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Dr. Brij Gupta on Leading the International Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems, an Open Access Publication with IGI Global

By IGI Global on Oct 10, 2023

We had the privilege of speaking with Dr. Brij Gupta, the esteemed Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems (IJSWIS), to gain insights into his dedicated leadership. Dr. Gupta's role in the realm of information systems brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to this journal. With his commitment to advancing research, fostering interdisciplinary collaboration, and promoting open access, Dr. Gupta is driving IJSWIS to new heights of academic excellence and innovation.
The International Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems promotes a knowledge transfer channel where academics, practitioners, and researchers can discuss, analyze, criticize, synthesize, communicate, elaborate, and simplify the more-than-promising technology of the semantic Web in the context of information systems. IJSWIS is an integral component of IGI Global’s nearly 200 journals in their Open Access Journal Program. Researchers interested in submitting their next manuscript to IJSWIS can ensure greater reach of their work, while benefiting from timely publication (submission to publication in as little as 2-4 weeks) and personalized editorial service from IGI Global as a medium-sized, independent publisher.
Read Dr. Gupta's Full Q&A Below
What inspired you to become the Editor-in-Chief of the IGI Global journal IJSWIS?
Dr. Gupta: Becoming the Editor-in-Chief of IGI Global's journal, IJSWIS, was a decision born out of my deep-rooted commitment to the field of information science and technology. At the time when I was approached to take on this role, I had already been actively involved in the academic community, serving as an editor in chief for other esteemed journals like IJCAC and IJSSCI. However, my motivation to lead IJSWIS stemmed from a profound desire to contribute to the advancement of this field that I had been a part of for many years.

I saw this opportunity as a way to give back, to help steer the journal towards continued growth and evolution. I had witnessed firsthand how journals could transform and adapt over time, and I was eager to contribute to this evolution. Moreover, I was driven by the challenge of enhancing the journal's indexing status, which would not only elevate its visibility but also the impact of the research within.
To you, what are the most important attributes of your journal? What sets your journal apart from others?
Dr. Gupta: In my view, a journal's most crucial attributes revolve around the quality of the research it publishes and the rigorous processes in place to maintain that quality. As the Editor-in-Chief of IJSWIS, I place paramount importance on these aspects.

Quality is at the heart of what we do. We take pride in our commitment to a stringent peer review process that ensures that only the highest-calibre papers make their way into the journal. This dedication to academic excellence is a testament to our unwavering commitment to disseminating research that stands up to the most rigorous scrutiny.

Furthermore, the type and diversity of research we support make IJSWIS truly distinctive. Our journal serves as a vibrant platform for a wide spectrum of research topics within semantic web and information systems. From cutting-edge technological innovations to in-depth theoretical explorations, our publication embraces the richness of our field.

Our editorial board, composed of esteemed experts in the field, reinforces our commitment to quality and innovation. Their collective expertise not only guides the journal's editorial decisions but also provides the intellectual foundation upon which our journal thrives. This gives me the confidence to make bold decisions in steering the journal towards new horizons.
What does it mean for you to lead an open access journal where all new published content is freely available worldwide?
Dr. Gupta: Leading an open access journal where all newly published content is freely available worldwide holds profound significance for me. It embodies a commitment to democratizing knowledge and tearing down the barriers that traditionally hindered the dissemination of research. It means that our journal, in its pursuit of academic excellence, is equally dedicated to inclusivity and global accessibility. Every article we publish becomes a beacon of information, accessible to researchers, students, and practitioners regardless of their geographical location or financial means. This open access philosophy aligns with the ethos of modern scholarship, fostering collaboration, innovation, and the swift advancement of knowledge. It is a privilege to lead a journal that not only values academic rigor but also the principle that knowledge should be a public good, freely accessible to all who seek to learn and contribute to the collective wisdom of our field.
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Who will benefit from the open access research within IJSWIS?
Dr. Gupta: The open access research within IJSWIS extends its benefits far and wide, touching the lives and work of diverse groups. First and foremost, researchers and scholars worldwide gain unrestricted access to cutting-edge research, empowering them to stay updated on the latest developments and build upon existing knowledge. Students at all levels, from undergraduates to doctoral candidates, have the opportunity to delve into high-quality academic content, enriching their learning experiences. Practitioners and professionals working in relevant industries benefit from the practical insights offered by the research, enabling them to make informed decisions and drive innovation in their respective fields. Furthermore, policymakers can access evidence-based studies, facilitating the formulation of informed policies and solutions to address real-world challenges. Ultimately, the open access research in IJSWIS serves as a bridge between academia and the wider community, fostering a culture of shared knowledge and collaboration that has the potential to bring about positive change and advancement.
What is your outlook on Open Access research in the future as more mandates are put in place and more publications take up the open access model of publishing?
Dr. Gupta: My outlook on open access research in the future is remarkably optimistic and anticipatory of a transformative shift in the landscape of academic publishing. As more mandates are put in place and an increasing number of publications embrace the open access model, I see a promising era of accessibility and collaboration on the horizon. Open Access aligns perfectly with the principles of equitable knowledge dissemination and the democratization of information. It not only enhances the visibility and impact of research but also transcends geographic and financial barriers, ensuring that the fruits of academic labour benefit society at large. As this momentum continues to grow, we can anticipate a richer tapestry of research, a more diverse pool of voices, and a collective acceleration of scientific progress. It is a future where the boundaries of knowledge are pushed further, where interdisciplinary collaboration thrives, and where the global community reaps the rewards of freely accessible, high-quality research. The emergence of Open Access mandates and practices is a testament to the evolving nature of scholarly communication, and I am excited to witness and contribute to its unfolding in the years to come.
Are there any trending/niche research areas that you are looking for in the articles submitted to your journal? What are some future directions for your research?
Dr. Gupta: IJSWIS is dedicated to remaining at the forefront of research in its field, and we are actively interested in a range of trending and niche research areas that align with our focus. Currently, we are particularly intrigued by emerging topics such as the Metaverse, which presents exciting opportunities and challenges in the realms of virtual reality, augmented reality, and digital ecosystems. Quantum computing is another area of keen interest due to its transformative potential in solving complex problems previously thought insurmountable.

