CFP: JSMO Journal Special Issue on on Large-Scale Ideation and Deliberation: Tools and Studies in Organizations

Posted By on February 16, 2014


In a continuous effort to support Idea Management research we would like to promote a Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Social Media for Organizations (JSMO).

The issue title is: Large-Scale Ideation and Deliberation: Tools and Studies in Organizations.

The journal has already started accepting submissions and will continue until 1 August 2014 (original submission deadline was extended due to some expressions of interest).

The initiative is lead by organizers of a series of successful Large-Scale Idea Management & Deliberation Systems (LSID) workshops. Following the feedback from the participants of the previous year workshop, the organizers decided to provide this year a different formula to disseminate and share latest research achievements and efforts in the deliberation systems area (including Idea Management Systems).

Although the JSMO journal is accepting reports on studies and research of advanced maturity, this particular special issue is mainly created to provide support and feedback for authors who want to share with the public the preliminary results of their research and engage in a discussion on improvement of their research so far.

The Special Issue is expected to gather a number of extended papers from the previous edition of LSID workshop, however the organizers also invite new original submissions.

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SPECIAL ISSUE IMPORTANT DATES (Update: Deadline Extension)

  • Submission deadline: 1 August, 2014
  • Reviews returned: 31 October, 2014
  • Revised manuscripts due: 28 November, 2014

Social computing research has rapidly advanced during the past decade. Large crowds of people are now able to share knowledge using wikis, blogs, and forums; communicate using social networking platforms; and perform tasks using crowdsourcing platforms. In the meantime organisations have appropriated social computing for their own benefits. Thus, a new frontier for design and research has emerged: designing tools that support large-scale ideation and deliberation as well defined and repeatable processes in organisations and civic communities.

A number of promising applications have been developed for commercial and non-commercial uses, such as Ideastorm, Project 10 to the 100, and the LivingVoters guide. Powerful software support platforms have also appeared (for example, see,,, Many types of organisations, from business to education to government, are seeking out such platforms to include their constituencies in their deliberation processes, and their constituencies increasingly expect such opportunities.

Those Large-Scale Ideation and Deliberation (LSID) platforms, however, face open challenges that include:

  • Overwhelming contribution volumes with large redundancy and variable quality
  • Visualizing and managing large-scale deliberations
  • Summarizing the state and content of deliberation to promote engagement and deepen understating, comparing, prioritising and evaluating ideas, or groups of ideas
  • Generating collective creative solutions
  • Translating proposals into commitment to action
  • Proposing interaction, browsing, and input methods that stimulate participation and substantively empower participants
  • Handling complex problems whose solutions require many interdependent parts
  • Defining, evolving, and applying agreed-upon value criteria among multiple stakeholders

This special issue aims to gather experiences and reports on research done worldwide to cope with the aforementioned problems.

For a full list of suggested research themes and detailed submission guidelines see: Call for Papers published on the JSMO website.


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