As a community of researchers on formal ontologies in information systems, we would like the products of our research to be increasingly findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable for both humans and computing agents. These research results may be an ontology or other type of semantic artifact, a methodology, a software, a formalism, a dataset, among others. Sometimes, a paper may refer to more than one of these artifacts that have been produced in the context of the research reported in the paper. 

For this reason, FOIS is asking its authors to make their research artifacts FAIR by following these guidelines:

  1. Make your research artifact available (publish it) in an accessible online location suitable for the type of artifact in consideration. E.g., ontology repository (e.g., Bioportal, OLS, OBOFoundry, Linked Open Vocabularies), GitHub repository, generic repositories such as Zenodo, Dataverse, FigShare, etc. (FAIR principle A1)
  2. In many cases, these online repositories provide you with a globally unique and persistent identifier for your artifact. If not, please use available identification services such as or to create an identifier for your artifact. (FAIR principle F1)
  3. Identify the type of your artifact (e.g., ontology, dataset, methodology) and fill in the metadata record using one of the available metadata templates (FAIR principles F2, R1.1, R1.2, R1.3)
  4. Submit the metadata record (the filled metadata template) together with the submitted paper.

The papers submitted to FOIS 2024 will be accepted after the evaluation of both the scientific quality and relevance, and the FAIRness of the related artifacts. The papers will first go through the evaluation of the scientific relevance and quality. The ones that pass this phase will then have the FAIRness of their related artifacts evaluated. If the papers accepted after the scientific evaluation are not FAIR enough (according to the guidelines), the papers will be conditionally accepted, pending the fulfillment of the FAIR requirements.

The submitted metadata records will be published by us in a FAIR Data Point (a metadata publishing tool) which also fulfills the FAIR principles F4, I1, I2 and I3 for metadata.

If you have any questions about FAIR and how to follow these guidelines, please reach out to our FAIR chair, Luiz Olavo Bonino at