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CFP: The Journal of Virtual Worlds and Education

The Journal of Virtual Worlds and Education is dedicated to the exploration of virtual, adaptive, and immersive environments in general, with a particular emphasis on their effective use in education. Readers of the journal will find original empirical or theoretical contributions—articles on methodology, visual demonstrations, reviews and interviews—all of which provide evaluation of the research and theories pertaining to education in immersive environments. All manuscripts pass through a multilevel blind peer-review process.

The journal is to be published semi-annually online at

JVWE seeks original papers on the intersection of virtual worlds and education. Submissions are invited on all topics from principles to practice, from abstraction to application. Taking advantage of the online nature of the journal, articles may incorporate digital media including, but not limited to machinima, video, podcast samples, and the like that enhance or support the article.

Particular topics of interest include best practices in virtual education; online gaming; identity, gender and relationship behaviors in virtual learning environments; building educational spaces; societal impact; impact on faculty as well as impact on students; methodologies; student performance and evaluation; and other such topics as may be timely and relevant to virtual worlds and formal education, procedural training, and informal learning.

Fields of interest include, but are not limited to, anthropology, arts, biology, cultural studies, cognitive science, communications, computer science, educational technology, English and rhetoric, history, linguistics, medical science, neuroscience, psychology, and sociology.

Style:  Chicago style; works cited; end notes
Format:  Papers are to be submitted by email as a Word (.doc) document or Rich Text Format (.rtf). All submissions will be acknowledged upon receipt.

We use blind peer review. Papers may not have any identifying marks. Contact information must be included in the body of the email to which the paper is attached. Include an abstract of 250 words or less. In the cover letter, please confirm that the piece is not under consideration at another venue.

Articles:  typically 5,000-15,000 words, these papers are research and/or theory oriented and must be original work that has not been published elsewhere.
Essays:  typically 1,000-3,000 words and may include reviews, interviews, survey articles, discussions and opinion pieces.

Proposed papers: please submit an abstract (250 words or less) of your proposed paper by September 30, 2009 at 11:59pm. This step is encouraged, but not required. It has the advantage, though, of providing the author with a statement of interest well ahead of time.

Complete papers: please submit your full article and accompanying media by November 30, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. along with an abstract of 250 words or less.

Submissions are to be sent as an email attachment to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Please contact us with any questions at this address.

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