Call for Chapters
Web Search Engine Research 

Publisher: Emerald Library and Information Science Book Series

Book Editor: Dirk Lewandowski, Professor in Information Science, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
Proposal Submission Deadline: 31 March 2011, accepted Full Chapters Due: 15 June 2011


Since the advent of Web search engines in the 1990s, research has been conducted on their use and their quality  in both computer science and in library and information science. While research in computer science mainly focuses on technical aspects of search engines, the focus of information science research is on users? behaviour when using search engines and how their interactions can be evaluated. Furthermore, information science research takes into account search engines? impact on society. However, it does not solely take the perspective of search engines as ?new media?, but can take a unique perspective integrating technical aspects, user aspects and their impact on their role in knowledge acquisition.

The book therefore will follow a wide approach, and the editor is seeking contributions from a variety of research areas. Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
* Retrieval effectiveness
* User satisfaction
* Evaluation of search engine interfaces
* Search engines? index quality
* The impact of search on society
* Reliability of search results
* Query log analysis
* User guidance in the search process
* Index and/or results freshness, diversity of results
* Influence of search engine optimization (SEO) on results quality.

Submission Information

Potential contributors are invited to submit a chapter proposal (approx. 500 words) to the Book Editor by 31 March 2011, detailing the background, motivations and structure of the proposed chapter. Authors will be notified in short order as to the status of their proposal and sent organizational guidelines.
Full chapters should be at least 8,000-9,000 words in length and are due by 15 June  2011.

Inquiries and Submissions

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically to 
Dirk Lewandowski, [log in to unmask]

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Prof. Dr. Dirk Lewandowski
Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg (Hamburg University of Applied Sciences)
Fakultät Design Medien Information
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D - 22081 Hamburg
Tel.: 040-42875 3621
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