Journal of Database Management (JDM) Special Issue on Virtual Worlds and 3-D

Journal of Database Management (JDM)
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Editor-in-Chief: Keng Siau, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Special Issue on Virtual Worlds and 3-D Web
Deadline: 19 January 2009

Special Issue Editors
Blake Ives, University of Houston
Brian Mennecke, Iowa State University
Fiona Fui-Hoon Nah, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Shu Schiller, Wright State University
Keng Siau, University of Nebraska at Lincoln

Multi-User Virtual Environments (MUVE), Massively Multiplayer Online Games
(MMOGs), and other 3-D virtual environments have begun to attract the
attention of scholars, practitioners, and the public at large.  Although
many of these environments originated as games or social networks, numerous
scholars have recognized that virtual worlds and 3-D web have the potential
to revolutionize how individuals work, play, and use the web, how groups and
teams interact, collaborate, socialize, and conduct their work, how
businesses market and sell products, goods, and services, and how societal
and governmental boundaries and institutions are stretched and redefined.
The popularity of games such as World of Warcraft, social networks such as
Second Life, and children?s games such as Webkinz has demonstrated that
these environments have appeal, and experience thus far has shown that these
environments present both opportunities and challenges for individuals,
businesses, governments, and!

This special issue has the goal of fostering research to examine this
important phenomenon by offering scholars the opportunity to publish and
disseminate empirical, theoretical, or conceptual papers addressing the
importance and impact of virtual worlds and 3-D web. We are open to the use
of a variety of research methodologies to understand phenomena relating to
Virtual Worlds and the 3-D web.

Topics relevant to this special issue include, but are not limited to, the
* Studies and models of individual perceptions? acceptance, and use of
virtual worlds and the 3-D web
* Studies and models of group, team, and social interaction in virtual
* Studies and models of organizational applications for virtual worlds and
the 3-D web
* Studies and models of inter-organizational uses of virtual worlds
* The application of business models, strategic frameworks, and/or
competitive models to understand economic and business development in
virtual worlds
* Studies and models examining the adoption, development, and evolution of
virtual worlds and the 3-D web
* Examinations of the educational, business, legal, economic, societal, and
jurisdictional impact of virtual worlds

Important Dates:
Submission Deadline: 19 January 2009
Initial screening by Guest Editors: 31 January 2009
First round of review: 6 April 2009
Second round of review: 6 July 2009
Final Decision: 10 August 2009

Submission Procedure:
All manuscripts will be subject to high standards of peer review at JDM.
Manuscripts should follow the JDM guidelines for submission. Details
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Please email your submission as an attachment to Dr. Brian Mennecke at
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