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Volume 8, Number 2 (2015):


Futures cover A4

Issue editor:


Yesha Sivan, Coller Institute of Venture, Tel Aviv University, Israel; School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK.

This issue presents six papers each reflecting on one angle to the future of virtual worlds: Four concrete views relating to bots, head mounted displays (HMD), neuroscience and meditation, and eSports; as well as two theoretical views relating to the focus of virtual worlds research and looking at virtual worlds as a mediator between “technology trends” and the “digital transformation of society and business.”

From the 2015 point of view: The virtual is becoming the real and the real is becoming the virtual.


Original Call: CfP: Futures


Editor in Chief Corner

Toward the Futures of Real AND Virtual Worlds

Yesha Y. Sivan


Three Real Futures for Virtual Worlds

Tom Boellstorff

Is a Technological Singularity Near Also for Bots in MMOGs?

Stefano De Paoli

Conceptualizing Factors of Adoption for Head Mounted Displays: Toward an Integrated Multi-Perspective Framework

Ibrahim Halil Yucel, Robert Anthony Edgell

Being There: Implications of Neuroscience and Meditation for Self-Presence in Virtual Worlds

Carrie Heeter, Marcel Allbritton

The eSports Trojan Horse: Twitch and Streaming Futures

Benjamin Burroughs, Paul Rama

The Metaverse as Mediator between Technology, Trends, and the Digital Transformation of Society and Business

Sven-Volker Rehm, Lakshmi Goel, Mattia Crespi


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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