With the rise of social media, emoji have become an extremely popular form of communication. They are equally popular across major social media sites including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. As of 2017, Facebook and Facebook Messenger process over 60 million and 6 billion messages with emoji per day, respectively. In 2015, Instagram reported that nearly half of the photo comments posted on Instagram contain emoji and Instagram users tend to replace slang terms using emoji in photo comments. Emoji data generated on social media sites have been utilized to study how emoji are used across different languages, cultures, user communities, and as features to learn machine learning models to solve problems that span across many applications, including sentiment analysis, emotion analysis, and sarcasm detection. The ability to automatically process, derive meaning, and interpret text fused with emoji will be essential as society embraces emoji as a standard form of online communication.
This special issue seeks original research manuscripts dealing with computer and social science research efforts on understanding social, cultural, communicative, and linguistic roles of emoji and on building novel computational methods to understand, interpret, and exploit them. We encourage contributions on the challenges in emoji understanding and on applications that add to the scientific understanding, including but not limited to the following research topics:
We encourage submissions that utilize quantitative, qualitative and mixed research methods to approach the above challenges as contributions. Submissions must be original and should not have been published previously or be under consideration for publication while being evaluated for this special issue. Submissions will be evaluated by the special issue editors based on the quality of the work and its fit to the special issue themes.
All submissions should use the latest ACM templates available at www.acm.org/publications/authors/submissions for formatting. A high-resolution PDF of the paper should be uploaded to the submission site at mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tsc before the paper submission deadline, selecting "Emoji Understanding and Applications in Social Media Special Issue" as the manuscript type. Details of the journal and manuscript preparation are available at tsc.acm.org.
Paper Submission: November 30th, 2018 (23:59 Hawaii Time).
Notification of First Review: February 8th, 2019.
Submission of Revised Manuscript: April 12th, 2019 (23:59 Hawaii Time).
Notification of Final Acceptance: May 31st, 2019.