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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 30th , 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, 2007).


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).


Manuscripts should be submitted to [log in to unmask] and [log in to unmask]. All contributions will be subject to a preliminary 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 norms are available at the following link:

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