Call for Papers: Infodemics

A Special Issue with the Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Humanized Computing
Open for submissions until February 1, 2022
Submission code: Infodemic

Summary
Due the current pandemic situation the proliferation of fake news, misinformation, disinformation, and the overall activity on Social Networks has originated an extraordinary interesting in a wide number of research communities from computer science, artificial intelligence, mathematics, physics, biology, sociology, psychology, to mention only some few. This special issue will provide an ideal framework to look for high-quality contributions in a hot an extremely active area.

With various online social network services (like FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram), a lot of data analytics on the social networks have been studied. From this vast amount of data we are able to extract and analyse the social networks of the new-era that can consist of millions of nodes and connections. Due to scale, complexity and dynamics, these networks are extremely difficult to analyse in terms of traditional social network analysis methods being at our disposal. On the other hand, the data about human communication, common activities and collaboration simultaneously provide new opportunities for new applications.

Infodemic (a new term created as a combination of “information” and “epidemic”) refers to a large increase in the volume of information related to a specific issue within a very short time period. In this circumstance, we have a lot of misinformation and rumors. Moreover, social networks are amplifying the infodemic. A good example of this problem a good example of this type of problem has arisen in relation to the covid19 pandemic where countless rumours and false news, related to a multitude of subjects such as health, vaccines, politics (populism, extremism, radicalization), etc. have been created and spread through the networks.

As the area of Infodemics is a highly cross-disciplinary one, we aim to foster and develop sustainable collaborations between Computer Science and Informatics, Sociology, Cognitive Science and Psychology, Geographic and Environmental Science, Biology, and Health and Social Sciences. This will give the opportunity to push further the discussion upon the potential of Infodemics and their applications across these communities.

This special issue is devoted to Infodemics research from various academic communities. The main goal of this special issue is to provide for these people the opportunity to share their visions, research achievements and solutions as well as to establish worldwide cooperative research and development. At the same time, we want to provide a platform for discussing research topics underlying the concepts of Infodemics and its applications by inviting members of different communities that share this common interest of investigating social networks.

Scope

We invite the submission of high-quality papers related to one or more of the following topics:

  • Social media and analytics on Infodemics (disinformation diffusion, bots characterization and detection, profiling fake news spreaders, multimodal fake news detection, etc.)
  • Information / Opinion / Knowledge spread and modelling
  • User behavioural analysis on Infodemics
  • Recommender systems – Collaborative filtering and personalization
  • Social networks in health and medical applications, e.g., diseases spread
  • Cybercrime, Crime detection and investigation (Fake news & Rumors)
  • Extremism, polarization, and radicalization (e.g., political, religious)
  • Deep learning methods for disinformation
  • Natural language processing and disinformation
  • AI-supported fact checking and detection of disinformation campaigns
  • Generation and identification of fabricated and manipulated content (deep fakes)
  • Community detection in social networks (denialist, conspiracy, etc.)
  • Recommendation systems and disinformation
  • Meta heuristics algorithms for disinformation
  • Data knowledge extraction (scrapping) for disinformation
  • Real-world case studies from the area of social network analysis (e.g., related to SARS-CoV-2, COVID19, pandemic and their effects)
  • Current applications on social mining as: social networks analytics and mining, community finding, radicalization in social networks, forensics social networks, etc.

Submission

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. Before the preparation of submissions, authors should carefully follow the author guideline from:
http://www.springer.com/engineering/computational+intelligence+and+complexity/journal/12652

The maximum page length is 12 pages considering the manuscript formatted as the paper in the final format when published on the journal website. Two additional pages are allowed during the revision. So, the final accepted papers cannot be longer than 14 pages. Papers having a format that is not in the correct format will he returned to the author by the Journal Staff.

In order to properly format your paper, please use the LaTeX template that can be found here:
ttps://static.springer.com/sgw/documents/468198/application/zip/LaTeX_DL_468198_280521.zip
and use the following LaTeX commands in the proper place of your manuscript:

\documentclass[final,twocolumn,natbib]{svjour3}
\usepackage{natbib}
………
\bibliographystyle{plainnat}
\bibliography{BIBfile_without_bib_extension}


Submitted papers will go through a strict peer review procedure. Prospective authors should  submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the Springer submission system at: https://www.editorialmanager.com/aihc/default.aspx
clicking on "Submit a manuscript". Please, at the beginning of your submission select “Original Research” in “Select Article Type” and in the “Additional Information” tab please select “Yes” at the questionnaire “Does this manuscript belong to a special issue?”, then select “S.I. : Infodemic”. After that, you can upload all of your manuscript files following the instructions given on the screen.

Guest Editors
David Camacho, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Jason J. Jung, Chung-Ang University, Korea – Leading Guest Editor
Juan Gomez-Romero, Universidad de Granada, Spain

Important Dates
Opening date for the submission: 1st May 2021
Closing date for the submissions: 1st February 2022
Date for the first decision for all papers: 1st April 2022
Date for the first (eventual) revision for some papers: 1st May 2022
Date for the second (eventual) revision for some papers: 1st June 2022
Date for the sending all decisions for all papers: 1st July 2022
Eventual date of publication for the entire SI: September-October 2022