Call for Chapters: Open and Social Learning in Impact Communities and Smart Territories


Lídia Oliveira, DigiMedia - Digital Media and Interaction (CIC.Digital), Department of Communication and Art, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Ana Melro, DigiMedia - Digital Media and Interaction (CIC.Digital), Department of Communication and Art, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: December 25, 2017
Full Chapters Due: January 25, 2018
Submission Date: March 15, 2018


Nowadays, Social Innovation is an area where more and more academics and practitioners dedicate themselves and dedicate their interest. The development of the area has been such that it has moved on to a new phase of creation of Impact Communities, spaces where local people gather together to contribute to the territory development.

What are the strategies for creating, managing and disseminating knowledge in/of Impact Communities? What are the strategies of internal transfer of knowledge? How do territories benefit from this knowledge, by becoming Smart Territories as a result? What role for Media and Information and Communication Technologies?


Impact Communities are a trend and are the places where individuals gather to contribute to the transformation of their territories, doing that by disseminating knowledge and promoting the transformation of those territories, contributing for their evolution as Smart Territories.

The meetings of Impact Communities' members can assume several formats, online or offline, using more or less ICT tools, events where people gather with the extended community/society, or including the members of the Impact Community, etc.

The publication aims to reflect on the several formats, goals, actors and tools Impact Communities may assume, including its effectiveness on the Society transformation, and qualification as Smart Territory (which may be rural or urban).

This publication will contribute to the knowledge on the concept of Impact Communities, which is a recent study field.

Target Audience

The main context will be in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship. However, because of the high connection between fields, it will be of great importance for the Management, Educational and Communication fields. In universities, but also in informal contexts of learning, such as innovation and collaboration hubs.

Recommended Topics

Learning processes
Social Entrepreneurship
Social Innovation
Communities of Practice
Social Innovation Communities
Impact Communities
Open Learning
Social Learning
Knowledge Transfer
Knowledge Creation, Management & Dissemination
Smart Territories
Media & Technology
Social Networks (online and offline)
Smart Communities
Communication tools
Management tools
Learning tools
Learning processes
Big Data and Open Data concepts and models
Objectives, Impact,

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before December 25, 2017, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by December 30, 2017 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by January 25, 2018, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Trust in Knowledge Management and Systems in Organizations. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the E-Editorial DiscoveryTM online submission manager.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2018.

Important Dates

December 25, 2017: Proposal Submission Deadline
December 30, 2017: Notification of Acceptance/Rejection to Author
January 25, 2018: Full Chapter Submission
February 15, 2018: Review Results Returned to Author
March 15, 2018: Revised Chapter Submission from Author
March 30, 2018: Final Chapter Submission


Ana Melro -
DigiMedia - Digital Media and Interaction (CIC.Digital), Department of Communication and Art, University of Aveiro, Portugal