Chair's Column

by Symeon (Akis) Papadopoulos, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Greece

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the first issue of the 2015 STCSN E-Letter volume, which is dedicated to the emerging and highly interesting topic of Science 2.0, and is guest edited by Rene Kaiser, Elisabeth Lex and Peter Kraker. The topic is gathering considerable interest, since it enables new forms of measuring, understanding and making accessible the results of scientific work. This issue covers a good variety of interesting problems in the area. 

With the help of the Guest Editors, we are working hard to turn the STCSN E-Letter into an open high-quality and rapid communication channel for research developments in the area of Social Networking. Our community keeps growing and our STCSN e-letter is expected to reach a diverse audience ranging from researchers to business stakeholders, yet always with a focus on social networking technologies. All the e-letter articles are freely accessible and citable, making the e-letter ideal for publishing articles and technical reports on recent and emerging topics 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 ROBUSTSocialSensorBRIDGE and 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, as in the case of the current and the previous issue.
  • 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. In addition, we are open to papers discussing previously published research of the authors under a fresh perspective.
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, Yuhong Liu and myself to further discuss the scope and format of the articles, and other details of the editorial process. We are also constantly looking for good reviewers, so if you are interested, let us know.

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