IEEE Internet Computing Special Issue on Social Computing in Blogosphere

Guest Editors: Huan Liu, Philip S. Yu, Nitin Agarwal, and Torsten Suel

The widespread phenomenon of blogging demonstrates the power of citizen journalism, anytime informa-tion sharing to allow bloggers to exchange personal experiences, express like and dislikes, voice opinions, offer suggestions, and form groups with genuine social activities. Blogs also act as the conduits of infor-mation, propagating the information at an unprecedented pace. This creates a humongous ever changing archive of open source intelligence and presents a great opportunity for various fresh research activities including influence, trust and reputation, privacy, search, spam, and group interaction. A prominent chal-lenge lies in modeling and mining this vast pool of data to extract, represent and exploit meaningful knowledge and to leverage structures and dynamics of emerging social networks residing in the blo-gosphere. Social computing that combines data mining with social network analysis is a promising direc-tion, and offers unique opportunities for developing novel algorithms and tools ranging from text and content mining to link mining. Another challenge in social computing research deals with the data collec-tion and objective evaluation.

The unique nature of the blogosphere makes it imperative to audaciously explore and actively collaborate on novel research and innovative development for academics, researchers, and industrial practitioners of disparate disciplines. This issue invites research submissions regarding blogosphere with interesting ideas and original approaches. This special issue strives to include high quality work, bring together academics, researchers, and practitioners to help disseminate, stimulate, and further research in both depth and breadth that promotes social computing in blogosphere.

Areas of Interests

The issue aims to bring together researchers from different disciplines including computer science, eco-nomics, psychology, statistics, sociology, multimedia and semantic web technologies and foster discus-sions about ongoing research in the following (but not limited to) areas pertaining to Social Computing in Blogosphere:

Important Dates

Abstract Submission (via Email to: July 1, 2009
Submission deadline: July 15, 2009 July 22, 2009
Preliminary notification of acceptance: November 16, 2009
Camera-ready manuscript due: December 14, 2009
Expected publication: March-April 2010 Issue

Submission Guidelines

Please send a brief description of the article you plan to submit by July 1, 2009 to the following email address: (subject line: Social Computing in Blogosphere Special Issue), then upload your submission by July 15, 2009 July 22, 2009 to the Manuscript Central at

Each paper should be formatted in double spacing, single column of no more than 5000 words in length. Author instructions can be found at the Author Center of IEEE Internet Computing. Prospective authors should submit their papers online through the Manuscript Central. Alternative URL

Contact information: Huan Liu (