# The Web Conference

The Web Conference is slated to be a part of ACM’s SIGWEB from 2022 . The papers in WWW also cover topics that are not directly related to the web, e.g. recommendations, machine learning, etc.

ACM’s Special Interest Groups seem pretty important, so they should be a good source of current ideas. The annual Hypertext and Social Media Conference (HT) should be a good supplement to WWW. Browsing HT ‘21 reveals that it has more web-related topics, but the number of submissions is much lower than that of WWW ‘21.

## The Web Conference 2021

The Web Conference 2021. dl.acm.org . Apr 19, 2021. ISBN: 9781450383127 .

WWW'19 had 297 full & short papers (18.47% acceptance rate) , and Scimago calculated a h-index of 22 . Assuming a similar trend, out of the 355 papers in WWW ‘21, I expect 26+ papers with 22+ citations.

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