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Call for Papers

Special Issue of Socio-Economic Planning Sciences

Social Network Modeling

Guest Editor: Alexander Nikolaev

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York


Socio-Economic Planning Sciences will publish a special issue on social
network modeling and analysis. Social connections serve as channels for
information flow and influence propagation, and capture dependencies that
affect individual human preferences and judgments, as well as organizational
relations and decisions. Operational models, explicitly incorporating
network effects, are primed to inform decision-making efforts that target
improvements in organizational structure, team effort coordination,
marketing strategies, enable management of social support systems, and
promote the spread of healthy and environmentally conscious behaviors. This
special issue welcomes submissions that work to reveal and interpret social
and economic network structure patterns, help evaluate systemic risks, and
analyze social programs and policies, through modeling, theory development,
empirical research, reviews and case studies. Below is a sample list of
topics common within the scope of this special issue:


. Modeling collective human behavior (in economics, healthcare and other

. Identification of high value individuals/hubs and methods for
attacking/protecting social support networks, network communication systems,
terrorist networks, etc.

. Detection and strategic generation of influence cascades

. Network perspectives on team structure and formation of collaborative
networks (e.g., research teams, non-governmental organization alliances in
disaster response, etc.)

. Treatment of new variations of resource allocation, and other traditional
optimization problem formulations, explicitly incorporating social
constraints (e.g., nurse scheduling)

. Generation and distribution of social capital (e.g., in supply chain

. The impact of social connections on political stability, bureaucracy, and


The guest editor also welcomes manuscripts that study other topics
pertaining to the impact of social connections and  communication on
decision-making. The special issue will include papers that offer
methodological and/or practical insights. We welcome contributions relying
on a broad range of quantitative approaches, however, priority will be given
to the submissions making original advances in modeling and/or optimization.
In light of the scope of SEPS, all papers must clearly demonstrate the
public sector relevance of their contributions.


All manuscripts should be submitted electronically via the Elsevier
Editorial System (EES) You must select Social
Network Modeling as the Article Type to make sure that your paper will be
considered for the special issue. The submission deadline is June 30, 2015.
The plan is to publish the special issue in early 2017. Researchers from all
relevant disciplines are invited to consider this special issue as an outlet
for their work. Contact the guest editor Alexander Nikolaev
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Dr. Alexander Nikolaev, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering 

University at Buffalo (SUNY)

409 Bell Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260-2050

Phone: 716-645-4710

Fax: 716-645-3302



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