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Volume 2, Number 4 (2009):

Virtual Economies, Virtual Goods and Service Delivery

Cover Issue 2(4) EcoTrade

The editorial team for this issue includes:


Mandy Salomon, Smart Services CRC, Australia 
Serge Soudoplatoff, ESCP-EAP / Hetic, France 

In this special issue on virtual-world goods and trade, we are pleased to present articles from a global cohort of contributors covering a wide range of issues. Some of our writers, will be well known to you as distinguished leaders in the field, but it is equally our pleasure to introduce exciting new voices. Here you will find pieces written by academics, practitioners, journalists, a documentary filmmaker and perhaps the youngest contributor to JVWR yet, who attends high school in upstate New York.



Issue Editors' Corner

Why Virtual-World Economies Matter

Mandy Salomon, Serge Soudoplatoff

Interactive Online Exhibits and Demonstrations

Rethinking Virtual Commodification, or The Virtual Kitchen Sink

Lori Landay

Invited Articles

On Money and Magic

Edward Castronova


Characteristics of the Virtual Economy (after ‘State of Play VI’ Conference , 2009)

Julian Dibbel


China’s New Gold Farm

Anthony Gilmore


Virtual Goods: Good for Business?

Nic Mitham

Peer Reviewed Research Papers

"We Will Always Be One Step Ahead of Them" A Case Study on the Economy of Cheating in MMORPGs

Stefano de Paoli, Aphra Kerr


An Exploration of Entrepreneurship in Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games: Second Life and Entropia Universe

Stéphane Kieger


Born Virtuals and Avapreneurship: A case study of achieving successful outcomes in Peace Train – a Second Life organization

Robin Teigland


Virtual Commerce (V-Commerce) in Second Life: The Roles of Physical Presence and Brand-Self Connection

Seung-A Annie Jin, Justin Bolebruch

Research Papers

Understanding "Gold Farming" and Real-Money Trading as the Intersection of Real and Virtual Economies

Richard Heeks


World of Warcraft: The Viability of Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games as Platforms for Modeling and Evaluating Perfect Competition

Eli Kosminsky

“Think Pieces”

Currencies and Capitalisms on the Internet

Minna Ruckenstein


Licensing Considerations for OpenSim-Based Virtual Worlds

Shenlei E. Winkler


Maura Welch

Assembled (rush to press papers)

Shaowen Bardzell


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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