Publications

Papers

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Books

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Wider Reading

As a fundamentally interdisciplinary approach Web Science topics are often hidden in different titles and topics. Here are are few tips for related areas

Journals

Featuring the proceedings of the ACM Web Science conference.

Seven Veils of Privacy

Seven Veils of Privacy

Web3: The Promise and the Reality

Web3: The Promise and the Reality

Privacy, Privacy Enhancing Technologies & the Individual

Privacy, Privacy Enhancing Technologies & the Individual

Atlas of AI

Atlas of AI

An Ugly Truth

An Ugly Truth

Perspectives on Digital Humanism

Perspectives on Digital Humanism

Lie Machines: How to Save Democracy from Troll Armies, Deceitful Robots, Junk News Operations, and Political Operatives

Lie Machines: How to Save Democracy from Troll Armies, Deceitful Robots, Junk News Operations, and Political Operatives

No Filter: The Inside Story of How Instagram Transformed Business, Celebrity and Our Culture

No Filter: The Inside Story of How Instagram Transformed Business, Celebrity and Our Culture

The Anonymisation Decision-Making Framework: European Practitioners’ Guide

The Anonymisation Decision-Making Framework: European Practitioners’ Guide

No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention

No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention

Life and the Law in the Era of Data-Driven Agency

Life and the Law in the Era of Data-Driven Agency

If Then: How One Data Company Invented the Future

If Then: How One Data Company Invented the Future

Big Data and Democracy

Big Data and Democracy

Black Software: The Internet and Racial Justice, From the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter

Black Software: The Internet and Racial Justice, From the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter

Open: The Story of Human Progress

Open: The Story of Human Progress

Privacy is Power: Why and How You Should Take Back Control of Your Data

Privacy is Power: Why and How You Should Take Back Control of Your Data

A First Course in Network Science,

A First Course in Network Science,

A World Without Work: Technology, Automation and How We Should Respond,

A World Without Work: Technology, Automation and How We Should Respond,

Uncanny Valley: A Memoir,

Uncanny Valley: A Memoir,

A Europe fit for the Digital Age

A Europe fit for the Digital Age

Valuing data: foundations for data policy

Valuing data: foundations for data policy

Design Justice: Community-Led Practices To Build The Worlds We Need

Design Justice: Community-Led Practices To Build The Worlds We Need

Researching Internet Governance: Methods, Frameworks, Futures

Researching Internet Governance: Methods, Frameworks, Futures

The Brussels Effect: How the European Union Rules the World

The Brussels Effect: How the European Union Rules the World

Facebook: The Inside Story,

Facebook: The Inside Story,

#HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice,

#HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice,

Life and the Law in the Era of Data-Driven Agency,

Life and the Law in the Era of Data-Driven Agency,

Web Science: An interdisciplinary approach to understanding the Web

Web Science: An interdisciplinary approach to understanding the Web

Web Science: a new frontier

Web Science: a new frontier

A Manifesto for Web Science @10

A Manifesto for Web Science @10

Web Science in Europe: Beyond Boundaries

Web Science in Europe: Beyond Boundaries

Web Science Emerges

Web Science Emerges

The Web Observatory Extension: Facilitating Web Science Collaboration through Semantic Markup

The Web Observatory Extension: Facilitating Web Science Collaboration through Semantic Markup

Web Evolution and Web Science

Web Evolution and Web Science

The Web Observatory: A Middle Layer for Broad Data

The Web Observatory: A Middle Layer for Broad Data

The Theory and Practice of Social Machines

The Theory and Practice of Social Machines

The Web Science Observatory

The Web Science Observatory

Web Science: Understanding the Emergence of Macro-Level Features on the World Wide Web

Web Science: Understanding the Emergence of Macro-Level Features on the World Wide Web

Social Machines: The Coming Collision of AI, Social Networking & Humanity

Social Machines: The Coming Collision of AI, Social Networking & Humanity

10 Years of Web Science

10 Years of Web Science

Health Web Science

Health Web Science

A framework for Web Science

A framework for Web Science

Broad Data: Exploring the emerging web of data

Broad Data: Exploring the emerging web of data

Four Internets: The Geopolitics of Digital Governance

Four Internets: The Geopolitics of Digital Governance

Journal of Web Science

Web Science embraces the study of the Web as a vast information network of people and communities. It also includes the study of people and communities by using the digital records of user activity mediated by the Web.

