Call for Papers: Special Journal Issue on Social Cybersecurity

The South Big Data Hub Security, Network Analysis, and Social Media Working Group organized a workshop in March and recommended a special issue on social cybersecurity as a deliverable. From that recommendation, Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory has announced a special journal issue on social cybersecurity with the working group co-chairs as editors.

Kathleen Carley, PhD, of Carnegie Mellon University, Nitin Agarwal, PhD, of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and Lea Shanley, PhD, of the South Big Data Hub invite submissions for consideration. A letter of intent should be sent to Dr. Carley at by August 1, 2018 for consideration.

If you are interested in joining the South Hub Security Working Group, please email Nitin Agarwal or Karl Gustafson, and be sure to indicate why you are interested in membership in your request to join.

See the full Call for Papers below:

We are pleased to announce a special issue of the journal Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory on Social Cyber‐Security. As noted in Carley et al 2018:

“Social Cyber‐security is an emerging scientific area focused on the science to characterize, understand, and forecast cyber‐mediated changes in human behavior, social, cultural and political outcomes, and to build the cyber‐infrastructure needed for society to persist in its essential character in a cyber‐mediated information environment under changing conditions, actual or imminent social cyber‐threats. An example is the technology and theory needed to assess, predict and mitigate instances of individual influence and community manipulation through alterations in, or control of, the cyber‐mediated information environment via bots, cyborgs and humans.

Fundamental to this area is the perspective that we need to maintain and preserve a free and open information environment in which ideas can be exchanged freely, the information source is known, disinformation and false data are identifiable and minimized, and technology is not used to distort public opinion. This relies on the notion that movement of information should not compromise the infrastructure, and that actors should not be able to compromise the cyber‐ environment so as to unduly influence or manipulate individuals, groups and communities. Types of events to be prevented include viral retweeting of messages containing images which if downloaded release malware, or the use of bots to manipulate groups into accepting fake news as real.”

We anticipate that all articles will be computational social science papers and draw on both social science and computer science or computational techniques.

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

  • Diffusion of disinformation through social
  • Community formation in cyber‐space.
  • Study of a digital democracy
  • Gangs’ or extremist groups use of social media for
  • Social evolution of bot
  • Modeling deviant cyber‐mediated
  • Identification and classification of intent behind deviant social media
  • Viral sharing of messages containing malware in any social

Articles not of interest include those related to privacy, cyber‐security (technical only), pure machine learning papers, and descriptions of, or evaluations of, software tools. If the paper focuses on computational model development, it is required that the authors provide in depth treatment on model explanation.

A letter of intent should be sent to Dr. Kathleen M. Carley at It should list a tentative title, authors and full affiliations, abstract, keywords, and three potential reviewers.

The actual paper should be submitted through the Springer website at:

Make sure to select the special issue on Social Cyber‐Security.


  • Letter of intent due: August 1, 2018
  • Paper due: October 1, 2018
  • Revisions due: December 1, 2018
  • Electronic version, which appears first, will be online by end of January 2019

Kathleen M. Carley, Guido Cervone, Nitin Agarwal, Huan Liu, 2018, “Social Cyber‐Security,” In Proceedings of the International Conference SBP‐BRiMS 2018, Halil Bisgin, Ayaz Hyder, Chris Dancy, and Robert Thomson (Eds.) July 10‐13, 2018 Washington DC, Springer.

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