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Dear colleagues,

the abstract submission deadline
for the special issue "Graphs & Social systems" of
JIMIS, the Journal of Interdisciplinary Methodologies and Issues in Science
which is published by Épisciences/CNRS,

was postponed to the 29th of may 2016.
See the website for details.

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

On Sat, Mar 26, 2016 at 6:14 PM, Vincent Labatut <[log in to unmask]>

> 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
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> 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
> significant.
> ==== 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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