2nd CFP: Special issue of IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm.

Subject: 2nd CFP: Special issue of IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm.
From: Joe Chew <JTCHEW -at- LBL -dot- GOV>
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 1993 21:23:07 GMT

Your thoughts and findings about the nature and usefulness of
electronic interaction could lead to a paper for the refereed
literature. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication
announces a special issue on Electronic Communication and
Interaction -- yours truly, guest editor. Papers are due no
later than Friday, June 17, 1994, with publication anticipated
in the December issue.

(Net.administrivia: This posting is a variant of the official
Call for Papers that appeared in the September 1993 issue
of IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. and was posted to the net a few
months ago. Feel free to disseminate it as you wish. Replies
to me; followups, if appropriate, to bit.listserv.techwr-l.
Those of you who have already expressed interest need not
respond to this posting.)

Suggested topics include:

* Rhetorical basis of stylistic and social phenomena
observed online.

* Characteristics of various online workspaces (for
example: synchronous or near-real time vs. significantly
asynchronous; open vs. moderated; private e-mail vs.
bulletin boards or newsgroups) and the effects of these
characteristics upon the nature and effectiveness of the

* Life cycle of individual participation in electronic
conferences, from their inspiration to participate
to their departure and the factors involved in it.

* "Breaking the ASCII barrier": expanding beyond
asynchronous text-message interaction to real-time
interaction or more-sophisticated online media such as
graphics or audio.

* Online scholarly journals (not to be confused with
electronic submission to paper journals).

* Tangible and intangible benefits and cost-effectiveness
of participation in intramural and broader networks.

* Network postings as products in their own right rather
than as means to an end.

* Legal, ethical, and other social and policy issues that
affect governmental sponsors, corporations, and individuals.

Other relevant topics are welcome. Note that the issue will
focus primarily on the social and rhetorical aspects of electronic
interaction, dealing only tangentially with technology issues.
For example, a Gopher tutorial wouldn't be appropriate, but a
study of the useful work performed in Gopherspace would be, and
so would a study of an online attempt to teach Gopher usage.

Please address all inquiries to:

Joe Chew
Building 50, Room 149
Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
1 Cyclotron Road
Berkeley, CA 94720 USA

510/486-5374 (-6003 fax)
JTCHEW -at- LBL -dot- GOV on Internet or JTCHEW -at- LBL on Bitnet

Early and ongoing interaction with prospective contributors
is welcome! If you do not wish to contribute a paper, but
are qualified and interested in refereeing, that too would
be appreciated.


Thank you for your interest and participation!

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