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Call for Late Breaking Research

Call for Late Breaking Research

At WebSci15 we will hold an exciting and interactive session for Late Breaking Research: analysis, demos and concepts that are not yet ready for publication, but would stimulate debate and further investigation into current topics within Web Science. Abstracts are invited (approx 500 words) that propose interesting and novel research that will presented in a Pecha Kucha-style session on Sunday afternoon (28 June).

Late Breaking Research 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

Submissions will be reviewed by the General and Programme Chairs as they are received and will not be otherwise peer-reviewed. They should be approximately 500 words and are not required to follow ACM formatting requirements. Figures and references can be included but please respect a two page limit to facilitate review. Submit papers using EasyChair at

Please note the interim deadline of 27 May in order to receive notification before the early bird registration deadline of 29 May. Submissions will be accepted up until 21 June.

(This session will be published on the Web but not in the ACM proceedings.)

Call for Papers and Posters (closed)

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
  • Submission

    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

    Important dates

    20 Mar 2015
    Deadline for paper and poster submissions

    8 May 2015
    Paper/poster notification

    18 May 2015
    Call for late breaking research

    27 May 2015
    Late breaking research (early bird deadline)

    30 May 2015
    Paper/poster camera-ready

    21 June 2015
    Late breaking research deadline