Submission Deadline: 1st July 2020

Scientific Foundations of Digital Governance and Transformation
Concepts, Approaches and Challenges

A book to be published by Springer Publications, edited by:
Yannis Charalabidis, University of the Aegean, Greece,
yannisx (at)
Leif Skiftenes Flak, University of Agder, Norway,
leif.flak (at)
Gabriela Viale Pereira, Danube University Krems, Austria
Gabriela.viale-pereira (at)

Editorial Advisory Board Members
Elsa Estevez, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina
Marijn Janssen, TU Delft, The Netherlands
Atreyi Kankanhalli, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Robert Krimmer, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
Rony Medaglia, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Gianluca Misuraca, European Commission, Spain
Francesco Molinari, University of Rijeka, Croatia
Theresa Pardo, State University New York, US
Demetrios Sarantis, United Nations University, Portugal
Maria Wimmer, Koblenz University, Germany

Digital Governance refers to the phenomenon where administrations, enterprises and citizens utilize information and communication technologies (ICT) to a great extent, aiming at advanced levels of service provision quality, openness and transparency, collaboration and evidence-based decision making for enhancing the quality of living and promoting sustainable development.

During the last decades, Digital Governance has been recognized as a well-established application domain studying the problems related to the needs of public sector operation and proposing novel methods and frameworks for enhancing service quality through the use of ICT. Substantial progress has been made through EU and national funded research in a number of areas, yet the lack of scientific foundations in the Digital Governance domain seems to hinder unlocking its real transformative value and full potential to all stakeholders, from researchers to industry and SMEs. Providing such a scientific background would document the existing knowledge and open the pathway for systematic and reproducible solutions to identified problems, without the danger of repeating research or missing opportunities for application.
Objective of the Book
This title aims at providing the latest research advancements and findings for the scientific systematization of the Digital Governance and Transformation knowledge, such as core concepts, foundational principles, theories, methodologies, architectures, assessment frameworks, educational programs and future directions. It will bring forward the ingredients of this new domain, proposing its needed formal and systematic tools, exploring its relation with neighboring scientific domains and finally prescribing the next steps for eventually achieving the thrilling goal of laying the foundations of a new science.
This book is an activity stemming from Government 3.0 Erasmus+ project (
 Target Audience
The audience of the book includes:
     Researchers and Practitioners in the Digital Governance Domain, Digital Transformation, Information Systems and in the broader ICT domain
     University Students and Professors from different disciplines
     ICT industry experts, engaged in public sector information systems, software design and deployment projects
     Policy makers and decision drivers at local, national or international level

The title will contribute to the analysis of the scientific perspectives of Digital Governance and Transformation, thus becoming an indispensable support tool for scientists and practitioners, either from the administrative or the technical side.

Recommended topics
The topics of the present call include, but are not limited to, the following:
Area A. Scientific Foundations of Digital Governance
     Basic research questions, key concepts, generic laws and foundational principles of Digital Governance
     Ontologies, taxonomies, lexicons and other semantic elements for Digital Governance
     Combined taxonomies and ontologies of Digital Governance structure and neighbouring scientific domains
     Definition of related scientific foundations and epistemological issues in science
     Methodologies for Digital Governance neighbourhood recognition and identification of reusable elements
     Neighbouring scientific domains analysis
Area B. Digital Governance Problem and Solution Space
     Formal methods to describe Digital Governance problems and solutions
     Digital Governance knowledge bases definition and design
     Impact assessment frameworks, simulation methods and tools for Digital Governance 
     Models and tools for cutting across problem-solution paths in Digital Transformation
     Populations of formal descriptions, generalization of Digital Transformation approaches
     Metrics and algorithmic models for Digital Governance
     Other scientific methods for Digital Governance and Transformation in the Public Sector 
     Scientific methods for Digital Governance found in other research domains    
     Shared formal and other descriptive methods identification
Area C. Perspectives and Future Research Directions for Digital Governance
     Forward - looking roadmaps for research in the area of Digital Governance and Transformation
     Action plans for sustainability and evolution of scientific disciplines in general, and Digital Governance in particular, towards their scientific recognition
     Open research challenges and hypotheses for Digital Governance
     Visionary Scenarios for public sector organizations and digital public services
     Proposals on the value proposition, assessment and marketing of the scientific offerings for Digital Governance
     Guidelines and recommendations to key stakeholders
Submission Procedure
Chapters must be between 8,000 and 10,000 words and should be submitted on or before 1st July 2020, accompanied by:
     The area of submission (A, B or C, as above)
     Brief Author(s) CV(s) - up to 150 words per author
Chapter formatting guidelines for edited books can be found at:
     Key Style Points on (for an easy reference).
     Book Manuscript Guidelines on (for more detailed information)
All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis.

Important Dates
     1st July 2020               Full Chapter Submission Deadline
     15th September 2020   Author Notification on Review Results
     1st November 2020      Camera–Ready Chapters Submission Deadline
     Spring 2021                 Planned Book Publication

Inquiries may be addressed to all co-editors.
Submissions should be forwarded electronically (Word/PDF document) to:
Gabriela Viale Pereira, Danube University Krems
Email: gabriela.viale-pereira (at)
cc : Zoi Lachana, University of the Aegean / zoi (at)