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Workshop on Standards and Practices in Large-Scale Social Media Research Held in Conjunction with ICWSM 2015

26 May, 2015 - Oxford, UK

Submission Deadline: March 20, 2015


Call for Papers


A number of recent papers have raised concerns about methodological practices in large-scale studies of social behavior, particularly those using social media data. Unaddressed, such concerns could call into question much work being done by the research community. The goal of this workshop is to encourage constructive and informed debate on these topics with the goal of producing a body of peer-reviewed work and a working paper of methodological recommendations for the community.


Specifically, this workshop will consider methodological issues that may threaten the validity, reproducibility, and generalizability of large-scale social media research studies. Submissions are invited on a range of topics including:


- Constraints on and opportunities for data and code sharing

- Publication practices (e.g., paper length limits, standards about supplementary materials)

- Standards for statistical analysis

- Quantifying and accounting for platform specific biases (platform design, user base, platform-specific behavior, platform storage policies)


Accepted papers will be included in the ICWSM 2015 proceedings.



- Derek Ruths (McGill University)

- Juergen Pfeffer (Carnegie Mellon University)


Program Committee

- Michael Corey (Facebook)

- Muhammad Imran (QCRI)

- David Lazer (Northeastern University)

- Huan Liu (Arizona State University)

- Katja Mayer (University of Vienna)

- Takis Metaxas (Wellesley College)

- Markus Strohmair (University of Koblenz)


More information:







Juergen Pfeffer, Assistant Research Professor

School of Computer Science

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, USA




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