In order to cross-fertilize ideas among scientists, the International Workshop on Complex Networks and Their Applications brings together researchers from different scientific communities working on areas related to complex networks. For the fifth edition of this annual event, 204 papers have been received from around the world. These contributions have been peer-reviewed from at least three independent reviewers to ensure the high quality of contributed material as well as adherence to conference topics. Among the papers selected by the scientific committee for the workshop, a selection of contributions have been retained for submission to a thematic issue of Applied Network Science. These submissions are technically beyond the scope of the papers appearing in the workshop proceedings and include significantly new material. After a further new and independent review process, the papers have been selected for this thematic issue. These papers reflect the latest problems, advances, and diversity within the complex network community.
Lead Guest Editor: Sabrina Gaito
Guest Editors: Walter Quattrociocchi and Alessandra Sala