Chair's Column

by Symeon Papadopoulos, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Greece

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the second Issue of the 2014 STCSN E-Letter volume, which is dedicated to the social media and networking aspects of the VCONECT EU research project. 

Our plan is to turn the STCSN E-Letter into a reliable and rapid communication channel for research developments in the area of Social Networking. Apart from the growing number of STCSN members (more than 450 at the moment) that the E-Letter reaches through different channels of STCSN (mailing list, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn), it is also openly accessible and citable. This makes it a suitable venue for the publication of short articles discussing recent and emerging developments in the area of Social Networking.  

We welcome two types of contributions:
  • Special Issues dedicated to a thematic area of Social Networking. A common example case for such E-Letters includes those focusing on ongoing research projects (such as the E-Letters on ROBUSTSocialSensor, BRIDGE and now VCONECT). In that case, we expect the Special Issue proposer to act as a Guest Editor in collaboration with the chair of the E-Letter Board, Rene Kaiser, and to ensure a sufficient number of contributions (at least four) that will make up the Special Issue. Note that it is not necessary for a Special Issue to be connected to a research project. It can also be related to an emerging research topic.
  • Stand-alone articles. We are open to individual contributions discussing recent or new research results or offering short surveys on emerging areas of Social Networking. 
All contributions are peer-reviewed to ensure high standards of presentation quality and technical soundness.
If interested, feel free to get in touch with Rene Kaiser and myself to discuss in further detail the scope and format of the articles, and other details of the editorial process. 

Apart from e-letter contributions, we always welcome participation and contributions to different roles within the STCSN. If interested, please get in touch!