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Call for Papers: International Conference in Information Science and Social Media (ISSOME 2013)

January 15th, 2013 by

ISSOME 2013: Territories, Boundaries and Synergies

The international conference in Information Science and Social Media – ISSOME 2013
September 11-13, 2013, Borås, Sweden

In recent years, research on social media has had a dramatic development in most research areas within the humanities and the social sciences. It is also notable that an increasing number of scholars are embracing the everyday concept “social media” as a label for their research, thereby sidelining interesting theoretical competitors such as new media, participatory media, participatory culture, web 2.0 and social technology. The emerging conceptual ecology surrounding Internet-based user generated platforms are currently in need of critical scrutiny.

It is important to discuss the role of information science in this developing research area. What are the specific perspectives and added values that information scientists bring to the study of social media? What territories and boundaries can we see have emerged? Furthermore, what fruitful synergies between information science and other disciplines could be developed?

We invite researchers worldwide to submit original research within the topics of the conference, listed below. Submissions should be extended abstracts of no longer than 1500 words. All submissions will be double-blind peer-reviewed.

Discussions initiated at ISSOME 2011 (Åbo, Finland) will now continue at ISSOME 2013 (Borås, Sweden). Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

• Social media in information science
• Concepts and theories of social media studies
• Information aspects of social media
• Library 2.0
• Social media and public libraries
• Social media and University libraries
• Social media and school libraries
• Social reading and e-book technology
• Information technology of social media platforms
• Social media publishing
• Social media networking
• Identity and relationship building through social media
• Social media rating/tagging
• Social media as cultural diffusion
• Social media as information searching/seeking
• Personalization and tailoring of information
• Social recommendation systems (S-commerce)
• Social media, mobility and location services (SoMoLo)

Structure of the extended abstract

• Title
• Abstract text
• References

Abstract text should include aims, methodology, originality and principal findings of the paper. Extended abstracts should be uploaded here.

Contact information

Program Chair: Jan Nolin, University of Borås, Sweden,

Conference Chairs: Mathias Klang, University of Gothenburg, Sweden and Ann-Sofie Axelsson, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.

For more information:


Submission page

Important dates

Submission deadline: March 31, 2013
Notification of acceptance: June 1, 2013
Early bird registration: June 1-September 1, 2013
Conference: September 11-13, 2013

Program committee

Helena Francke – University of Borås
Luanne Freund – University of British Columbia
Sean Goggins – Drexel University
Jutta Haider – Lund University
Jannica Heinström – Åbo Akademi
Jeremy Hunsinger – Wilfrid Laurier University
Sara Kjellberg – Lund University
Ágústa Pálsdóttir – University of Iceland
Isabella Peters – Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf
David Stuart – King’s College London
Robin Teigland – Stockholm School of Economics
Mike Thelwall – University of Wolverhampton
Eric Thivant – University Jean Moulin Lyon 3
Kristene Unsworth – Drexel University
Han Woo-Park – YeungNam University
Fredrik Åström – Lund University Libraries