Call for Chapters: Online Credibility and Digital Ethos - Evaluating Computer-Mediated Communication

Proposals Submission Deadline: October 15, 2011

To be published by IGI Global

With the near ubiquity of smartphones, tablets, and laptops, acquiring and publishing online information has never been easier; however, increased access to consuming and producing digital information raises new challenges to establishing and evaluating online credibility. These challenges are important because they affect a broad range of meaning-making, both inside and outside of academia.  For example, the events of the Arab Spring show that in the absence of what were traditionally seen as relatively reliable information sources, “unofficial” online sources deemed credible by a wide range of actors played a key role in successful uprisings.

Objective of the Book

Offering chapters written by scholars from across the disciplines and from different countries, this book will provide general approaches to evaluating the credibility of digital sources, specific advice for popular websites, and techniques useful for a wide variety of digital genres.

Target Audience

This book would be useful for a variety of academic disciplines, as students continue to utilize online sources in their research. Information literacy specialists would find useful the chapters which focus on particular types of popular sources like Wikipedia, Facebook, and iReports). Journalists and educators in the field of Mass Communication and Library Sciences would find the book useful in establishing protocols for approaching a wide variety of sources. Web designers and writers could use this book to establish a more credible online presence. However, we feel the target audience would be instructors of introductory level courses which involve research. Graduate students and academics could utilize certain chapters to establish a method for determining the credibility of a source they use for research purposes.

Recommended Topics

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • General approaches to evaluating online credibility (typos/grammar, design/usability, advertisements, urls, links, contact info, search engine listing, use of stock photos, use of phone/address, date of publication, author, expertise, overall strategies, online universities)
  • Establishing and evaluating credibility with popular websites: (Ebay, YouTube, Facebook, Wikipedia, Twitter, Second life)
  • Establishing and evaluating credibility in a variety of digital genres: (Blogs, travel websites, online journals, restaurant reviews, emails, product reviews, online games, websites, discussion lists, iReports/news, app ratings, freeware ratings, avatars)
We are particularly interested in submissions that situate how to evaluate and incorporate digital ethos and online credibility as part of researched arguments in various disciplines. While we expect many chapters will examine issues related to the displayed content of the sites in question, we also welcome chapters that evaluate the behind the scene effects on content such as research funding, domain holders, etc.

Editors: Shawn Apostel and Moe Folk

Read more about the submission procedure here!

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