Call for Papers

IEEE Transactions on
Automation Science and Engineering
Special Issue on Scientific Workflow Management and Applications


With support from IEEE TCSC Technical Area on Workflow Management in Scalable Computing Environments

Scientific workflow is a new special type of workflow that often underlies many large-scale complex e-science applications such as climate modeling, structural biology and chemistry, medical surgery or disaster recovery simulation. Compared with business workflows, scientific workflow has special features such as computation, data or transaction intensity, less human interaction, and a large number of activities.  Some emerging computing infrastructures such as grid computing with powerful computing and resource sharing capabilities present the potential for accommodating those special features.  Currently, many efforts are being on this new workflow area, and workshops such as WaGe07, WORKS07 and NSF funded workshop on challenges of scientific workflows have been or are being held to explore scientific workflow issues.  Gradually, research results are published and several scientific workflow management systems such as Gridbus Workflow, SwinDeW-G, Kepler and Taverna are developed or evolved from existing systems.  However, in general, research and development in scientific workflow management are still in their infancy with obscure knowledge of scientific workflow specific features and techniques.  This special issue aims to systematically investigate and shape the special features, challenges and new techniques of scientific workflows as well as corresponding applications and underlying computing infrastructures.  Original and unpublished high-quality research results are solicited to explore and boost the new area.  The topics for contributions include, but are not limited to:

·           Special features of scientific workflows and their hints on new techniques

·           Scientific workflow modeling, execution and scheduling

·           Formal representation, scientific workflow patterns

·           Control flows and data flows in scientific workflows

·           Web/grid services based scientific workflows

·           Application programming interface and Graphical user interface

·           Scientific workflow verification and validation

·           Exception handling, Quality of Service, performance and security issues in scientific workflows

·           Underlying infrastructures targeting scientific workflow support

·           Real-world scientific workflow applications

Important Dates

April 30, 2008                  Paper submission deadline (extended from previously March 31 2008)

September 30, 2008         Completion of the first round review (extended from previously August 31 2008 due to the extension of submission deadline)

December 30, 2008          Completion of the second round review

February 28, 2009            Final manuscript due

August 2009                     Tentative publication date

Guest Editors

Jinjun Chen                                                                   Rajkumar Buyya                              

Swinburne University of Technology                              The University of Melbourne           

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W.M.P. van der Aalst                                                   Michael Rosemann

Eindhoven University of Technology                              Queensland University of Technology

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Bertram Ludäscher                                                       Yun Yang

University of California at Davis                                    Swinburne University of Technology

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Carole Goble

University of Manchester


Paper Submission

All papers are to be submitted through the Manuscript Central for T-ASE at Please select “Special Issue” under Manuscript Category of your submission. All manuscripts must be prepared according to the IEEE T-ASE publication guidelines Papers will be reviewed following the standard IEEE T-ASE review process.


Please address inquiries to



·        IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering –

·        IEEE TCSC (Technical Committee on Scalable Computing) Technical Area on Workflow Management in Scalable Computing Environments -

·        A talk in TCSC Newsletter On Scientific Workflow 2007.

·        A seminar talk about Grid, Scientific and Business Workflows 2007.

·        The 3rd International Workshop on Workflow Management and Applications in Grid Environments (WaGe08), May 25-28, 2008, Kunming, China.

·        The Gridbus Workflow.

·        SwinDeW-G Swinburne Decentralised Workflow for Grid 2007.

·        The Kepler Project

·        The Taverna Project