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Please consider submitting to this new Minitrack on Communication Networks at the 44th Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences (HICSS). The conference is held at the beautiful Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa on Kauai, Hawaii from January 4-7, 2011. There has been a healthy increase of social network interest and scholarship at the HICSS conferences, with this years meeting having several network oriented Minitracks, as well as a social network analysis tutorial and workshop.

Please forward to interested parties.

Mahalo nui,
Devan Rosen and George Barnett


Call For Papers: Communication Networks, HICSS 44


Track: Organizational Systems and Technology

Minitrack: Communication Networks


Conference: JANUARY 4-7, 2011

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, Kauai, Hawaii


Submission now open

Papers due by JUNE 15, 2010

All submissions are made through the HICSS site.




Communication networks represent a significant portion of the study of social networks a branch of systems sciences and complex systems. Communication networks can be defined as patterns of contact created by the flow of messages among entities through time and space. Network analysis identifies exchange structures shaped by the flow of information or other material/nonmaterial resources. Both traditional and emerging patterns of exchange are increasingly mediated by information technology and one of the most popular products of mediated communication networks to date is social networking websites.  These sites afford a parallel but unique area of research focusing on the utilization of online communication networks. As such, the current mini-track focuses on the structures and patterns of association emerging from the flow of information and are particularly well suited for dynamic network data collection. Units of analysis (nodes) and form of flow (ties) are scaleable, and this track welcomes a wide range of communication network conceptualizations. Research is also welcomed that apply systems approaches to a range of communication network contexts including, but not limited to work groups and teams, social support networks and families, and larger scale contexts like organizations, online communities, and neighborhoods / communities.


Possible Communication Network topics include, but are not limited to:

Affiliation Networks

Blog Networks

Citation Networks

Cognitive Networks

Collaboration Networks

Communities of Practice

Community Networks

Cooperation and Coordination

Corporate Communication Networks

Decision-Making Networks

Design of Communication Network Platforms

Diffusion/Innovation Networks

Discourse Networks

Email Networks

Environmental/Sustainability Communication Networks

Family / Kin Networks

Global / International Networks

Hyperlink Networks


Information Brokerage

Information Exchange/Sharing

Internet as a Social/Communication Network

Interorganizational Networks

Knowledge Flows/Networks

Multilevel Communication Networks

Multiplex Networks

Neighborhood Networks

Communication Network Dynamics/Longitudinal Networks

Communication Network Evolution and Co-evolution

Communication Network Stability

Networks and Creativity

New Media Networks

Online Communities

Online Games

Open Source Networks

Organizational Networks

Patent Networks

Project Networks

Scientific Networks

Semantic Networks

Simulation & Agent Based Models of Communication Networks

Small-group Networks

Social Support Networks

Tacit Knowledge Networks

Team Networks

Twitter Networks

Virtual Networks

Work-group Networks



Devan Rosen (primary contact)

Department of Speech

University of Hawaii at Manoa

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George A. Barnett

Department of Communication

University of California, Davis

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JUNE 15, 2010 (Hard deadline imposed by HICSS, will not be extended)

Authors submit Full Papers to the Peer Review System, following the Author Instructions found on the HICSS web site (http://www.hicss.hawaii.edu/). All papers must be submitted in double column publication format and limited to 10 pages including diagrams and references that conform to HICSS standards. Papers undergo blind review.


HICSS papers must contain original material, and not be previously published, nor currently submitted elsewhere.


You may submit a paper to only one Minitrack. Duplicate submissions may be rejected by any or all minitracks, without consultation with author.


An individual may be listed as author/co-author on no more than 6 submitted papers. Track Chairs must approve any names added after submission.


AUG 15, 2010

Acceptance notices are emailed to authors by the Review System. (Make sure your server accepts the address.) At least one author of each accepted paper must immediately make plans to attend the conference, including initiating fiscal, visa, or other travel guarantees.


SEPT 15, 2010

Accepted authors submit Final Paper. At least one author of each paper should register by this date. This is the Early Registration fee deadline.


OCT 15, 2010

Papers without at least one registered author will be deleted from the Proceedings; authors will be so notified by the Conference Office.


Conference: JANUARY 4-7, 2011

Grand Hyatt Poipu, Kauai, Hawaii




Devan Rosen, Ph.D.
Department of Speech
University of Hawaii
2560 Campus Rd., 326 George Hall
Honolulu, HI 96822
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