[Air-L] ABS Special Issue on Open Collaboration and Wiki Research (fwd)

Barry Wellman wellman at chass.utoronto.ca
Wed Nov 9 13:23:50 PST 2011

fyi. Please contact Andrea Forte and Cliff Lampe for more info -- not me.

   Barry Wellman

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Date: Wed, 09 Nov 2011 14:11:43 -0500
From: Andrea Forte <aforte at drexel.edu>
To: Barry Wellman <wellman at chass.utoronto.ca>, "cacl at umich.edu" <cacl at umich.edu>
Subject: ABS Special Issue on Open Collaboration and Wiki Research

Special Issue on Open Collaboration and Wiki Research
American Behavioral Scientist

Editors: Andrea Forte, Cliff Lampe, Barry Wellman

In the past decade, the popularization of open collaboration tools have led to 
innovation and disruption of established processes in nearly every dimension of 
social life. Phenomena like transparency in governance, citizen journalism, 
open source, open content production, crowdsourcing and distributed innovation 
have captured the attention of scholars from diverse fields. Although Wikipedia 
made it a household term, in popular press, the term ?wiki? has come to 
represent a much broader range of ideas than an editable web page.

We invite paper submissions that examine diverse aspects of open collaboration. 
By open collaboration we mean the development of novel social structures 
supported by technologies including wikis and other content management systems 
that allow people to share and build content. The intent of this special issue 
is to showcase cutting edge research on how open collaboration is organized and 
how systems that support it are designed, implemented and used in a variety of 
task contexts. We encourage submissions from diverse disciplines that study 
social systems, culture and technology.

Suggestions for submission topics include but are not limited to:

* Social structure and organization of open collaborations
* Motivation and incentive to participate
* Technical features of systems that support collaboration
* The use of reputation and rating in open collaboration systems
* The impact of open collaboration on
- education and learning
- scientific collaboration
- journalism
- government
- business
- knowledge management

American Behavioral Scientist (ABS) is a monthly, peer-reviewed journal that 
provides in-depth perspectives on contemporary topics throughout the social and 
behavioral sciences. Each issue offers comprehensive analysis of a single 
topic, examining inter-disciplinary, important, and diverse arenas.

Abstracts Due: Dec 15, 2011
Invitations to Submit: Jan 5
Papers Due: Mar 31
Notification: May 1


Submission Procedure

Interested authors should submit an abstract of no more than 500 works by 
December 15th. The proposal should include A. the central research question(s), 
B. relevant analytical methods and theoretical frameworks, C. some basic 
description of what contribution the author(s) expect to make. Please include a 
brief (1-2 sentence) biography of the author(s).

Authors whose abstracts are accepted will be invited to submit a full 
manuscript of 7,000-8,000 words for review by March 31st. Since ABS is an 
interdisciplinary journal that serves a broad readership, authors should strive 
to make their contributions clear to non-specialist audiences.

Please email abstract submissions to aforte at drexel.edu, subject: ABS Wiki 


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