Call For Papers: IJWS special issue on Social Web Search and Mining (IJWS-SI-SWSM 2012)

International Journal of Web Science (IJWS) Special Issue on Social Web Search and Mining

Main submission deadline: June 1st, 2012 (deadline extended)


Recent years have seen a flourishing of social media. Across the world, individuals can share news, opinions, experiences and expertise through Web-enabled devices, including desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile phones. There has been a fundamental shift thanks to significant advances in the ease of publishing and sharing content. Such examples include microblogs, blogs, bookmarking services, photo sharing platforms, forums, newsgroups, and location-based services. They have formed a new Web: social Web, which generates a lot of structured and semi-structured information. This information greatly enlarges the content of the Web. At the same time, it introduces many interesting research issues as well many real-world applications. These research issues have been receiving growing attentions in recent years.

The aim of this special issue is to collect contemporary works concerning searching and mining the Social Web. The context of the special issue can be related to a wide range of areas including Web mining, social networks analysis, semantic Web, information retrieval, and natural language processing. We invite researchers and professionals from a broad range of disciplines to submit to this issue. Papers may encompass any or all of the following types of works: theoretical analysis, modelling, algorithms, simulation, visualisation and empirical studies.


Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

* Microblog (e.g. Twitter, Weibo) search and mining
* Social network analysis
* Community detection and network evolution analysis
* Personalisation for search and for social interaction
* User profiling and recommender systems
* Collaborative search and question answering
* Sentiment analysis and opinion mining
* Topic detection and topic trend analysis
* User behaviour prediction
* Real-time social search and mining infrastructures
* Cross-media search and mining of user-generated content
* Entity search (e.g. expert finding, product search, organisation search, etc.)
* Semantic Web-based social applications
* Computational advertising for user-generated content
* Spam detection and anomaly detection of social media
* Geospatial and temporal analysis of social media
* Applications of social search and mining


Yi Fang ( and Zenglin Xu (, Purdue University, USA
Jiang Bian ( and Ziad Al Bawab (, Yahoo! Labs, USA


Submission deadline: 1 June, 2012

Notification date: 15 July, 2012

Final paper submission: 15 August, 2012


Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).
All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guideline page:

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please go to Online Submissions of Papers: If you experience any problems submitting your paper online, please contact or the Guest Editors, describing the exact problem you experience. (Please include in your email the title of the Special Issue, the title of the Journal and the names of the Guest Editors)


IJWS is a newly launched refereed scientific international journal. IJWS aims to improve the state-of-the-art of worldwide research in the areas of web theories, services, applications and standards by publishing high-quality papers in this area. IIJWS is committed to deepening the understanding of enabling theories and technologies for applying and developing the web as a global information repository.

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