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Volume 3, Number 3 (2010):

The Researcher's Toolbox, Part II


The editorial team for this issue includes:


Jeremiah Spence, University of Texas at Austin, USA


This issue presents peer reviewed papers on research methodologies and case studies of how the particular methods are being developed and used in virtual worlds research both in the academy and industry.

Peer Reviewed Research Papers

Synthesizing Presence: A Multidisciplinary Review of the Literature

Dennis Beck, Paul Fishwick, Rasha Kamhawi, Amy Jo Coffey, Julie Henderson


Collecting conversations: three approaches to obtaining user-to-user communications data from virtual environments

Mika Lehdonvirta, Vili Lehdonvirta, Akira Baba


Developing an Obesity Prevention Intervention in Virtual Worlds: The International Health Challenge in Second Life

Sameer Siddiqi, Scherezade K. Mama, Rebecca E. Lee

Research Papers

Design Principles for Doing Business on Second Life: an immersive ethnographic study

Reza Azeharie, Ravi Shankar Sharma


Virtual Assisted Self Interviewing (VASI): An Expansion of Survey Data Collection Methods to Virtual Worlds by Means of VDCI

Mark W. Bell, Edward Castronova, Gert G. Wagner


Third Places Take First Place in Second Life: Developing a Scale to Measure the ‘Stickiness’ of Virtual World Sites.

Wade Halvorson


Methodology of a Novel Virtual Phenomenology Interview Technique

Ronald M. Knorr, Stephen C. Bronack, Deborah M. Switzer, Lienne F. Medford 

Research-in-brief papers

Virtual Worlds Come Of Age

Stuart Barnes


Summative Assessment in Second Life: A Case Study

Remy Olasoji, Stephanie Henderson-Begg

“Think Pieces”

Massively Multi-Player Online Role Playing Games: What’s the Risk?

Benjamin Sanders, Steven Furnell, Paul Dowland, Shirley Atkinson


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Planned Issue


Volume 11, Number 1 (2018)

Theme: Assembled 2018

Call: CFP: General Call for Papers

Issue Editors: Angie Cox, Trident University (Prime); Felipe Nunes, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul; Miao Feng, NORC at University of Chicago; Edgardo Donovan, Trident University.
Publication: Q1 2018
Status: In review.




Volume 11, Number 2 (2018)

Theme: Mindfulness & Flow

CfP: Mind

Issue Editors: TBD
Publication: Q2 2018
Status: Open. Submit proposals.




Volume 12, Number 1 (2019)

Theme: Assembled 2019

Call: CfP: General Call for Papers

Issue Editors: TBD
Publication: Q1 2019
Status: Open. Submit any time.




We are enlisting editors for the theme issues.


Suggested Issues

  • Hardware
  • Impact (on People, Places, and Organizations)
  • Money
  • 3D Printing
  • Bleeding innovations


 How to submit your proposal - see: For Issue Editor