July 25, 2019, Paris, France

Workshop on
Reducing Online Misinformation Exposure
ROME 2019

Colocated with SIGIR 2019


The spread of misinformation online undermines the trust of people in online information. There is a global awareness that online misinformation might have repercussions on society. For example, fake news can have the effect of polarizing the public discourse ahead of important events, such as elections. In the context of the health domain, low quality and misleading information can have an adverse impact on the health of individuals, who may adopt remedies not supported by scientific evidence.

To reduce the exposure of people to misinformation online, fact-checkers manually verify the veracity of claims made in content shared online. However, fact-checking is a slow process involving significant manual and intellectual effort to find trustworthy and reliable information. A fact-checker may have to look for evidence from trustworthy sources and interpret the available information in order to reach a conclusion.

Improving the efficiency of fact-checking by providing tools that automate parts of the process, or defining other processes for validating the veracity of claims made in online social media, are challenging problems with real impact on society, requiring an interdisciplinary approach to address them. The International Workshop on Reducing Online Misinformation Exposure (ROME) will provide a forum for researchers to discuss these problems and to define new directions for work on automating fact checking, reducing misinformation online, and making social media more resilient to the spread of fake news.

Call For Papers

We invite submissions of research papers on computational fact-checking, fake news detection, and the analysis of misinformation spread on social media. Topics of interest include, but are not be limited to:

  • Claim extraction/detection
  • Stance detection
  • Claim source detection
  • End-to-end evaluation of fact-checking
  • Supporting evidence retrieval
  • Quantifying and addressing biases in fake news detection
  • Explainable models for computational fact checking
  • Software architectures for large scale fake news detection
  • Provenance and source detection of claims
  • Analysis of the spread of misinformation
  • Crowd-sourcing for fact checking

Important Dates

Submission deadline: Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Acceptance notification: Friday, May 31, 2019

Workshop day: Thursday, July 25, 2019

Submission Guidelines

All submissions will be undergo double-blind peer review by the programme committee and will be judged on their relevance to the workshop and their potential to generate discussion. Submissions have to present original research contributions not concurrently submitted elsewhere (pre-prints submitted to ArXiv are eligible).

Submissions should be at most 6 pages, excluding references, must be submitted electronically through the EasyChair submission site and must be formatted according to ACM SIG proceedings format.

Each accepted paper will be presented in one of the sessions of the workshop, and it will be allocated a presentation slot in a poster session. At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the workshop to present the paper in person. Authors of accepted papers will be invited to submit extended versions to a special issue in a journal.

All questions about the workshop and submissions should be emailed to: rome2019workshop[at]easychair.org

Invited Speakers

Kalina Bontcheva

University of Sheffield

Rocco De Nicola

IMT Lucca

Gianni Riotta

University of Princeton


Workshop Organizers

  • Guillaume Bouchard, Facebook, UK
  • Guido Caldarelli, IMT Lucca, Italy
  • Vassilis Plachouras, Facebook, UK

Steering Committee

  • Filippo Menczer, University of Indiana, US
  • Fabrizio Silvestri, Facebook, UK

Programme Committee

  • Udo Kruschwitz, University of Essex, UK
  • Kashyap Popat, Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Germany
  • Kyumin Lee, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, US
  • Kai Shu, Arizona State University, US
  • Arkaitz Zubiaga, Queen Mary University of London, UK
  • Julien Leblay, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan
  • Antonio Scala, Institute for Complex Systems / Italian National Research Council, Italy
  • Marcos Zampieri, University of Wolverhampton, UK
  • Luca Maria Aiello, Nokia Bell Labs, UK
  • Svitlana Volkova, Pacific Nothwest National Laboratory, US
  • Ioana Manolescu, INRIA Saclay - Île-de-France and Ecole Polytechnique, France
  • Joemon Jose, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Symeon Papadopoulos, Information Technologies Institute, Greece
  • Huan Liu, Arizona State University, US
  • Maria Liakata, University of Warwick, UK
  • Sumithra Velupillai, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Andreas Vlachos, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Preslav Nakov, Qatar Computing Research Institute, HBKU, Qatar
  • Aristides Gionis, Aalto University, Finland


ROME 2019 is colocated with ACM SIGIR 2019. The conference will be held in the Cité des Sciences, located in the north-east of Paris. The Cité des sciences is located with the park La Villette which is home to exhibitions, and shows.