Call for Papers

Paper abstract submissions due: July 20, 2014
Paper submissions due: July 27, 2014

WSDM (pronounced “wisdom”) is one of the premier conferences covering research on search and data mining on the Web. The Eighth ACM International WSDM Conference will take place in Shanghai, China during February 2-6, 2015.

WSDM publishes original, high-quality papers related to search and data mining on the Web and the Social Web, with an emphasis on practical yet principled novel models of search and data mining, algorithm design and analysis, economic implications, and in-depth experimental analysis of accuracy and performance.

WSDM is a highly selective, single track meeting that includes invited talks as well as refereed full papers. Topics covered include but are not limited to:

Web Search

  • Web dynamics and search
  • Multifaceted and task-driven search
  • Multimedia Web Search
  • Security and privacy in Web search and mining
  • User interfaces and interaction
  • User modeling
  • Personalized search and ranking
  • Distributed, meta, and peer-to-peer search
  • Vertical portals and search
  • Search quality benchmarking and evaluation
  • Search result ranking
  • Search assistance
  • Searching social and real-time content
  • Algorithms and systems for web-scale search
  • Sponsored search and computational advertising

Web Mining

  • Web measurements, Web evolution, Web models
  • Clustering, classification, and summarization of Web data
  • Opinion mining and sentiment analysis
  • Multimodal data mining
  • Data, entity, event, and relationship extraction
  • Sense and entity disambiguation
  • Data integration and data cleaning
  • Discovery-driven Web and social network mining
  • Traffic and log analysis
  • Algorithms and systems for Web-scale mining
  • Knowledge acquisition and automatic construction of knowledge bases
  • Modeling trustworthiness and reliability of online information sources
  • Bridging unstructured and structured data

Social Search and Mining

  • Social network analysis, theories, models, and applications
  • Social media analysis: blogs and friendship networks
  • Influence spreading and viral marketing in social networks
  • Social reputation, influence, and trust
  • User profiling and recommendation systems
  • User activity modeling and exploitation
  • Tags, users, and search
  • Link prediction and community detection
  • Collaborative search and question answering
  • Searching social media and collaboratively generated content
  • Human computation and crowdsourcing
  • Mining crowd-generated data
  • Crowd engagement mechanisms and motivations

Papers emphasizing novel algorithmic approaches are particularly encouraged. Application-oriented papers that make innovative technical contributions to research are welcome. Visionary papers on new and emerging topics are also welcome.

Authors are explicitly discouraged from submitting papers that do not clearly present their contribution with respect to previous works, that contain only incremental results, and that do not provide significant advances over existing approaches.

Paper Format

Submissions must represent new and original work. Concurrent submissions are not allowed. Papers that have been published in or accepted to any peer-reviewed conference or journal, are currently under review, or will be submitted to other meetings or publications while under WSDM 2015 review should not be submitted to WSDM 2015. Submissions that have been previously presented in venues with no formal proceedings or as posters are allowed, but must be so indicated on the first page of the submission.

It is the authors’ responsibility to ensure that their submissions adhere strictly to the required format as described in this call for papers. Submissions that do not conform to these guidelines may be rejected without review.


Papers must be submitted in PDF format to the Easychair Web site ( Email submissions are not allowed. PDF files must have all non-standard fonts embedded. After upload, please check the copy stored on the site. Submissions that do not view or print properly may be rejected without a chance to rectify the problem. Please contact wsdm2015 [at] for any questions on the submission or review process.

Review Process

The review process will be single-blind, and author names and affiliations should be listed.

Each paper will be reviewed by at least three regular PC members and one or two senior PC members. The acceptance decisions will take into account paper novelty, technical depth, elegance, practical or theoretic impact, and presentation.


The algorithms, resources and methods used within a paper should be described as rigorously as possible. If the authors feel that this cannot be done sufficiently due to the paper length limit, they are encouraged to provide supplementary material for the camera-ready version, including detailed descriptions, tests datasets and/or code elsewhere (e.g., code repositories, institutional websites, or the authors’ website). Supplementary material will not be peer-reviewed, but we will work with the publisher to archive it along with the peer-reviewed article.

Wherever appropriate, the authors are encouraged to use publicly available test collections and state-of-the-art baselines. Regardless of the types of resources used (public test collections, proprietary data, etc.), please consider sharing your intermediate/final experimental results and code with the research community, or providing alternative means of accessing your data or code if sharing is not possible. Facilitating access to these resources is an effective way to enhance the reproducibility of your methods and results, and hence the impact of your research.

Publication and Presentation

All accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library. For every paper there must be a registered author to present it. At the conference, all the papers will be allocated a slot at the interactive poster session to encourage discussion. Additionally, selected papers will be presented during the plenary oral sessions as either long or short talks.

Key Dates

  • Paper abstracts due: July 20, 2014
  • Papers due: July 27, 2014
  • Paper notifications: October 23, 2014
  • Conference: February 2-6, 2015

All deadlines are 11:59pm, anywhere in the world (Alofi time).

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