JCMC special issue
Andrea.Scharnhorst at NIWI.KNAW.NL
Wed Aug 20 07:37:39 EDT 2003
The actual JCMC special issue contains articles also relevant for webometrics.
Journal of Computer Mediated Communication
Special issue: Internet Networks: The Form and the Feel
Editors: Anne Beaulieu and Han Woo Park
* Anne Beaulieu: "Combining Approaches for the Study of
Networks on the Internet" (Editor's Introduction)
* Iina Hellsten: "Focus on Metaphors: The Case of 'Frankenfood' on the Web"
* Devan Rosen, Joseph Woelfel, Dean Krikorian, George A. Barnett:
"Procedures for Analyses of Online Communities"
* Kirsten A. Foot, Steven M. Schneider, Meghan Dougherty,
Michael Xenos, Elena Larsen: "Analyzing Linking Practices:
Candidate Sites in the 2002 US Electoral Web Sphere"
* Paul Wouters, Diana Gerbec: "Interactive Internet?
Studying Mediated Interaction with Publicly
Available Search Engines"
* Andrea Scharnhorst: "Complex Networks and the Web:
Insights from Nonlinear Physics"
* Han Woo Park, Mike Thelwall: "Hyperlink Analyses of the
World Wide Web: A Review"
JCMC is a free peer-reviewed academic on-line journal
sponsored by the Annenberg School for Communication at
the University of Southern California.
(from the editor's introduction)
Networks and the study of Internet phenomena are in many ways inseparable.
Beyond the power of the metaphor, though, and the obvious kinship of
certain approaches to the study of the Internet such as 'network analysis,'
the relation between research methods and the constitution of networks as
empirical objects must be articulated in correspondence with every research
question. Two approaches seem to prevail in Internet scholarship so far:
substantial analysis on a case-by-case basis on the one hand, and
formal network analysis on the other. Networks have therefore been studied
in terms of their substance, for example via the common cultures of individuals
who socialize through the Internet. New forms of expression have also been
identified. Another stream of research has addressed the more formal aspects
of networks, often using automated tools that render these networks quantitatively.
Given this distinction between formal and substantive approaches,
Internet studies seem to be reproducing some of the distinctions between
qualitative and quantitative styles that have been deplored across most
social sciences, from psychology to communication.
Dr. Andrea Scharnhorst
Netherlands Institute for Scientific Information Services (NIWI)
Joan Muyskenweg 25
1090 HC Amsterdam
Tel: +20 4628 670
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