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Dear Socnetters,

We hope the following message will raise your interest!

Currently, we are in the process of editing the forthcoming book entitled “Computational Social Science in the Age of Big Data. Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications” published by Herbert von Halem Verlag (Cologne, Germany) in Neue Schriften zur Online-Forschung of the German Society for Online Research (expected publication in summer 2017).

In the digital age the exponential growth in the amount of data brings out new forms of social science research by using computational techniques to handle and manage big data sources. This book will demonstrate how data analysts both from academia and business analyze large and complex masses of data by taking a multidisciplinary approach.
The rapid emergence of computational social science as new discipline shows the potential need to discuss innovative approaches and new techniques to understand our complex social system (Lazer et al. 2009). The purpose of the book is to summarize the current state of knowledge about meaning, development, and uses of computational social science in the context of big data.
The book will bring together the status quo of theoretical background, concepts, methodological approaches, instruments, tools as well as applications and empirical-based research studies. The audience of this book are the academic as well as commercial sector researchers, commercials, students, and teachers who have begun using big data to examine human behavior online.

All chapter proposals should be sent via email to [log in to unmask] no later than June 30, 2016. The contributions will be evaluated in an academic review process by a committee of experts. For more information regarding the submission procedure, read the further details below and/or visit our website (https://sites.google.com/site/cfpcomputationalsocialsciences).

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We are looking forward to your submission.

Best
Cathleen

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Further Details
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Working Title of Book: Computational Social Science in the Age of Big Data. Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications

Publisher: Herbert von Halem Verlag (Cologne, Germany), in Neue Schriften zur Online-Forschung of the German Society for Online Research (DGOF); anticipated publication in 2017.

Editorial Board: Cathleen M. Stuetzer (JGU Mainz, Institute for Sociology), Martin Welker (HMKW Cologne, Journalism and Communication Science), Marc Egger, INSIUS Berlin

Description and Purpose of the Book:
In the digital age the exponential growth in the amount of data brings out new forms of social science research by using computational techniques to handle and manage big data sources. This book will demonstrate how data analysts both from academia and business analyze large and complex masses of data by taking a multidisciplinary approach. It will uncover cutting-edge analysis techniques and methods for searching and using large data sets within different disciplines like sociology, information science, communication science, health, education, political science, psychology, economics, and other fields. The rapid emergence of computational social science as new discipline shows the potential need to discuss innovative approaches and new techniques to understand our complex social system (Lazer et al. 2009). The purpose of the book is to summarize the current state of knowledge about meaning, development, and uses of computational social science in the context of big data. The book will bring together the status quo of theoretical background, concepts, methodological approaches, instruments, tools as well as applications and empirical-based research studies. The audience of this book are the academic as well as commercial sector researchers, commercials, students, and teachers who have begun using big data to examine human behavior online.

Submission Procedure for Chapter Proposals and Notification:
Each chapter should contain a critical review of literature on the topic of the chapter, summarize and evaluate what is known about it, report research findings, identify important gaps of knowledge as well as make suggestions for future research.

Submissions should be in German or in English and must include the title, author(s) name, affiliation(s), e-mail address(es), tel/fax numbers, and e-mail address, postal address(es), and abstract on the first page.

Submissions must be sent as an e-mail attachment to Cathleen Stuetzer using the e-mail address [log in to unmask]  and/or [log in to unmask] .

Chapter Proposal Length: max. 3 pages, Format: Adobe PDF

All chapter proposals will be evaluated by a committee of experts before author(s) are being invited to submit the full book chapter. Papers will be selected based on their originality, relevance, and clarity of presentation. Authors should certify that their papers represents substantially new previously unpublished work. Unpublished conference presentations are acceptable.

Important Dates and Anticipated Deadlines for Chapters:
Chapter Proposal Submission Deadline: June 30, 2016
Notification of Chapter Proposal Acceptance/Rejection: August 1, 2016
Final Book Chapter Submission Deadline: December 15, 2016
Final Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: April 1, 2017
Final Camera-Ready Version Deadline: June 30, 2017
Publication Date (tentative): Summer 2017

The chapter proposal should be sent via email to [log in to unmask] no later than June 30, 2016. These papers will be examined in an academic review process by a committee of experts. A confirmation of receipt of the submission will be sent within three days, and if you do not receive the confirmation please resend the email and/or contact Cathleen Stuetzer ([log in to unmask]).
Notification regarding the status of each proposal will be sent by August 1, 2016 to all those who submitted a chapter proposal. At that time authors whose chapter proposals have been accepted will also be e-mailed guidelines regarding full book chapter preparation. The final book chapter deadline is December 15, 2016. Following receipt, full chapters will be sent out for double-blind review. The editors will make the final decision regarding final acceptance of each book chapter until April 1, 2017. All chapters with revision requests (if necessary) need to be completed by June 30, 2017.

Inquiries should be directed to:
Dr. Cathleen M. Stuetzer
Board Member of the German Society for Online Research (DGOF)
Internet: www.dgof.de, Email (DGOF-Office): [log in to unmask]
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Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Institute for Sociology
Department of Social Network Research and Sociology of the Family

Office: Jakob-Welder-Weg 12, Georg Forster-Gebäude
Room: 03.443 (GFG), D-55099 Mainz, Germany
Phone: +49 6131 39 29397
Email: [log in to unmask]

Further information are available here:
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/cfpcomputationalsocialsciences
Publisher: http://www.halem-verlag.de/2015/neue-schriften-zur-online-forschung
Additional Information: www.dgof.de

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