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Permanent Call for Papers: “Updating the Classics” Section

RESET - Social Science Research on the Internet is a biannual academic journal. Its goal is to promote research in which the Internet plays a key part, either as a decisive object of study or as an essential and useful tool to understand social phenomena. While each issue gathers articles dedicated to a specific topic that social sciences have been addressing for years, but which is now renewed with or on the Internet, RESET remains open to articles focusing on other themes, through its ‘Varia’ and ‘Updating the Classics’ sections.

In the same spirit presiding over the journal’s foundation – namely the desire not to give in to analyses which consider as a “revolution” the advent of any new technological tool, as well as those which, despite technological innovations, state that no social change is at stake – the ‘Updating the Classics’ section welcome any contribution aiming at revising or updating authors, theories or studies that have become landmarks within the field of social sciences. However, in order to give insights and encourage dialogues between apparently “new” objects of research and approaches from which the latter could appear “disconnected”, the “classical” or “striking” dimension of the references has to be understood very broadly. For instance, in addition to the “founding fathers” and other “essential” works –as they are featured in some textbooks within their respective domains –, contemporary authors and paradigms that have only recently or intermittently gained widespread attention may obviously be taken as the starting point of articles in this section. Researchers are therefore invited to submit papers on articles, books or even research traditions, insofar as their importance has been recognized among scholars (even if they may have raised controversies) and as these works seem worthy of further consideration with regard to the Internet.

The “Updating the Classics” section aims to publish both theoretical and empirical proposals. As some grounding on the writings of “classical” authors is indispensable, contributions may be literature reviews confronting reference texts and newer approaches. Reflections on the contemporary relevance of a concept or of a specific theoretical perspective are also welcome, provided they are based on social science studies using the Internet as a tool and/or as a field of studies. Consequently, the section is conceived as a place for active debates, where concepts and methods affected by the growing importance of digital technology in social life, the advent of specific technologies or the development of new uses, could be re-examined. In the second issue of RESET, Michael Dellwing’s article, which was a new analysis of the tensions between sociology and psychiatry according to Goffman’s perspective, and discussing the idea of a possible “Internet addiction”, is a good example of ​​what could be expected.

Moreover, contributions revisiting “classical” works thanks to original data or innovative methodologies (always related to the Internet) will receive great attention. Adapting or redefining an existing theoretical framework thanks to ongoing investigations perfectly fits into one of the journal’s objectives, which is to demonstrate the continuity – but not the identity – of research interests and methodologies through the long-term history of social sciences. Potential contributors may find a valuable illustration of this type of article through the piece written by Andreas Schmitz which examined, in our first issue, Pierre Bourdieu’s analysis of the “marriage market” through the method of dyadic pairings applied to a dating website.

The editorial board will thus be pleased to assess any unpublished article following the directions mentioned above. Articles should be between 6 000 and 9 000 words (plus references) and should not have been simultaneously submitted to any other publication. Authors are of course very welcome to contact the editorial board for any queries regarding the journal or their potential submission. They should feel free, for example, to send an abstract (no more than 500 words) to ensure that their future contribution complies with the journal’s expectations. RESET accepts texts both in French and in English, and proposals can be submitted throughout the year to the following email address: reset@openedition.org. An acknowledgment email will be sent out to the authors.

Articles will then be double-blind reviewed and the editorial board will get back to the authors within two to three months. Authors whose proposals have been accepted will be invited to provide a final version of their work (with corrections, when appropriate) according to a timetable agreed with the editorial board. This evaluation process, as described on the journal website, will condition the publication in an upcoming issue of RESET.

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