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AoIS-Springer 2011 : Virtual Communities, Social Networks and Collaboration


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Submission Deadline May 15, 2011
Notification Due Jun 15, 2011
Final Version Due Jul 30, 2011

Call For Papers

Call for Book Chapters - Deadline : 15th May 2011

Book Title: Virtual Communities, Social Networks and Collaboration
Book Series: Springer Annals of Information Systems (AoIS)
Editor: Athina A. Lazakidou, Ph.D, University of Peloponnese, Sparti, Greece


Online communities are among the most obvious manifestations of social networks based on new media technology. Facilitating ad-hoc communication and leveraging collective intelligence by matching similar or related users have become important success factors in almost every successful business plan.
This special issue addresses the virtual communities and collaboration among virtual participants currently proliferating across the world. Many online communities have been created to facilitate communication, enhance or express relationships, work in a common cause, seek entertainment, and network or mentor others. Others have been formed to facilitate tasks already being performed but now needing to be done virtually. Such communities and online groups span various boundaries and include networked employees, video conferencing, gaming setups, and electronic community groups pursuing such diverse activities as friendshipping, planning, information sharing, collaborating, system developing, having fun, and advertising. Various technologies are involved, from Facebook and Twitter to teleconferencing to mobile phones and PCs.
Researchers are just beginning to understand virtual communities and collaborations. Many issues need further study, including group dynamics and outcomes, social networking implications, technical support features, group coherence and loyalty and how organizations can better utilize the potential benefits of such communities in both internal operations and in marketing and new product development. What leads to participation and effective collaboration in these communities needs further study, as do the issues of how and why knowledge is shared among participants. Much additional research in this area is needed.
This upcoming special issue on Virtual Communities and Collaboration invites researchers to explore issues relating to the design, development, and outcomes from electronic groups and online communities, how and why participants are drawn to them, how co‐creation and innovation take place, how to harness knowledge exchange and collaboration. We welcome both theoretical and empirical works that employ both diverse methodologies and philosophical perspectives.
This special issue will present studies from leading researchers and practitioners focusing on the current challenges, directions, trends and opportunities associated with virtual communities and their supporting technologies.


(Please note that all deadlines will be strictly followed)
- Chapter Proposals Submission Deadline: 15th May 2011
- Notification to Authors: 15th June 2011
- Full Chapters Submission Deadline: 30th July 2011
- Publication Date: By the End of 2011


Researchers are invited to submit a 3-page chapter proposal. The proposal should clearly describe the main focus and the objective of the proposed chapter and the key theoretical contributions. Full chapters are due from the authors by July 30th, 2011. All submitted chapters will be reviewed by experts of this field.
The book will be published in 2011 by Springer as part of its Annals of Information Systems (AoIS) series.
Detailed submission guidelines can be found at:


Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
- Virtual knowledge sharing and knowledge management
- Design and evaluation of collaborative and networking applications
- Collaboration among virtual community participants
- Group collaboration, communication, and coordination
- Use and adoption of communities and their supporting technologies
- Organizational design of online communities
- Domain‐centric online communities (e.g., e‐learning, e‐healthcare, e‐government)
- Business models and consumer behavior in online communities
- New virtual innovations and their impacts
- Inter‐cultural issues of virtual communities
- Personal privacy, technical security, trust/risk issues in online communities
- Social network analysis of virtual community participants
- Virtual campuses and organizations that strongly leverage intelligent networking and collaborative systems


Each manuscript has to comply with the journal’s typing instructions and will be peer-reviewed according to the standards of an esteemed international journal. Reflecting the theme of the special issue, the quality and originality of the contribution will serve as major acceptance criteria for each submission. To enable a timely publication of the special issue, papers which are unequivocally out of scope will be rejected without detailed review.


Annals of Information Systems Series, Published by Springer, ISSN: 1934-3221
Guest Editor: Athina Lazakidou, PhD
Annals of Information Systems comprises serialized volumes that address a specialized topic or a theme. Annals of Information Systems publishes peer reviewed works in the analytical, technical as well as the organizational side of information systems. Annals of Information Systems focuses on high quality scholarly publications. The numbered volumes are guest-edited by experts in a specific domain. Some volumes may be based upon refereed papers from selected conferences. Annals of Information Systems volumes are available as individual books as well as a serialized collection. Annals of Information Systems is allied with the "Integrated Series in Information Systems".


Dr. Athina Lazakidou
Lecturer in Health Informatics
University of Peloponnese
Faculty of Human Movement and Quality of Life Sciences
Department of Nursing
Orthias Artemidos & Plateon
GR-23100, Sparti



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