NASN 2021: Abstract Submissions

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The NASN Conference is a regional conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA).  INSNA currently has over 500 members and more people than ever are interested in attending and presenting their work at INSNA conferences.  The NASN conference provides an interdisciplinary venue for social scientists, mathematicians, computer scientists, ethnologists, epidemiologists, organizational theorists, public health experts, and others to present current work in the area of social networks.  More information about other INSNA conferences can be found on the INSNA website under Events.


Deadline: 18 December 2020

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Submission Guidelines & Details

The NASN 2021 organizing committee is soliciting abstracts for paper and poster presentations at the upcoming 3rd NASN Conference, to be held virtually 25-28 January, 2021. We invite abstract submissions for oral presentations (20 minute lecture) and posters (on topics relevant to social network analysis, including theory, methods, and applications of social network analysis).

  • Please limit the abstract to about 2000 characters (roughly 300 words). The limit does not include the title. Try to keep in mind that it is an abstract, not a literature review, and please DO NOT include a list of references.
  • The “Presentation Format” option on the abstract submission webpage allows you to suggest the type of presentation (poster or lecture) you prefer for the abstract.
  • If you wish, you may submit to one of the organized sessions. If your paper is not accepted for a special session, it will be considered for a general sessions, organized thematically. 
List of Topics: 
  • Methods for social network analysis
  • Modeling social networks and behavior
  • Diffusion, information propagation and assimilation in social networks
  • Methods for social and media analysis
  • Networks and health
  • Longitudinal network analysis 
  • Communication networks
  • Two-mode / Affiliation / Bi-partite networks
  • Social influence
  • Negative ties
  • Multi-level network analysis
  • Qualitative network analysis
  • Collaboration networks
  • Visualization of social networks
  • Social networks and education
  • Dynamics of social contagion
  • Online communication and (mis)information diffusion
  • Online socio-political mobilizations
  • Group formation, evolution and group behaviour analysis
  • Modelling, tracking and forecasting dynamic groups in social media
  • Community detection and dynamic community structure analysis
  • Social simulation, and cultural, opinion, and normative dynamics
  • Empirical calibration and validation of agent-based social models
  • Coevolution of network and behaviour
  • Online and lab experiments
  • Big data and social networking
  • Social network analysis tools and software
  • Algorithms for analyzing social networks
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) and networks

Notes on NASN Submissions:
  • NASN accepts abstracts (not full papers) for 20 minute oral presentations and for a poster seminar. You will be asked at submission which you choose. 
  • INSNA only considers abstracts, not completed papers, when reviewing your submission for a lecture or poster. Do not submit a full paper. Nonetheless, you may want to circulate a PDF of your paper for people attending your presentation to give your work more exposure and to increase the amount of useful feedback your work receives. 
  • The abstract must describe some work that is about NETWORKS, most likely, social networks. If your abstract does not make it clear that your work is about networks, even if it is an interesting and well-written piece of work, it will not be accepted. 
  • The “Presentation Format” option on the abstract submission webpage allows you to suggest the type of presentation (poster or lecture) you prefer for the abstract.
  • In keeping with the Sunbelt tradition, presentation of work at all stages of completion, including work in development, is encouraged at NASN. 
  • You may present only one paper or poster at the conference, regardless of how many you submit. In jointly-authored papers, it is expected that the paper will be presented by the senior author. You may appear multiple times as a co-author on accepted papers, but you may only present once. 
  • Oral presentations are limited to 20 minutes, with 15 minutes for talking and 5 minutes for Q&A. This 20-minute talk will be part of a larger themed session with 4 or 5 other talks. For your 20 minute talk, you will have two options. You may prerecord your talk and send to organizers ahead of time to be played or you may deliver it live. Organizers and session chairs will contact you with details once decisions have been made. 
  • Regardless of your presentation mode (live or prerecorded), we will need a copy of your presentation slides submitted 24 hours before your talk. Details will be forthcoming. 
  • Posters presentations will (obviously!) be virtual as well, and you will have considerable latitude to make your presentation unique. You will need to be present in a virtual room for about one hour during the poster session. You will want to have a few slides or materials prepared to share with people who come into your room, and we will encourage you to make a short video introduction to post as the conference begins to encourage people to engage with your work. More details will be forthcoming. 


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