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International Journal of Geographical Information Science

For a Special Issue on

Emerging Opportunities and Challenges of Human Dynamics Research

Abstract deadline
31 January 2024

Manuscript deadline
30 November 2024

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Shih-Lung Shaw, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
[email protected]

Daniel Sui, Virginia Tech
[email protected]

Xinyue Ye, Texas A&M University
[email protected]

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Emerging Opportunities and Challenges of Human Dynamics Research

Human dynamics research, augmented by the increasingly data-rich environment of the mobile and big data era, has brought up new opportunities and challenges. It is critical for both geographic information systems (GIS) and geographic information science (GIScience) to properly consider, represent, and model human dynamics, which is defined as all kinds of human activities and interactions in the ever-evolving hybrid physical-virtual world. The new level integration and synthesis are essential for developing theoretical and conceptual aspects of GIScience and fulfilling the application needs of GIS. A special issue on “Human Dynamics in the Mobile and Big Data Era” was published by IJGIS in 2016 which has received many citations. There will be the 10th Symposium on Human Dynamics Research organized as part of the AAG Meeting in Hawaii in April 2024.  We welcome your participation in the Symposium at 2024 AAG Meeting, but this call for papers is open to all researchers regardless of your participation in the Symposium. This special issue is intended to reflect the latest progress of human dynamics research in GIScience and discusses future directions and prospects of making GIScience and GIS more relevant to the key challenges and changes we are facing such as climate change, sustainability, artificial intelligence, quantum turn, and metaverse. We welcome contributions that cover conceptual/theoretical, technological/methodological, as well as educational/social aspects of new human dynamics research in GIScience.


The scope of this special issue includes, but not limited to, topics such as:

  • Human-robot/machine Interactions and the role of generative AI in reshaping human dynamics
  • Ethical considerations and privacy concerns in human dynamics research
  • Integrating urban digital twins and human dynamics research
  • Human dynamics beyond activities in physical space
  • Reconceptualization of humans as wave functions and the study of human dynamics from the perspective of emerging quantum social science
  • Open science and human dynamics research
  • Reproducibility and replicability issues in human dynamics research

Submission Instructions

We welcome submissions from scholars in all relevant fields. Interested authors should first submit a short abstract (300 words max) to Shih-Lung Shaw ([email protected]), Dan Sui ([email protected]), and Xinyue Ye ([email protected]) by January 31, 2024 for a review of its fit to the theme of this special issue. Suitable abstracts will be invited to submit full manuscripts although the invitation does not guarantee acceptance to the SI.

Full manuscripts, including any supporting materials and required data and codes that can reproduce findings reported in the manuscript, should be submitted using the journal's online submission portal by November 30, 2024, and the authors should specify this SI as the target during their submission. Guideline for submission of full manuscripts can be accessed at Instructions for Authors. All manuscripts will go through a standard review process.

The International Journal of Geographical Information Science considers all manuscripts on the strict condition that they have been submitted only to the International Journal of Geographical Information Science, that they have not been published already (including in conference proceedings), nor are they under consideration for publication or in press elsewhere. Manuscripts that significantly extend conference papers should (1) paraphrase original text with proper citations, and (2) clarify novel ideas or methods beyond what have been reported in the conference papers. Authors who fail to adhere to this condition will be charged with all costs that the International Journal of Geographical Information Science incurs for their papers, and their papers will not be published.

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