An understanding of human behavior and social interaction can contribute to our understanding of the Web, and data obtained from the Web can contribute to our understanding of human behavior and social interaction. Accordingly, Web Science involves analysis and design of Web architecture and applications, as well as studies of the people, organizations, and policies that shape and are shaped by the Web.

To address these diverse goals, The Journal of Web Science ran from 2006-2022 and was inherently interdisciplinary, integrating computer and information sciences, communication, linguistics, sociology, psychology, economics, law, political science, and other disciplines. 

The Journal of Web Science provided immediate open access to its content. Accepted papers were published online immediately upon acceptance. The copyright of the published articles remained with the authors. It was free for authors as well as for readers.

Foundations & Trends in Web Science

The growth in all aspects of research in the last decade has led to a multitude of new publications and an exponential increase in published research. Finding a way through the excellent existing literature and keeping up to date has become a major time-consuming problem. Electronic publishing has given researchers instant access to more articles than ever before. But which articles are the essential ones that should be read to understand and keep abreast with developments of any topic? To address this problem Foundations and Trends® in Web Science publishes high-quality survey and tutorial monographs of the field.

Each issue of Foundations and Trends®in Web Science comprises a 50-100 page monograph written by research leaders in the field. Monographs that give tutorial coverage of subjects, research retrospectives as well as survey papers that offer state-of-the-art reviews fall within the scope of the journal.

Broader Reading in the Web Science space

As the impact of early Web Science ideas and approaches has grown, other disciplines have taken up related research into the impact and interconnection of their own specific areas of interest and the Web. Thus, Web Science may now be found under many names and guises throughout a range of journals leading back to the original premise of studying the interaction between global networks at scale (such as the Web) and elements of human society including law, politics, medicine, education, Media, Psychology, Economics and beyond. Here are a few leading journals where you may find Web Science themes and related papers .

Journal of Web Science

Web Science embraces the study of the Web as a vast information network of people and communities. It also includes the study of people and communities by using the digital records of user activity mediated by the Web. An understanding of human behavior and social interaction can contribute to our understanding of the Web, and data obtained from the Web can contribute to our understanding of human behavior and social interaction. Accordingly, Web Science involves analysis and design of Web architecture and applications, as well as studies of the people, organizations, and policies that shape and are shaped by the Web.

Ethics and Information Technology

Ethics and Information Technology is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to advancing the dialogue between moral philosophy and the field of information and communication technology (ICT). The journal aims to foster and promote reflection and analysis which is intended to make a constructive contribution to answering the ethical, social and political questions associated with the adoption, use, and development of ICT.

IEEE Internet Computing

IEEE Internet Computing magazine is multidisciplinary by nature in the field of Internet computing. The magazine focuses on all aspects related to Internet computing, including but not limited to Internet ethics; Internet governance; distributed computing; security, privacy, and trust; Internet economics; social media; web-based applications; and standards. Emphasis is given to technologies, system engineering issues, and applications that allow practitioners to leverage services to be found on the Internet. The magazine invites researchers and practitioners to submit articles describing their efforts and experiences with developments and key trends in Internet technologies and applications.

IEEE Internet of Things

The IEEE IoT Journal (IoT-J), launched in 2014 (“Genesis of the IoT-J“), publishes papers on the latest advances, as well as review articles, on the various aspects of IoT. Topics include IoT system architecture, IoT enabling technologies, IoT communication and networking protocols, IoT services and applications, and the social implications of IoT. Examples are IoT demands, impacts, and implications on sensors technologies, big data management, and future internet design for various IoT use cases, such as smart cities, smart environments, smart homes, etc. The fields of interest include:

  • IoT architectures such as things-centric, data-centric, service-centric architecture, CPS and SCADA platforms, future Internet design for IoT, cloud-based IoT, and system security and manageability.
  • IoT enabling technologies such as sensors, radio frequency identification, low power and energy harvesting, sensor networks, machine-type communication, resource-constrained networks, real-time systems, IoT data analytics, in situ processing, and embedded software.
  • IoT services, applications, standards, and test-beds such as streaming data management and mining platforms, service middleware, open service platform, semantic service management, security and privacy-preserving protocols, design examples of smart services and applications, and IoT application support.
Communications of the ACM

Communications of the ACM is the leading online and print publication for the computing and information technology fields. Read by computing’s leading professionals worldwide, Communications is recognized as the most trusted and knowledgeable source of industry information for today’s computing professional.

