Call for Participation for Special Three-Tier Track and a Special Issue of the Journal on
Qualitative Research and Integrating Academic Activities:
Research, Education and Real Life Problem Solving (QR-IAA 2017)
July 8-11, 2017, in Orlando, Florida, USA
For a warranted publication in the journal, besides the conference proceedings, if your article is accepted, you should: 1) have submitted a draft paper (NOT an abstract OR an extended abstract), 2) provide the required additional data for fast track submissions [more details are provided below] and 3) send a short abstract (100-200 words) to: qriaa (at) iiis.org. Otherwise, if the submission is accepted, the final paper will be published in the conference proceedings and in the journal if and only if it is selected by the audience as a session’s best paper or if it is selected by the journal’s reviewers after the conference is over. Regarding this issue, more details are provided below along with a diagram that summarizes these details. In any case there will be no additional charge for the journal’s publication.
The organization of this special event will include at least one conversational session, a plenary keynote address, and paper presentation sessions(s), where accepted articles related to this CFP will be presented.
Proceedings: All accepted and presented articles will be included in WMSCI 2017 proceedings, which has been indexed by Scopus since 2005.
Potential publication in the Journal: A special issue of the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics (JSCI) will be published on Integrating Academic Activities and Qualitative Research, if an adequate number of articles are submitted, accepted, presented at the conference, and selected for the journal. Otherwise, best papers will be published in regular issues. JSCI is indexed by EBSCO, Cabell, DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals), Academic Journals Database, and Google Scholar and listed in Cabell Directory of Publishing Opportunities and in Ulrich’s Periodical Directory.
The Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics (JSCI) was asked by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) to re-apply because DOAJ identified more rigorous criteria to list journals in its directory and to index them. After re-applying the Journal was accepted again with the following new benefits (we are making a copy and paste from the email we received form them):
- Our statistics show more than 900 000 page views and 300 000 unique visitors a month to DOAJ from all over the world.
- Many aggregators, databases, libraries, publishers and search portals collect our free metadata and include it in their products. Examples are Scopus, Serial Solutions and EBSCO.
- DOAJ is OAI compliant and once an article is in DOAJ, it is automatically harvestable.
- DOAJ is OpenURL compliant and once an article is in DOAJ, it is automatically linkable.
- Over 95% of the DOAJ Publisher community said that DOAJ is important for increasing their journal's visibility
- DOAJ is often cited as a source of quality, open access journals in research and scholarly publishing circles.
Warranted publication in the Journal if the submission is accepted. A draft paper (2000-5000 words) submitted to the conference via Fast Track Submissions, briefly described in the respective section in the web page at http://www.iiisci.org/journal/sci/ProcSendPaper.asp?var. The following additional requirements are required for a Fast Track submission (we are making a copy and paste from the journal’s web page given above):
- The author should suggest at least three non-anonymous reviewers and no more than four for the non-blind reviewing process.
- The organizing Committee will randomly select twice as many anonymous reviewers as the number selected for the regular submission, i.e. it will select at least 6 anonymous reviewers for the double blind review of the paper.
- • A submission, to be accepted, should be recommended by the majority of both kinds of reviewers, as well as at least 65% of both of them combined, and not by just the majority of reviewers as it is the case for conference acceptance.
An article submitted and accepted via Fast Track would not require being selected as the best one of the session or being subject to an additional reviewing process in order to be published in the journal This is because “fast track” requires more reviewers and the acceptance requires a larger percentage of reviewers recommending the acceptance of the paper in order to be accepted. You can see the details at the URL given above.
In any of the above cases, the publication in the journal will not require an additional cost from the respective author.
The following diagram visualizes the mentioned procedure:
Integration of Academic activities (including research via consulting and consulting via research) and Qualitative Research and Modeling 1) intersect each other in several areas and 2) have explicit or implicit, potential or actual cybernetic loops of co-regulation (negative forward and feedforward) and co-amplification (positive feedback) which might produce synergies and emergent properties beneficial to both of them. The following figure summarizes visually the relationships between Academic Integration and Qualitative Research:
Cross Disciplinary Applications Via Analogical Thinking
Because of the actual and potential relationships shown above, a presentation on a topic in any of the three areas shown above might generate an application in other area via analogical thinking. This kind of a applications may be potential hypothesis formulation, solution to a real life problem in other area, methodological transfer from one area to the other, reformulations of concepts in other intellectual contexts, learning be means of inter-disciplinary communication, productive reflections, intellectual intuitions, creativity, potential methodological innovations in both academic, socio-economic, or business activities, etc. Consequently, presentation in any of the three non-exclusive set of topics listed below are expected to generate reflection, analogical thinking, intellectual intuitions, and potential applications in the mind of attendees from other sets of topics.
Who is encouraged to Participate in this Event
This event is especially (but not uniquely) oriented to the following academics, researchers, and professionals or consultants:
- Those who participated in the design, implementation, and/or administration of organizations oriented to integrate academic activities or relate "Research and Consulting."
