International Journal of Internet Science
A peer reviewed open access journal for empirical findings, methodology, and theory of social and behavioral science concerning the Internet and its implications for individuals, social groups, organizations, and society.
Methodological Progress and Substantial Insights in the Field of Internet Research
Frank Faulbaum1, Uwe Matzat2, Marc Deutschmann3
1University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany,
2Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands,
3Landesamt für Datenverarbeitung und Statistik Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
We are pleased to present the first issue of the International Journal of Internet Science (IJIS). As the mission statement indicates the journal is intended to cover two kinds of related research. On the one hand it presents methodological research that shows how the Internet can be used as a tool for data collection. On the other hand, it presents substantial research on the social and psychological implications of the Internet and other new online media. It is our conviction that both streams of research can profit from each other so that the journal includes both. The current issue is giving a first impression on the variety of approaches to be dealt with in this journal while exemplifying the common ground that good empirical research is enhanced by a clear theory-guidance. Many of the articles stem from earlier presentations given at one of the international conferences of the conference series General Online Research (GOR, www.gor.de). The selection of articles brings together empirical methodological studies on important determinants of response behaviour in online data collection and empirical research on the social implications of web- and computer use. To the first type of research belong the contribution of Smyth, Dillman, Christian, and Stern, the contribution of Krysan and Couper, the paper of Göritz and the article of Ollesch, Heineken, and Schulte. To the second type belong the articles of Mesch and Talmud as well as the paper of Korupp.
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