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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 applications)

• 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 management)

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


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) http://ees.elsevier.com/seps. 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  [log in to unmask] for inquiries on this special issue.




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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