Encyclopedia of Virtual Communities and Technologies

Editor: Subhasish Dasgupta, Ph.D.
George Washington University, Washington, DC

Call for Short Articles (Second Call)


A virtual community is a collection of people sharing common interests, ideas, and feelings over the Internet or other collaborative networks. Howard (1993) defines a virtual community to be, “Social aggregations that emerge from the Net when enough people carry on public discussions long enough, with sufficient human feeling, to form webs of personal relationships in cyberspace.” These communities are becoming increasing important forums for individuals and groups that share a professional interest or share common activities. The Encyclopedia of Virtual Communities and Technologies will cover both technological as well as social issues related to virtual communities. Technological issues will include models, design, development, implementation and quality of multi-user virtual environments. Social issues will review trust, behavioral, and cross-cultural aspects of virtual communities.

This important new publication will be distributed worldwide among academic and professional institutions and will be instrumental in providing researchers, scholars, students and professionals’ access to the latest knowledge related to information science and technology. Contributions to this important publication will be made by scholars throughout the world with notable research portfolios and expertise.


The Encyclopedia of Virtual Communities and Technologies will provide a compendium of terms, definitions and explanations of concepts, processes and acronyms. Additionally, this volume will feature short articles (approximately 1000 words, but a maximum of 3,500 words) authored by leading experts offering an in-depth description of key terms and concepts related to different areas, issues and trends in information science and technologies in modern organizations worldwide. A list of topics is provided at: http://home.gwu.edu/~dasgupta/encyclopedia/list-of-topics.htm

Invited Submissions:

Individuals interested in submitting short 1000-word articles on suggested topics or other related topics in their area of interest should submit an email listing 5-7 selected topics by November 15, 2004. We strongly encourage other topics that have not been listed in our suggested list, particularly if the topic is related to the research area in which you have expertise. Upon acceptance of your proposal, you will have two weeks to prepare your article consisting of 1,000 to 3,500 words and 7-10 related terms and their appropriate definitions. Guidelines for preparing your short piece and terms and definitions as well as a sample article and terms and definitions can be found on the main menu of this page (the main menu is at the top and bottom of this page).

Please forward your e-mail of interest including your name, affiliation and a list of topics (5-7) on which you are interested in writing a short article to Subhasish Dasgupta, editor at dasgupta@gwu.edu no later than November 15, 2004. You will be notified about the status of your proposed topics by November 17, 2003. Article submissions are due by December 1, 2004. This book is tentatively scheduled for publishing by Information Science Publishing (an imprint of Idea Group Inc.) in the Spring of 2005.

Here are the important dates again:
November 15, 2004 – Proposals for short article submissions
November 17, 2004 – Decision on proposals
December 1, 2004 – Deadline for short articles
December 15, 2004 – Final review and acceptance decisions

If you have already responded to the first call for contributions and submitted a paper for review, your submission is already under review. You may consider making another short submission. Multiple submissions are allowed.

Last Updated October 22, 2004