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Dear colleagues,

we invite submissions for a special issue of
JIMIS, the Journal of Interdisciplinary Methodologies and Issues in Science
on the topic of Graphs & Social Systems.
JIMIS is published by Épisciences/CNRS.
The deadline for abstract submission is the 1st of May 2016.

See the CFP details below.

Best regards, the guest editors
Vincent Labatut [log in to unmask]
Rosa Figueiredo [log in to unmask]
Philippe Michelon [log in to unmask]
University of Avignon - LIA


JIMIS – Journal of Interdisciplinary Methodologies and Issues in Science
Special Issue on Graphs & Social Systems

==== Scope of the special issue ====
A social system can be viewed as the set of relationships existing between
entities such as individuals, groups, and institutions and forming a
structured, coherent whole. Social system analysis is an inherently
interdisciplinary academic field, which emerged from social psychology,
sociology, statistics, graph theory, and other domains. For the last few
decades, and in parallel with the development of the network science field,
graph-based approaches dedicated to this purpose have gained a significant
following in social sciences and humanities, and there are now tools
commonly available for end-users.

Thanks to the very generic nature of graphs, it is possible to take a
method designed to handle a specific system, and apply it in a completely
different context. For instance, a method allowing to detect functionally
important proteins in a biological network can be used to identify
key-players in a social network. However, due to lexical, methodological
and cultural differences, being aware of the methods developed in other
fields can be truly challenging for a researcher.

The goal of this special issue is to try to bridge this gap, by exposing
researchers to different tools and usages of the concept of graph, coming
from out of their field. The general idea is to describe graph analysis
methods and/or their application to specific social systems. We are
interested in works proposing new analysis or extraction methods, likely to
be used in various very different applicative contexts. We are also
interested in works describing how an existing method, initially developed
for a given context, was adapted and/or applied to graphs representing
completely different systems. Finally, we are interested as well in works
dealing with systems whose unique properties require the design of
domain-specific methods.

==== Topics of the special issue ====
For the applicative side, all domains related to the representation or
study of social relationships and interactions are concerned:
- anthropology
- arts
- communication
- economics
- education
- geography
- history
- law
- linguistics
- literature
- organizational studies
- political science
- psychology
- social psychology
- sociolinguistics
- sociology
- urban studies
and others.

The methodological aspects of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Community detection, graph clustering
- Node centrality, key-player identification
- Analysis of other topological measures and properties
- Modeling and/or control of diffusion processes
- Notion of balance in signed graphs
- Definition of generative models
- Extraction of graphs from raw data (text, logs, measures...)
- Processing of enhanced graphs: directed, weighted, signed, spatial,
multilayer, dynamic...
- Modeling and simulation of social processes

==== About the journal ====
Since January 2016, JIMIS is an international open-access peer-reviewed
journal covering cross-disciplinary topics. It uses the Creative Commons
license and is free for both authors and readers. Each issue is handled by
guest editors and dedicated to a specific topic. The strongly
interdisciplinary nature of the journal is enforced by gathering in one
issue articles from Humanities and Social Sciences, and articles from Exact
and Experimental Sciences. Papers co-signed by authors from different
disciplines are very much welcome, but not mandatory.

Located off the beaten track, JIMIS has a wide and original scope. The goal
of each issue is to emphasize a variety of points of view on a common
cross-disciplinary topic. JIMIS aims at publishing high quality papers that
would not find their place in traditional disciplinary journals, due to
their strong connection with other scientific fields. For instance:
tackling a problem which is multidisciplinary in nature, exposing
alternative points of views coming from other fields, or transposing
methods from one field to another.

Along with several other international journals, JIMIS is published under
the aegis of Épisciences (, an offspring of the
CNRS (French national center for scientific research
The steering committee of JIMIS is constituted of recognized international
scientists representing a number of domains ( Each paper is reviewed by three
reviewers in a single blind process.

==== Submission Notes ====
Authors must follow the submission process and guidelines of the journal ( In particular, note the
submission process takes place on the Épisciences platform and involves
uploading the article on HAL ( or arXiv ( LaTeX, MS Word and OpenOffice templates are provided on
the journal website (with a preference for LaTeX).

Submitted articles must not have been previously published or currently
submitted for conference/journal publication elsewhere. If the article is
an extension of a previous paper, please cite it in the submitted article,
explicitly describe the new contributions and explain how they are

==== Important Dates ====
Abstract submission deadline: 1 May 2016 (1 page max)
Paper submission deadline: 4 September 2016
First round of reviews: 6 November 2016
Intended publication date: first semester of 2017

==== Editors ====
Guest editors: Rosa Figueiredo, Vincent Labatut & Philippe Michelon
Laboratoire Informatique d'Avignon (LIA), Université d'Avignon
Editor: Didier Josselin
UMR Espace 7300, Université d'Avignon
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