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Reminder Call for Papers, Special Issue of Socio-Economic Planning 

Issue on "Social Network Modeling", Submission Deadline - June 30, 2015 
(please see the details below)

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 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) 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


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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