ACM Web Science 2013, May 2-4th in Paris


All the Paper Calls have now passed, But it is still possible to participate by proposing an event as part of the WebSci Fringe!

Web Science is necessarily a very selective conference with a rigorous review process. To accommodate the distinct traditions of its many disciplines,  we provide three different submission formats: papers, notes, and abstracts. The language of the conference is English, but Fringe events and workshops may also be accepted in French Langauage.

Research Papers & Research Notes

Research papers and research notes should present new results and original work that has not been previously published. Research papers should present significant theoretical, empirical, methodological, or policy-oriented contributions to research and/or practice. Research notes should describe brief and focused research contributions that are noteworthy.

Papers can be up to 10 pages; notes up to 4 pages. All submissions should be formatted according to the official ACM SIG proceedings template and submitted via EasyChair. (See the Submissions Page for details)

Web Science offers a wide range of presentation modes in keeping with its diversity. The conference separates mode of presentation from mode of publication; for example, a striking new result might be presented as a poster or in a pecha kucha  session for short, impactful results, and yet still  merit a full ten-page paper in the conference proceedings. or a short notes paper might be chosen for a long presntation. Web Science has a particularly strong tradition for the excellence of its poster session which is one of the primary presentation methods.

Extended Abstracts

Extended abstracts should describe either (1) thought-provoking ideas with the potential for interesting discussions at the conference, or (2) works-in-progress for sharing valuable ideas, eliciting feedback on early-stage work, or fostering discussions and collaborations among colleagues.
Extended abstracts can be up to 6 pages, and should be formatted according to the official ACM SIG abstract template  and submitted via EasyChair. (See the Submissions Page for details). The call for extended abstracts will be made in early February.


The workshop program aims at addressing a variety of the issues raised by the World Wide Web complex ecosystem. Proposals are particularly welcome from communities currently at the fringe of Web Science. Workshops may be either half day or full day. The Workshop Call is available here.

Web Science Fringe Festival

The Web Science Fringe Festival takes an “unconference” approach to presenting work from the arts and sciences that pertains to Web Science but falls outside the conventional range of academic publication in the natural and social sciences.  This might include, for example:

  • performance art on, in, or about the Web
  • painting, sculpture, or other media that comments on Web phenomena
  • interactive drama and hyperdrama, either within or outside the Web
  • electronic literature and virtual art
  • pioneering web design
  • location-aware and location-specific narrative
  • augmented reality
  • netart
  • artistic data visualizations

This catalog is intended to be suggestive but not exhaustive.  Unconventional presentations and interactions are encouraged. Limited assistance may be available to creators.

A call for Fringe events will be made in early March.

Review, Publication, and Presentation

The Web Science program committee consists of a senior program committee that covers all relevant areas of Web Science as well as regular program committee members from these areas. Each submission will be refereed by at least 3 PC members and one senior PC member, to cover both the research background of each submission as well as the necessary interdisciplinary aspects.

Review criteria for all types of submissions include significance, originality, presentation, validity, and the ability to stimulate discussion, with different emphases depending on the submission category to allow for consideration of all relevant works contributing to the advancement of Web Science.

All accepted papers, notes, and extended abstracts will appear in the Web Science 2013 Conference Proceedings and can also be made available through the ACM Digital Library, in the same length and format of the submission (although those wishing not be indexed can “opt out” of the proceedings). Regardless of the submission format, accepted submissions will be presented in one of three formats: 1) as a 20-minute presentation followed by discussion, 2) during one of the poster presentations and discussion sessions, 3) or as part of a panel discussion. Research papers, research notes, and extended abstracts are eligible for presentation in any of the three formats, depending on reviewer recommendations. Submissions that are thought-provoking and novel will be more appropriate for longer presentation, while those that are expected to stimulate discussion will be ideal for presentation in smaller groups or as posters.


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