Call for Contribution - ACM Hypertext 2017

The ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media (HT) is a premium venue for high quality peer-reviewed research on theory, systems and applications for hypertext and social media. It is concerned with all aspects of modern hypertext research, including social media, adaptation, personalization, recommendations, user modeling, linked data and semantic web, dynamic and computed hypertext, and its application in digital humanities, as well as with interplay between those aspects such as linking stories with data or linking people with resources.

HT2017 will focus on the role of links, linking, hypertext and hyperlink theory on the web and beyond, as a foundation for approaches and practices in the wider community. Therefore, HT2017 has the following tracks:

  • Social Networks and Digital Humanities (Linking people)
  • Semantic Web and Linked Data (Linking data)
  • Adaptive Hypertext and Recommendations (Linking resources)
  • News and Storytelling (Linking stories)
  • Demonstrations

Call for Research Papers

Social Networks and Digital Humanities (Linking people)

We invite original submissions addressing all aspects of social networks and digital humanities. Social networks and social media allow numerous users to participate in production and consumption of online information by establishing new links between people, information, and services. Users participating in such online endeavours leave digital traces on the Web, which provides unparalleled research opportunities for studying questions in sociology, psychology, behavioral science, political and economic science, and many others.

While studying human digital traces have received attention from different communities, understanding human social behavior via unobtrusive methods (i.e. methods where the researcher doesn’t intrude into the research context) remains a challenging endeavor and an open problem. Tackling these challenges requires the development of new methods, instruments and techniques as well as an interdisciplinary effort from researchers across disciplines such as computer science, humanities, social sciences and others. This track seeks original submissions on either methods or practices at the crossroads of these various disciplines.

Topics of interest of the track include (but are not limited to):

  • Studies of online communities and their behavior
  • Community of practice, online participation
  • Centrality and ranking in social networks
  • Graph partitioning and community discovery
  • Link prediction
  • Location-aware social networks and mobility
  • Expertise and trust in online social networks
  • New models and algorithms for social network analysis
  • Crowdsourcing and social media
  • Information diffusion in social networks
  • Social influence
  • Studies of human culture based on online social networks and encyclopedia, computational methods to assess human culture along different dimensions (such as language, food, music, literature etc.)
  • Using social media to study psychological and social phenomena, and corresponding methods to assess such phenomena via web-based investigations
  • Biases in social media, such as population biases, channel bias, self-selection bias, etc and computational methods for assessment and correction
  • The study of limitations of tools used in digital humanities, extension of traditional source criticism into the development of systematic "tool criticism"
  • Social and individual inequalities on the web, e.g. gender or race disparities, computational methods and instruments to assess and track inequalities
  • Studies of political processes and dynamics on the web, such as elections, political unrest, grassroots movements
  • Predictions with social media, e.g. stock markets, spread of language, culture, memes or diseases
  • Longitudinal studies of social phenomena and social change on the web
  • Computational methods to assess and improve social and/or individual well-being via the web
  • Studies investigating the role and causal impact of algorithms in facilitating social interactions on the web

Semantic Web and Linked Data (Linking data)

The last few years have seen an uptake in semantically enriched data in a wide variety of Web content and Web services. Currently, many new services and applications utilize those data to provide new and more efficient features to their users.

This surge of use of Semantic Web standards and Linked data has the potential of generating limitless semantic networks, rich in meaning and structure. The goal of this track is to focus research on the challenges and opportunities associated with realizing and using such wide scale and heterogeneous semantic data networks, that can also encompass real-world data merged with or linked to online content and documents.

Topics of interest:

  • Analysis of semantic networks
  • Representation of semantic networks
  • Semantics of hyperlinks
  • Linked Data networks
  • Semantic annotations and enrichments
  • Temporal evolution and management of semantic graphs
  • Semantic graph analysis algorithms
  • Semantic social network representation and analysis
  • Scalability of graph-based algorithms and infrastructures
  • Integration of online and offline networks with semantics
  • Semantic object networks
  • Semantic data from pervasive devices
  • Semantic sensor networks and the IoT

Adaptive Hypertext and Recommendations (Linking resources)

In modern Web environments hypertext content is increasingly generated, processed, filtered, adjusted, and personalized by for example recommendations. Online social networks further generalize the conventional notion of the hypertext to imply and recommend connections between users via their content and media. Making sense of these complex processes has attracted significant attention in various research disciplines.

This track targets developing deeper insights into the mechanisms of information generation and dissemination, characterization of evolutionary processes on online social networks, studies of models and systems that support these processes, and the broader implications of these for organisations and society. The track provides a forum for researchers and practitioners to exchange information regarding advancements in the current state of art.

Addressing problems in the adaptive hypertext and recommendations space necessitates expertise in several domains: Computer and Information Science, Social Sciences, Psychology, and Economics. Hence submissions of inter-disciplinary works are highly encouraged. We also welcome works that explore how adaptive hypertext and recommendations can be applied in diverse domains, such as Education, Health, Journalism, Government, Environment, and Media.

