Call for Contributions

Call for Papers and Abstracts

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.
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.


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
 Analysis of online social and information networks
 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 conference with a rigorous review process. 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 about 30 references. Full papers should be original work that has not been previously published.

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 about 20 references. Short papers should be original work that has not been previously published.

Extended abstracts are ~ 2 pages long, ACM double column. Extended abstracts present new research of broad significance for the WebSci community. Extended abstracts include about 10 references.

Full and short papers could be assigned to any of the three presentation modes—long talk, short talk and poster. Extended abstracts will be assigned to the poster sessions. The final mode of presentation will be determined by qualities of the paper like maturity of research, strength of argument, interdisciplinary approach and impetus to spur further work. Senior chairs may decide to recommend extended abstracts of particular relevance to short talks.

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.

Program Co-chairs

Paolo Parigi, Stanford University
Steffen Staab, Universität Koblenz-Landau, Germany & University of Southampton, UK

February 1, 2016 (Monday), Intention to Submit: Intentions to submit short papers, long papers or extended abstracts 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 February 1 submissions of long papers, short papers or extended abstracts cannot be accepted.

February 8, 2016 ( Monday), Submission of long papers, short papers, extended Abstracts: PDFs of these submissions must be uploaded by this date.

March 22, 2016 ( Tuesday), Notification: Acceptances and rejections of long papers, short papers and extended abstracts are sent out.

April 12, 2016 (Tuesday), April 15, 2016 (Friday),: 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.


Submission Deadline: December 1, 2015
Proposal Submission Email:
Notification of acceptance: December 10, 2015
Tutorials will be held on 22 May 2016 in Hannover, Germany.

WebSci is seeking proposals for tutorials about tools, techniques, and research methodologies that allow Web Scientists to analyze and understand phenomena on the Web. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the WebSci community, consisting of experts in Computer Science, Social Science and Engineering, we specifically aim for tutorials which either introduce technical topics, methods and tools to a non-technical audience or present social science methods and theories to a more technical audience. Tutorials may provide, for instance, an in depth look at an emerging technique, method or software package or a broad summary of an important direction in the field. The tutorial format will be entirely determined by the tutorial organizers. We will favor tutorials embed hands-on experiences, collaborative approaches, and interactivity above tutorials that provide only frontal lectures. We are looking for contributions from experts from different disciplines such as social science, computer science, physics and economics.


Proposals for tutorials should be no more than four (4) pages in length (10pt, single column, with reasonable margins), written in English, and should include the following:

  • Tutorial title and summary. A short description (500 words max) of the scope main objective of the tutorial that will be published on the main WebSci website.
    Names, affiliations, emails, and personal websites of the tutorial organizers. A main contact author should be specified. A typical proposal should include no more than four co-organizers.
  • Duration. The tutorial duration can range between two hours to the full day, depending on the type of activities scheduled. The Tutorial Chair might conditionally accept a proposal and suggest a different duration to best fit the organization of the whole event.
  • Tutorial schedule and activities. A description of the proposed tutorial format, a schedule of the proposed activities (e.g., presentations, interactive sessions) along with a *detailed* description for each of them. The tutor(s) for each activity should be specified as well.
  • Target audience, prerequisites and outcomes. A description of the target audience, the prerequisite skill set for the attendee as well as a list of goals for the tutor to accomplish by the end of the tutorial.
  • Expected number of attendees. This is required for logistics planning.
  • Material available on the tutorial website. The organizers of accepted tutorials are encouraged to set up on their own a web page containing all the information for the tutorial attendees before the tutorial day. The proposal should contain a detailed list of the material that will be made available on the website.
  • Precedent [when available]: If the authors of the proposal have organized other tutorials in the past, pointers to the relevant material (e.g., slides, videos, web pages, code) should be provided.
  • Special requirements [when needed]: A list of equipment and that needs to be made available by conference organizers (other than wifi, a projector, and a regular workshop room setup).

Submissions must be in PDF to the submission email ( Pre-submission questions can be sent to the chair at the following address:


The full conference fee will be waived to the tutorial organizers.



  • Tutorials proposal submission deadline: December 1, 2015
  • Tutorials acceptance notification: December 10, 2015
  • Tutorial sites and materials online: February 1, 2016
  • WebSci Tutorials Day: 22 May, 2016

Tutorial Chair: Claudia Wagner (GESIS & Univ. Koblenz-Landau)