Call For Papers: Conference on Science and the Internet 2012 (CoScI 2012)

Online media have brought about numerous changes in scholarly practices, including, but not limited to gathering data, finding relevant literature, making research and results accessible, organising collaboration, communicating with colleagues and students as well as creating fruitful learning environments.

The interdisciplinary conference “Science and the Internet”, to be held August 1-3, 2012 in Düsseldorf, brings together researchers and practitioners from multiple disciplines (e.g. information science, computer science, sociology, communication and media studies, linguistics, educations studies, legal studies, etc.) working on the following or related issues:

* How is the research process transformed through the use of digital infrastructures?
* How can the challenges of the public availability of (large scale) scientific data be met?
* How do scholars make use of social networking platforms, (micro-)blogs, wikis, or websites?
* How does the Internet affect scholarly publishing (e.g. Open Access, unpublished manuscripts, blogs)?
* How has the Internet changed the practice and relevance of citations and of receiving reputation?
* How do teaching styles or beliefs and use of the Internet mutually influence each other?
* Do Web 2.0 platforms offer opportunities to advance public understanding of science?
* What is the role of ethics, policies, and legal regulation in academic use of the Internet?
* What theoretical and practical implications do the aforementioned considerations have for science and the Internet?

Call for Submissions:

The conference language is English. We invite two types of submissions:

Abstracts for talks (20 minutes for presentation + 10 minutes for discussion) should not exceed 500 words, excluding data and references. In case of acceptance a full paper (max. 3.000 words or 12 pages) in either English or German must be submitted by July 15, 2012. The full paper will be published in conference proceedings (print and online).

Proposals for interactive workshops (90 minutes) should outline both the thematic focus and the session design. Workshops should engage participants in developing the topics. Proposals should not exceed 1.000 words.

Both abstracts for presentations and proposals for interactive workshops must be submitted via EasyChair.

Important Dates:

Deadline for submitting abstracts: January 15, 2012

Notification of acceptance: March 15, 2012

Camera-ready submission of papers: July 15, 2012

Conference dates: August 1-3, 2012


A registration fee of 50 € must be paid by Paypal or on site.

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