[CITAMS] Reminder: Last day for submitting your abstract to JVWR Relationships issue

Tzafnat Shpak tzafnat.shpak at jvwresearch.org
Wed Mar 15 01:49:46 EDT 2017

** CfP: Real Virtual Relationships
A special issue of the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research to be published
2017 Q2

** Guest Editors:

Richard E. Ferdig (Kent State University, USA)
Kristine E. Pytash (Kent State University, USA)
Elyse Graham (SUNY Stony Brook, USA)
Glenn W. Muschert (Miami University, USA)

Motivation and Scope:
We live in an era of digitally-mediated relationships. From finding a
spouse online to daily interactions facilitated through social media, it is
difficult for many people to imagine building and sustaining both platonic
and romantic relationships without technology. Virtual worlds are no
strangers to these interactions. Virtual world inhabitants will often
initially use the space to develop alternative self-portraits (e.g. Black,
Ferdig, DiPietro, Liu, & Whalen, 2009 (
http://www.igi-global.com/article/visual-analyses-creation-avatars/2163) ).
They then create and maintain relationships with those avatars and other
human players out-of-world, with other human players in-world, and with
non-player-characters in-world (Ferdig & Pytash, 2012 (
http://press.etc.cmu.edu/files/WellPlayed-v1n4-12-romance-web.pdf) ). This
can lead to even more complex relationships as they balance their lives and
relationships in-world and out-of-world.

This special issue of Journal of Virtual Worlds Research is dedicated to an
exploration of such topics in a collection of articles exploring “real
virtual relationships” to be published in Q2 (2017). The issue editors
welcome empirical and theoretical research from all fields interested in
this innovative area including, but not limited to: education, psychology,
sociology, digital media studies, computer science, public health, game
studies, literature, counseling, religion, family studies, and business.

** Suggested topics include but are not limited to:
* Relationship building and maintenance in virtual worlds
* Methods for studying digital relationships in virtual worlds
* Economic impact of virtual relationships
* Psychological impact of real-life events in virtual worlds (e.g. birth,
marriage, death)
* Education and training through relationships in virtual worlds
* Virtual mentoring and collaboration
* Technological aspects that impact relationship creation, sustenance, and
* Love, hate, and other emotional responses to human and NPCs in virtual
* Political ramifications of heterogeneity or homogeneity in virtual worlds
* Empirical case studies of player/user relationships
* The impact of innovative technologies (e.g. AR/VR) on relationships in
virtual worlds
* Health and trust within medical virtual spaces
* Analysis of literature featuring characters and their relationships in
virtual spaces

Authors are requested to submit an abstract of their proposed paper by
March 15, 2017. Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words (references
are not included in this word count). We welcome papers from a variety of
disciplines and methodologies, and encourage graduate students to submit
their research to this special issue. The guest editors are happy to
discuss proposals for contributions, please contact Rick Ferdig at rferdig
AT gmail.com for questions prior to submission.

** Submission Instructions:
Interested authors should submit a 500 word abstract via email to rferdig
AT gmail.com. After review by the issue editors, authors will be invited to
submit original scholarly papers of 4000-8000 words (including footnotes,
references, and appendices) via the JVWR publishing system (see
www.jvwreserach.org > About JVWR > For Authors (
http://jvwresearch.org/index.php/2011-07-30-02-51-41/for-authors) ).
Shorter manuscripts are preferred. Longer ones are optional and should be
discussed with the issue editors. Accepted papers will be published online
in Volume 10, Number 2 (2017) of the Journal.

** Deadlines and Timeline:
* Authors submit abstracts: March 15, 2017 (via email to rferdig @ gmail.com
* Comments on abstracts: March 31, 2017
* Authors of invited papers submit full papers: June 1, 2017 (via JVWR
* Editors return review report and initial decisions: July 1, 2017
* Authors of accepted papers final versions: July 15, 2017
* Publication: August, 2017

** Review Process:
Abstracts will be considered by the guest editors.

Full papers will be reviewed by expert referees using the JVWR double-open
policy. Double-open policy means that in general, authors do not need to
anonymize their papers, and reviewers' identity is also known to authors.
For more details about it see JVWR site --> About JVWR --> For Authors -->
Our double-Open Policy.

** Further Information:

The Journal of Virtual Worlds Research (#TheJVWR) (
http://www.jvwresearch.org/) is an online, open access academic journal
that engages a wide spectrum of scholarship. We welcome contributions from
the many disciplines and approaches that intersect with virtual worlds'

For additional information about the journal, please contact:
info at jvwresearch.org (mailto:info at jvwresearch.org)

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Ms. Tzafnat Shpak
Coordinating Editor
The Journal of Virtual World Research
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