws -at- sunsite.informatik.rwth-aachen.de)
The International Association for Ontology and its Application (IAOA.org) has started a Series for IAOA Proceedings at CEUR-WS.org. We are proud to collaborate with IAOA and look forward to see their proceedings published with CEUR-WS.org! You find the Series at
Responsible editor for the IAOA series at CEUR-WS.org is Oliver Kutz from the Free University of Bozen/Bolzano, Italy.
2018-11-06, Manfred Jeusfeld
we plan some rule changes to become effective from December 2018 onwards:
(1) The minimum length for a paper published in a new CEUR-WS volume is increased to eight LNCS-equivalent pages (old: five). Exceptions may be possible for certain papers such as invited papers, if the other regular papers overfulfill the rule.
(2) All new volumes shall target an international audience. Therefore, at least 50% of the papers shall be written in English. We moderately discourage submissions of non-English papers.
Comments are welcome!
Kind greetings: Manfred
2018-11-14: The rules have now been amended and become operational by 2019-01-01, see http://ceur-ws.org/HOWTOSUBMIT.html#PRECONDS
CEUR-WS volumes are predominantly including papers in English but there are a number of exceptions.
Since about a year, we demand that non-English papers have at lest an English abstract to allow the international readership to assess whether a paper matches their interest.
I wonder whether we should move completely to English and demand that all papers are written in English. The readership of CEUR-WS is international and English is the de-facto for publishing within computer science (and most other sciences as well).
What do you think?
CEUR-WS is evaluating its legal baseline, in particular wrt. copyright rules. As a result, we may adapt our rules in the future, e.g. by moving to a CC-BY license. Nothing is decided yet. We keep you up to date via this blog.
Kind greetings: Manfred