Information and Opinion Diffusion in Online Social Networks and Media

in Special Issue   Posted on March 12, 2021 

Information for the Special Issue

Submission Deadline: Mon 31 May 2021
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Journal Name : Online Social Networks and Media
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Website for the Special Issue: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/online-social-networks-and-media/call-for-papers/online-social-networks-and-media
Journal & Submission Website: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/online-social-networks-and-media

Special Issue Call for Papers:

Information diffusion in Online Social Networks and Media (OSNEM) has a major role, among many others, for recommendation systems, advertising, and political campaigns. Moreover, the way information circulates in OSNEM impacts on the formation of opinions and on the social roles of users and their influence on others. The OSNEM role in information and opinion diffusion has dramatically increased since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, with many physical activities being “migrated” to the online world.

OSNEM are extensively used for spreading information, opinions and ideas, but also to propagate fake news and rumors and these threats to trust in information are posing even more serious socio-economic challenges during the pandemic. Therefore, prevention of spam, bots and fake accounts, information leakage, trustworthiness of information and trust between users are relevant research issues associated with information diffusion. Investigating ways through which information and opinion spread can be controlled (e.g., by modifying the underlying network structure) is also fundamental.

This special issue seeks contributions pushing the state of the art in all facets of information and opinion diffusion in Online Social Networks and Media. We solicit manuscripts where quantitative and/or data-driven approach is used to investigate information and opinion diffusion in OSNEM.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Dynamics of trends, information and opinion diffusion in OSNEM
  • Recommendations and advertising in OSNEM
  • Spread of news, topics, and opinions
  • Trust, reputation, privacy in OSNEM information and opinion diffusion
  • Rumors and fake news spreading in OSNEM
  • Information and disinformation diffusion in OSNEM at the time of COVID-19
  • Opinion formation, diffusion and polarization related to COVID-19
  • Bots and fake users detection
  • Influence analysis and social influence
  • Identification of diffusion sources and influencers
  • Methods to modify/control/maximise information and opinion diffusion
  • Measurements of information and opinion diffusion in OSNEM
  • Models of information and opinion diffusion
  • Data-driven approaches to study information and opinion diffusion in OSNEM

Tentative Schedule

Manuscript submission deadline: May 31st, 2021

First notification: Jul 15th, 2021

Expected publication date: Q4, 2021

Guest Editors

Marco Conti, IIT-CNR, Italy

Andrea Passarella, IIT-CNR, Italy

Instructions for submission

Manuscripts must not have been previously published nor currently under review by other journals or conferences. If prior work was published in a conference, the submitted manuscript should include a substantial extension of at least 35% novel contributions. In this case, authors are also required to submit their published conference articles and a summary document explaining the enhancements made in the journal version.

The submission website for this journal is located at https://www.editorialmanager.com/osnem/default.aspx. Please select “VSI: Information and Opinion” when you reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process. To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified, for consideration by the special issue, the authors should indicate in the cover letter that the manuscript has been submitted for the special issue on “info diffusion”.

Manuscripts can be submitted continuously until the deadline. Once a paper is submitted, the review process will start immediately. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (in the first issue available as soon as the paper is accepted). All accepted papers will be listed together in an online virtual special issue published in the journal website.

For further information, please contact the guest editors at {m.conti, a.passarella} at iit.cnr.it

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