CFP: Methodological approaches to the study of virtual environments and online social networks

Yet another CFP!  It’s for the Graduate Journal of Social Science (GJSS).  It’s for a special issue entitled “Methodological approaches to the study of virtual environments and online social networks.”  Submissions are due by March 15th, 2011.

Here is part of the CFP:

This special issue aims at mapping some of the methodological approaches to the study of virtual environments, and welcomes both theoretical and empirical analyses that address them. The interest here is in what methods graduate researchers choose to use, the problems they face in trying to use them and the ways in which these methods are being adapted in relation to these virtual sites of study. Graduate students doing empirical work on virtual worlds and online social networks from all disciplines are strongly encouraged to submit papers dealing with the processes of choosing, applying and critically evaluating their methods.

Authors are encouraged to submit papers addressing questions such as:

  • How to choose a suitable method for the study of virtual worlds and/ or online social networks?
  • Methods for exploring the social and cultural aspects of virtual worlds and/ or online social networks.
  • Methods for exploring the technical aspects of virtual worlds and/ or online social networks.
  • Criteria for evaluating research on virtual worlds and/ or online social networks.
  • Simulations as research methods: problems, recommendations, evaluation.
  • Methods for collaborative research in virtual environments and/ or online social networks.
  • Ethical issues.
  • Immersion: do we need to be users of virtual worlds/ online social networks to study them?

Here is the website: http://www.gjss.org/index.php?/Methodological-approaches-to-the-study-of-virtual-environments-and-online-social-networks.html

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