Argument & Computation

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Introducing ACCR Corner: As of September 2019, the Argument & Computation Community Resources (ACCR) Corner is a new section in our Argument & Computation journal. Its goal to provide useful and citable archival references for valuable community resources whose dissemination is typically limited to semi-formal venues (like websites) as they do not fit the conventional notion of a journal article. More details in this Editorial.

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Call for Papers: Special issue on 25 years since Douglas Walton's "Argumentation Schemes for Presumptive Reasoning" (deadline: Nov, 2020)

Argument & Computation (A&C) is an open access journal providing a dedicated venue for the dissemination of high quality papers concerning state-of-the-art advancements in the field of computational argumentation.

A&C stands as an interdisciplinary journal by nature, lying at the crossing of the studies on artificial, natural and theoretical argumentation, acknowledging the richness of diversity and promoting integration.

The journal welcomes submissions presenting original scientific results and innovative applications, relevant to this multi-faceted domain and addressing foundational, design, or implementation aspects of computational models and systems thereof, extending the state-of-the-art in research.

Proposals for timely reviews and tutorials and for special issues are encouraged and should be discussed with the Editors-in-Chief.

Topics of interest are exemplified, but not exhausted, by the following list:

  • Formal models for argumentation
  • Semi-formal and informal models for argumentation
  • Dialogue based on argumentation
  • Argumentation and computational linguistics
  • Argumentation and defeasible reasoning
  • Argumentation and game theory
  • Argumentation and probability
  • Argumentation and logic programming
  • Argumentation and narrative
  • Analogical argumentation
  • Reasoning about action and time with argumentation
  • Decision making based on argumentation
  • Strategies in argumentation
  • Argumentation for coordination and coalition formation
  • Argument-based negotiation, dispute resolution and mediation
  • Argumentation, trust and reputation
  • Argumentation and normative systems
  • Argumentation and human-computer interaction
  • Argumentation and machine learning
  • Argumentation and explainable AI
  • Computational properties of argumentation systems
  • Implementation of argumentation systems
  • Tools for supporting and teaching argumentation
  • Innovative applications based on argumentation

All submitted manuscripts are subject to initial appraisal by the Editors-in-Chief, and, if found suitable for further consideration, to rigorous peer-review by independent, anonymous expert referees. Papers should explain the addressed problem, the relevant state-of-the-art, the innovative idea, the results reported, and the relevance.

Queries regarding submissions can be made by contacting the Editors-in-Chief, whose decision is final.




Pietro Baroni, Department of Information Engineering, University of Brescia, Italy

Bart Verheij, Artificial Intelligence Institute, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Editorial Board

Leila Amgoud, IRIT - CNRS, Toulouse, France

Kevin Ashley, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Katie Atkinson, University of Liverpool, UK

Trevor Bench-Capon, University of Liverpool, UK

Philippe Besnard, IRIT - CNRS, Toulouse, France

Floris Bex, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

Elise Bonzon, Paris Descartes University, France

Katarzyna Budzynska, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland and University of Dundee, UK

Martin Caminada, Cardiff University, UK

Claire Cardie, Cornell University, USA

Federico Cerutti, Cardiff University, UK

Carlos Ivan Chesñevar, National University of the South, Bahia Blanca, Argentina

Phan Minh Dung, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

Paul Dunne, University of Liverpool, UK

John Fox, University of Oxford, UK

Massimiliano Giacomin, University of Brescia, Italy

Michael Gilbert, York University, Canada

Tom Gordon, Fraunhofer FOKUS Berlin, Germany

Floriana Grasso, University of Liverpool, UK

David Hitchcock, McMaster University, Canada

Helmut Horacek, Saarland University, Saarbrucken, Germany

Anthony Hunter, University College London, UK

Beishui Liao, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

Diane Litman, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Sanjay Modgil, King's College London, UK

Fabio Paglieri, ISTC - CNR, Rome, Italy

Simon Parsons, King's College London, UK

Henry Prakken, University of Utrecht and University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Chris Reed, University of Dundee, UK

Dory Scaltsas, University of Edinburgh, UK

Guillermo Simari, National University of the South, Bahia Blanca, Argentina

Manfred Stede, University of Potsdam, Germany

Matthias Thimm, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany

Francesca Toni, Imperial College London, UK

Frans van Eemeren, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Serena Villata, I3S - CNRS, Sophia Antipolis, France

Douglas Walton, University of Windsor, Canada

Stefan Woltran, Vienna University of Technology, Austria



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[3] Berkow R, Fletcher AJ, editors. The Merck manual of diagnosis and therapy. 16th ed. Rahway (NJ): Merck Research Laboratories; 1992.
[4] Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGrawHill; 2002. p. 93113.
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Argument & Computation Peer Review Policy

Argument & Computation is a peer-reviewed journal. All articles submitted to the journal undergo a single blind peer review process. This means that the identity of the authors is known with the reviewers but the identity of the reviewers is not communicated to the authors.

All submitted manuscripts are subject to initial appraisal by the Editors-in-Chief, and, if found suitable for further consideration, to rigorous peer-review by independent, anonymous expert referees. Reasons to reject a paper in the pre-screening process could for example be because the work does not fall within the aims and scope, the writing is of poor quality, the instructions to authors were not followed or the presented work is not novel.

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  • Minor revisions required
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