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Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Homo Virtualis is a transdisciplinary double-blind peer-reviewed and open access journal for the publication of research papers, discussions and reviews on methodology and theory in the wider field of human complex systems, virtual communities, digital cultures, social networks, and social behaviour in blended (online/offline) techno-social environments. It combines substantial and original knowledge production with open access, communicating efficiently recent scientific findings. Homo Virtualis is centered in social and behavioral sciences, humanities, education and the health disciplines, from a reflexive and critical standpoint.

The journal especially focuses on virtual communities and complexity science as a way of doing research and theory, as well as of re-thinking about individuals, social groups, organizations, eco-systems and society. Homo Virtualis welcomes qualitative, quantitative and mixed research studies, as well as new experimental forms of communicating research combining multi modalities, digital artifacts and arts, adhering to the highest standards of peer review. We are interested in both theoretical and empirical papers, but our special focus is on transdisciplinary approaches integrating theory, research and practice.

Homo Virtualis welcomes both established and young scholars. It constitutes an international forum for scholars who seek to exchange knowledge and to generate understanding on the complexity of social behaviour and new media.

Homo Virtualis is published twice a year in a bilingual format (English/Greek). Individual items will be published as soon as they are ready.

 

Section Policies

Editorial

Editors
  • Konstantinos Koskinas
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Articles

Editors
  • Alexios Brailas
  • Maria Koletsi
  • Konstantinos Koskinas
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Student Research

Student Research aims to familiarize students with academic thought and writing, in a systematic way. Innovative research, theoretical concepts and applications proposed and implemented by students provide an open horizontal dialogue between the student community

Editors
  • Alexios Brailas
  • Maria Koletsi
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Book Reviews

A useful resource for critical book reviews with added value:

Chenail, R. J. (2010). How to Read and Review a Book like a Qualitative Researcher. The Qualitative Report, 15(6), 1643-1650. Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol15/iss6/20

Editors
  • Alexios Brailas
  • Maria Koletsi
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Vignettes

Vignettes are short narrative or multimodal pieces, non-traditional scientific genres than communicate substantial information in alternative formats. Vignettes are not peer-reviewed and need to be approved by a journal editor.

Editors
  • Alexios Brailas
  • Maria Koletsi
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Commentaries

Commentaries are short critical articles, up to 1000 words, discussing fresh and original ideas, reflecting on urgent problems, presenting authors’ own opinions, replying to previously published articles, or announcing special Issues. Commentaries are not peer-reviewed and need to be approved by a journal editor.

Editors
  • Alexios Brailas
  • Maria Koletsi
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Short Reports

Editors
  • Alexios Brailas
  • Maria Koletsi
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

Submitted papers are evaluated according to the double-blind peer-review process.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Homo Virtualis permits and encourages authors to archive the [submitted article and/or the final author version and/or the final publication pdf] in institutional (e.g. the repository of the National Hellenic Research Foundation) or other appropriate subject repositories (e.g. SSOAR repository for social sciences),  in compliance with institutional and/or funder open access policies, [both prior to and] after publication in the [journal title]. Authors must provide [bibliographic details that credit publication in the journal, as well as] related funding details (when applicable).

Lists of institutional and other subject-based academic open access repositories can be found listed by country at the registry http://opendoar.org/countrylist.php  

If your institution does not possess a repository you may deposit a copy of your paper at no cost with www.zenodo.org, the repository supported for open access research in the EU by the European Commission, through the project OpenAIRE (www.openaire.eu).

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...