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WSDM 2015 : The Eighth ACM WSDM Conference Series Web Search and Data Mining


Conference Series : Web Search and Data Mining
When Feb 2, 2015 - Feb 6, 2015
Where Shanghai
Abstract Registration Due Jul 20, 2014
Submission Deadline Jul 27, 2014
Notification Due Oct 23, 2014

Call For Papers

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.

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).

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.

Papers must be formatted for US Letter size according to ACM guidelines and style files, must fit within 10 pages (with a font size no smaller than 9pt), including references, diagrams, and appendices if any. A submitted paper must be self-contained and in English.

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. At least one author must register for each paper before the camera-ready submission. 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.

Related Resources

WSDM 2017   International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining
WSDM 2016   Web Search and Data Mining
WSDM Cup 2017   WSDM Cup 2017: Knowledge Base Quality and Search
IJCAI 2017   International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence
MLDM 2017   Machine Learning and Data Mining in Pattern Recognition
DSAA 2017   The 4th IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics 2017
JWS-VOILA 2016   Special Issue on Visualization and Interaction for Ontologies and Linked Data
WWW 2017   The 26th World Wide Web Conference
SIGIR 2017   The 40th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval
SBD 2017   Semantic Big Data