The 13th International ACM Conference on Web Science in 2021 (WebSci’21) is an interdisciplinary conference where a multitude of research disciplines converge with the purpose of creating a greater insight into a complex global Web than the sum of their individual parts. We invite participation from diverse fields including computer and information sciences, communication, economics, informatics, law, linguistics, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology.

Find the detailed call here:

Furthermore to conference is open for workshop and tutorial contributions.

Important Dates

Feb. 12, 2021 Abstract Submission Deadline
Feb. 19, 2021 Paper submission deadline
April 9, 2021 Notification
May 10, 2021 Camera-ready versions due
June 21-25 Conference dates

Call for Papers

Contributions may be analytical, conceptual, creative, critical, predictive, theoretical (or all of the above) and should aim, wherever possible, to cross traditional disciplinary boundaries. The conference provides a platform to a range of practitioners from Ph.D. students to experienced researchers and ideas ranging from early work through projects as well as final analysis and completed publishable work. We look to evaluate and value the impact of the Web Science approach, its current theoretical, methodological, and epistemological challenges as well as Web practices of individuals, collectives, institutions, and platforms.

Building on our theme for 2021, we especially welcome contributions that:

  •  Have a broader perspective on the Web and that combine analyses of Web data and other types of data (e.g., from surveys or interviews) to better understand user behaviour (i.e., online and offline)
  • Present successful cases of interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary Web research
  • Examine trends in globalisation, fragmentation, rejoining, and Balkanisation of the Web
  • Examine automation and AI in all its manifestations relevant to the Web 
  • Interrogate questions of discriminiation, representation and fairness
  • Bring lenses such as intersectionality or design justice to questions of marginalisation and inequality 
  • Consider the impact of COVID on technology adoption, risk perception and risk taking, rates of change, change management, digital health, and privacy Methodologically, Web Science is a discipline that is agnostic to specific methods. We welcome quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research, including methods from the social sciences and computer science. In addition, we welcome work that explores the ethics of Web-based data collection and research. More broadly, possible topics for submissions include (but are not limited to) the following: 
  • Ethical challenges of technologies, data, algorithms, platforms, and people in the Web
  • Modeling Web-related structures, data, users and behaviours
  • Impact of AI and machine learning on the development of Web Science
  • Detecting, preventing and predicting anomalies in Web data (e.g., fake content, spam, algorithmic and data biases)
  • Data curation, Web archives and stewardship in Web Science 
  • Safeguarding and governance of the Web, including anonymity, security and trust 
  • Temporal and spatial dimensions of the Web as a repository of information 
  • The architecture and philosophy of the Web 
  • Social machines, crowd computing and collective intelligence
  • Analysis and modeling of human vs. automatic behaviour (e.g., bots) and their influence on the structure of the Web and responding behaviour 
  • Health and well-being online
  • Humanities, arts, and culture on the Web
  • Critical analyses of the Web and Web technologies
  • Web economics, social entrepreneurship, and innovation
  • Analysis of online social and information networks
  • Legal issues including rights and accountability for AI actors
  • Inclusion, literacy and the digital divide 
  • Health, politics, and education on the Web

Format of the Submissions

Please upload your submissions via EasyChair. The ACM Web Science Conference will run as an online conference, where authors will present their work remotely to online participants. There is one format for submission. All contributors will submit an abstract (max 400 words) followed by a full paper of between 6 and 10 pages (inclusive of references, appendices, etc.). The authors shall adopt the current ACM SIG Conference proceedings template (acmart.cls). Please submit papers as PDF files using the ACM template, either in Microsoft Word format or with the ACM LaTeX template on Overleaf (ACM Conference Proceedings “Master” Template). All contributions will be judged by the Program Committee upon rigorous peer review standards for quality and fit to the conference, by at least three referees. We will adopt a single-blind review process. Do not anonymize your submissions. Submissions without authorship information will be desk-rejected without review. For authors who wish to opt-out of publication proceedings, this option will be made available upon acceptance. This will encourage the participation of researchers from the social sciences that prefer to publish their work as journal articles. All authors of accepted papers (including those who opt out of proceedings) are expected to present their work (virtually) at the conference. In 2020, the Web Science conference registration costs were kept low, and the intention is to continue this for Web Science 2021.

The Hypertext and Social Media community is invited to contribute to the ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media 2021. The detailed call can be found here:

There will be 5 conference main tracks about

  1. Adaptive Web and Recommender Systems
  2. Social Web
  3. Semantic Web and NLP
  4. Human-information interaction, search and retrieval
  5. Digital Hummanities, Games, Culture

along with a "Late Results and Showcase Track" featuring

  • Late-breaking results
  • Demos
  • Blue Sky papers
  • Doctoral consortium
  • Exhibition

Follow the Hypertext 2021 social media accounts to keep yourself updated:

Nominations are sought for the next Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Transactions on the Web (ACM TWEB; TWEB is a journal publishing refereed articles reporting the results of research on Web content, applications, use, and related enabling technologies. Additional information about the TWEB and its charter is available at

The term of appointment is three years, to begin in January 2021, with the possibility of renewal for a second term. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for following and executing the editorial charter of the journal, as well as for proactively adapting the journal’s mechanisms and charter to the evolving nature of the field. The EiC will also closely work with relevant ACM interest groups such as SIGWeb and relevant conferences such as the Web Conference series (formerly known as WWW). A description of the duties of the EiC and evaluation criteria can be found at TWEB is receiving about 120 submissions a year, and the Editor-in-Chief should be comfortable with that workload.

Candidates for the position should be well-established researchers in areas related to the core mission of the journal, and they should have significant prior experience serving in senior roles on conference program committees and journal editorial boards.

Nomination Process and Deadlines

Nominations, including self-nominations, should be sent by email to the chair of the search committee, Marc Najork (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). All nominations must include the candidate’s CV as well as a one to two-page statement of vision. Please use the subject line header “TWEB EiC Nomination” in your email.

The deadline for nominations is December 1, 2020.

Search Committee

  • Marc Najork (Google, USA), Chair
  • Peter Brusilovsky (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
  • Susan Dumais (Microsoft, USA)
  • Arun Iyengar (IBM, USA)
  • Yoelle Maarek (Amazon, Israel)
  • Gerhard Weikum (Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Germany)
  • Min Zhang (Tsinghua University, China)
  • Chris Hankin (Imperial College, UK), ACM Publications Board Liaison
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