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Call for participation

Special Issue of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication:
Online Communities: Design, theory and practice

Millions of people participate in online communities via a wide array of software from
blogs and wikis to virtual environments, networking software, bulletin boards, listservers,
email, instant messaging, mobile phone texting, and tools to facilitate face-to-face
meetings (e.g., Systems for rating, voting, consensus building, and having
private discussions are being developed as well. Software functionality and usability
influence how communities interact online, as do sociability criteria like trust, norms and

For this special issue we seek scholarly articles that bring our understanding of online
community up to date. Now that the dust of the initial hype and disenchantment with that
hype about online communities has settled, what is really there? What is persisting? What
is changing? What benefits do online communities bring to participants and what
challenges do they face? How do online communities govern themselves? What happens
to online communities as they mature over time? How do they die out and how do
members deal with this? How does activity online impact face-to-face community? What
kinds of software and social practices are needed to support communities involving
people of different ages, abilities and cultures?

The papers selected to appear in this special issue will present novel research that is
theoretically grounded and methodologically sound. Papers will be sought from different
research paradigms. Potential contributors should submit a 750-word abstract describing
the topic, data, methods and preliminary findings of the proposed article by September 1,
2004 to: Professor Jenny Preece, [log in to unmask]

Deadlines and Anticipated Publication Schedule
September 1, 2004  Submission of 750 word abstract
September 20, 2004  Notification of first round of reviews and initial selection
December 12, 2005  Full manuscript submission
January 31, 2005  Notification of selection and reviewer feedback
March 31, 2005 Submission of final copy
June 2005 - Publication

Questions about this special issue should be directed to the Guest Editor, Jenny Preece,
at: [log in to unmask]

For information about the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication and authoring
requirements, see:

Jennifer Preece (Professor)
Information Systems Department
University of Maryland Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250, USA