International Journal of Social Media and Online Communities (IJSMOC)

International Journal of Social Media and Online Communities (IJSMOC)

Formerly the International Journal of Virtual Communities and Social Networking (IJVCSN)
Editor-in-Chief: Rohit Rampal (State University of New York at Plattsburgh, USA)
Published: Semi-Annually |Established: 2019
ISSN: 2642-2247|EISSN: 2642-2255|DOI: 10.4018/IJSMOC


The International Journal of Social Media and Online Communities (IJSMOC) provides a forum for researchers, practitioners, and users to study and discuss technical, social, and legal issues in all aspects of social media and other communities (i.e., gaming) formed online. IJSMOC strives to be an interdisciplinary journal that draws upon research from different fields such as information systems, computer science, sociology, and psychology. The journal encourages research that applies to social media use in businesses, organizations, education, and the medical field, its impact on society, its multigenerational roles, securing users privacy, government propaganda, spread of misinformation, etc.

Topics Covered

  • Business Implications
  • Business Models
  • Collaborative work in virtual environments
  • Computer-based simulated environments
  • Copyright issues
  • Cross-cultural issues in virtual communities and social networks
  • Cross-cultural studies
  • Cultural Issues
  • Culture in social networks
  • Culture in virtual communities and social networks
  • Design issues
  • Design of peer-to-peer networks
  • Design of virtual communities
  • Economic impact of virtual communities
  • Effectiveness of virtual environments and social networks
  • E-learning models
  • Game Design
  • Hardware and software
  • Human computer interfaces, virtual communities, and social networks
  • Individual behavior and group dynamics in virtual communities
  • Knowledge management models
  • Mobile technologies and HCI
  • Models for virtual communities
  • Multi-cultural environments
  • Peer-to-Peer Networks
  • Platforms
  • Political impact of virtual communities
  • Privacy and Security
  • Privacy issues
  • ROI in business-oriented virtual communities
  • Service quality of virtual community and social networking sites
  • Social and cultural issues
  • Social impact of virtual communities
  • Social Issues
  • Social issues in virtual communities
  • Social models
  • Social network analysis
  • Social Networking
  • Social relationships
  • Social Structures
  • Success of virtual environments and social networks
  • Technological issues
  • Technology in virtual environments and social networks
  • Technology-based models
  • Trust in communities
  • Trust issues
  • User friendly interfaces
  • Virtual communities for gaming
  • Virtual Worlds
  • Web services, SOA, and Web 2.0
  • Wikis and blogs

Mission and Scope

The primary objective of the International Journal of Social Media and Online Communities (IJSMOC) is to provide comprehensive coverage and understanding of the social, cultural, organizational, human, and cognitive issues related to social media and online communities. It promotes best practices and new techniques for designing, implementing, participating, and using these communities for personal and professional gain. The secondary objective of this journal is to broaden the overall body of knowledge regarding participation of individuals, groups and organizations in these communities and networks, by providing an outlet for scholarly research in the area.

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Editorial Board

Editorial Review Board
Dr. Shirin Alavi, Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, India ORCID
Danella Campbell, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK ORCID
Nithya Shankar, SUNY Plattsburgh, United States
Jyotsana Thakur, Amity University Haryana, India ORCID


Prospective authors should note that only original and previously unpublished article manuscripts will be considered. Interested authors must consult the Journal Guidelines for Manuscript Submission at PRIOR to submission. Any further questions may be answered at All article manuscript submissions will be forwarded to at least three members of the editorial review board of the journal for a double-blind peer review. The final decision regarding acceptance/revision/rejection will be based on the reviews received from the reviewers.

All inquiries should be directed to the attention of:

Subhasish Dasgupta and Rohit Rampal
International Journal of Social Media and Online Communities (IJSMOC)