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OpenSym 2017 : International Symposium on Open Collaboration


When Aug 23, 2017 - Aug 25, 2017
Where Galway, Ireland
Submission Deadline Apr 21, 2017
Notification Due Jul 7, 2017
Final Version Due Jul 21, 2017
Categories    wikis   open collaboration   peer production

Call For Papers

OpenSym 2016 General Call for Papers

OpenSym 2017, the 13th International Symposium on Open Collaboration
August 23-25, 2017 | Galway, Ireland
Conference Website:
Call for Papers:

About the Conference

The 13th International Symposium on Open Collaboration (OpenSym 2017)
is the premier conference on open collaboration research and practice,
including open source, open data, open science, open education, wikis
and related social media, Wikipedia, and IT-driven open innovation

OpenSym is the first conference series to bring together the different
strands of open collaboration research and practice, seeking to create
synergies and inspire new collaborations between people from computer
science, information science, social science, humanities, and everyone
interested in understanding open collaboration and how it is changing
the world.

This year’s conference will be held in Galway, Ireland, on August
23-25, 2017. A Doctoral Symposium will take place on August 22, 2017.

OpenSym is held in-cooperation with ACM SIGWEB and ACM SIGSOFT and the
conference proceedings will be archived in the ACM digital library
like all prior editions.

The research paper submission deadline is April 21, 2017.

Submission Information and Instructions

Topics: The conference provides peer-reviewed research tracks on
subjects related to open collaboration including:

- Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS)
- Open Data and Open Science
- Open Education
- IT-Driven Open Innovation
- Open Collaboration Research, esp. Wikis and Social Media
- Open Policy/Open Government
- Wikipedia and Wikimedia Research

Paper Presentation: OpenSym 2017 will be organized as a one track
conference in order to emphasize the interdisciplinary character of
this conference and to encourage discussion.

Submission Deadline: The research paper submission deadline is April
21st 2017. Submitted papers should present integrative reviews or
original reports of substantive new work: theoretical, empirical,
and/or in the design, development and/or deployment of novel concepts,
systems, and mechanisms. Research papers will be reviewed to meet
rigorous academic standards of publication. Papers will be reviewed
for relevance, conceptual quality, innovation and clarity of

Paper Length: There is no minimum or maximum length for submitted
papers. Rather, reviewers will be instructed to weigh the contribution
of a paper relative to its length. Papers should report research
thoroughly but succinctly: brevity is a virtue. A typical length of a
“long research paper” is 10 pages (formerly the maximum length limit
and the limit on OpenSym tracks), but may be shorter if the
contribution can be described and supported in fewer pages— shorter,
more focused papers (called “short research papers” previously) are
encouraged and will be reviewed like any other paper. While we will
review papers longer than 10 pages, the contribution must warrant the
extra length. Reviewers will be instructed to reject papers whose
length is incommensurate with the size of their contribution. Papers
should be formatted in ACM SIGCHI paper format. Reviewing is not
double-blind so manuscripts do not need to be anonymized.

Posters: As in previous years, OpenSym will also be hosting a poster
session at the conference. To propose a poster, authors should submit
an extended abstract (not more than 4 pages) describing the content of
the poster which will be published in a non-archival companion
proceedings to the conference. Posters should use the ACM SIGCHI
templates for extended abstracts. An example of a poster abstract can
be found here. Reviewing is not double-blind so abstracts do not need
to be anonymized.

Paper Proceedings: OpenSym is held in-cooperation with ACM SIGWEB and
ACM SIGSOFT and the conference proceedings will be archived in the ACM
digital library like all prior editions. OpenSym seeks to accommodate
the needs of the different research disciplines it draws on including
disciplines with archival conference proceedings and disciplines where
authors usually present at conferences and publish later. Authors,
whose submitted papers have been accepted for presentation at the
conference have a choice of (1) having their paper become part of the
official proceedings, archived in the ACM Digital Library or (2)
having no publication record at all but only the presentation at the

Response from authors: For the first time at OpenSym, authors will be
given the opportunity to write a response to their reviews before
final decisions are made. This should be treated as an opportunity to
correct any mistakes or misconceptions in the reviews as well as to
propose minor changes that the authors can make during the two weeks
between notification and the camera-ready deadline.

Important Dates

- Submission deadline: April 21, 2017
- Reviews sent to authors: June 2, 2017
- Response to reviews from authors due: June 30, 2017
- Decision notification: July 7, 2017
- Camera-ready papers due: July 21, 2017

Conference Organization

The general chair of the conference is Lorraine Morgan, Lero (the
Irish Software Research Centre) and Whitaker Institute, NUI
Galway. Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have at

The program co-chairs are Claudia Müller-Birn (Freie Universität
Berlin) and Benjamin Mako Hill (University of Washington).

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