Social Media during COVID-19 & MonkeyPox 2023 : SPECIAL ISSUE: The Role of Social Media during the Ongoing Outbreaks of COVID-19 and Monkeypox: Applications, Use-Cases, Analytics, and Beyond
Call For Papers
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𝐒𝐏𝐄𝐂𝐈𝐀𝐋 𝐈𝐒𝐒𝐔𝐄 𝐈𝐍𝐅𝐎𝐑𝐌𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍
The ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19 and monkeypox have resulted in people from all over the world using social media platforms for information seeking and sharing, as well as for the communication of views, opinions, feedback, perspectives, and suggestions on a wide range of topics related to these outbreaks, which include policies for reducing the spread of these viruses, treatments, vaccines, school closures, and travel guidelines, just to name a few. These virus outbreaks have served as “catalysts” for social media usage and are resulting in the generation of tremendous amounts of Big Data related to such paradigms of social media behavior. These Big Data can be used as a data resource for the investigation of different research questions, use cases, and applications to advance research and developments in these fields.
This Special Issue invites papers presenting new discoveries, theoretical findings, practical solutions, use cases, analytical findings, novel applications, and results based on studying, analyzing, and interpreting the Big Data on social media platforms generated in the context of the ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19 and monkeypox. Specific topics could include, but are not limited to, text mining, text classification, text clustering, text categorization, topic modeling, opinion mining, sentiment analysis, aspect-based sentiment analysis, spam detection, fake news tracking, misinformation detection, and identification of conspiracy theories on social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, etc., with a central focus on COVID-19 or monkeypox.
Authors whose works focus on monkeypox are invited to view the MonkeyPox2022Tweets dataset , which is an open access dataset of more than 250,000 Tweets related to the 2022 monkeypox outbreak. Authors whose works focus on COVID-19 are invited to view the Twitter datasets on COVID-19 presented in [2, 3]. The dataset presented in  comprises more than 500,000 Tweets about the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and the dataset presented in  comprises more than 50,000 Tweets about online learning posted during the worldwide surge of the Omicron variant. Submissions based on these datasets are strongly encouraged.
Authors are invited to contribute their original and unpublished works. Both research and review papers are welcome. Research papers presenting preliminary and proof-of-concept results are also welcome. Authors may also submit extended versions of their conference papers. However, authors of such papers should make significant improvements/extensions to their conference papers and the details of these improvements/extensions should be clearly outlined in the cover letter accompanying the paper submission.
 Thakur, N. MonkeyPox2022Tweets: The First Public Twitter Dataset on the 2022 MonkeyPox Outbreak. Preprints 2022, doi: 10.20944/preprints202206.0172.v3
 Thakur, N.; Han, C.Y. An Exploratory Study of Tweets about the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron Variant: Insights from Sentiment Analysis, Language Interpretation, Source Tracking, Type Classification, and Embedded URL Detection. COVID 2022, 2, 1026–1049, doi:10.3390/covid2080076.
 Thakur, N. A Large-Scale Dataset of Twitter Chatter about Online Learning during the Current COVID-19 Omicron Wave. Data 2022, 7, 109, doi:10.3390/data7080109.
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𝐆𝐔𝐄𝐒𝐓 𝐄𝐃𝐈𝐓𝐎𝐑 𝐈𝐍𝐅𝐎𝐑𝐌𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍
Dr. Nirmalya Thakur
Department of Computer Science, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA
Interests: human–computer interaction; big data; artificial intelligence; machine learning; data science; Internet of Things; and natural language processing