International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2017)
Sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence
Montreal, Canada: May 15-18, 2017 

The International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM) is a forum for researchers from multiple disciplines to come together to share knowledge, discuss ideas, exchange information, and learn about cutting-edge research in diverse fields with the common theme of online social media. This overall theme includes research in new perspectives in social theories, as well as computational algorithms for analyzing social media. Research presented at ICWSM blends social science and computational approaches to answer important and challenging questions about human social behavior through social media while advancing computational tools for vast and unstructured data.

ICWSM, now in its eleventh year, has become one of the premier venues for computational social science, and previous years of ICWSM have featured papers, posters, and demos that draw upon network science, machine learning, computational linguistics, sociology, communication, and political science. The uniqueness of the venue and the quality of submissions have contributed to a fast growth of the conference and a competitive acceptance rate around 20% for full-length research papers published in the proceedings by the Association for the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). The accepted papers will be open access and have equal time for a full oral presentation. Full papers will also have the opportunity to display their paper as a poster at the venue.

For ICWSM-17, in addition to the usual program of contributed talks, posters and demos, the main conference will include a selection of keynote talks from prominent scientists and technologists. Building on successes in previous years, ICWSM-17 will also hold a day of workshops and tutorials in addition to the main conference.

Please see the full call for disciplines, topics, and types of social media.  

Paper Submission Categories
Please note that the formatting and submission instructions in the author kit are for final, accepted papers; ICWSM submissions are anonymous, and must conform to all detailed instructions for blind review (Detailed guidelines). In addition, the copyright slug may be omitted in the initial submission phase and no copyright form is required until a paper is accepted for publication.

This year there are three submission options; ICWSM is introducing a new paper format, Dataset Papers, for researchers whose primary contribution is to provide new data resources and methodological novelty in procuring those resources.

1. Full paper format: Full paper submissions to ICWSM are recommended to be 8 pages long, and must be at most 10 pages long, including figures and references. The final camera-ready length (between 8-10 pages) for each full paper in the proceedings will be at the discretion of the program chairs. All papers must follow AAAI formatting guidelines.

2. Dataset paper format: Dataset paper submissions must comprise two parts: a dataset or group of datasets, and metadata describing the content, quality, structure, potential uses of the dataset(s), and methods employed for data collection. Descriptive statistics may be included in the metadata (more sophisticated analyses should be part of a regular paper submission). Datasets and metadata must be published as part of ICWSM data sharing service and the papers will be part of the full proceedings. Dataset paper submissions must be between 8-10 pages long. All papers must follow AAAI formatting guidelines.

3. Poster and demo paper format: Poster paper submissions to ICWSM must be 4 pages long, including figures and references. Demo paper submissions to ICWSM must be 2 pages long, including figures and references. All papers must follow AAAI formatting guidelines.

Anonymity: Paper submissions to ICWSM must be anonymized.

Social sciences and sociophysics papers with optional publication: We will be continuing the 'social science and sociophysics' track at ICWSM-17 following its successful debut in 2013. This option is for researchers in social science and sociophysics who wish to submit full papers without publication in the conference proceedings. While papers in this track will not be published, we expect these submissions to describe the same high-quality and complete work as the main track submissions. Papers accepted to this track will be full presentations integrated with the conference, but they will be published only as abstracts in the conference proceedings.

Ethics: We encourage the authors to obtain ethical approval for experiments with human subjects from their corresponding institutions' Internal Review Board (IRB) and demonstrate this information as part of the submission.

Please see the call for papers ( for template and additional guidelines. 

ICWSM 2017 - Important Dates
Workshops - 
    Proposals: December 12, 2016

Papers, Posters, and Demos -  
     Abstract Submission: January 6, 2017 (by 23:59 Hawaii Standard Time)
     Full Papers Submission: January 23, 2017 (by 23:59 Hawaii Standard Time)
     Paper and poster notifications: February 28, 2017 
     Camera Ready Version Due: March 10, 2017  

Tutorials - 
     Proposals: January 25, 2017
     Notification: February 15, 2017

ICWSM 2017, Montreal, Canada
Tutorials and Workshops: May 15, 2017
Main Conference: May 16-18, 2017

Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon, Alice Marwick, & Winter Mason
ICWSM 2017 Program Co-chairs

Vanessa Frias-Martinez and Sarita Schoenebeck
ICWSM 2017 Tutorials Chairs

Munmun De Choudhury, Brian Keegan, Jürgen Pfeffer
ICWSM 2017 Workshops Chairs

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