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International Journal of Web Based Communities
International Journal of Web Based Communities


Special Issue on: "Advances in the Emergence of the Mobile and Web Community"

Guest Editors:
Zhangying He, Colorado Technical University, USA
Dr. Piet Kommers, University of Twente, Netherlands

Over recent years, web technology has been expanding its applications and services rapidly into mobile platforms. Mobile 2.0, for example, is not just adding another layer to the social web; it is the only channel to fill the gap between web, social and traditional channels centred on individuals’ daily lives.

The integration and emergence of web and mobile communities that connect online, on-the-go and physical facilities brings a seamless user experience and business ecosystem. It brings convenience, and also changes ways and channels of communicating, learning and relating with others. It may bring diversified opportunities and challenges to the corporate, scientific, social and educational world.

Likewise, although this emergence is taking place worldwide, it has distinct advancements, approaches and challenges in different countries and cultures. We strongly feel a pertinent need for the collection of perspectives from various sources to reconsider where we can go with this emerging phenomenon.

This special issue aims to collect thoughts and perspectives on this phenomenon and on how it could impact the corporate, scientific, social and educational status quo. We welcome the results of empirical research, methods, theories, case studies, thoughts and innovative strategies on how and in which ways we can advance individual and public lives.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:

  • Business transformations, competition, strategy
  • Open source and social collaboration
  • Virtual collaboration, communication and remote learning
  • User engagement, user experience and storytelling
  • Civic rights, surveillance and democracy
  • Social responsibility, cyber safety and privacy
  • Regional policy, cultural differences and internationalisation
  • Social media
  • New products, services and technologies
  • Innovations
  • Other related topics

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. Have a look at our Author guidelines and read our detailed information on Preparing articles.

You may send one copy in the form of an MS Word file attached to an email to the following:

Zhangying He
Colorado Technical University
Institute for Advanced Studies
4435 N. Chestnut Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80907

Dr. Piet Kommers
University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural Sciences
Department of Media, Communication and Organization
PO Box 217
7500 AE Enschede

Potential contributors who require clarification or wish to enquire if the topic of their submission fits within the scope of the special issue may contact Zhangying He by email at Please provide a paragraph describing the topic and potential title in any enquiries.

Important Dates

Deadline of submission: 15 January, 2014

Acceptance notification: 15 March, 2014

Revision submission: 15 April, 2014

Final notification of acceptance: 15 May, 2014