2017 CFP Special Issue in American Behavioral Scientist on Social Media & Society

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Word count: 6,000-6,500 words
Citation style: APA
ABS does not provide a submission template. If accepted, the journal will copy-edit and format it according to their style.

Sample ABS published papers:   http://abs.sagepub.com/sample


  • Anatoliy Gruzd, Ryerson University
  • Jenna Jacobson, University of Toronto
  • Barry Wellman, Netlab Network
  • Philip Mai, Ryerson University

On behalf of the guest editorial team at American Behavioral Scientist, we would like to invite all presenters from the 2016 International Conference on Social Media & Society to submit to our Special Issue in American Behavioral Scientist (Impact Factor:1.907 | Ranking: Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary 9 out of 93). All presenters who presented at the 2016 #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 showcase research from scholars working in many fields including Communication, Computer Science, Education, Journalism, Information Science, Management, Political Science, Sociology, etc.

All submissions will undergo double-blind peer review. Submissions should be 6000 words using the APA citation style. For a sample on how to format your manuscript, please refer to  http://abs.sagepub.com/sample.

If your paper was published in the Conference Proceedings, you are welcome to submit a manuscript to the Special Issue as long as you substantially expand your paper (e.g. new tests, expanded discussion, additional case studies, etc.).


  • November 14, 2016 – Submission deadline for the special issue
  • January 30, 2017 – First round reviews
  • March 30, 2017 – Final editorial decision
  • Spring-Summer 2017 – Production of the ABS special issue



The special issue will feature papers presented at the 2016 International Conference on Social Media & Society (#SMSociety). The Conference is an annual gathering of leading social media researchers from around the world. The 2016 Conference was held at Goldsmiths, University of London in London, UK on July 11-13, 2016.

From its inception, the conference has focused on the best practices for studying the impact and implications of social media on society. Organized by the Social Media Lab at Ryerson University, 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. The 2016 year’s conference hosted nearly 250 attendees, featuring research from 400 authors across several fields from 28 different countries.

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


Social Media Impact on Society

  • Private Self/Public Self
  • The Sharing/Attention Economy
  • Virality & Memes
  • Political Mobilization & Engagement
  • Social Media and Health
  • Social Media and Business (Marketing, PR, HR, Risk Management, etc.)
  • Social Media and Academia (Alternative Metrics. Learning Analytics, etc.)
  • Social Media and Journalism

Online/Offline Communities

  • Trust and Credibility in Social Media
  • Online Community Detection
  • Influential User Detection
  • Online Identity

 Theories & Methods

  • Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches
  • Opinion Mining and Sentiment Analysis
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Theoretical Models for Studying, Analysing and Understanding Social Media  


Anatoliy Gruzd gruzd@ryerson.ca

Associate Professor, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, Canada