20.512 new online International Journal of Internet Research Ethics

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 06:36:04 +0000

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 20, No. 512.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

         Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 06:24:32 +0000
         From: Charles Ess <cmess_at_drury.edu>
         Subject: new online International Journal of Internet Research Ethics

Dear Humanists:

with apologies for duplications and cross-postings:

Announcing the release of the International Journal of Internet Research

Call for Papers for the Premier Issue of IJIRE

Description and Scope:
The IJIRE is the first peer-reviewed online journal, dedicated specifically
to cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural research on Internet Research Ethics.
All disciplinary perspectives, from those in the arts and humanities, to the
social, behavioral, and biomedical sciences, are reflected in the journal.

With the emergence of Internet use as a research locale and tool throughout
the 1990s, researchers from disparate disciplines, ranging from the social
sciences to humanities to the sciences, have found a new fertile ground for
research opportunities that differ greatly from their traditional biomedical
counterparts. As such, "populations," locales, and spaces that had no
corresponding physical environment became a focal point, or site of research
activity. Human subjects protections questions then began to arise, across
disciplines and over time: What about privacy? How is informed consent
obtained? What about research on minors? What are "harms" in an online
environment? Is this really human subjects work? More broadly, are the
ethical obligations of researchers conducting research online somehow
different from other forms of research ethics practices?

As Internet Research Ethics has developed as its own field and discipline,
additional questions have emerged: How do diverse methodological approaches
result in distinctive ethical conflicts =AD and, possibly, distinctive=
resolutions? How do diverse cultural and legal traditions shape what are
perceived as ethical conflicts and permissible resolutions? How do
researchers collaborating across diverse ethical and legal domains recognize
and resolve ethical issues in ways that recognize and incorporate often
markedly different ethical understandings?

Finally, as "the Internet" continues to transform and diffuse, new research
ethics questions arise =AD e.g., in the areas of blogging, social network
spaces, etc. Such questions are at the heart of IRE scholarship, and such
general areas as anonymity, privacy, ownership, authorial ethics, legal
issues, research ethics principles (justice, beneficence, respect for
persons), and consent are appropriate areas for consideration.

The IJIRE will publish articles of both theoretical and practical nature to
scholars from all disciplines who are pursuing=8Bor reviewing=8BIRE work. =
studies of online research, theoretical analyses, and practitioner-oriented
scholarship that promote understanding of IRE at ethics and institutional
review boards, for instance, are encouraged. Methodological differences are

Publication Schedule:
The IJIRE is published twice annually, March 1, and October 15.
Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, and are subject to
Editorial and Peer Review.


Editors- in- Chief:
Elizabeth A. Buchanan, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Information Policy Research
School of Information Studies
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Charles M. Ess, Ph.D.
Distinguished Research Professor
Drury University
cmess_at_drury.edu <mailto:cmess_at_drury.edu>

Editorial Board:
Andrea Baker, Ohio University, USA
Heidi Campbell, Texas A&M University, USA
Radhika Gajjala, Bowling Green State University, USA
Jeremy Hunsinger, Virginia Tech, USA
Mark Johns, Luther College, USA
Leslie M. Tkach-Kawasaki, University of Tsukuba, Japan
Tomas Lipinski, JD, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Ulf-Dietrich Reips, Universit=E4t Z=FCrich, Switzerland
Susannah Stern, San Diego State University, USA
Malin Sveningsson, Ph.D., Karlstad University, Sweden

Style Guidelines: please see the Journal site:

In the spirit of open access, IJIRE authors maintain copyright control
of their work. Any subsequent publications related to the IJIRE work
must reference the IJIRE and the original publication date and url.

- c.

Distinguished Research Professor,
Interdisciplinary Studies <http://www.drury.edu/gp21>
Drury University
900 N. Benton Ave. Voice: 417-873-7230
Springfield, MO 65802 USA FAX: 417-873-7435
Home page: http://www.drury.edu/ess/ess.html

Information Ethics Fellow, 2006-07, Center for Information Policy Research,
School of Information Studies, UW-Milwaukee
Co-chair, CATaC conferences <www.catacconference.org>
Vice-President, Association of Internet Researchers <www.aoir.org>
Professor II, Globalization and Applied Ethics Programmes

Exemplary persons seek harmony, not sameness. -- Analects 13.23
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