International Journal of Virtual Communities and Social Networking (IJVCSN)

International Journal of Virtual Communities and Social Networking (IJVCSN)

Now the International Journal of Social Media and Online Communities (IJSMOC)
Editors-in-Chief: Subhasish Dasgupta (George Washington University, USA) and Rohit Rampal (State University of New York at Plattsburgh, USA)
Indexed In: INSPEC and 11 more indices
Published: Quarterly |Established: 2009
ISSN: 1942-9010|EISSN: 1942-9029|DOI: 10.4018/IJVCSN
Out of print.


Virtual communities and social networking are changing our social and work environments. The International Journal of Virtual Communities and Social Networking (IJVCSN) provides a forum for researchers, practitioners, and users to study and discuss technical, social and legal issues in this fast changing environment. IJVCSN strives to be an inter-disciplinary journal that draws upon research from different fields such as information systems, computer science, sociology, and psychology.

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 Virtual Communities and Social Networking (IJVCSN) is to provide comprehensive coverage and understanding of the social, cultural, organizational, human, and cognitive issues related to the virtual communities and social networking. These issues include design, implementation, participation, and use of virtual communities and social networks. 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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Volume 10: 4 Issues (2018)
Volume 9: 4 Issues (2017)
Volume 8: 4 Issues (2016)
Volume 7: 4 Issues (2015)
Volume 6: 4 Issues (2014)
Volume 5: 4 Issues (2013)
Volume 4: 4 Issues (2012)
Volume 3: 4 Issues (2011)
Volume 2: 4 Issues (2010)
Volume 1: 4 Issues (2009)
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Reviews and Testimonials

Virtual communities and social networking groups have become very important, with the advent of ubiquitous and easy-to -use content creating software. Organizations are beginning to use these technologies for a variety of activities – from the use of as a market research tool, to the use of social networking sites for collaborative content creation within the firm. What are the benefits of using these applications? What should organizations do to facilitate the use of these technologies towards specific firm objectives? Clearly, there are a number of important issues that need to be understood, in order that these technologies can be applied to, and their benefits harnessed for, a variety of functions and tasks. The International Journal of Virtual Communities and Social Networking is a much-needed forum for researchers and practitioners to address these important issues.

– Dr. Monideepa Tarafdar, University of Toledo, USA


Editor(s)-in-Chief Biography

Subhasish Dasgupta is an associate professor of information systems in the School of Business, George Washington University. Dasgupta received his PhD from Baruch College, The City University of New York (CUNY). He received both his MBA and BS from the University of Calcutta (India). He has published his research in refereed journals such as Decision Support Systems, the European Journal of Information System, the Journal of Global Information Management, the Electronic Markets Journal, and the Simulation and Gaming Journal. Dasgupta has published two edited books, Internet and Intranet Technologies in Organizations and Encyclopedia of Virtual Communities and Technologies. He has also presented his research in major regional, national, and international conferences.

Editorial Board

International Advisory Board
Kijpokin Kasemsap, Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Thailand
Mohamed Amine Ferrag, Guelma University, Algeria
Nilanjan Dey, JIS University, Kolkata, India, India ORCID
Associate Editors
Chia-Wen Tsai, Ming Chuan University, Taiwan
Katia Passerini, St. John's University, United States
Krzysztof Juszczyszyn, Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland
Rhoda Joseph, Penn State Harrisburg, United States
Rohit Rampal, State University of New York at Plattsburgh, United States ORCID
Vandana Ahuja, Amity Business School, Amity University Uttar Pradesh, India ORCID
Wen-Chen Hu, University of North Dakota, United States
Editorial Review Board
Abeer Al-Faouri, Al-Balqa' Applied University, Jordan
Carlo Bellini, Federal University of Paraíba, Brazil ORCID
Dhrubasish Sarkar, Amity University Kolkata, India
Dr. Shirin Alavi, Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, India ORCID
Eric Turner, George Washington University, United States
Gábor Hosszú, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
Guoying Zhang, Midwestern State University, United States
Heath Row, University of Southern California, United States
Istvan Mezgar, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary
Jason Baker, Regent University, United States
Jyotsana Thakur, Amity University Haryana, India ORCID
Kangning Wei, Shandong University, China
Leila Esmaeili, Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran, Islamic Republic Of ORCID
Luis M. Camarinha-Matos, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal ORCID
Manpreet Dhillon, Hult International Business School, United States
Miguel-Ángel Sicilia, University of Alcalá, Spain
Mohammed Al-Kasasbeh, Police College - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Muhammet KÖROĞLU, Uşak University, Turkey
Qingyu Zhang, Arizona State University, China
Ta Tao Chuang, Gonzaga University, United States
Ulf Rerrer-Brusch, Technische Universitaet Berlin, Germany
Vladimir Modrak, Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia
Xiaomo Liu, Thomson Reuters Corporation, United States