[Air-L] Call for Chapters - Online Credibility and Digital Ethos: Evaluating Computer-Mediated Communication (Proposals due October 15)

Shawn Apostel shawn.apostel at gmail.com
Sun Sep 25 18:18:08 PDT 2011

Proposal Submission Deadline: October 15, 2011

Online Credibility and Digital Ethos: Evaluating Computer-Mediated
- A book edited by Shawn Apostel and Moe Folk
- To be published by IGI Global: http://bit.ly/oESA7c

With the near ubiquity of smartphones, tablets, and laptops, acquiring and
publishing online information has never been easier; however, increased
access to consuming and producing digital information raises new challenges
to establishing and evaluating online credibility. These challenges are
important because they affect a broad range of meaning-making, both inside
and outside of academia.  For example, the events of the Arab Spring show
that in the absence of what were traditionally seen as relatively reliable
information sources, “unofficial” online sources deemed credible by a wide
range of actors played a key role in successful uprisings.

Objective of the Book
Offering chapters written by scholars from across the disciplines and from
different countries, this book will provide general approaches to evaluating
the credibility of digital sources, specific advice for popular websites,
and techniques useful for a wide variety of digital genres.

Target Audience
This book would be useful for a variety of academic disciplines, as students
continue to utilize online sources in their research. Information literacy
specialists would find useful the chapters which focus on particular types
of popular sources like Wikipedia, Facebook, and iReports). Journalists and
educators in the field of Mass Communication and Library Sciences would find
the book useful in establishing protocols for approaching a wide variety of
sources. Web designers and writers could use this book to establish a more
credible online presence. However, we feel the target audience would be
instructors of introductory level courses which involve research. Graduate
students and academics could utilize certain chapters to establish a method
for determining the credibility of a source they use for research purposes.

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

- General approaches to evaluating online credibility (typos/grammar,
design/usability, advertisements, urls, links, contact info, search engine
listing, use of stock photos, use of phone/address, date of publication,
author, expertise, overall strategies, online universities).
- Establishing and evaluating credibility with popular websites:(Ebay,
YouTube, Facebook, Wikipedia, Twitter, Second life)
- Establishing and evaluating credibility in a variety of digital genres:
(Blogs, travel websites, online journals, restaurant reviews, emails,
product reviews, online games, websites, discussion lists, iReports/news,
app ratings, freeware ratings, avatars)

We are particularly interested in submissions that situate how to evaluate
and incorporate digital ethos and online credibility as part of researched
arguments in various disciplines. While we expect many chapters will examine
issues related to the displayed content of the sites in question, we also
welcome chapters that evaluate the behind the scene effects on content such
as research funding, domain holders, etc.

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before October 15,
2011 a 250-500 word chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and
concerns of their proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be
notified by November 15, 2011 about the status of their proposals and sent
chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by February
15, 2012. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review
basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this

This book is scheduled to be published in spring 2013 by IGI Global
(formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference”
(formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,”
“Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints.
For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit

Important Dates
October 15, 2011: Proposal Submission Deadline
November 15, 2011: Notification of Acceptance
February 15, 2012: Full Chapter Submission
April 15, 2012: Review Results Returned to Authors
May 15, 2012: Revised Chapter Submission
May 30, 2012: Final Acceptance Notification
June 15, 2012: Submission of Final Chapters

Editorial Advisory Board Members:
- Lisbeth Kitson, Griffith University, Australia
- Miriam J. Metzger, University of California, Santa Barbara, United States
- Andrew Morrison, Institute of Design, Norway
- Trenia Napier, Eastern Kentucky University, United States
- James P. Purdy, Duquesne University, United States
- Jennifer Rowsell, Brock University, Canada
- Malin Utter, University of Borås, Sweden

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (.doc, .docx, or
rtf) to digital.ethos at gmail.com

Shawn Apostel
Communication Coordinator, Noel Studio for Academic Creativity
Eastern Kentucky University
Library 210Q, 521 Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, KY 40475-3102
shawn.apostel at eku.edu

Moe Folk
Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Multimodal Composition
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
238 Lytle Hall
Kutztown, PA 19530
folk at kutztown.edu

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