CFP #SMSociety Special Issue in Social Media + Society Journal



Peer reviewed, open access scholarly journal

Word count: 8,000 words, but no page limit

Citation style: APA

Manuscript Guidelines:

Submission deadline: November 20, 2017

Submission site:


  • Jeff Hemsley, Syracuse University
  • Anatoliy Gruzd, Ryerson University
  • Jenna Jacobson, Ryerson University
  • Philip Mai, Ryerson University

On behalf of the guest editorial team at Social Media + Society, we would like to invite all presenters from the 2017 International Conference on Social Media & Society to submit to our #SMSociety Special Issue on “Social Media for Social Good or Evil” in SM+S journal. All presenters at the 2017 #SMSociety Conference – including full papers, work-in-progress papers, panels, workshops, tutorials, or posters – are invited to submit a paper for inclusion in the Special Issue.

The aim of the Special Issue is to highlight the wide-ranging research in social media that showcases research from scholars working in many fields, including Communication, Computer Science, Education, Journalism, Information, Management, Political Science, Sociology, etc.

All submissions will undergo double-blind peer review. Submissions have an 8,000-word limit for the main text (excluding references and Appendices), but are not constrained by a page limit. SM+Srequires the APA citation style. For more information about submission format, see:

If your paper was published in the Conference Proceedings, you are welcome to submit a revised manuscript to the Special Issue if you substantially expand your paper (at least ~30% new content, such as new tests/case studies or expanded discussion that offer additional insights above and beyond the previously published conference paper).


  • November 13, 2017: Submission deadline for the Special Issue
  • January 30, 2018: First round reviews
  • March 30, 2018: Final editorial decisions
  • Spring–Summer 2018: Publication of the SM+S Special Issue



In order to be considered for this Special Issue, please be sure to submit to the link below, rather than to the journal directly.



The journal special issue will follow the broad theme of the 2017 SMSociety conference on “Social Media for Social Good or Evil.” Our online behaviour is far from virtual—it extends our offline lives. Much of social media research has identified the positive opportunities of using social media; for example, how people use social media to form support groups online, participate in political uprisings, raise money for charities, and extend teaching and learning outside the classroom. However, mirroring offline experiences, we have also seen social media being used to spread propaganda and misinformation, recruit terrorists, live stream criminal activities, reinforce ideological echo chambers, and perpetuate hate and oppression (such as racist, sexist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic behaviour). Furthermore, behind the posts are algorithms, power structures, commercial interests, and other factors that surreptitiously influence our experiences on social media. So, we ask:

  • What does it mean to use social media for social good?
  • How can social media be further leveraged for social justice? What are the threats to meaningful participation and how can we overcome these threats?
  • What do we know about the 4 W’s of who, what, why, where (and how) do people engage in anti-social behaviour online?
  • What theoretical and methodological tools can we use to study anti-social behaviour? Can we detect such behaviour automatically?
  • What are the ethics of algorithms (inclusion, accessibility, data discrimination, bots)?
  • What are the legal, policy, privacy, and ethical implications of using social big data?
  • Considering the proliferation of bots online, can we still trust social media data?
  • And more broadly, what are the major effects of using social media on political, economic, individual, and social aspects of our society?

Research from the International Conference on Social Media & Society has been previously published in:



If you have any questions regarding the Special Issue, please feel free to contact us at: [email protected]