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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
NEGATIVE AND SIGNED TIE NETWORKS
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:
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.
Authors interested in expressing interest or asking questions prior to submission are encouraged to contact the editorial team at email@example.com
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.