International Journal of Web Based Communities

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Executive Editor: Dr. Piet Kommers
ISSN online: 1741-8216
ISSN print: 1477-8394
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IJWBC offers research outcomes and state-of-the-art recommendations to practitioners - communication managers, public information service officers, webmasters and those responsible for online communities and social media policies. It publishes integrated scientific results so that further research may be targeted quicker and easier. Web-based communities and social media may be categorised as corporate, scientific, social and educational. Based on technological/societal trends, they are in permanent evolution and need constant critical reflection. Sociology, education, communication and philosophy issues are their main disciplines.


 Topics covered include

  • Social networking: social bookmarking/sociometrics
  • Social media
  • Social awareness, identity, sense of community
  • Group dynamics, self-organisation
  • Face-to-face versus mediated communication
  • Impact on learning, working, gaming, marketing, service industry
  • E-governance/democracy/citizenship/communities
  • Multi-channelling, accessibility, usability
  • Gender/culture fairness
  • Ubiquitous-, mobile-, virtual- , vicarious presence
  • User-generated content, sharing, viral marketing

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IJWBC aims at bringing together new vital understanding of WWW communities and what new initiatives mean. Each new perspective is potentially a catalyst for finding new architectures. National and regionally-oriented communities may soon be relegated to a subordinate position compared to interest-oriented communities. Multiculturalism, critical thinking, expressing aesthetic aspects of our identity, and finding sparring partners for sharpening our ideologies, are all processes that need the new communication infrastructures.


The targeted audience are scientists and members and moderators of WWW communities who feel responsible for optimising their quality and effect.


IJWBC publishes original papers, review papers, technical reports, case studies, conference reports, management reports, book reviews, notes, commentaries, and news on forthcoming scientific events.



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    Executive Editor

  • Kommers, Piet, Emeritus University of Twente, Netherlands

Associate Editor

  • Isaías, Pedro, Open University of Portugal, Portugal

Technical Editor

  • Simmerling, Margriet, Helix5, Netherlands

Editorial Board Members

  • Aliev, Rafik, Azerbaijan State Oil Academy, Azerbaijan
  • Arafeh, Labib, Al-Quds University, Israel
  • Baniulis, Kazys, Kauno Technologijos Universitetas, Lithuania
  • Bell, Frances, University of Salford, UK
  • Blom, Jan, Nokia Research Centre, Finland
  • Bouras, Christos, University of Patras, Greece
  • Bowerman, Chris, University of Sunderland, UK
  • Bruckman, Amy, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Bystrov, Dmitry, Tashkent State Technical University, Uzbekistan
  • Cairncross, Sandra, Napier University, UK
  • Chee, Yam San, National Institute of Education, Singapore
  • Cronje, Johannes, Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), South Africa
  • Cuthell, John P., E-learning consultant, UK
  • Deryakulu, Deniz, Ankara Üniversity, Turkey
  • Devedzic, Vladan, University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • Frick, Jan, University of Stavanger, Norway
  • Hartley, Roger, University of Leeds, UK
  • Hatzilygeroudis, Ioannis, University of Patras, Greece
  • Henderson, Lyn, James Cook University, Australia
  • Huai, Heling, , Netherlands
  • Hunter, Lawrie, Kochi University of Technology, Japan
  • Issa, Tomayess, Curtin University, Australia
  • Jaimes, Alejandro (Alex), Fuji Xerox Co. Ltd., Japan
  • Kinshuk, , Athabasca University, Canada
  • Knahl, Martin Hans, University of Applied Sciences Furtwangen, Germany
  • Kovatcheva, Eugenia, University, St. Kliment Ohridski, Bulgaria
  • Krcmar, Helmut, Technische Universität München, Germany
  • Lattemann, Christoph, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany
  • Law, Nancy, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China
  • Lee, Chien Sing, Multimedia University, Malaysia
  • Lee, Fong-Lok, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China
  • Leimeister, Jan Marco, TUM - Technische Universität München, Germany
  • Looi, Chee-Kit, National Institute of Education, Singapore
  • Madrazo, Leandro, Universitat Ramon Llull, Spain
  • Malaka, Rainer, University of Bremen, Germany
  • McKay, Elspeth, RMIT University, Australia
  • McNaught, Carmel, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China
  • Nikolova, Iliana, Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, Bulgaria
  • O'Hagan, Christopher, University of Derby, UK
  • Obukhova, Irina G., UNESCO Institute for Information, Russian Federation
  • Palade, Vasile, Coventry University, UK
  • Pilkington, Rachel, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Pilv, Mihkel, MIKSIKE, Estonia
  • Pingali, Gopal, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA
  • Preece, Jennifer, University of Maryland, USA
  • Sampson, Demetrios G., University of Piraeus, Greece
  • Santos, Olga C., UNED, Spain
  • Serdyukov, Peter, National University, USA
  • Smith, Alan, University of Southern Queensland, Australia
  • Stacey, Elizabeth, Deakin University, Australia
  • Stoyanov, Slavi, Open University Netherlands, Netherlands
  • Sutinen, Erkki, University of Joensuu, Finland
  • Terao, Yuko, Hyogo University of Teacher Education, Japan
  • Uden, Lorna, Staffordshire University, UK
  • Ueno, Maomi, The University of Electro-Communications, Japan
  • Uskov, Vladimir, Bradley University, USA
  • Wilson, Henrietta, University of South Africa (Unisa), South Africa
  • Zelenda, Stanislav, Charles University, Czech Republic


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