In the traditions of the Communications print magazine, which each month brings its readership of over 100,000 ACM members in-depth coverage of emerging areas of computer science, new trends in information technology, and practical applications, the Communications website brings new research along with topical news and opinion content to computing professionals every business day.

International Journal of Web-Based Communities

IJWBC offers research outcomes and state-of-the-art recommendations to practitioners – communication managers, public information service officers, webmasters and those responsible for online communities and social media policies. It publishes integrated scientific results so that further research may be targeted quicker and easier. Web-based communities and social media may be categorised as corporate, scientific, social and educational. Based on technological/societal trends, they are in permanent evolution and need constant critical reflection. Sociology, education, communication and philosophy issues are their main disciplines.

Policy and Internet

Policy & Internet (P&I) is a Q1- indexed journal with a focus on public policy, the internet and related technologies. As technologies continue to disrupt how we communicate and function within our societies, so to do our practices, norms and structures, with significant impact on our public policy in areas such as working life, the economy, healthcare, transport, development, law and justice, democracy, and security—as well as for citizen-government relations, and how the internet itself is governed. P&I publishes research that addresses public policy issues in all sectors, and at all levels of government. We welcome innovative research in areas where the internet already impacts public policy, where it raises new challenges or dilemmas, or provides opportunities for policy that is smart and equitable. While we welcome perspectives from any academic discipline, we look particularly for insight from communication, political science, public administration, economics, and sociology.

Internet Policy Review

Internet Policy Review tracks public regulatory changes as well as private policy developments which are expected to have long lasting impacts on European societies. The journal is a resource on internet policy for academics, civil society advocates, entrepreneurs, the media and policymakers alike. Internet Policy Review contributes empirical research, analysis and current affairs coverage to contemporary debate about media, information technology, telecommunications and internet governance. Internet Policy Review’s expertise resides in its clear and independent analysis of inter-European and pan-European digital policy changes.

Information, Communication and Society,

Drawing together the most current work upon the social, economic, and cultural impact of the emerging properties of the new information and communications technologies, this journal positions itself at the centre of contemporary debates about the information age. Information, Communication & Society (iCS) transcends cultural and geographical boundaries as it explores a diverse range of issues relating to the development and application of information and communications technologies (ICTs), asking such questions as:

  • What are the new and evolving forms of social software? What direction will these forms take?
  • ICTs facilitating globalization and how might this affect conceptions of local identity, ethnic differences, and regional sub-cultures?
  • Are ICTs leading to an age of electronic surveillance and social control? What are the implications for policing criminal activity, citizen privacy and public expression?
  • How are ICTs affecting daily life and social structures such as the family, work and organization, commerce and business, education, health care, and leisure activities?
  • To what extent do the virtual worlds constructed using ICTs impact on the construction of objects, spaces, and entities in the material world?

iCS analyses such questions from a global, interdisciplinary perspective in contributions of the very highest quality from scholars and practitioners in the social sciences, gender and cultural studies, communication and media studies, as well as in the information and computer sciences.

New Media and Society

New Media & Society engages in critical discussions of the key issues arising from the scale and speed of new media development, drawing on a wide range of disciplinary perspectives and on both theoretical and empirical research

Computer Law and Security Review

The Computer Law and Security Review (CLSR) is an international journal of technology law and practice providing a major platform for publication of high quality research, policy and legal analysis within the field of IT law and computer security. It has been published six times a year since 1985 under its founding Editor, Emeritus Professor Steve Saxby, who retired in 2018 after handing editorship over to Professor Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon. It is the leading journal of its kind in Europe and provides a robust peer reviewed medium and policy forum for dissemination of knowledge and discussion, supported by powerful Editorial and Professional Boards.

