HT2020 :

“Hypertext for Social Good”



31st ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media (HT’20)

July 13-15 2020 | Online

Twitter: @ACMHT –

Conference Site:

Hashtag: #ACMHT2020

Submit Online via EasyChair:


Given the impact of COVID-19 on teaching and research around the world, the leadership team has decided to move to a virtual format. Please see the virtual conference announcement for more information on the plan moving forward.


The ACM Hypertext conference is a premium venue for high quality peer-reviewed research on hypertext theory, systems and applications. It is concerned with all aspects of modern hypertext research including social media, semantic web, dynamic and computed hypertext and hypermedia as well as narrative systems and applications.

The theme of Hypertext 2020 is “HYPERTEXT for Social Good”. This motto of the 31st ACM Hypertext conference goes hand in hand with the growing importance of ensuring technological inventions and innovations have a positive impact on the users, as well as the society at large. We are particularly interested in work that is timely, activist, or community-centered. Hypertext 2019 turned some important stones to reunify different hypertext research directions and communities. Hypertext 2020 will proudly carry forward this aim. Hypertext 2020 will therefore consist of 4 different tracks that broadly appeal to interdisciplinary challenges. In addition to this, HT2020 will also host a Doctoral Consortium, and a Blue Sky Ideas track to facilitate the presentation and discussion of grand visions for the future of Hypertext systems.  This is a perfect time to join in, reflect our common roots, and discuss how we can jointly address our current and future challenges.

Hypertext 2020 is co-locating with the Electronic Literature Conference (ELO’20), which will also be held online. Both conferences will feature a mix of synchronous and asynchronous sessions to encourage collaboration and community-building. The ACM Hypertext proceedings will go forth as planned. 




General Chairs:

– Anastasia Salter, University of Central Florida (@AnaSalter –

– John Barber, Washington State University

Program Chair:

– Ujwal Gadiraju, Leibniz University of Hannover, DE (@UjLaw –

Local Arrangements Chair:

– Mel Stanfill, University of Central Florida (@melstanfill –

Publicity Co-Chairs:

– Bonnie Cross, University of Central Florida, USA (@bonniercross –

– Sihang Qiu, Delft University of Technology, NL (@qiusihang –

Web Chair:

– Mike Shier, University of Central Florida, USA 

Proceedings Chair:

– Daniel Roßner, Hoff University of Applied Sciences




Papers must report new results substantiated by experimentation, simulation, analysis, or application. Authors are invited to submit papers presenting original, not previously published works. Art and creative work is also welcome as part of the exhibition/creative track. Submission categories include:


– Regular research papers (max 10 pages) discussing mature work.

– Short papers (max 5 pages) describing preliminary results of on-going work or novel thought-provoking ideas

(Track Chair: Besnik Fetahu)

– Late breaking (max 2 pages, presented as poster) presenting innovative research ideas, or preliminary results.

– Demos (max 2 pages) presenting system prototypes or industry showcases. Demos can be live or documented via video.

– Blue Sky Track (see below)

– Exhibition or creative track submissions (max 2 pages) describing the proposed exhibition or creative work. Creative work is particularly encouraged to be web-based and engage with the theme of “Climates of Change,” a call to engage the impact of hypertext and the responsibility of web creators and researchers in a time of climate change. Participants are welcome to submit creative work in absentia if coming from a country that currently makes travel unfeasible, in consultation with the chairs. This exhibit is moving entirely online, a call for participation will be posted soon.

– Doctoral consortium submissions (max 4 pages + CV) describing the work of the graduate student and a CV in order to provide some background information about the graduate student

Accepted submissions will appear in the Hypertext 2020 Conference Proceedings that will be published by ACM via the ACM Digital Library. Submissions should follow the ACM SIGCONF version of the master template and be anonymized for peer review. Word users submitting to ACM Hypertext 2020 should use the new single column Word format, using the table that ACM provides on their website to estimate your accurate paper length in the double column format. Note that the stipulated page limit is with respect to the double column format. LaTex users can submit using either the single column template (in which case the above holds) or the existing two column format.




  1. Hypertext Infrastructures and User Interfaces (Track Chair: Eelco Herder)

  * Hypertext structure domains (e.g., node-link structures, spatial hypertext, taxonomic hypertext, argumentation structures)

  * Interaction devices used in combination with hypertext systems (e.g., VR glasses, smart whiteboards, mobile devices)

  * Interacting with hypertext

  * Visual analytics and hypertext

  * Data visualization and navigation

  * Conversational User Interfaces 

  * Social Media Systems and Tools


  1. Hypertext Literature, Games, and Digital Humanities (Track Chair: Charlie Hargood)

  * Hyperfiction and storytelling

  * Gaming and gamification

  * Automated analysis of narratives

  * Automated story or (semantic) link generation

  * Hypertext and digital humanities

  * Digital journalism and citizen/collaborative news

  * Electronic literature

  * Hypermedia authoring

  * Interactive fiction and storytelling

  * Intelligent narratives

  * Theory of hypertext narratives

  * Hypertext and communication theory


  1. Web and Society (Track Chair: Gianluca Demartini)

  * Fairness, Accountability, Transparency, Ethics in Web Search

  * Security, Privacy, & Trust

  * Bias in Web Search

  * Search as Learning

  * Computational Social Science 

  * Human Computation & Crowdsourcing

  * Urban Data Science 

  * Smart Cities

  * Health and Well-being Online 

  * Affective Computing & Personal Health

  * Humanities, Arts, & Culture on the Web

  * Behavioral Monitoring & Change

  * Web Mining & Content Analysis


  1. Social Media Analysis & Recommender Systems (Track Chair: Elisabeth Lex)

  * User Modeling & Personalization

  * Social Network Analysis

  * Credibility of Social Media Content

  * Opinion Mining 

  * Bias, Filter Bubbles and Ethics of Personalized Services

  * Personalization and Recommendation for Social Good

  * Explainable Methods for Recommender Systems

  * Explainable Methods for Personalization

  * User Experience & Engagement

  * Preference Elicitation

  * Algorithmic Scalability & Performance

  * Conversational Recommender Systems



The emphasis of this track is on visionary ideas, long-term challenges, and new research opportunities. This track is designed to overcome the constraints of the traditional review process, and will serve as an incubator for innovative approaches, risky and provocative ideas, and to propose challenges and opportunities in the near future. Submissions to this track are limited to a maximum of 4 pages.

Thanks to CCC sponsorship, the top 3 papers submitted to this track will be awarded with grants of $1000, $750 and $500 respectively.

Successful submissions will be published in the regular proceedings. All submissions to this special track will be evaluated by a dedicated committee.


DOCTORAL CONSORTIUM (Track Chair: Claus Atzenbeck)

PhD students (or in specific cases Master students) are encouraged to submit their ongoing research related to the broad scope of HT 2020. The goal of the Doctoral Consortium is to provide PhD students at different stages of their candidature, with an adequate platform to showcase their research, goals and receive feedback on their ongoing research. Students can use this opportunity within a dedicated session at the HT 2020 conference, to receive guidance on various aspects of their research from established researchers and other PhD students working in research areas related to the broad scope of HT 2020. 

Doctoral consortium sessions will be conducted via synchronous video chat.