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A reminder that the deadline for papers for this Special Issue of Social
Networks is 15 Jan 2018. Best, Nick


Call for Papers: *Social Networks* Special Issue


*Guest Editorial Team*:

Filip Agneessens, *University of Surrey*

Nicholas Harrigan, *Singapore Management University*

Giuseppe (Joe) Labianca, *University of Kentucky*


The study of negative ties (aversive or hostile relationships) and signed
tie networks (containing positive, negative, and neutral ties) has a
significant history in sociometric research. In spite of their relative
rarity, negative ties are more likely to drive attitudes, behaviors, and
consequences, including network change, as compared to more frequently
observed positive ties and need to be increasingly incorporated into our
work. This research area is ripe for both theoretical and methodological
advancement. On a theoretical level, the topic remains largely dominated by
one of its founding theories – structural balance theory – despite
empirical evidence suggesting its limited utility. Methodologically, many
of our existing measures and analytical techniques cannot be easily applied
to negative and signed networks, thus leaving many important questions of
general interest unanswered and unexplored. We invite researchers to
advance the boundaries of generalizable knowledge about negative and signed
ties in this special issue of *Social Networks*.

The substantial questions the editorial team believe remain unanswered and
of significant interest to a wider audience include:

   - What is a negative tie? How can we conceptualize different types or
   dimensions of negative ties and their antecedents? What is the relationship
   between positive, negative, and neutral ties? Are they on a unidimensional
   spectrum, orthogonal, or otherwise overlapped?
   - How do endogenous and exogenous network mechanisms of signed ties
   interact to give rise to network change and group formation?
   - How do signed ties interact with individual attributes?
   - How do retaliation, envy and jealousy, reconciliation, social
   undermining, gossip, and cycles of violence relate to negative and signed
   tie networks?
   - Which parameters (e.g. reciprocity, transitivity, homophily) are
   relevant to negative ties when using statistical modelling such as ERGMs
   and SAOMs?
   - What are the theoretical alternatives to balance theory?
   - What are the consequences of negative and signed ties? How do these
   consequences vary by tie type and social setting (e.g., online, classrooms,
   political legislatures)?
   - Do negative ties help us when trying to detect subgroups and
   communities in networks?
   - Do we need to use alternative measures of nodal position when dealing
   with negative and signed tie networks as compared to when using positive
   - Do different aspects play a role for perceptual accuracy when dealing
   with negative, rather than positive, ties? Are there differences in the
   consequences of perceptual accuracy?

The above list is only meant to be suggestive and not exhaustive -- we
encourage authors to explore research on negative and signed ties that
extends beyond this list.

We welcome and encourage papers using empirical data; we also welcome
meta-analyses and modelling papers. Priority will be given to papers that
advance generalizable knowledge of negative and signed tie social networks.

*Review Process:*

Authors interested in expressing interest or asking questions prior to
submission are encouraged to contact the editorial team at negative.ties.
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We will accept only the submission of full manuscripts. Submissions open 15
January, 2017 and will be evaluated on a *rolling basis*. Any submissions
accepted will be *published online* immediately (even if accepted prior to
the final submissions deadline).

The final submissions deadline is 15 January, 2018. We anticipate the
special issue coming out in print in 2019.

The manuscript submission process is detailed at http://www.journals.elsevie

Manuscripts should meet the submission criteria of the *Social
Networks* journal
and include an abstract (100 words or less).  A manuscript length of
approximately 20-30 pages of text is preferred (approximately 5,000-9,000
words, not including abstract, references, figures and tables; 12 point
Times New Roman font, doubled-spaced, and one-inch margins).

All manuscripts will receive an initial screening from the editorial team,
and only manuscripts deemed to have a reasonable chance of acceptance will
enter the review process. After a maximum of two rounds of review, a
rejection or acceptance suggestion will be made by the editorial team to
the journal editors, who will make the final publication decision.  A
conference will follow to feature all of the accepted papers and to
encourage continuing community building among scholars interested in
negative ties and signed graphs.

Nicholas Harrigan
Assistant Professor of Sociology
School of Social Sciences

Singapore Management University
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Singapore 178903

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