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Call for papers for a special issue of Social Networks:
“Dynamics of Social Networks”
Dynamics of Social Networks is the subfield of Social Network Analysis
concerned with studying the collection of ties in a social network
longitudinally as dependent variables. This subfield was treated
earlier, e.g., in the special issues of Journal of Mathematical
Sociology devoted to Social Network Evolution in 1996 and 2003. Thanks
to new data collections and new methods for analysis, the attention
given to Dynamics of Social Networks has increased a lot recently. It
now is possible to model jointly the effects of mechanisms such as
homophily, reciprocity, transitivity/balance, and centrality, on the
probabilities of tie formation and dissolution. One of the topics of
special interest is the co-evolution of networks and actor
characteristics, in which the network is considered simultaneously as a
dependent variable and as a variable that predicts relevant changing
actor characteristics (behavioral tendencies, attitudes, disease,
performance, etc.). This co-evolution can represent the crucial role
played by social networks as structures connecting the micro and macro
levels of social analysis.
The editors of Social Networks invite contributions for a special issue
on Dynamics of Social Networks. This issue will focus on explaining and
modeling the dynamics of social networks, aiming at the testing of
social science theories and the use of high-quality data sets of
socially relevant networks. Substantive as well as methodological papers
are invited, and papers integrating social science theory and empirical
work are especially welcome.
Important dates (all in 2008):
March 15. Deadline for submission of abstracts (from ˝ to 1 page) by
sending them to <[log in to unmask]>.
April 1. Authors of abstracts will be informed about the suitability of
their abstract for the special issue at this date or earlier.
June 1. Deadline for submission of papers in the usual way to Social
Networks, mentioning in the cover message that the paper is intended for
this special issue.
September 1. It will be attempted to return reviews to authors before
November 1. Deadline for submitting revised versions.
Tom A.B. Snijders
Co-editor, Social Networks
Professor of Statistics in the Social Sciences
University of Oxford
Professor of Statistics and Methodology
Department of Sociology
University of Groningen
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