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Proposal Submission Deadline: May 30, 2010
Social Networking and Community Behavior Modeling:
Qualitative and Quantitative Measures
A book edited by Dr. Maytham H. Safar and Dr. Khaled A. Mahdi
Kuwait University, Kuwait

To be published by IGI Global:

Sociality is the most unique characteristic of human beings. Humans  
usually strive to create relations with others by sharing their  
thoughts, emotions, and even their actions. Sometimes, it is not  
necessary to even have a direct interaction between actors to say that  
there is a social relation between them. It is enough that one of them  
is acting under the assumption that the other shared the same feelings  
that caused him to act. This uniqueness implied an important  
philosophical question that was considered centuries ago, “How do  
people communicate?” What are the rules that really control these  
communications? A half century ago, it was almost impossible to  
provide a qualitative or quantitative assessment to help provide  
accurate answers to these questions. However, as the population of the  
world grows day after day, the importance of answering this question  
increases. That’s because the spread of news, rumors and even disease  
become very hard to control.

Sociology is the branch of social sciences which empirically  
investigates the social activities of the human beings. Its concerns  
include both micro and macro levels of human-to-human interactions. In  
other words, it considers both the face-to-face human interaction and  
the overall behavior of society. After the technological advancement  
in the communication field and the creation of the Internet and  
mobiles, the ability to provide insight has grown tremendously.  
Fortunately, the ability to study the human society and find answers  
to the questions mentioned has grown as well.

Social networks are how any community is modeled. They have emerged as  
a major trend of computing and social paradigms in the past few years.  
The social network model helps the study of community behavior, thus  
leveraging social networks to researchers’ demands. An essential  
characteristic of any network is its resilience to failures or  
attacks. This is known as the robustness of a network. The definition  
of a robust network is rather debatable. One interpretation of a  
robust network assumes that social links connecting people together  
can experience dynamic changes, as is the case with many friendship  
networks such as Facebook, Hi5, etc. Individuals can easily delete a  
friend or add a new one, with and without constraints. Other networks,  
however, have rigid links that do not allow changes with time such as  
in strong family networks. Hence, it is vital to find a quantitative  
measure of a networks’ robustness.

Objective of the Book
The objective of this work is to provide a clear and consolidated view  
of current social network models. We seek to explore the new methods  
to model, characterize, and build social networks. We need to study  
the critical issues (cultural, security, threats, legal, and  
technical) confronting social networking, the emergence of new mobile  
social networking devices and applications, and how social networks  
impact the business aspects of organizations. Network robustness is  
also a vital property that needs to be addressed.

Target Audience
This book is designed for professionals and researchers working in the  
field of social networks, both from theoretical and practical point of  
views. The book will also provide insights to the executives  
responsible for understanding the technology and utilizing it to  
positively impact their business. The audience for this book includes,  
but is not limited to, the following:

Researchers, Chatters, Bloggers, Social Networkers, Web Developers,  
and People and enterprises involved in marketing/advertising using the  
internet and mobile.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
Models of social networks
Social networks analysis of virtual online communities
Social networks evolution
Information diffusion in social networks
Epidemics and rumours in social networks
Robustness of social networks
Online communities
Social networks and terrorism
Social networks on mobile devices

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before May  
30, 2010, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission  
and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted  
proposals will be notified by June 25, 2010 about the status of their  
proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to  
be submitted by September 30, 2010. All submitted chapters will be  
reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be  
requested to serve as reviewers for this project. For further  
information, please refer to 

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea  
Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science  
Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information  
Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering  
Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the  
publisher, please visit This publication is  
anticipated to be released in 2011.

Important Dates
May 30, 2010:		Proposal Submission Deadline
June 25, 2010:		Notification of Acceptance
September 30, 2010:	Full Chapter Submission
December 15, 2010:	Review Results Returned
February 28, 2011:	Final Chapter Submission
March 30, 2011:	Final Deadline

Editorial Advisory Board Members:

David Taniar, Monash University, Australia
Eric Pardede, La Trobe University, Australia
Ismail Khalil, Johannes Kepler University, Austria
Pedro Isaías, Universidade Aberta, Portugal
Peter John Carrington, University of Waterloo, Canada
Pit Pichappan, Al Imam University, Saudi Arabia
Timothy Shih, Asia University, Taiwan

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word  
document) or by mail to:
Dr. Maytham H. Safar
Computer Engineering Department
Kuwait University
Tel.: +965 2498 7962 • Fax: +965 2483 9461 • GSM: +965 9936 1062
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