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This is just a reminder that the call for abstracts for this special issue of Network Science are due Nov. 1.


Call for Papers: Special Issue on the Coevolution of Networks and Health

Editors: David Schaefer, jimi adams, and Tom Valente


Networks influence behaviors and health outcomes for individuals and populations through multiple mechanisms. However, networks are not exogenous to their effects—health and other factors contribute to the selection processes that underpin network structure. In practice, network effects and network selection processes feedback on one another in such a way as to create dynamic systems wherein health and networks constitutively coevolve and shape one another. Numerous disciplines have helped to develop our understanding of these processes: from anthropology to statistics, biology to sociology, engineering to epidemiology, human development to gerontology.


To address the reciprocal relationship between networks and health, we are soliciting papers for a special issue of Network Science. This special issue is intended to integrate multiple disciplinary perspectives that investigate health & networks’ co-evolutionary processes. Papers may address either of these processes—effects of networks on health or effects of health on networks. Ideally, papers in this issue—collectively or individually—will reflect the intersection of these processes.


Some potential topics include:

●      Large-scale modeling of interpersonal infectious disease dynamics

●      Statistical decomposition of health influence from selection effects

●      Network approaches to explain person-animal or person-environment vector-borne diseases

●      Ethnographic accounts of the coevolution of network and health processes

●      Health ramifications for network support, sociality, withdrawal, and/or avoidance


Extended abstracts of 2 to 4 pages should be sent to [log in to unmask] by November 1st with the subject “Network Science – Network and Health Coevolution.” Extended abstracts should provide a clear outline of the paper to be submitted, including: a clearly articulated (set of) research question(s), theoretical situation of the aims in appropriate literature, data to be used, and summary of the analytic approach. Extended abstracts will be evaluated for overall quality and their fit with the special issue theme. Authors invited to submit full papers would be asked to do so by January 31st. A special issue editor, two peer reviewers, and an editor of Network Science will review all submitted papers. Submission criteria for full manuscripts can be found at: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displaySpecialPage?pageId=5824.



●      Extended Abstracts Due: November 1, 2015

●      Invitations to Submit Full Papers Sent: November 30, 2015

●      Full Papers Due: January 31, 2015

●      Initial Review Decisions: March 31, 2016

●      Revised Papers Due: May 15, 2016

●      Publication: Winter 2016 (articles will be available online upon acceptance)


Direct any questions to one of the special issue editors: David Schaefer ([log in to unmask]), jimi adams ([log in to unmask]), or Tom Valente ([log in to unmask]).  


Ann McCranie ([log in to unmask])
Assistant Director of Research Administration
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