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About the Competition

In the last decade, social media platforms have grown in popularity, and now Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are readily available on mobile devices, continuously connecting users to a stream of information.
The Social Media Research Competition recognizes three high-quality long and short papers in a peer reviewed journal or conference (e.g., ASIST, iConference, CSCW, CHI) on a topic informed by social media during the current and previous year (e.g. 2020 and 2021 for the 2021 award). 

Out of the top-5 authors, the committee of social media experts select three authors for the

  • Winner ($200),
  • Runner Up ($150), and
  • Honorable Mention ($100) places.


The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Social Media and Health
  • Social Media and Politics
  • Ethics in Social Media 
  • Marketing in Social media 
  • Information Behavior in Social Media
  • Minorities and Social Media
  • Tourism and Social Media
  • Dis/Misinformation
  • Fake News
  • Data Science for Social Media
  • Social Goods in Social Media
  • Social Media for Policy Making
  • Social Media and GIS
  • Big data techniques for social media data processing and analysis
  • Privacy and Security in Social Media
  • Social Movements in Social Media


The paper competition is part of the SIG Social Media Workshop (workshop flyer link here).

The workshop includes the following parts:

  1. Social Media Research Competition 
  2. Invited speaker: Dr. Ehsan Mohammadi (University of South Carolina)
  3. Understanding, Detecting, and Analyzing Social Bots: Dr. Amir Karami (University of South Carolina)
  4. Best Practices for Grant Proposal Development Panel, including

               a. Dr. Jana Diesner (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
               b. Dr. Javed Mostafa (UNC-Chapel Hill)
               c. Dr. Chirag Shah (University of Washington)
               d. Dr. Vivek Singh (Rutgers University)



The nominee must meet the following qualifications:

  • At least one author of the winning paper must be a member of SIG SM at the time of application.
  • The paper must fall within the scope of social media research. 
  • At least one author of the winning paper must attend the SIG SM workshop awards ceremony in order to be eligible to receive the award.
  • The nominated paper was already published in 2020 or 2021. The papers in the ASIST proceedings of the current year are also eligible.
  • Papers nominated for the ASIS&T Best Conference Paper Award will also be considered.
  • Each author can submit up to two papers, but one of the submitted papers is selected for the workshop's presentation.


Selection of the Awardees

Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • The content of each eligible paper shall be appraised in terms of the following criteria as appropriate: problem statement, appropriateness of the methodology, significance and implications of the findings, originality, clarity of expression, and references.
  • Each eligible paper will be assessed initially by at least three Jury members.

Nominations Process

This process includes two steps.

1. Step: Authors nominate their paper for the competition by the due date via the application form. These papers will be evaluated by a committee of social media experts.

2. Step: Top-5 authors will be invited to present their paper at the SIG Social Media (SM) Workshop.


Nature of the Award

The Award was established in 2021. The Award is sponsored and administered by the ASIS&T SIG SM Awards Committee.


Presentation of the Award

The award shall be presented at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting during the SIG SM Workshop.


Important Dates