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Proposal Submission Deadline: May 30, 2009 

Full Chapters Submission Deadline: August 30, 2009

Handbook of Research on Social Computing Theory And Practice: Interdisciplinary Approaches
A book edited by Dr. Panagiota Papadopoulou, Dr. Panagiotis Kanellis and Dr. Drakoulis Martakos

University of Athens, Dept. of Informatics and Telecommunications, Greece


To be published by IGI Global:




Social computing has reached exponential growth in various application areas enabling new digital contexts for almost any type of interaction and is expected to broaden further in scope and impact in various domains, becoming a new paradigm for the next generation applications. Social computing creates unique opportunities, challenges and implications for a variety of sectors which are imperative to be understood if they are to be faced successfully. Social computing research issues span diverse disciplines such as computer science, information systems, sociology, marketing, economics and organization science. This calls for an interdisciplinary approach to the social computing field from both research and practical perspectives. 


Objective of the Book

This book aims to provide a holistic approach to social computing with respect to the underlying theory, technology and mechanisms, as well as the challenges, opportunities and impact of social computing to any application area. As such, the book will offer a much needed interdisciplinary perspective of social computing and deliver a concentrated body of knowledge with contributions from diverse domains and fields.  In this way, the book intends to serve as a valuable tool for academics in their research and teaching in various disciplines, as well as for professionals in several sectors facilitating them in understanding and leveraging the potential that social computing holds for their endeavors.


Target Audience

The target audience of this book will be composed of professionals and academics working in the field of social computing in various fields, such as information systems, computer science, e-commerce, marketing, entertainment, government, management, education, sociology and economics. Researchers in various disciplines will find the latest, interdisciplinary research on social computing that will aid them in their own research endeavors. The book will also provide valuable insights to practitioners in various sectors and business environments seeking to successfully address the opportunities and challenges posed by social computing.  


Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Social Computing Research Issues and Challenges

Social computing spans a wide spectrum of diverse disciplines and sectors. This calls for studies that investigate and reveal research issues and methodological challenges emerging for and from social computing in various application areas. Studies are needed on how social computing research can be facilitated and informed by various disciplines.   


Social Computing applications and context

Research is needed to examine design factors and processes for social computing applications and for various domains (e.g. e-commerce, marketing, government, education, etc). In addition, research needs to investigate determinants for the successful adoption, use and benefits realization of social computing applications in various sectors. Implementation case studies of social computing in various sectors are also sought that provide insights for research and practice. 


Social Computing platforms and technologies

Studies are needed covering the state of the art of social computing platforms, tools and technologies. These should cover the characteristics, added-value and development trajectories of emerging technologies and platforms of social computing and assess the benefits or drawbacks associated with the use of current ones.


Social Computing economics

Social computing creates new opportunities and poses new challenges for organizations in various contexts which are yet to be identified. Research is needed on how organizations can effectively leverage social computing to generate new value opportunities. Example topics include new business models and investment justification and performance evaluation for social computing initiatives. 


Social Computing organizational forms and behavior traits

Changes in organizational forms and structures and emergent ones together with the threats and risks associated with them are needed to be described and understood. Research should examine social and behavioral aspects of social computing regarding through topics such as network analysis, behavioral modeling, social intelligence, social engineering and cultural dynamics.


Management / Governance of Social Computing

Research is required to understand what governance structures and management mechanisms and systems are needed for social computing and how these can be effectively designed and applied. Research issues include, but are not limited to, trust, reputation, privacy, risk and security.


Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before May 30, 2009, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by July 15, 2009 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by August 30, 2009. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project. Additional information regarding this publication can also be found at  



This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," and "IGI Publishing" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2010.


Important Dates:

May 30, 2009: Proposal Submission Deadline

July 15, 2009: Notification of Acceptance

August 30, 2009: Full Chapter Submission

October 30, 2009: Review Result Returned

December 31, 2009: Final Chapter Submission

March 31, 2010: Final deadline


Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by mail to:

Dr. Panagiota Papadopoulou
Department of Informatics and Telecommunications


Tel.: +302107275186  .  Fax: +302107275214

E-mail: [log in to unmask]



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