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Spatial Social Networks in GIScience

A New Special Issue from International Journal of Geographical Information Science

Deadline: 1 July 2019

Special Issue information

Spatial-Social Networks (SSNs) in GIScience sessions have attracted over 120 presentations at the AAG (American Association of Geographers) Annual Meeting under the theme of Human Dynamics Research in GIScience. Researchers have advanced the study of social-spatial interactions through the development of more powerful computing technologies, emerging (big and open) data sources, and new perspectives on social-spatial processes. New opportunities emerge as we are able to model interactions between social and physical spaces at multiple spatial and temporal scales and with very fine granularity (e.g., focusing on individual people and/or buildings).

We invite papers that explore SSNs and develop integrated analyses of spatial interaction, specifically codified here as social interaction within physical spaces. Studying the structure of social networks within geographic space can reveal whether relationships are clustered within locales or across locales, and the extent to which nearby agents are tightly connected. In addition, the existence of social network ties not only be evidenced by, but may perpetuate future movement, information transfer, influence, trade, etc. As such, analyses can explore a variety of social networks in space, such as human movement, telecommunications interactions, connections present in administrative records or self-report, and social media connections. We are especially seeking SSNs of traditional ‘social networks’, where nodes are individuals and edges signify a meaningful relationship between individuals. These SNs are geographic when nodes include geospatial information, i.e. geolocation, so they can be embedded within a GIS and associated with other spatial datasets.

Papers in the special issue are expected to advance theories, methods, and/or applications that improve the integration of spatial and social networks. We expect SSNs to be of interest to many disciplines, including GIScience, geography, computer science, data science, economics, public health, regional science, sociology, transportation, and urban planning. We welcome submissions from interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research teams.

Appropriate topics in this special issue include (but are not limited to):

This special issue will place an emphasis on the development of GIScience research frameworks, theories, methods and good case studies of tackling key research challenges related to the research of SSNs. Sample topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Accuracy, privacy, and uncertainty of SSN data
  • Data sharing and dissemination in SSN research
  • Digital divide and sampling issues in SSN research
  • Dynamics of tie locations and tie strength on POI usage, land use and the built environment
  • Information diffusion and disease spread through SSNs
  • Kinship ties and small or extended family distributions
  • Multi-scale spatiotemporal SSN analysis and modeling
  • SSNs in developing nations and of isolated populations
  • Professional ties and workplace/institutional relationships
  • Social network configuration and ensemble rules under special situations (disasters, holidays, etc.)
  • Spatial agent-based models of SSNs
  • Uncovering SSNs that are hidden in different kinds of big and new data
  • Visualization and computation of SSNs
International Journal of Geographical Information Science

Guest Editors

Xinyue Ye
College of Computing, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Clio Andris
Department of Geography, Penn State University

Submission guidelines

Interested authors should notify the guest editors of their intention to submit a paper contribution by sending the title and a 250 word abstract to Xinyue Ye and Clio Andris by January 1, 2019.

The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2019.

All manuscripts are subject to the normal IJGIS review process. For author instructions, please refer to "Instructions for authors" at the IJGIS journal homepage. All manuscripts, including support materials, must be submitted using the journal's online Manuscript Central site (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijgis).

Please select "Special Issue Paper" when you reach the "Article Type" step in the submission process and indicate this special issue as the target issue. First-time users of the Manuscript Central site must register themselves as an Author.  For questions, please contact Xinyue Ye or Clio Andris.

Important target dates:

  • Submit abstracts to guest editors: January 1, 2019
  • Invite full paper submissions (no guarantee for final acceptance): February 1, 2019
  • Submit full manuscripts to the IJGIS online Manuscript Central Site: July 1, 2019
  • Expected final decision: May 1, 2020
  • Expected publication of the special issue: November 2020

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