CfP: Technology, Economy, and Standards

Call for Papers

Published: 2009


First call

  • 30-Mar-2009 – You submit an abstract
  • 15-Apr-2009 – We send initial response
  • 30-Apr-2009 – Digital submission. See How to submit digitally (if you have problems please send email to yesha.sivan at

Second Call

  • 30-May-2009 – You submit an updated or new abstract (if abstract was labeled “needs more work”). You must use Digital Submission. See How to submit digitally (if you have problems please send email to yesha.sivan at
  • 15-Jun-2009 – We send initial response.

Early Final Submit

  • 02-Aug-2009 – You submit Final Full manuscript.
  • 16-Aug-2009 – We send notification of rejection, acceptance, or conditional acceptance. Depending on the quality and format (peer-review) of your submission you may be assigned to the external reviewers or one of the editors.
  • 04-Sep-2009 we have sent about half of the responses
  • 12-Sep-All done
  • 20-Sep-2009 [old date 30-Aug-2009] – send us next version.

Final Submit editing and Publication

  • 20-Sep-2009 – You send us final version (for late submission). We communicate with you to complete final version. (copy editing).
  • 04-Oct-2009 – Publication (pending editorial considerations).


We assume that:

  1. Virtual Worlds are destined to become big; big in the sense of meaningful, influential, and making money for various current and new players. Every aspect of our lives will be affected by virtual worlds. Beyond being another media, Virtual Worlds will be part of our regular lives, they are going to enhance, improve, and better our quality of life. Much like the internet, virtual worlds will allow us to do “traditional” things more effectively and do other things anew.
  2. Real Virtual Worlds are defined as an integration of four factors: 3D view of the world Community, Creation, and Commerce (AKA 3D3C). The more we have of these factors the closer we get to real virtual worlds. In that sense IMVU, Second Life, and Entropia are more Real Virtual Worlds than Club Penguin, World of Warcraft, and SIMS on-line.
  3. “Standards” as a concept and mechanism are often misunderstood. People often link standards with competing concepts: open and free on one hand and propriety patents, limitation of creativity on the other hand. Like many other human constructs, standards are not inherently good or bad – what you do with a standard gives them value: be it good or bad.
  4. Currently the virtual worlds industry operates more like the Computer Gaming Industry than like the internet industry. Each developer, be it private (e.g., Linden, Forterra) or an open source (e.g., Sun Darkstar, OpenSim) is developing its own server, client, and rules of engagement. The inherent rationale of these efforts is a combination of “we know best” and “we will conquer the world.” While this may be the case (see Microsoft Windows, Apple iPod, or Google search), the common public good calls for a connected system like the internet, where different forces can innovate in particular spots of the value chain.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Specific standards or family of standards that can impact virtual worlds.
  • Economic analysis of specific standards for specific firms.
  • Discussion on Privacy, Authentication, and related issue (for example Open ID).
  • Legal Aspects of virtual worlds that can be set in the technical specs.
  • Review of relevant technology platforms, their pros, and cons.
  • Case studies of large-scale standardization efforts (Windows, Linux, GSM) and the lesson learned from them to virtual worlds.
  • Visions of the virtual world’s universal access system (network and station).
  • Comparing related terms such as working code, for and not-for-profit efforts, open source, formal systems.
  • Key places were standards matter (looking for the mouse and windows of virtual worlds) in other words the interfaces to and from the real (physical) world.
  • Economic analysis of various externalities in the field.
  • Winning stories of standards in the field (be it private, public, open, etc).
  • Example of wrong standards, failed standards, and other things to learn from.
  • Short term winnings (VRML) vs. Long term value.
  • What do we need to add to current standards so they will be used in virtual worlds (ISBN 3D? OpenID3D? etc).
  • The impact of open standards on close systems (Android); the impact of propriety technology (iPhone).
  • Connection various legal formats (GPL, LGPL) and new technologies (i.e., Grid/cloud for virtual worlds).


The editors of this issue specifically encourage short papers on specific examples (past, present, or future). If you need to use Jargon or acronyms please spell them and explain. Assume the readers are versed with various aspects of virtual worlds and not necessary with economy, technology or standards. The link to real virtual worlds should be clearly spelled. Papers will influence the development of MPEG-V (the official ISO effort to develop global standards between real and virtual worlds.

Guidelines and Deadlines

We welcome submissions in the form of full research papers, research-in-brief papers, “think-pieces,” essays, monographs, interactive online exhibits with accompanying detailed descriptions, and other forms of scholarship.

For specific submission instructions and detailed descriptions of the different submission formats visit JVWR home page.