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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Special issue of JLC on "20 years of argument-based inference"

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. Instructions for submitting papers can be found at 

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: 1 November 2011 (EXTENDED)
- notification of 1st decision: 15 January 2012
- revisions due: 1 March 2012
- notification of acceptance: 1 April 2012
- final version due: 1 May 2012
- issue publication: late 2012

Special issue editors:
- Martin Caminada 
- Massimiliano Giacomin