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The Web Science conference is a unique venue where different disciplines are brought together in a creative and critical dialogue with the aim of understanding the Web. It welcomes participation from all fields including (but not limited to) art, anthropology, computer and information sciences, communication, economics, humanities, informatics, law, linguistics, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology. We particularly welcome contributions that seek to cross traditional disciplinary boundaries. We are seeking papers and abstracts 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.

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

Current theoretical, methodological, and epistemological challenges of Web Science:

- Ethical challenges of technologies, data, algorithms, platforms, and people in the Web

- Interdisciplinarity in Web Science

- Modeling Web-related structures, data, users and behaviours

- Impact of big data on the development of Web Science

- Web Science approaches to data science, data analytics, and the Web of data

- Detecting, preventing and predicting anomalies in Web data

- Data curation and stewardship in Web Science

- Sharing Web research data, Web archiving, and scholarly uses of Web archives

- The psychological, sociological, legal and technological aspects related to the temporal and spatial dimensions of the web as a repository of information

Web practices of individuals, collectives, institutions, and platforms:

- The architecture and philosophy of the Web

- Social machines, collective intelligence, and collaborative production

- Health and well-being online

- Humanities, arts, and culture on the Web

- Web Science and the Internet of Things

- Web economics, social entrepreneurship, and innovation

Analysis of online social and information networks, social media analyses

Governance, democracy, access, intellectual property:

- Personal data and privacy

- Anonymity, security and trust for Web access

- Web access, literacy, divides, and development

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


Web Science 2017 is a very selective conference with a rigorous review process. Reviewing will be single-blind (authors are given on submissions; reviewers are anonymous). To accommodate the distinct traditions of its many disciplines, we allow for three different paper submission formats: full papers, short papers, and extended abstracts.

Full papers are 8-10 pages long, ACM double column. Full papers should present new and substantial theoretical, empirical, methodological, or policy-oriented contributions to research and/or practice. Full papers include an abstract, an introduction, sections and especially significant  conclusions and should be well on top of the current literature in the field as evidenced by appropriate referencing. Full papers should be original work that has not been previously published. Full papers are presented through regular talks.The program committee may decide to recommend full papers that were rejected as such to be accepted as short papers, if the authors agree.

Short papers are 3-5 pages long, ACM double column. Short papers should present new and substantial theoretical, empirical, methodological, or policy-oriented contributions to research and/or practice. Short papers should include an abstract, an introductory paragraph and appropriate references. Short papers should be original work that has not been previously published. Short papers are assigned short talks.

Extended abstracts (poster submissions) are ~ 2 pages long, ACM double column. Accepted extended abstracts will be included into the WebSci17 proceedings and presented as part of the Web Science 2017 poster track (note the diverging submission dates below). The poster track is a forum to foster interactions among researchers and practitioners by allowing them to present new and innovative work in-progress. Submitted abstracts are expected to be aligned with one or more of the relevant topics to the Web Science 2017 community.

All types of accepted submissions will be included in the proceedings, which will be archived by the Association for Computing Machinery Digital Library. However, to accommodate publication habits of different scientific communities, we allow authors to opt out of having their contribution appear in the proceedings.

We will organize a special issue of The Journal of Web Science. Authors of selected full and short papers and extended abstracts will be contacted and invited to submit a full-length journal paper for the special issue. All the papers invited to this submission will go through a peer-review process before receiving final approval.

Submission Instructions

Full and short paper and poster submissions should be formatted according to the official ACM Proceedings template ( If appropriate, please make use of the ACM 1998 classification scheme (

Program Chairs

Paolo Boldi, University of Milan, Italy and Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda, GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences & WeST Institute Koblenz University, Germany (

Senior Program Committee

Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Pompeu Fabra University, Spain

Carlos Castillo, Eurecat! Technology Centre of Catalonia, Spain

Ciro Cattuto, ISI, Italy

Emilio Ferrara, University of Southern California, US

Susan Halford, University of Southampton, UK

Cecilia Mascolo, University of Cambridge, UK

Wolfgang Nejdl, LS3 Hannover, Germany

Paolo Parigi, Stanford University, US

Isabella Peters, ZBW Kiel, Germany

Steffen Staab, University of Koblenz, Germany

Meira Wagner, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Michael Zimmer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, US

Important dates (updated - please review carefully)

March 8, 2017 (Wednesday), Intention to submit: Intentions to submit short papers, long papers must be indicated by submitting a very short abstract on EasyChair. These intentions to submit are used to assign reviewers before final submission. Without "intention to submit" by March 8 submissions of long papers or short papers cannot be accepted.

March 16, 2017 (Thursday), Submission of long papers and short papers: PDFs of these submissions must be uploaded by this date.

April 26, 2017 (Wednesday), Notification: Acceptances and rejections of long papers and short papers are sent out.

May 1, 2017 (Monday), Submission of extended abstracts: PDFs of these submissions must be uploaded by this date. Note that extended abstracts are *exempt* from the earlier "intention to submit" deadline, i.e. EAs can be uploaded by 1 May without any preliminary abstract submission.

May 17, 2017 (Wednesday), Notification: Acceptances and rejections of extended abstracts are sent out.

May 24, 2017 (Wednesday): Presenters who do not opt out of having their contribution appear in the proceedings must upload the camera-ready copy of their paper to EasyChair by this date.