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Aims and scope

Social Network Analysis and Mining (SNAM) is a multidisciplinary journal serving researchers and practitioners in academia and industry. It is the main venue for a wide range of researchers and readers from computer science, network science, social sciences, mathematical sciences, medical and biological sciences, financial, management and political sciences. We solicit experimental and theoretical work on social network analysis and mining using a wide range of techniques from social sciences, mathematics, statistics, physics, network science and computer science.

The main areas covered by SNAM include:

(1) data mining advances on the discovery and analysis of communities, personalization for solitary activities (e.g. search) and social activities (e.g. discovery of potential friends), the analysis of user behavior in open forums (e.g. conventional sites, blogs and forums) and in commercial platforms (e.g. e-auctions), and the associated security and privacy-preservation challenges;

(2) social network modeling, construction of scalable and customizable social network infrastructure, identification and discovery of complex, dynamics, growth, and evolution patterns using machine learning and data mining approaches or multi-agent based simulation;

(3) social network analysis and mining for open source intelligence and homeland security. Papers should elaborate on data mining and machine learning or related methods, issues associated to data preparation and pattern interpretation, both for conventional data (usage logs, query logs, document collections) and for multimedia data (pictures and their annotations, multi-channel usage data).

Topics include but are not limited to:

Applications of social network in business engineering, scientific and medical domains, homeland security, terrorism and criminology, fraud detection, public sector, politics, and case studies
Anomaly and outlier detection in social networks
Behavior and identity detection and monitoring
Community discovery in large-scale and complex social networks
Contextual social network analysis
Data models and query models for social networks and social media
Data preparation for social network analysis and mining
Data protection inside communities
Dynamics and evolution patterns of social networks, trend prediction
Evolution of communities in the Web Information acquisition and establishment of social relations
Large-scale graph algorithms
Link and node prediction in social networks
Misbehaviour detection in communities
Mobile and stream data analysis for social network applications
Multi-agent based social network modeling and analysis
Multidisciplinary applications of social network analysis
Network integration and conflict resolution
Online social networking and human computer interaction
Pattern presentation for end-users and experts
Personalization for search and for social interaction
Recommendations for e-commerce and business applications
Recommendation networks
Search algorithms on social networks
Security and privacy in social networks
Social media monitoring and analysis
Spatio-temporal aspects in social networks and social media
Tools and infrastructures for social networking platforms Web 2.0 and Web communities