- Those who have been working in relating research and education, education and real life problem solving, research, education and real life problem solving or in organizations of "Research and Consulting", or have done an ad hoc work in some of them.
- Those academics who have done research via consulting.
- Those consultants who have done consulting via research.
- Those who have experience and/or knowledge to share regarding the relationships among academic activities and between research and consulting.
- Those who have to generate or use qualitative research and/or modeling in any of the above applications or other related ones.
- Those who are making qualitative research and, consequently, are using the respective methodologies for theory formation or generating solution to real life problem solving which multi-disciplinary nature require inter-disciplinary communication, hence natural language using, hence qualitative or hybrid methodologies.
Ways of participating in this event
An academic, researcher, professional, or consultant might participate in this event submitting a contributed article which, if accepted, will be included in the conference program. This article might be:
- A research and/or a reflection paper regarding the integration of academic activities or the relationships between research and consulting.
- A case study, or the description of a specific case in which academic activites have been integrated or research was done via consulting or consulting was done via research. Such a case can be related to any of the topics of the collocated events and conferences.
- A position paper regarding the participation of a university’s faculties in integrating academic activities, in search via consulting or consulting via research.
- An article regarding the conception, design, and/or the implementation of an organization oriented to the integration of academic activities or relating "research and consulting".
- An article describing the different legal and structural forms in which an organization of research and development has been integrated into an academic context in order to synergistically relate the academic organization to the private and public sector and, in general, to Society.
- An article describing a seminar delivered in the private or public sector that generated the integration of academic activities or new projects based on relating “research and Consulting”, of consulting based new hypothesis formulation, new reflections, new research, case studies, etc.
SUGGESTED NON-EXCLUSIVE TOPICS
Any of the following three sets associated with the three mentioned areas or tracks, as well as any hybrid topic that might relate two or more topics in the same set or in different sets. Articles related topics from different set are encouraged because they would represent the relatedness among these areas as shown in the figure above.
- Suggested, non Exclusive, Topics on Integrating Academic Activities: Research, Education and Real Life Problem Solving
- Relating research and education
- Relating research and real life problem solving
- Relating research and consulting: research via consulting and consulting via research
- Relating research and education
- Research Education
- Educational Research
- Relationships between research and teaching. Teaching via collaborative research
- esearching via teaching or educational action research
- Relationships between research and practice
- Integrating research, teaching and consulting or practice
- Action research applied to the Integration of Academic Activities
- Qualitative and hybrid research applied to the Integration of Academic Activities
- Relating research with innovation
- Research programs and projects engineering
- Application of Action Research in the integration of academic activities
- Application of case studies in the integration of academic activities
- Suggested, non Exclusive, Topics on Research and Consulting
- Relationships between Research and consulting
- Research via consulting
- Consulting via research
- Relating research and consulting as a way of integrating academic research to industry, public and private sectors, and the Society at large.
- Application of Action Research in the integration of research and consulting
- Application of case studies in relating research and consulting
- Application of Action Research in the integration of research and practice
- Application of case studies in relating research and practice
- Suggested, Non-Exclusive Topics in Qualitative Research, Methodologies and Applications
- Qualitative Research and Methodologies in Social Sciences
- Qualitative Research and Methodologies in Science and Engineering Education
- The problem of induction as a qualitative aspect of quantitative research
- Phenomenological Research
- Deduction as a quantitative method and induction as qualitative method
- Grounded Theory Research
- Case Studies
- Qualitative Studies
- Qualitative Research Design
- Virtual Ethnography
- Data Collection Techniques and Analysis in Qualitative Research
- Education and Qualitative Research/Methods
- Philosophical foundations of science in term of the nature of knowledge revealed by quantitative and qualitative methods
- Qualitative Case Studies and Methodologies
- On-Line Research: Technologies, Methodologies, and Case Studies.
- Qualitative Digital Research
- Research of, and/or via, Social Media
- Creativity and Qualitative Research/Methods Creativity and Qualitative Research/Methods
- Creativity and Qualitative Research/Methods
- Qualitative Research/Methodologies in Management and Organizations
- Qualitative Research in Design
- Qualitative Research/Methodologies in Information Systems
- Qualitative Research/Methodologies in Systems Engineering
- Qualitative Research/Methodologies and Software Engineering
- Qualitative Research/Methodologies and Knowledge Engineering
- Qualitative Research/Methodologies and Collaborative Research/Enquiry
- Qualitative Research/Methodologies in non-Traditional Engineering Fields
Co-organizers and co-chairs
Dr. Jeremy Horne, President-emeritus, Southwest Area Division, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), USA.
Professor T. Grandon Gill, University of South Florida, USA (Academic Director of the Business Administration Doctorate)
Dr. Suzanne Lunsford, Wright State University, USA.
Professor José Vicente Carrasquero, University Simon Bolivar, Venezuela.
Professor Andrés Tremante, Florida International University, USA.
Dr. Nagib Callaos, University Simon Bolivar and the International Institute of Infomatics and Systemics, USA.