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JOURNAL OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

2nd Call for Papers

Special Issue ‘SOCIAL NETWORKING THROUGH ICTS’

Special Issue Editors:  Elaine Ferneley and Remko Helms

OBJECTIVES
Technology-supported social networks are now penetrating many aspects of
our daily lives and have been established for a diverse range of purposes
from e-dating, to multimedia sharing and from friendship/blogging sites,
to virtual gaming and virtual worlds. Individuals in their role as
employees and, more recently, their companies have also started to adopt
the concept of social networks both intra- and inter-organizationally.
Examples include technology supported Communities of Practice and the
emerging professional support networks such as Linkedin.com. Technology to
support such social networking is diverse ranging from the standard
desktop to mobile and ubiquitous technologies to immersive virtual
environments and other applications and services.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to explore the emerging
technology-supported social networking phenomenon and how it may influence
the management, development and use of Information Systems in the
networked world.

TOPICS OF INTEREST
• The crafting of ‘self’ within online communities;
• Visual representation of social networks;
• Social network analysis – are the established social network analysis
tools appropriate for these emerging sites or are new social network
analysis techniques required;
• Evolution of technology-supported social networks (especially
longitudinal research);
• Power, politics and trust in technology-supported social networks;
• Influence of technology-supported social networks on individual, group,
or organizational performance;
• Effect of the usage of social network software on the structure of
intra- and inter-organizational networks ;
• Diversity and issues of inclusion/exclusion in social networking
communities – e.g. Work Organisation/Society, Culture, Gender, Race,
Disability, Sexuality, Nationality;
• Case studies on the adoption, implementation, and application of social
networking software in organizations;
• Social and cultural capital construction, erosion and deployment;
• Integration of on-line and off-line social networking activities;
• Global/local issues in social networking;
• Social networking success and failure;
• Social networking to support virtual teams;
• Privacy concerns and social networks, social networking and computer
ethics;
• Social networking as a driver for e-democracy and e-deliberation.
• Mining social network information from online communities and mail
messages

SUBMISSIONS
Papers should be between 6,000-9,000 words in length. Make electronic
submissions to both Special Issue Editors. Word for Windows, PDF or iWorks
is preferred. Please feel free to contact a Special Issue Editor with
queries relating to the Special Issue.
Submissions will be fully refereed by two reviewers, an Associate Editor
and a Special Issue Editor.

IMPORTANT DATES
Deadline for submission:  1st Nov 2008
Reviews returned:  1st March 2009
Final submission:  1st June 2009
Notification of final acceptance:  1st Sept 2009
Publication:  March or June 2010

For further information please contact the special issue editors:
Elaine Ferneley (Salford University,UK): [log in to unmask]
Remko Helms (Utrecht University, NL): [log in to unmask]

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