***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** 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 this date. 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 http://stat.gamma.rug.nl/snijders/ ============================================== _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.