The conference is planned as a meeting place for practitioners and researchers. Presentations should be of interest for both parties and should initiate relevant discussions inside and outside the workshop room. Please, refrain from submitting papers that are written in the style of marketing and sales literature. Also, please, refrain from being too academic, e.g., avoid putting references in each sentence, which makes the content difficult to follow. If unsure whether the style or content fits the conference, please contact organizers in advance of the submission deadline.
Prospective conference participants are invited to submit a paper that concerns the topics mentioned above and all other topics related to business process modeling, development and support. Three categories of submissions are welcome:
(1) Full research papers (technical papers or empirical evaluation papers) should report results in an advanced stage, including at least partial evaluation.
(2) Experience reports present work completed or being completed in the context of a real-life organization. The work should have some practical goal, and should essentially present lessons learnt that can be applicable in a generalized context.
(3) Idea papers related to the focus theme Business Process Improvement, should address completely new research positions or approaches, demonstrating the shortcomings of current methods, tools, meta-models, etc.
Full papers with up to 15 pages long or short papers with up to 8 pages can be submitted to these categories. The work must be unpublished and must not be under review elsewhere.
Papers should be submitted in Adobe PDF format. Submissions should use the Springer LNBIP/LNCS formatting templates. Submissions should follow the guidelines in http://www.bpmds.org/guidelines and adhere to the formatting instructions at https://www.springer.com/comp/lncs/authors.html.
Please submit your paper in PDF format through the conference management system at this link.
Note that the topic theme Business Process Improvement is suggested to make this year’s edition of BPMDS a special forum for this theme, however, it is mandatory for “idea paper” submissions only.
Submissions should use the Springer LNBIP/LNCS formatting templates. Further information about the LNBIP poceedings series can be found at http://www.springer.com/series/7911. See the Submission page for details on how to submit.
Research and idea papers
Adhering to the current year's topic theme is mandatory for Idea Paper submissions, other submission types are free to address any topic related to the fields of Business Process Modeling, Development and Support.
We suggest you using the following two mottoes when furnishing your research or idea paper:
“There is nothing more practical than a good theory” (attributed to Kurt Levin)
“Essentially all models are wrong, but some of them are useful” (attributed to George E. P. Box)
Please, at least, discuss what you theories, models, findings can be good for. Even better, present an example, even just an artificial one.
Practical applicability is included in the reviewing template, do not risk of being rejected based on this criteria.
As experience reports are a bit unusual for academic events below find some explanations and guidelines
Experience report is a paper written by a person (persons) who participated in the work completed (being completed) in a context of a real-life organization. The work should have some practical goal, e.g. identification or analysis of existing problems, finding solutions, or implementing them in practice, or evaluating the results of implemented solutions. Work done with the pure research purpose does not fall in the category "Experience report". Additionally, in difference from a "case study", active participation of the author(s) in the project is part of the requirement.
Experience report should describe the business/social context of the work, methods or theories used in order to achieve the practical goal, outcomes, lessons learned (positive as well as negative) and present some conclusions derived from the experienced.
When some specific methods/theories were used, the report should explain why they where chosen. Any kind of explanation will do. For example, "the method was widely accepted inside the company and most of the workers were quite comfortable with it" is as good an explanation as any other. The same should be true for "as we have no reason to believe that any one on the list would better suite our goal than any other, we arbitrarily chosen this one"
The report should not be written as a "diary". The results should be presented in some generalized form, omitting small details that can be considered as very specific for the current business context. The results should be explained on the level of abstraction that is suitable for similar to the given one contexts, e.g., a social office of a local government, a sales department of a service-oriented company, a recruiting department of a trade-union.
Conclusions should logically follow from the outcomes of the project and lessons learned. They too should be presented in some generalized form so that they can be compared with the result from other experience reports or tested by researchers doing "case studies".
Reference requirement should be "relaxed". The experience report is to be "readable" for practitioners, not only for researchers. References in each statement should be avoided. The part of the paper that describes methods/theories chosen should have relevant references. However, references to not chosen methods/theories should not be mandatory. If the researcher chooses, there can be a separate "related works" section at the end of the paper (so that a practitioner can just skip it).
Novelty/Originality should be judged in several "dimensions":
Practical goal of the project (e.g., standard, new, unusual)
Novelty of the theory/method (e.g., standard, new, has not been applied before)
Business/social context (e.g., investigated many times before, less known)
Outcomes/Lesson learned/Conclusions (e.g., well known, new, contradictory to the well known)
Novelty in any of the dimensions should be sufficient for justification of publication. For example application of a well-known theory to an unusual (for this theory) context can be of interest to the others. As well as application of a "standard" method to a "standard" context with the results that contradict "well-known" opinion could be of interest as well.