CfP: Web Science 2015

Call for Papers & Posters (text version)

The Web Science conference welcomes participation from all disciplines including, but not limited to, art, computer and information sciences, communication, economics, humanities, informatics, law, linguistics, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology, in pursuit of an understanding of the Web. This conference is unique in bringing these disciplines together in creative and critical dialogue. We particularly welcome contributions that seek to cross traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Following the success of WebSci’09 in Athens, WebSci’10 in Raleigh, WebSci’11 in Koblenz, WebSci’12 in Evanston, WebSci’13 in Paris, and WebSci’14 in Bloomington, for the 2015 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 works-in-progress. There is a separate call for colocated workshops.

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

  • Theoretical, methodological and ethical approaches for Web Science
  • Web practices – individual and/or collective and/or institutional
  • Humanities on the Web
  • The architecture and philosophy of the Web
  • Web Science approaches to Data Science and the Web of Data
  • Web Science and the Internet of Things
  • Social machines, collective intelligence and collaborative production
  • Social Media analytics for Web Science
  • Web economics, social entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Web Science and Cybersecurity
  • Governance, democracy, intellectual property, and the commons
  • Personal data, trust, and privacy
  • Web access, literacy, and development
  • Knowledge, education, and scholarship on and through the Web
  • Health and well-being online
  • Arts and culture on the Web
  • Data curation and stewardship in Web Science
  • Web archiving techniques and scholarly uses of Web archives


Web Science 2015 is a very selective single track conference with a rigorous review process. To accommodate the distinct traditions of its many disciplines, we provide three different paper submission formats: full papers, short papers, and posters. For all types of submissions, inclusion in the Association for Computing Machinery Digital Library proceedings will be by default, but not mandatory. All accepted research papers (full and short papers) will be presented during the single track conference. There will be a reception for all accepted posters, which will all be displayed in a dedicated space during the conference.

Full research papers (8-10 pages, ACM double column) Full research papers should present substantial theoretical, empirical, methodological, or policy-oriented contributions to research and/or practice. This should be original work that has not been previously published.

Short research papers (up to 5 pages, ACM double column) Short research papers may present preliminary theoretical, empirical, methodological, or policy-oriented contributions to research and/or practice. This should be original work that has not been previously published.

Posters (up to 2 pages, ACM double column, poster reception and presentation) Extended abstracts for posters may be up to 2 pages.

Other types of creative submissions (flexible format) 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 the format and content and any special requirements they would need to successfully deliver this work (in terms of space, time, technology, etc.)

Submission instructions

Full and short paper and poster submissions should be formatted according to the official ACM SIG proceedings template ( If appropriate, please make use of the ACM 1998 classification scheme ( Submit papers using EasyChair at Submissions do not need to be anonymised.

Review Process

The Web Science Programme Committee covers all areas of Web Science. Each submission will be refereed by three Programme Committee members and one short meta review written by a Co-Programme Committee chair, to cover both the research background of each submission as well as the necessary interdisciplinary aspects.

Digital Library

All accepted papers and posters will by default appear in the Web Science 2015 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).

Important Dates

20 Mar 2015 Deadline for paper and poster submissions
30 Apr 2015 Paper/poster notification
15 May 2015 Paper/poster camera-ready

Programme Chairs

  • Christine L. Borgman, Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies, UCLA
  • Pete Burnap, School of Computer Science & Informatics, Cardiff University, UK
  • Susan Halford, Professor of Sociology, Web Science Institute, University of Southampton, UK

Call for Workshops

For WebSci15 the workshops will be integrated into the main conference programme, running in the afternoons of June 30 and July 1. The workshops offer organisers the opportunity to curate panels, or collaborative research and scholarship activities around a key Web Science theme and to explore this in depth. Workshops may be proposed on any theme that facilitates interdisciplinary discussion of the Web and approaches to Web Science research. We particularly welcome applications that are ambitious in scope and aim to address the pressing challenges of Web Science. This might include, but is not restricted to:

  • Theorising the Web
  • Data ownership, access and ethics
  • Digital cultures
  • Digital inequality, citizenship and governance
  • The future of the Web

Workshops can have a mixture of panel presentations and invited speakers, but presentations should reflect the diversity of approaches that characterise the multidisciplinary nature of Web Science.

Workshop submission

Workshop proposals should contain the following information:

  1. Title summarising the tutorial goals or workshop theme.
  2. Details of the organising committee, including names and institutional affiliations.
  3. Max two-page description about the relevance, motivation and goals of the tutorial or workshop.
  4. Schedule of sessions, panels, and talks (half day 14:00-17:00).
  5. Names of instructors and potential invited speakers.
  6. For workshops, selection criteria for papers to be presented.
  7. Workshop website URL (desirable).

It is the prerogative of organisers to decide whether to have an open call for participants and papers, or arrange panels by invitation only. Proposals should include as many details as possible about sessions, speakers, and talks: they will be evaluated by their coherence and ability to address the stated goals.

It is the responsibility of organisers to advertise their event, and constitute a program committee to review and select papers, manage the review process, and possibly arrange for selected papers to be published in a special issue of a to-be-identified journal.

If successful, we advise proposals to have a website describing the event (within two weeks of acceptance) and, if applicable, information about similar events held in the past. Workshops will be linked from the main conference site. Proposals should be submitted in pdf format through Easychair to:

Workshop proposal review

The Web Science programme chairs will review each submission and select those with the higher scores on originality, timeliness and relevance of the proposed topic, its interdisciplinarity, rigour of the review process, coherence with the conference aims, and potential to attract a large audience.

Workshop proposal deadlines

February 27, 2015 Workshop proposal submissions
March 6, 2015 Notification of workshop acceptance
March 13, 2015 Workshop website due


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