ACM Web Science Conference 2014 - Call for Papers



ACM Web Science Conference (WebSci14), June 23-26, 2014

Bloomington, Indiana, USA * @WebSciConf * #WebSci14

Deadline for papers: Feb. 23rd 2014

Web Science is the emergent science of the people, organizations,

applications, and of policies that shape and are shaped by the Web, the

largest informational artifact constructed by humans in history. Web

Science embraces the study of the Web as a vast universal information

network of people and communities. As such, Web Science includes the

study of social networks whose work, expression, and play take place on

the Web. The social sciences and computational sciences meet in Web

Science and complement one another: Studying human behavior and social

interaction contributes to our understanding of the Web, while Web data

is transforming how social science is conducted. The Web presents us

with a great opportunity as well as an obligation: If we are to ensure

the Web benefits humanity we must do our best to understand it.

Call for Papers

The Web Science conference is inherently interdisciplinary, as it

attempts to integrate computer and information sciences, communication,

linguistics, sociology, psychology, economics, law, political science,

philosophy, digital humanities, and other disciplines in pursuit of an

understanding of the Web. This conference is unique in the manner in

which it brings these disciplines together in creative and critical

dialogue, and we invite papers from all the above disciplines, and in

particular those that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Following the success of WebSci'09 in Athens, WebSci'10 in Raleigh,

WebSci'11 in Koblenz, WebSci 12 in Evanston, and WebSci13 in Paris,

for the 2014 conference we are seeking papers and posters that describe

original research, analysis, and practice in the field of Web Science,

as well as work that discusses novel and thought-provoking ideas and


Possible topics for submissions include, but are not limited to, the


* Analysis of human behavior using social media, mobile devices, and

online communities

* Methodological challenges of analyzing Web-based large-scale social


* Data-mining and network analysis of the Web and human communities on

the Web

* Detailed studies of micro-level processes and interactions on the Web

* Collective intelligence, collaborative production, and social


* Theories and methods for computational social science on the Web

* Studies of public health and health-related behavior on the Web

* The architecture and philosophy of the Web

* The intersection of design and human interaction on the Web

* Economics and social innovation on the Web

* Governance, democracy, intellectual property, and the commons

* Personal data, trust, and privacy

* Web and social media research ethics

* Studies of Linked Data, the Cloud, and digital eco-systems

* Big data and the study of the Web

* Web access, literacy, and development

* Knowledge, education, and scholarship on and through the Web

* People-driven Web technologies, including crowd-sourcing, open data,

and new interfaces

* Digital humanities

* Arts & culture on the Web or engaging audiences using Web resources

* Web archiving techniques and scholarly uses of Web archives

* New research questions and thought-provoking ideas


Web Science is necessarily a very selective single track conference with

a rigorous review process. To accommodate the distinct traditions of its

many disciplines, we provide three different submission formats: full

papers, short papers, and posters. For all types of submissions,

inclusion in the ACM DL proceedings will be by default, but not

mandatory (opt-out via EasyChair). All accepted research papers (full

and short papers) will be presented during the single-track conference.

All accepted posters will be given a spot in the single-track lightning

talk session, and room to present their papers during a dedicated poster


Full research papers (5 to 10 pages, ACM double column, 20 mins

presentation including Q&A)

Full research papers should present new results and original work that

has not been previously published. Research papers should present

substantial theoretical, empirical, methodological, or policy-oriented

contributions to research and/or practice.

Short research papers (up to 5 pages, ACM double column, 15 mins

presentation including Q&A)

Short research papers should present new results and original work that

has not been previously published. Research papers can present

preliminary theoretical, empirical, methodological, or policy-oriented

contributions to research and/or practice.

Full and short paper submissions should be formatted according to the

official ACM SIG proceedings template (WebSci archive format at

Posters (up to 6 pages, ACM abstract template, lightning talk + poster


Extended abstracts for posters, which should be in English, can be up to

6 pages, and should be formatted according to the official ACM SIG

abstract template (extended abstract format at

Other creative submission formats (flexible formats)

Other types of creative submissions are also encouraged, and the exact

format and style of presentation are open. Examples might include

artistic performances or installations, interactive exhibits,

demonstrations, or other creative formats. For these submissions, the

proposers should make clear both what they propose to do, and any

special requirements they would need to successfully do it (in terms of

space, time, technology, etc.)

Instructions for all types of submissions will be posted on the

WebSci14 conference website soon.


The Web Science program committee consists of a program committee that

covers all relevant areas of Web Science. Each submission will be

refereed by three PC members and one short meta review written by a

Co-PC chair, to cover both the research background of each submission as

well as the necessary interdisciplinary aspects.

(Optional) Archival Proceedings in the ACM Digital Library

All accepted papers and posters will by default appear in the Web

Science 2014 Conference Proceedings and can also be made available

through the ACM Digital Library, in the same length and format of the

submission unless indicated otherwise (those wishing not to be indexed

and archived can opt out of the proceedings).

Deadlines (tentative)

Full & Short Papers:

* 23 February 2014: Submissions of full and short papers

* 13 April 2014: Notification of acceptance for papers

* 11 May 2014: Camera-ready version of papers and posters due

Late Breaking Posters:

* 23 March 2014: Submissions of posters

* 13 April 2014: Notification of acceptance for posters

* 11 May 2014: Camera-ready version of posters due

Authors take note: The official publication date is the date the

proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may

be up to two weeks prior to the first day of the conference. The

official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings

related to published work. (If proceedings are published in the ACM

Digital Library after the conference is over, the official publication

date is the first day of the conference.)

Call for Workshops: see conference website

Conference calendar and rough program

- 23 June 2014: workshops, opening reception and keynote

- 24 June 2014: keynote(s), technical program, poster reception

- 25 June 2014: keynote(s), technical program, social event

- 26 June 2014: keynote, technical program, closing

General chairs

- Fil Menczer, Indiana University

- Jim Hendler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

- Bill Dutton, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Program chairs

- Markus Strohmaier, University of Koblenz and GESIS (Computing)

- Ciro Cattuto, ISI Foundation (Physics)

- Eric T. Meyer, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

(Social Sciences)


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