[Air-L] CFP: JCMC Special Issue on the Hyperlinked Society

Matthew Weber mattsweber at gmail.com
Wed Nov 10 09:56:01 PST 2010

Apologies for cross-posting. Questions can be directed to the editors at
jcmchyperlinked at gmail.com


Special issue of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication
***** The Hyperlinked Society: Understanding the Changing Nature of
Communication in Online Environments  *****
Matthew S. Weber, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
Chung Joo Chung, Department of Communication, SUNY Buffalo
Han Woo Park, WCU Webometrics Institute, YeungNam University

Paper submission deadline: January 15, 2011
Anticipated publication: Fall 2011

In today¹s networked society, hyperlinks are well established as critical
communicative tools for individuals and organizations alike. The
overabundance of information available online has placed an increased value
on hyperlinks as organizing mechanisms, guiding attention and directing
access to resources. Even in a world of social media, links continue to
provide structure and dictate information flow. Whether they are shared
through news portals, search engines or emails, hyperlinks direct
individuals through complex network of information and ultimately dictate
the type of news and information an individual is able to access. There is a
clear need to better understand the impact that hyperlinks have guiding
access to information and diverse viewpoints.
On a larger scale, the aggregation of links is a proxy for partnerships and
alliances between organizations, and even the international flow of
information. Research examining online networks draws on a wide range of
analytical techniques, including large-scale network analysis, web crawling
and scraping, and innovative approaches to data analysis. This special issue
examines the role of hyperlinks in shaping and guiding today¹s information
society, stemming from a number of cutting edge projects in this field
This special issue of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication invites
papers examining the role of hyperlinks as a channel for online
communication in any of the above contexts.
Suggested submission topics include:
·     Hyperlinks and information flow
·     Linking and digital connections in social media
·     Digital traces, hyperlinking, and the growth of online communication
·     Organizational structure online, and the relation of organizations to
·     Public discussion, public diplomacy and online information flow
In keeping with the traditions of JCMC, this special issue is not intended
to be a discussion of technical aspects of hyperlinks (algorithms, etc).
Full papers of 7,000 to 10,000 words are due on January 15, 2011. Submitted
articles will be reviewed and decisions regarding acceptance will be made by
late-February 2011. Inquiries and submissions can be directed to
jcmchyperlinked at gmail.com.
The anticipated publication date for this special issue is Fall 2011. 

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