LINGUIST List 14.2442

Mon Sep 15 2003

Calls: Journal Call/Genres of Digital Documents

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  1. Kevin Crowston, Genres of Digital Documents

Message 1: Genres of Digital Documents

Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2003 22:20:24 -0400
From: Kevin Crowston <>
Subject: Genres of Digital Documents

			 Call for Papers

			 Special issue on
		 Genres of Digital Documents

			 To appear in
		 Information Technology & People

		 Papers due Monday 1 March 2004

 We invite papers for a special issue of the journal Information
Technology & People on Genres of Digital Documents. Genres are
communicative actions with a socially recognized purposes and common
aspects of form (such as newsletters, FAQs, and homepages). Genres are
situated in complex communicative practices; they are anchored in
specific institutions and processes and apply to physical as well as
electronic documents. Genres are useful because they make
communications more easily recognizable and understandable by
recipients and more easily generated by senders. Thus, the study of
genres, besides enhancing our understanding of information search and
use, may also provide insights into organizational and community

 In a digital environment, documents have functionality as well as
form and content but in many ways the contextual clues to ascertain
functionality are missing. As a result, it is becoming increasingly
clear that the successful use of digital media requires the emergence
of new or transformed genres of digital communication. Genre provides
a certain fixity in communication and provides conventions for
navigating broad information spaces, helping to mitigate "information
overload." In practice, genres disambiguate the information
environment, making it easier for users to categorically ignore
certain communications while attending carefully to others, based on
the perception of genre and the conformity of an instance to its

Suggested topics for the special issue include:

o Issues in the transformation of print genres to digital form
o The evolution of genres of digital documents
o Genre theory and its application to digital documents
o Emergent genres
o Investigations of genre in use
o Analyses of particular document genres
o Genres in digital search and classification
o Genres in non-text digital documents
o Genres for electronic commerce
o Designing systems in support of and using genre
o Genres that spill over into other applications
o Limitations and presuppositions of genres

Special issue editors

Kevin Crowston and Barbara Kwasnik
Syracuse University School of Information Studies
4-206 Centre for Science and Technology
Syracuse, NY 13244-4100 USA
Email: {crowston,bkwasnik}

		 Instructions to authors

1. Each paper must have a title page that includes the title of the
 paper, full name of all authors, and complete addresses including
 affiliation(s), telephone number(s), and e-mail address(es).
2. The first page of the manuscript should include the title and a
 300-word abstract of the paper.
3. Papers should contain original material and not be previously
 published, or currently submitted for consideration elsewhere.
4. Papers should be submitted on the ITP website at

Important dates
Papers due: Monday 1 March 2004
Notification of acceptance: Tuesday 1 June 2004
Final copy due: Monday 16 August 2004
Anticipated publication: November 2004


Kevin Crowston
Syracuse University			
School of Information Studies		 Fax: +1 (315) 443-5806
4-206 Centre for Science and Technology	 EMail:
Syracuse, NY 13244-4100 USA		 
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