Call for papers

The World Wide Web has migrated from information space into opportunities for social communication. Social Media are growing rapidly and play an increasingly important role in the development of Online Communities. They are all about identity, reputation, presence and relationships. Web based communities announce themselves both in your professional and private life through several new media such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Plaxo, etc. In order to keep you up to date with the pace of these new technological developments this Conference offers a dedicated overview and informative discussion on today’s most relevant issues in new media for social life on the web.

Conference Theme: e-Government in Tourism, Cultural Heritage and Communities

Social Media are growing rapidly and play an increasingly important role in the development of Online Communities. Social Network Sites and Web-based communities announce themselves both in your professional and private life through new media such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Plaxo, etc. Social media allow more dynamic roles in participation, virtual presence and online communities. These new ways to communicate via online social media have great societal effects and are motivating the creation of best practices to help individuals, corporations and authorities to make the best of it. It raises the awareness of the growing impact of social media and the influence of web based communities in today’s users / consumers behavior; many organizations spend an increasing share of their budget in online social marketing strategies.

The mission of this conference is to publish and integrate scientific results and act catalytically to the fast developing culture of web communities, while helping to disseminate and understand the latest developments social media and their impact.

Format of the Conference

The conference will comprise invited talks and oral presentations. The proceedings of the conference will be published in the form of a book and a CD-ROM with ISBN. The better papers will be candidate for the “International Journal of Web Based Communities” (IJWBC); ISSN: 1477 – 8394 [4 issues per year].

Topics of submission/Subject indications (but not limited to):

The History, Architecture and Future of Virtual Communities
– From Mobility to Connectivity
– Strategic Investment in Social Networks
– Identity and Augmented Ideologies
– Visionary Web Architectures, Implanted Computers
– Network Revolutions, Post-Colonial and Post-Modern Societies
– Escaping from Reality, Virtual Reality and Multi-User Games
– Towards Alternative Ways of Presence
Expanding Markets Through Virtual Communities
– The WWW as Digital Market Place
– The Enterprise as a Learning Community
– The Learning as a Road Map for Business
– Universities as Online Communities
– Business-to-Business Communication in Profit and non Profit Sectors
Cyborgs, Teleworking, Telemedicine, Art Games and Learning Communities
– Fading Hierarchies and Epistemic Dictatorship
– Distributed Cognition, the Electronic Cortex and Constructivism
– Community Directories
– Mechanic World, Organic Computer
– Agents and the Virtual Self
– Beyond Metaphors: Imagining and Representation
– Communizing as a Marketing Approach
Collaborative Technologies

– Theory Foundations
– Technical Infrastructures
– Environments, Tools and Applications
– Benefits realization and Social Implications
– Future Concepts
Virtual Communities for People with Special Needs
– Access to Public Spaces
– Accessibility and Long-Term Disabilities
– Virtual Communities in Health CareGroup Processes and Self-Organization
– Tele-Democracy, Morality, Netiquette
– Social Networks, Tribal and Open Communities, Peace Education
– Computer Mediated, Hyper and Narrative Communication, Woven Stories
– MUDs, MOOs and Avatars
– Hosting Web-Based Communities
– Nationalities, Ethnicities and Gender Effects
Social Media
– Monitoring Trends in Social Media
– After Facebook, Myspace and LinkedIn?
– Effects of Web Experience on Consumer Choice
– Profiles of Social Networking Sites
– Adoption of Social Networking
– Connecting Small and Medium Enterprises
– Social Media for B2B Marketing
– Multicultural Organizations
– Social Networking at Work
– Social Media, Trust, Reputation and Public Opinion

The Conference will be composed of several types of contributions:

  • Full Papers – These include mainly accomplished research results and have 8 pages at the maximum (5,000 words).
  • Short Papers – These are mostly composed of work in progress reports or fresh developments and have 4 pages at maximum (2,500 words).
  • Reflection Papers – These might review recent research literature pertaining to a particular problem or approach, indicate what the findings suggest, and/or provide a suggestion – with rationale and justification – for a different approach or perspective on that problem. Reflection papers might also analyze general trends or discuss important issues in topics related to Applied Computing. These have two pages at maximum (1500 words).
  • Posters / Demonstrations – These have one page at the maximum (625 words) besides the poster itself (or demonstration) that will be exposed at the conference.
  • Tutorials – Tutorials can be proposed by scholars or company representatives. A proposal of maximum 250 words is expected.
  • Panels – Discussions on selected topics will be held. A proposal of maximum 250 words is expected.
  • Invited Talks – These will be made of contributions from well-known scholars and company representatives. An abstract will be included in the conference proceedings.
  • Doctoral Consortium – The Doctoral Consortium will discuss on going work of PhD students in an informal and formative atmosphere. Contributions to the consortium should take the form of either: a critical literature review of the research topic providing the rationale for the relevance and interest of the research topic; or a short paper discussing the research question(s), research objectives, research methodology and work done so far. Doctoral Consortium Contributions should have a maximum 2,500 words (4 pages).
  • Corporate Showcases & Exhibitions – The former enables Companies to present recent developments and applications, inform a large and qualified audience of your future directions and showcase company’s noteworthy products and services. There will be a time slot for companies to make their presentation in a room. The latter enables companies the opportunity to display its latest offerings of hardware, software, tools, services and books, through an exhibit booth. For further details please contact the publicity chair – secretariat@webcommunities-conf.org.


This is a blind peer-reviewed conference.

Important Dates

– Submission Deadline (1st call – new date): 6 March 2017
– Notification to Authors (1st call – new date): 3 April 2017
– Final Camera-Ready Submission and Early Registration (1st call): until 28 March 2017
– Late Registration (1st call): after 28 March 2017
– Conference:  20 – 22 July, 2017