Call for Papers Extended – BSTS

29 September 2009 0

We have extended our call for papers for the special issue of Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society. Please note the new dates. Feel free to contact either myself or Anabel with questions or requests for further information.

Best, Anabel & Bernie

Special Issue on “Persistence and Change in Social Media”
“You can never step into the same river; for new waters are always flowing on to you.” Heraclitus.

Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society

ISSN: 0270-4676 eISSN: 1552-4183

Submission deadline: November 1, 2009
Scheduled Publication date: May 2010

Guest editors:
Bernie Hogan, Oxford Internet Institute
Anabel Quan-Haase, University of Western Ontario

BSTS editor:
Willem H. Vanderburg, University of Toronto

We seek papers for a special issue of the Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society on the twin topics of persistence and change in social media. From ICQ to IM, Six-degrees to Friendster to MySpace to Facebook to Twitter, change seems to be a recurrent theme in social media. Not only are users willing to try out new tools, but they also continue using existing media. In light of the seemingly endless novelty in social media, how can researchers build a theory of social media practice, rather than local theories on a per-site basis? Which insights from one site can we apply to another? Which ones are due to period and cohort effects and which ones relate to the structure of social media generally?

For this issue we hope to publish papers that not only address a specific social media phenomenon, but also do so with an eye to the potential for constant change and the persistence in social media of trends and communication patterns. We will gladly accept papers studying a specific web site or online context, but we want to encourage submitters to frame their analysis in terms of wider shifts occurring theoretically, empirically or substantively.

Topics include but are not limited to:
– Comparative analyses of multiple social media
– Pan-site theories of interaction, self-presentation, privacy, disclosure, boundaries, and media usage
– Change in user behaviors over time
– Global differences in social media use patterns
– Meta-analyses of articles on specific media sites or social media-specific topics
– Shifting public concerns in the usage of social media
– Evolution of specific online memes, events or practices
– Evolving practices in privacy, communication, social networks, and friendship formation
– Development and maintenance of community in social media

Methodologies include but are not limited to:
– Multivariate statistical analysis
– Virtual Ethnography
– Social network analysis
– Scholarly meta-analysis
– Content analysis

Typical social media tools include but are not limited to:
– Interpersonal Tools (Instant Messaging and Voice-Call tools): ICQ, Windows Live, Skype, AIM, etc.
– Business Tools (Knowledge Exchange and Collaborative): IBM Sametime, Oracle Collaboration Suite, etc.
– Large-Scale Social Network Sites (Friendship and Community): Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Friendster, Coach Potatoes, etc.

Paper length:
Papers should be between 5,000 and 7,500 words (excluding references, tables, and figures).

Important dates:
Papers due: November 1, 2009
Comments to authors: December 15, 2009
Final papers due: February 1, 2009
Expected publication date: Summer 2010

Submission Guidelines:
Information about manuscript submission guidelines can be found online
Formatting follows APA style.

Please send questions and papers to Bernie Hogan ( or Anabel Quan-Haase (


Leave a Reply