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* Virtualis* Journal
ISSN 2007-2678

*Especial Issue:*

Social Network Analysis & Virtual Communities

*Guest Editors:*

Dr. Ignacio Ramos-Vidal

Department of Social Psychology, University of Seville, Spain

Dr. Paola Ricaurte Quijano

Department of Cultural Studies, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico


*Deadline to submit manuscripts: **December 15th, 2014*

*Estimated Release:*  *June 30**th **, 2015*

Parallel to the exponential growth of studies employing relational analysis
strategies, in recent years we have witnessed the relentless growth of the
Internet and the proliferation of all kinds of virtual communities (Wellman
et al., 1996). This phenomenon has notoriously influenced the way of
understanding interpersonal relationships and our performance in online and
offline social networks. Investigating Internet use, participation in
multiple communities, and how the individualization of social practices have
affected our behavior in society occupy much of the attention of social
scientists in this period. The use of digital platforms has changed our
connectivity patterns expanding significantly our relational skyline. These
types of interaction mechanisms have integrated social spaces that would
otherwise be disconnected or weakly bound (Ellison, Steinfield, & Lampe,

However, expanding the use of SNA techniques and the number of users
participating in virtual communities have generated changes beyond the
individual level. Specific instruments that ICTs provide us have made it
possible to increase the capacity –both of individuals and of social groups
–to impact at socio-political level. Thus, the network approach has greatly
amplified the capacity of people to influence the programs and institutions
that affect them. Tools like Twitter allow to connection of the civil
society, facilitating the exchange of information in real time and reducing
the response time for example in a policy claim or in commemoration of an
event (McGuire, 2013).

Because of the far-reaching changes motivated by the use of the Internet
and the ability to structurally assess these changes through SNA, this
special issue welcomes submissions that work to interpret both
phenomena. Example
topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

a.*Personal networks*. Research that analyzes the structure and composition
of egocentric networks in a variety of contexts (i.e., social support
networks, effects on health, community involvement etc.).

b. *Organizational networks**.* Contributions that examine socio-centric
networks in intra and inter-organizational environments as a mechanism to
explain the positioning of organizations in a business sector.

c. *Knowledge management*. Contributions that analyze processes in business
and in public institutions like the diffusion of innovations. The creation
of creative environments and the acquisition of competitive advantages.

d. *Networks and Community development*. Papers that analyze the
relationships between civil society organizations, public institutions and
community agents. We welcome experiences that assess the formation of
community coalitions and networks providing public services.

e.* Virtual communities*. Research examining the involvement in online
communities and the consequences of this involvement on several processes
such as psychosocial wellbeing effects on health and the impact on
socio-political processes.

f. *Relationship between online and offline communities*. Studies focused
on learn about the changes in patterns of communication face-to-face caused
by participation in different virtual communities.

g. *Structural Evaluation of Social Capital**. *Research that explains from
a relational perspective the creation of social capital at individual and
collective levels of analysis (i.e., Burt, 2004; Granovetter, 1973).

f. *Sense of community, civic engagement and digital empowerment*. Studies
that allow expand our understanding of how networks change the experience
of group attachment and how access to resources that flow through these
relationships may influence self-determination and taking control over the
environment (Blanchard, 2007).

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assessment of the editorial team, who will determine their suitability for
the guidelines of this call for papers. Manuscripts which meet the criteria
for inclusion will be sent to two external reviewers to initiate the
arbitration process by the double-blind procedure. All papers must fully
meet the specifications of the journal for submission original articles. These
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