Call for Papers

The field of formal argumentation can be traced back to work published in the early nineties, such as that of Pollock, Simari and Loui, and Vreeswijk. A major impulse was given by the work of Dung, who proved that various formalisms for nonmonotonic entailment could be seen as instances of abstract argumentation theory.
The aim of the special issue is to publish high level work on the topic of how the argumentation paradigm can be used to define meaningful ways of logical inference. We solicit original work on topics including, but not limited to:

  • using the argumentation paradigm to simulate other (existing) approaches for nonmonotonic inference
  • rationality postulates and how to satisfy them
  • defining meaningful instantiations of abstract argumentation approaches
  • the handling of defeasible priorities between arguments, in the context of logical inference
  • philosophical and/or psychological aspects of argument-based inference
  • argument-based inference using a combination of (defeasible) argument schemes and classical logic
  • argument-based inference versus other approaches (like paraconsistent logic, classical NMR)
Work that restricts itself to pure abstract argumentation, without relating to the notion of logical inference, is considered to be outside the scope of the special issue. Such work will be diverted as an ordinary submission to the argumentation corner of the Journal of Logic and Computation.

We encourage submissions of high quality, original papers which are not simultaneously submitted for publication elsewhere.
Reviewing will take place according to the standards common at JLC. Authors will be able to keep part of the copyright, so that their work can also be published by other means (for instance as book chapters), after the special issue has appeared.


Important Dates

Submissions due for review: November 1, 2011 (EXTENDED)
Notification of 1st decision: January 31, 2012
Revisions due:
April 30, 2012
Notification of acceptance: May 20, 2012
Final version due: May 30, 2012
Issue publication: late 2012


Instructions for submission

Paper submission is managed through EasyChair and is open between May 1 and November 1. Papers should be submitted in PDF format through the submission page available at this link (


Special issue editors