2016 CFP


Data, data everywhere. With faster computers and cheaper storage, bigger data sets are becoming superabundant. Social media is a key source of big data in the form of user and system generated content. What do we do with all of the social data and how do we make sense of it? How does the use of social media platforms and the data that they generate change us, our organizations, and our society? What are the inherent challenges and issues associated with working with social media data? What obligations do we have as social media researchers to protect the privacy of the users? These are just a few questions that will be explored at the 2016 International Conference on Social Media & Society (@SocMediaConf).

The conference invites original scholarly submissions that build on previous work and critically evaluate the role of social media for social and political change, community engagement, new forms of governance, support of individuals and organizations in domains such as Information and Communication Technologies, Politics, Public Administration, Health, Sports, Journalism, Business Management, Academia, and Marketing (just to mention a few). We welcome both quantitative and qualitative work related to the broad theme of ‘Social Media & Society’ which crosses interdisciplinary boundaries and expands our understanding of the current and future trends in social media research. We are also calling for submissions that develop and apply novel methods and theories to collect, analyze, and visualize social media data as well as those that discuss ethical and privacy implications of using big and small data. All submissions will be peer-reviewed. If selected, the author(s) will be invited to present in person at the conference.

Types of Submissions

Please visit the Submission Page for a full description of the submission types and deadlines for Workshops/Technical Tutorials, Panels, Full Papers, Work-in-Progress Papers, and Posters.)


Dec 4 23, 2015: Workshops/Tutorials/Panels
Jan 15, 2016: Full & WIP Papers
Mar 4, 2016: Poster Abstracts

Publishing Opportunities

Full papers presented at the conference will be published in the Conference Proceedings by ACM International Conference Proceeding Series (ICPS), subject to conference registration. Selected papers will also be invited to submit their extended full papers to Special Issues of Big Data & Society (BD&S), and American Behavioral Scientist (ABS) published by SAGE Publications.

About @SocMediaConf

The International Conference on Social Media & Society is an annual gathering of leading social media researchers from around the world. Now, in its 7th year, the 2016 Conference will be held from July 11-13 at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. The conference is organized by the Social Media Lab at Ryerson University, Ted Rogers School of Management. For 2016, we are also delighted to announce that Big Data & Society Journal (BD&S) along with the Centre for Creative & Social Technologies (CAST) at Goldsmiths, University of London will be local co-hosts.

From its inception, the conference has focused on the best practices for studying the impact and implications of social media on society. The conference offers an intensive three-day program comprising of workshops, tutorials, paper presentations, panel discussions, and posters covering wide-ranging topics related to social media research. The conference provides attendees an opportunity to exchange ideas, present their original research, learn about recently completed and work-in-progress studies, and strengthen connections with their peers. Last year’s conference hosted over 200 attendees, featuring research from over 400 scholars across several fields from over 100 institutions in 28 different countries.


If you plan to tweet about the conference, please use the hashtag ‘#SMSocietyUse this hashtag for any social media research related news that you would like to share with the community as a whole. If you like to include the year, please use the following convention ‘2016 #SMSociety’.   (We are switching to this convention in order to promote a lasting sense of community among attendees regardless of the year. Alternatively you can also join our Mailing List to stay up to date.)


Social Media & Big Data
· Data Visualization
· Analytics & Data Mining
· Scalability Issues
· APIs
· Data Curation
· Virality & Memes
· Big and Small Data
· Ethics
· Privacy, Surveillance, & Security

Social Media Impact on Society
· Politics
· Journalism
· Sports
· Health
· Public Administration
· Business (Marketing, PR, HR, Risk Management, etc.)
· Sharing Economy / Crowdsourcing
· Academia (Alternative Metrics, Learning Analytics, etc.)
· Mobile

Theories & Methods
· Qualitative Approaches
· Quantitative Approaches
· Opinion Mining & Sentiment Analysis
· Social Network Analysis
· Theoretical Models

Online/Offline Communities
· Case Studies of Online or Offline Communities
· Trust & Credibility
· Online Community Detection
· Measuring Influence
· Online Identity (Gender, Private Self / Public Self)