Call for Papers: Information-Communication Technology and Social Science

The International Conference on Information-communication technologies enhanced Social Sciences and Humanities 2020 aims to bring together leading social science and humanities researchers, computer scientists, informaticians, publishers, librarians, vendors of research information-communication technology tools, decision makers and others, to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of information-communication technology (ICT) enhanced social sciences and humanities.

Conference organizers are accepting papers and abstracts for the upcoming three-day annual conference conference through November 29. The ICTeSSH 2020 conference will be held in Amsterdam in the last week of June.

ICTeSSH 2020 logo

A list of themes the conference will focus on appears below, but organizers say the conference program committee will also consider submissions on any other aspect of ICT-enhanced social science and humanities. We are looking for three types of contribution: presentations on academic ICT tools or infrastructure projects, technical papers and research papers. The language of the conference will be English.

The initial submissions must be made by using the EasyChair platform (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ictessh2020), in the form of an extended abstract.

The evaluation of the extended abstracts will be double-blind, therefore authors’ names, addresses, emails and affiliations MUST NOT be included in the extended abstract (in the file). The extended abstract MUST be submitted in PDF format and MUST NOT exceed four A4 pages (including figures) and MUST NOT exceed 1500 words. 

The deadline for submitting extended abstracts is November 29. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by January 31.

For more information on the conference and the call for papers, and the link for submitting abstracts, please visit the conference website HERE.

List of Themes

The ICTeSSH Programme Committee proposes to explore each of the following themes through the programme, however it is also open to considering proposals that may not strictly seem to fit into any of the five proposed themes:

Performing research – There are a lot of tools which can help SSH researchers to perform research. This theme includes, but is not limited to, the following sub-themes:

  • ICT based methodologies and algorithms for SSH research
  • eScience
    • HPC, GPU, simulation techniques, computationally-intensive data analysis 
  • Web Science
  • Digital infrastructures for SSH
    • for doing research, writing, reviewing, publishing and assessing research, as well as for outsourcing experiments 
  • Data tools
    • data visualization tools, survey and statistic tools, computation of data, big data, machine learning, deep learning techniques, etc.
  • Citizen science / people-powered research
  • Exploring literature
    • Google Scholar, Microsoft Academic Search, Zotero, Reference managers, automatic recommendation system, automatic literature review, Article visualization tools – these enhance your reading experience, for instance, by helping you navigate from one paper to another
  • The Internet of things
    • connecting instrumentation to the Internet
  • Software source code tools
    • to help the development of research software

Collaboration – Research cannot stay buried in the lab any more, and researchers all over the world should collaborate. Science is an increasingly collaborative endeavour because research problems tackled by today’s SSH researchers require a variety of expertise, skills and scientific equipment. There is a set of ICT tools that help researchers reach out to other researchers and find expertise for new collaborations. This theme includes, but is not limited to, the following sub-themes:

  • Research-orientated social networks / social networks
  • Tools for finding potential collaborators
  • Virtual research environments
  • Bibliometric analysis of publication and collaboration patterns in the digital age
  • Collaborative writing of textual documents
  • Collaborative development of data 
  • Collaborative development of source code
  • Telecoms and meetings
  • Communication tools
  • Infrastructure for research communication

Dissemination – Some ICT tools help SSH researchers to communicate their research outputs to the general public. Managing large sets of data and programming code is already unavoidable for most researchers. Tools have been developed to efficiently store and share data, code, publications and other research objects. This theme includes, but is not limited to, the following sub-themes:

  • Find and share data
    • tools which help researchers to disseminate and find data and samples
  • Data, publication and software source code repositories 
  • Open science and open data
  • FAIR principles
  • Experiment and study protocol repositories
  • Research object / multimedia repositories
  • Research-orientated social networks
  • Web search engines and research objects
  • Selection of journal for publishing papers
    • Journal finder, publisher copyright and self-archiving policies
  • Executable papers

Management – ICT could make management tasks much easier. Also, there are some new options for funding and evaluation of project proposals and results. This theme includes, but is not limited to, the following sub-themes: 

  • Laboratory and project management
  • Electronic laboratory notebooks
  • Crowdfunding
    • tools that help you collect funds for research from others
  • Evaluation of research
    • peer-review, altmetrics, national bibliographic databases, publication forums, etc. 
  • CRIS systems, institutional repositories, bibliographic databases, citation databases
  • Scientometrics/bibliometrics analysis of SSH field based on various citation databases

Skills – There is so much for everyone to learn about how to use ICT to enhance SSH research. Senior researchers should ‘unlearn’ habits from the past and embrace academic culture change. SSH researchers should acquire the right skills in scholarly communications and keep these up to date. This theme includes, but is not limited to, the following sub-themes:

  • Data & software carpentry
  • Integration of various ICT tools
  • Library services for supporting the digital SSH
Important Dates
Dates of the conference: June 29 – July 1, 2020
Deadline for abstract submission: November 29, 2019
Notification of acceptance: January 31, 2020
Deadline for workshop/training proposal submission: January 15, 2020
Early bird registration: March 31, 2020
Regular registration: May 31, 2020
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