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Monday, June 13, 2011

Call for Proposals: Emerald's Social Information Research. Due August 15

Emerald’s Library and Information Science book series special volume Social Information Research

Proposal submission deadline: August 15, 2011
Accepted full chapters deadline: December 15, 2011

Professor Gunilla Widén (gwiden@abo.fi) and Dr. Kim Holmberg (kholmber@abo.fi)
Department of Information Studies, Åbo Akademi university, Finland

The Library and Information Science book series announces a call for papers on topics related to Social Information Research. We seek conceptual, analytical and empirical papers covering the newest and most innovative approaches to the study of this theme.

Online information and social information that we receive from and create together with our social networks are becoming increasingly important both in our everyday lives as well as our professional lives. Social information has in many ways a great impact on our information behaviour as we receive information and recommendations from our networks and our friends are being used as part of ranking algorithms by various information services. There are many possible angles and layers in studying social aspects in information science and it is important to coordinate these aspects.

We can study the social context of information creation and dissemination both as human group behaviour as well as through the tools and technological innovations supporting networking activities. We can study social information behaviour as part of information behaviour (IB) but also more precisely through e.g. social information retrieval, social search, social bookmarking and other social recommendation systems, and co-creation of information.

The purpose of this book is to collect current research representing these and other aspects of social information with emphasis on the new innovations supporting today’s information behaviour. This is a cutting edge topic where several relevant disciplines are combined (information science, social media and business organization). There are a lot of assumptions about how the social and interactive web will affect our information behaviour but few publications based on research. The aim of the book is to present the kaleidoscope of social information.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following: social creation of information, online information dissemination, online social networks and/or social networking in relation to information dissemination and creation, social information retrieval, social search, social bookmarking and other social recommendation systems, social information management and/or knowledge management and social media in relation to information science research.

Submission procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit a 1-2 page chapter proposal by August 15, 2011. Authors will be notified of the status of their proposal by September 15, 2011. Full chapters (7500–9000 words) are expected to be submitted by December 15, 2011. All submitted manuscripts will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Final revised manuscripts are due on March 31, 2012.
Proposals and manuscripts should be sent electronically to both of the editors Gunilla Widén (gwiden@abo.fi) and Kim Holmberg (kholmber@abo.fi). Submissions must be in either Word or PDF format.
Complete author guidelines are available at:http://www.emeraldinsight.com/products/ebookseries/author_guidelines.htm

About the Library and Information Science book series
The Library and Information Science Series solicits and publishes edited and non-edited manuscripts on all theoretical and practical aspects in the creation, distribution, location, acquisition, organization, retrieval, and management of information. New ways for creating, distributing, organising and using digital information have emerged including content production, user and organisational issues. The Library and Information Science Series aims to publish leading edge monographs with new theories, models, research developments, and organizational and management issues.

The Library and Information Science book series covers new and important topical research and professional issues in the field. Selected topics also provide a bridge between current theoretical developments and the research interests of applied researchers in information science, libraries, information professions, information industry and related disciplines.

The Library and Information Science book series essential reading for academics, researchers and practitioners who are involved in information science and librarianship research, and eager to keep up with the latest research findings and trends.

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