CLSR is accessible to a wide range of academics, researchers, research institutes, companies, libraries and governmental and non-governmental organisations in both the public and private sectors as well as professionals in the legal, IT and related business sectors in more than 100 countries. It is available on ScienceDirect, the world’s foremost provider of electronic scientific information to more than 16 million subscribers.

Review of Network Economics,

The Review of Network Economics seeks to help policy makers, academics, and practitioners keep informed of new research and policy debate in network economics and related subjects that are relevant to the study of network industries.

By publishing high quality research on topical issues relevant to network industries, it is hoped readers will be able to gain a deeper understanding of the economic issues involved and that this will improve the quality of decision making by private and public organisations, and debate among researchers. The articles can cover specific network industries, or may deal with general issues that have relevance to a number of different network industries, including topics in the economics of networks, regulation, competition law, or industrial organisation. Papers that provide insights into policy debates are especially welcome, as are up-to-date surveys, book reviews, and comments.

Internet Histories

Internet Histories: Digital Technology, Culture and Society is an international, inter-disciplinary peer-reviewed journal concerned with research on the cultural, social, political and technological histories of the internet and associated digital cultures.

The journal embraces empirical as well as theoretical and methodological studies within the field of the history of the internet broadly conceived — from early computer networks, Usenet and Bulletin Board Systems, to everyday Internet with the web through the emergence of new forms of internet with mobile phones and tablet computers, social media, and the internet of things. The journal will also provide the premier outlet for cutting-edge research in the closely related area of histories of digital cultures.

A hallmark of the journal is its desire to publish and catalyse research and scholarly debate on the development, forms, and histories of the internet internationally, across the full global range of countries, regions, cultures, and communities.

The title of the journal, Internet Histories , suggests there is not one single and fixed Internet history going straight from Arpanet to the Internet as we know it today, from United States to a world-wide network. Rather, there are multiple local, regional and national paths and a variety of ways that the internet has been imagined, designed, used, shaped, and regulated around the world.

Internet Histories: Digital Technology, Culture and Society aims to publish a range of scholarship that examines the global and internetworked nature of the digital world as well as situated histories that account for diverse local contexts.

Journal of Cyber Policy

Governments, civil society and the private sector each have a role to play to safeguard against growing cyber security threats, and tackle controversies surrounding technology companies and non-state actors over personal data misuse, surveillance and election interference.

The risks for those who remain disconnected and unable to participate in modern economic or political activities is now acute, and clear codes of practice are needed to ensure the benefits of technology, such as artificial intelligence, can be shared widely while its risks are well managed.

The Journal of Technology Law & Policy

The Journal of Technology Law & Policy is a scholarly legal journal devoted to the discussion of relevant technology issues, including, but not limited to, patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, antitrust, information privacy, and computer law. The Journal is one of four co-curricular journals produced at the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law.

Since its founding in Fall 1995, the Journal steadily emerged as one of the foremost national intellectual property and technology law academic publications. The Journal began as a project of the Internet and Computer Law Association, a University of Florida student organization. The Journal became a fully accredited independent academic journal in Spring 1999. Since the June 2000 edition, the Journal has been available in hardbound print.

The European Data Protection Law Review

The European Data Protection Law Review (EDPL) provides a practical and intellectual forum to discuss, comment, and review all issues raised by the development and implementation of data protection law and policy in the EU Member States. The journal reports on key legislative developments and addresses relevant legal, regulatory, and administrative progresses in EU Member States and institutions. Important judgments that shape the interpretation and application of the EU law in this field are indentified and analysed, particularly judgments by the European Courts, international courts and tribunals such as the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body, and higher national courts.
Furthermore, contributors address relevant legal, regulatory and administrative developments in EU Member States that shape the practical implementation of European law in this field.

The EDPL reports on the law and policy governing:

● Privacy and data protection,
● Freedom of information, open data and re-use of information,
● Civil liberties issues,
● Data processing,
● Data transfers,
● Technology issues.