Topics of interest of the track include (but are not limited to):

  • Adaptive authoring and design of hypermedia
  • Adaptive hypertext frameworks and toolkits
  • Community and social circle evolution
  • Recommendation approaches and recommender systems
  • Enhancing hyperspace with recommendations
  • Hypermedia classification and metadata systems
  • Information interfaces and navigation support
  • Personalization and recommendations for hypermedia
  • Usability and scrutability of adaptive hypermedia
  • User modelling for adaptive hypermedia
  • User modeling, log analysis, and interaction models
  • User Interfaces, design and evaluation
  • Intelligent user interfaces
  • User studies involving specific population or a specific domain
  • Systems designed especially for a specific population or domain

News and Storytelling (Linking stories)

Hypertext and Web systems are fundamentally about communication between people, and people are storytellers. In this track we seek submissions covering a broad range of topics around new media and digital storytelling, from both the technological and human points of view. We expect to include papers around technologies to support content curation and creation, dynamic linking and navigation, for example by exploiting the Web of linked and open data.

Further topics include data analysis, interactive visualization and presentation, and novel forms of digital narratives. We also expect to include papers that explore existing practices of online storytelling, including new media artistry and writing, online reportage and journalism, applications of digital storytelling, and critical theory around online expression. We particularly encourage multi-disciplinary work, that draws on wider methodological practices, and frames technology and human behaviour as co-dependant.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Interactive digital storytelling
  • Automated analysis of narratives
  • Automated story or (semantic) link generation
  • Narrative analysis of (Big) Data
  • Associative and narrative interlinking by exploiting Linked and Open Data
  • Location-based narratives
  • Social Media Narratives
  • Computational narratives in the humanities
  • Collaborative storytelling techniques and/or technologies
  • Theoretical work on writing/design of hypermedia and interactive fiction
  • Hypermedia authoring tools and technologies
  • Privacy and ethical issues in digital storytelling
  • Formal or computational models of narrative and hypertext
  • Argumentation and Rhetoric
  • Digital journalism and Citizen/Collaborative News
  • E-Literature
  • Cinematic Hypermedia
  • Personalization and Adaptation in Hypermedia
  • Life-logging and Digital Storytelling
  • Adaptive hypertext frameworks, toolkits and applications
  • Adaptive Educational Hypermedia
  • Hypermedia authoring
  • Intelligent Narratives

Demonstration Track

The demonstrations track complements the overall program of the conference. Demonstrations show implementations of novel, interesting, and important concepts or systems related to Hypertext. We invite submissions which address the main topics of the conference. All submissions are intended to convey a scientific result or work in progress and should not be advertisements for commercial software packages. Accepted demo papers will be published in the HT 2017 main proceedings.

Submission Instructions

Main Proceedings

Papers must report new results substantiated by experimentation, simulation, analysis, or application. Authors are invited to submit papers presenting original, not previously published works.

Submission categories include:

  • Regular research papers (max 10 pages including references) discussing mature research results.
  • Demo papers (max 2 pages including references) presenting ongoing and preliminary results, system prototypes or industry showcases.

All submissions should be formatted according to the official ACM SIG proceedings template and submitted in PDF format via EasyChair. The review process will not be blind, therefore it is not necessary for submissions to be anonymized. Please be sure to submit keywords via EasyChair.

Accepted papers will appear in the Hypertext 2017 Conference Proceedings that will be published by ACM and additionally be made available through the ACM Digital Library. Acceptance of the papers will be either as full (regular) or short papers with the corresponding presentation slots. In addition, all authors of accepted papers are invited to prepare a poster that they can present together with accepted demos at Poster and Demos reception.

Demo submissions will be reviewed by experienced and knowledgeable researchers and practitioners; each submission will receive a detailed feedback. It would be beneficial to include links enabling the reviewers testing the application or reviewing the component. Accepted demos will have a space to demonstrate the system to conference attendees during the poster and demo session.

Please indicate the category of your submission (regular or demo) and provide at least three keywords that describe your submission. Also select the track(s) - named 'groups' in EasyChair - and the topics relevant to your submission. Note that you can select more than one track (select at least one) and topics belonging to any of the three conference tracks. This information will be used for the review assignment.

Award winning papers will be considered for a fast track publication in ACM Transactions on the Web. Selected papers will be invited for special issue in NRHM journal.

Extended Proceedings

Submission categories include:

  • Workshop papers.
  • Doctoral consortium papers.

You can find the requirements in terms of length and content for these papers in the respective calls.

All submissions should be formatted according to the official ACM SIG proceedings template. Doctoral consortium papers should be submitted in PDF format via EasyChair.

Accepted papers in the above-mentioned categories will appear in the Hypertext 2017 CEUR-WS Proceedings.

