Online Credibility and Digital Ethos: Evaluating Computer-Mediated Communication

Objective of the Book
Offering chapters written by scholars from across the disciplines and from different countries, this book will provide general approaches to evaluating the credibility of digital sources, specific advice for popular websites, and techniques useful for a wide variety of digital genres.

Recommended Topics
Many of these topics are currently covered. While we will consider all proposals, we are specifically looking for proposals that address apps, open
source software, gaming/avatars or astroturfing. Other topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

– General approaches to evaluating online credibility (typos/grammar,
design/usability, advertisements, urls, links, contact info, search engine
listing, use of stock photos, use of phone/address, date of publication,author, expertise, overall strategies, online universities).

– Establishing and evaluating credibility with popular websites:

(Ebay, YouTube, Facebook, Wikipedia, Twitter, Second life)

– Establishing and evaluating credibility in a variety of digital genres:
(Blogs, travel websites, online journals, restaurant reviews, emails,
product reviews, online games, websites, discussion lists, iReports/news,
app ratings, freeware ratings, avatars)

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before November
11, 2011 a 250-500 word chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and
concerns of their proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be
notified by November 15, 2011 about the status of their proposals and sent
chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by February
15, 2012. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review
basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this
project.

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (.doc, .docx, or
rtf) to digital.ethos@gmail.com

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