Monday, December 14, 2009

call for contributions

CALL FOR AUTHORS: Encyclopedia of Social Networking

We are inviting academic editorial contributors to the Encyclopedia of Social Networking, a new 2-volume reference to be published in 2011 by SAGE Publications.

This comprehensive work will be marketed and sold to college, public, and academic libraries and includes some 400 articles, covering all aspects of social networking from historical perspectives on social networks in ancient times to social networks in the Renaissance to the social networks of war to Twitter. While the term social networking evokes fast-moving technologies and services like weblogs, MySpace, or YouTube, the concept of a social network greatly predates these electronic technologies that have enabled just one aspect of it. Simply put, in these articles, a social network is a grouping or loosely connected web of individuals tied by one or more specific types of interests or interdependencies. These may include everything from similar likes and dislikes, friends and kin, disease transmission, or even a shared bus route to work, the “grapevine” around the water cooler, and the “old boy” network. Analysis of such groupings has spawned a whole area of theory and research within the social sciences,
with accompanying definitions, measures, and research techniques.

We are now making assignments with a deadline of March 1, 2010.
Each article, ranging from 800 to 4,000 words, is signed by the contributor. The General Editor for the encyclopedia is George Barnett, Ph.D. University of California – Davis, who will review all the articles for editorial content and academic consistency.

If you are interested in contributing to the encyclopedia, it can be a notable publication addition to your CV/resume and broaden your publishing credits. Payments for the articles are honoraria that range from a $50 book credit at SAGE Publications for article submissions totaling up to 1,000 words to a free set of the finished encyclopedia (a $250 value) for contributions totaling 10,000 words. More than this, your involvement can help assure that credible and detailed data, descriptions, and analysis are available to students of social networking issues.

The list of available articles (Excel file) and Style Guidelines are prepared and will be sent to you in response to your inquiry. Please then select which unassigned articles may best suit your interests and expertise.

If you would like to contribute to building a truly outstanding reference with the Encyclopedia of Social Networking, please contact me by the e-mail information below. Please provide a brief summary of your background in social networking. Thanks for your time and interest.

Lisbeth Rogers
Author Manager
Golson Media

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