Call for Doctoral Consortium Papers

We invite applications to participate in the Hypertext 2017 Doctoral Consortium offering PhD candidates a venue for presenting and discussing their on-going research with the hypertext community. The Doctoral Consortium will be an integral part of the Hypertext 2017 program, and will provide a constructive atmosphere and a forum for PhD students to receive useful feedback from the leading experts, to exchange ideas, compare approaches and meet fellow researchers in the field.

The HT2017 Doctoral Consortium session will be organized in the form of an "Ignite session": PhD candidates are allotted 10 minutes each to present their PhD research using exactly 20 slides. After each presentation, the panel will provide constructive feedback and guidance. The goal is to do so in a collaborative and informal setting, which minimizes lecture time and maximizes interaction. Each presenter will also be allocated a dedicated mentor who specifically prepares questions and guidance to the proposal at hand.

Submission details

Submissions should be related to the conference topics (see ACM Hypertext 2017: Conference Tracks). We invite PhD students at any stage of their studies. We particularly welcome students at the beginning of their PhD if they have a clear proposal and plan about their research.

To apply to participate in the doctoral consortium please submit an up-to 4 page abstract that contains the following:

  • A cover page with your name, title, and institution, including the title of your submission, the year of your PhD studies, followed by an abstract of no more than 300 words.
  • Motivation: a short explanation of the general problem that your research addresses and why it matters from a scientific and/or societal perspective.
  • Background: a detailed overview of the scientific background of your research
  • Approach and Methods: a short description of your approach, details about your research methods, the data or sources you intend to use, and your analysis techniques.
  • Results: an outline of the expected outcomes and results. Please be specific about the scientific advance that your work entails and how your outcomes achieve this.
  • Plan and timeline: a description of your research workplan and a timeline of your trajectory towards your doctoral degree.

References do not count against the page limit. Submissions must be single-author and a clear mention of the PhD supervisor must be added. Please adhere to the HT2017 formatting guidelines.

Submissions are to be submitted via the EasyChair. All submissions will be reviewed by a program committee of experienced researchers. All selected submissions will be published in the Extended Proceedings of Hypertext 2017.

Financial Support

HT2017 student support may be available to cover some travel and accommodation expenses. Preference will be given to students presenting at the conference, including the HT2017 Doctoral Consortium. For more information and instructions how to apply, please visit the Student Support page.

Workshop Proposals

The goals of the workshops are to provide a more informal setting for exchanging opinions, to share experiences, presenting ideas, foster the research community and identify open problems and/or explore directions for future research. As such, they also offer a good opportunity for researchers to present their work and to obtain feedback from an interested community in an interactive atmosphere. Proposals are especially encouraged on emerging topics, related to the main conference themes, but may also include other (novel) topics, which might be of interest for the hypertext community.

Acceptance of workshop proposals will be based on the experience and background of the organizers in the topic, and on the relevance of the subject matter with regard to the topics addressed in the main conference. We welcome proposals for different types of workshops, from working groups on a specific topic to more traditional conference-like workshops. However, we prefer “interactive” workshops that guarantee richer active interactions among participants and provide significant room for controversial and stimulating discussions. Potential proposers are invited to discuss their ideas with the workshop chair before working out a detailed proposal.

Send your workshop proposals (in PDF format) by email to the workshop/tutorial chairs: and, with the following information:

  • Title of the workshop and suggested acronym
  • Keywords (describing the main themes)
  • Abstract
  • Description of the workshop (topics and goals)
  • Relevance of the workshop to Hypertext 2017
  • Workshop organizers bios (1-2 paragraphs per organizer)
  • Motivation (why the topic is of interest for the conference audience)
  • Workshop and submission formats
  • Length (half day or full day- in this case, motivation for the need of a full day
  • Previous editions of the workshop series, if applicable (URLs, conference it was co-located with, number of registrants, number of submissions, number of accepted papers, and any other relevant information)
  • Any plan for further publication (e.g., special issue in journals)
  • Initial list of (potential) members of the program committee

Tutorial Proposals

As part of the Hypertext 2017 program, in addition, we cordially invite proposals for tutorials from active researchers and experienced tutors in academia, industry, and government agencies. Ideally, a tutorial will cover the state-of-the-art research and ideas, innovative developments, and novel applications in a specific aspect of hypertext and social media, but proposals are especially encouraged on emerging topics, related to the main conference themes.

Send your tutorial proposal (in PDF format) by email to the workshop/tutorial chairs: : and, with the following information:

  • Title of the tutorial
  • Keywords (describing the main themes of the tutorial)
  • Abstract
  • Description of the tutorial (topics and goals)
  • Tutorial presenters biographies (1-2 paragraphs per presenter)
  • Length of tutorial (1.5 or 3 hours)
  • Expected background and prerequisite of audience
  • Relevance of the tutorial to Hypertext 2017
  • A list of references/resources to be covered in the tutorial
  • Previous editions of the tutorial, if presenters have given similar tutorials elsewhere

The accepted proposal presenters should provide comprehensive tutorial notes or slides to the tutorial audience free of charge.