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This may interest some on the list: a call for papers from the newsletter of the Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy Section of the American Political Science Association (Volume 9, Issue 2: March 2011) for a special issue of the Graduate Journal of Social Science.
 

Annelies Z. Kamran
Ph.D. candidate, Political Science
The Graduate Center
The City University of New York
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New York, NY  10016
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The Graduate Journal of Social Science (GJSS)

announces a Call for Papers and Book Reviews for

a special issue dealing with methodological

approaches to the study of virtual environments and

online social networks. The journal encourages the

submission of work by MSc/MA/MS, MPhil, PhD

students and junior academics from all geographic

regions. All papers are submitted to a blind peer

review process. The special issue is scheduled for

December 2011.

 

The proliferation of virtual worlds such as The

Sims, Second Life, World of Warcraft and of online

social networks such as blogs or social

networking applications (Facebook, LinkedIn, Hi5)

has been met with an enthusiastic interest from

researchers across disciplines. Scholars in

anthropology, communication and cultural studies,

economics, education, psychology and sociology

have become increasingly involved in the study of

such environments, bringing along not only

discipline-specific questions and theories, but also

various methodological approaches.

 

This special issue aims at mapping some of the

methodological approaches to the study of virtual

environments, and welcomes both theoretical and

empirical analyses that address them. The interest

here is in what methods graduate researchers choose

to use, the problems they face in trying to

use them and the ways in which these methods are

being adapted in relation to these virtual sites of

study. Graduate students doing empirical work on

virtual worlds and online social networks from all

disciplines are strongly encouraged to submit papers

dealing with the processes of choosing, applying

and critically evaluating their methods.

 

All papers must be submitted electronically by

March 15, 2011 to [log in to unmask]. Articles

should be between 5,000 - 8,000 words in

length (including footnotes but excluding

references). Short essays (2,000 - 3,000 words) and

book reviews on this topic are also welcome. All

submissions must be anonymized and accompanied

by the GJSS article submission form (which can be

downloaded from the GJSS website). Please

include an abstract, a short author bio and 3-5

keywords. For more information on the stylistic

guidelines, please check the GJSS website at

http://gjss.org. For any further inquiries and to

submit an article, please contact Delia Dumitrica,

special issue editor at [log in to unmask].

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