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CFP: JVWR 1st Issue on Research - Past, Present & Future

We are pleased to announce the open call for papers for the first issue of the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research (JVWR), an open-access, peer-reviewed, transdisciplinary, international academic journal.

Founded and edited by: Jeremiah Spence, University of Texas at Austin, USA

Issue #1  JVW Research

Motivation and Scope

The objective of the JVWR is to provide a forum for researchers across the academic spectrum to publish cutting edge scholarship and to engage the academic and creative communities in discourse on the wide variety of topic areas that are involved in virtual worlds research, including history of virtual worlds, cultural and social theory, quantitative research, qualitative research, virtual ethnography, pedagogy, education and virtual worlds, development, experimentation, ideas and the intersection of virtual worlds and society.  The field of virtual worlds research is a continually evolving area of study that spans across many disciplines and the JVWR editorial team looks forward to engaging a wide range of creative and scholarly work.

We would like to take this opportunity to invite collaborators, reviewers and contributors to participate in the development of the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research. We are thrilled to announce our first open call for papers and a specific call for contributions to the inaugural edition of the journal, which will build on the theme of: "Virtual Worlds Research: Past, Present and Future".

We invite original research, essays, interactive online exhibits with accompanying detailed descriptions, and other forms of scholarship to be submitted for both the inaugural edition of the JVWR and consideration for publication in future issues of the journal.

We look forward to your collaboration and contributions. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or comments.

Jeremiah Spence
Founding co-editor,
Journal of Virtual Worlds Research

Joseph Lopez
Founding co-editor,
Journal of Virtual Worlds Research

Sponsors include:

  • University of Texas Virtual Worlds Working Group, UT-Austin
  • Advanced Communications Technologies Laboratory (ACTlab), UT-Austin
  • Eduverse, A Virtual Education Foundation, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Reviewers include:

  • Allucquére Rosanne “Sandy” Stone, ACTlab/UT-Austin, USA
  • Jorge Peña, Communication Studies/UT-Austin, USA
  • Robert Shephard, Eduverse Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Suely Fragosa, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (UNISINOS), Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Edward Castranova, Synthetic Worlds Initiative, UIndiana (not yet confirmed), USA

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Planned Issue


Volume 11, Number 2 (2018)

Theme: Assembled 2018
(part 2)

Call: CfP: Assembled 2018

Issue Editors: TBD
Publication: Q2 2018
Status: In process




Volume 11, Number 3 (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