Furthermore, given the rapid evolution of technology, we welcome submissions related to artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning, especially those exploring ethical considerations, novel applications, or interdisciplinary intersections. Research that delves into AI's impact on various industries and society at large is of particular importance.

In terms of future directions for our research, we anticipate an increasing convergence of these areas—Metaverse, quantum computing, AI, and deep learning. Research exploring the interplay between these domains and their potential synergies is poised to be groundbreaking. Additionally, as ethical, and responsible AI becomes more critical, research that investigates the ethical dimensions of technology and proposes frameworks for responsible AI development and deployment will be highly valuable.

Overall, IJSWIS invites researchers to submit articles that push the boundaries of knowledge in these trending and niche research areas, fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and contributing to a deeper understanding of the complex challenges and opportunities presented by advancing technology. We are excited to be a platform for these discussions and look forward to showcasing innovative research in these domains.

For those interested in submitting their paper for consideration, submit here.

What advice do you have for researchers seeking to publish academic research in this field?
Dr. Gupta: For researchers seeking to publish academic research in this field, I offer a few key pieces of advice. First and foremost, rigorously hone your research. Ensure that your study is well-designed, methodologically sound, and addresses a significant research question or problem in the field. Second, familiarize yourself with the specific focus and scope of the journal you intend to submit to, such as IJSWIS. Tailor your manuscript to align with the journal's areas of interest and its preferred writing style. Third, be prepared for the peer-review process, which can be rigorous. Welcome constructive criticism as an opportunity to improve your work and engage with reviewers' comments thoughtfully. Fourth, consider the ethical aspects of research, including proper citation, data management, and conflict of interest disclosure. Finally, never underestimate the value of collaboration and networking within the academic community. Building relationships with peers, mentors, and colleagues can open doors to valuable insights, collaborative opportunities, and support in your publishing journey. Remember that persistence, dedication to quality, and a commitment to the advancement of knowledge are the cornerstones of successful academic publishing in this field.
How would you suggest researchers utilize the content from this journal that is freely accessible?
Dr. Gupta: Researchers can harness the freely accessible content of IJSWIS in a multitude of valuable ways. First, academic libraries can play a pivotal role in curating and disseminating this content to their patrons, ensuring that students and faculty have access to the latest research in the field. For individual researchers, it is an invaluable resource for staying up-to-date with cutting-edge developments, which is crucial for their own research projects and scholarly growth. Moreover, professionals working in relevant industries can draw insights from the journal to inform their practices, contributing to ongoing innovation and improvement. The open access nature of this journal also makes it an ideal resource for educators, enabling them to incorporate current research into their teaching materials, enriching the educational experience for students. Lastly, researchers can utilize freely accessible content as a platform for professional development, staying informed about trends and challenges in their field and fostering connections with fellow scholars and practitioners. In essence, the open access content serves as a wellspring of knowledge, accessible to a broad audience, and can be leveraged across academia, industry, and educational institutions to drive progress and excellence in the field.
Thank you to Dr. Gupta for his dedication and commitment to keeping his journal to the highest quality, as well as sharing his insights as an EiC. The International Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems and all IGI Global journals are currently seeking submissions.

Please visit the Call for Papers page for all IGI Global journals seeking submissions. Published under Gold Open Access, these journals offer research that is freely accessible to all members of the research community. Please utilize these resources by browsing all Open Access Articles and Chapters.

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About Brij Gupta

Brij Gupta received PhD degree from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India in the area of Information and Cyber Security. In 2009, he was selected for Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship and awarded by Government of Canada Award. He spent more than six months in University of Saskatchewan (UofS), Canada. He has published more than 250 research papers in International Journals and Conferences of high repute including IEEE, Elsevier, ACM, Springer, Inderscience, etc. He has visited several countries, i.e. Canada, Japan, USA, UK, Thailand, China, Malaysia, Spain, Italy, Australia, Hong-Kong, etc to present his research work. His biography was selected and published in the 30th Edition of Marquis Who's Who in the World, 2012. Dr, Gupta received International travel grant award from various organizations i.e. Microsoft Research (MSR) India, ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication (SIGCOMM) ($525), DST, Govt. of India (Young Scientist travel grant award), CSIR, IITR-heritage fund to attend various conferences and present his research work worldwide. He is also serving many journals as editorial board member and as member, international advisory board. Moreover, he is serving as reviewer for Journals of IEEE, Springer, Wiley, Taylor & Francis, etc. Dr Gupta is senior member of IEEE, member ACM, The Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications (SDIWC), Internet Society, Institute of Nanotechnology, Life Member, International Association of Engineers (IAENG), Life Member, International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology (IACSIT). He also worked as a post doctoral research fellow in UNB, Canada. He was also visiting researcher with Yamaguchi University, Japan in 2015 and with Guangzhou University, China in 2016, respectively. At present, Dr. Gupta is working as Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Engineering, National Institute of Technology Kurukshetra (Institute of National Importance), India. His research interest includes Information security, Cyber Security, Mobile/Smartphone, Cloud Computing, Web security, Intrusion detection, Computer networks and Phishing.

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