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Dear Colleagues, 
Please, consider the following Call for Papers note. Also, please forward the information below to any scholar / researcher etc who might be interested in submitting a manuscript.
Call for papers: “Recent Advancements, Developments and Applications of Personal Network Analysis” special issue of International Review of Social Research, volume 6, issue 2, October 2016.
Guest editors: Marian-Gabriel Hâncean (University of Bucharest, Romania), José Luis Molina (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain) and Miranda Jessica Lubbers (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain).
We invite scholars to submit original papers (irrespective of their corresponding research stage; i.e. early stage, ongoing or completed) that are focused on either a fully personal network design, or on a design that combines personal network analysis with other approaches (mixed research methods).
We encourage authors from every discipline and field, to submit both theoretically and methodologically oriented papers, as long as they employ a personal network analysis approach.
Generally, we expect to receive manuscripts focused on:- The antecedents of personal networks (e.g. individual strategies for building personal networks, homophily, reciprocity, balance, transitivity etc.)- The impact of personal networks on individual / collective behavior (e.g. decision-making, acculturation, entry into the labor markets, scientific productivity and impact, migration and social mobility);- The combination of research strategies as to enable the investigation of the structure, composition and the immanent processes of personal networks;- Cross-sectional or longitudinal personal network analysis;- The analysis of personal networks’ structural characteristics (bridging, brokerage, density) in relation to their dynamics;- The contribution of visualizations to personal network analysis (e.g. the impact of visualization variables in the research process, the analysis of displays, the aggregation of collection of personal networks in clustered graphs etc.);- The challenges and benefits of mixing methods related to personal network research;- The critical analysis of methods for the collection of personal networks methodology (name generators, position generators, computer assisted versus personal data collection etc);- The methodology for standardizing and comparing personal networks.
The editors kindly request authors to send papers of 4,000 – 8,000 words together with an abstract of no more than 200 words, until March 1st, 2016, to the following addresses: [log in to unmask] or [log in to unmask] Prior to submission, please check author guidelines at http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/irsr.
International Review of Social Research (http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/irsr) is a Walter De Gruyter scholarly peer-reviewed open access journal, which welcomes articles from all areas of sociology, social/cultural anthropology and social sciences in general. All topics, methodological strategies and geographical locations are considered valuable, as long as articles are both theoretically and empirically grounded. Comparative, ethnographic, critical and space-sensitive approaches are welcomed.


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