Special Issue on Digital Culture

Call for Papers

Special Issue on Digital Culture

of Serdica Journal of Computing

Special issue publication date: August 2017



In recent years, the research community has demonstrated considerable interest in digital culture (DC) and its online presentation, accessibility, exploitation, preservation and reuse through new tools and services to model, analyze and visualize vast amounts of DC data. The focus is on the search of innovations especially in areas/subareas relevant to data management and processing—innovative and creative tools for approaching cultural assets, applications and services for better access and exploiting of the rich and diverse digital cultural heritage in a sustainable way, intelligent curation, creative use/re- use and remix, reinterpretation, study, understanding, analysis, personalization, adaptation, semantics, protection, restoration, preservation, etc. The research community deals with important issues of handling data directly, affecting the economy (as presented by creative and re-creative industry), the public sector (cultural institutions—museums, libraries, galleries, etc.), education, and society as a whole.

This special issue aims to contribute to a deeper understanding of Digital Culture. It highlights case studies, practices, innovative results, research projects and applications in the field of digitization, documentation, archiving, representation and preventive conservation of global and national tangible and intangible cultural heritage. In particular, the main goal of this issue is to gather interdisciplinary and inter-professional research on Digital Culture in order to make DC content accessible.


Topics of interests include, but are not limited to: 

  • Leading-edge digital applications: galleries, libraries, culture sites, museums & historical tours, exhibitions and encyclopedias; Interactive systems in cultural and creative industries.

  • Usability, effectiveness, increased and generalized visitor experience in digital culture platforms.

  • Multimedia, multilingua, data management and archiving.

  • Visualization techniques (Desktop, Virtual and Augmented Reality, 2D/3D, etc.).

  • Protection, restoration, and preservation of tangible and intangible cultural objects.

  • Virtual reconstructions and interactive multimedia solutions for museums, culture monuments and objects, theaters, etc..

  • Acceleration and facilitation of the sharing and exchange of digital culture data; e-Infrastructure networks and applications in the field of digital culture. Open access to digitized cultural heritage.

  • Semantic processing of digital cultural knowledge. Techniques for extracting digital data and knowledge.

  • Educational DC applications—e-learning/e-training in DC, applied games/gamification, computer animation/simulations for DC and virtual heritage. Innovative solutions for cultural landscapes, taking into account the promotion of (and protection from) cultural tourism and quality of life.


Submission Guidelines and Other considerations

Research papers submitted to the special issue must not have been published previously or under consideration for publication, though they may represent significant extensions of prior work. All submissions will undergo a peer-review process (with at least two reviewers).

Authors who intend to submit a paper to this special issue should email the title and an abstract to the Editorial Office at the address serdicajcomputing@math.bas.bg. The manuscript (in English, up to 35 000 characters with spaces) should be sent in .doc and .pdf.

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://serdica-comp.math.bas. bg/index.php/serdicajcomputing. An example paper template can be downloaded in PDF format from Home > About the Journal > Submissions. Here the main points are presented briefly.


Brief guidelines for authors:

  • Each author’s full name, affiliation, postal address and email address (if any) must be indicated, as well as the name, address and telephone number of a contact person with whom the Editorial Board will discuss all matters related to the submission.

  • A self-contained abstract of no more than 150 words should be included at the beginning, stating the purposes of the study, procedures, findings and conclusions. After the abstract a list of index terms (a total of five to ten key words and phrases) should be given, as well as a classification according to the ACM Computing Classification System (1998), which can be found at http://www.acm.org/about/class/1998.

  • Footnotes should be numbered consecutively and placed at the bottom of the page where they belong. The footnotes related to the title and author’s names must not be numbered.

  • All references should be listed and numbered at the end of the paper, either (preferably) alphabetically by authors’ last names, and then by the year if the same author has several papers, or by order of citation in the text, in the following format: a) to books— author, title, location, year of publication; b) to articles in periodicals or collections— author, title of the article, title of the periodical (collection), volume, year, page numbers; c) to Web sites—author, title, address, date when consulted.

  • The references should be cited in the text by the corresponding number enclosed in square brackets. All entries in the reference list must correspond to citations in the text.


Full paper submission: May 25, 2017

Decisions based on the peer-review process: June 10, 2017

Revised manuscripts due by the authors: June 15, 2017

Feedback on revised manuscripts: June 20, 2017

Final manuscripts sent to the publishers: July 5, 2017

Special issue publication date: August 2017

ISSN 1314-7897 - Online
ISSN 1312-6555 - Print