Daneback, K., & Smahel, D. (2013). Editorial: Diverse research methods and topics of research. Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, 7(2), article 1. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.5817/CP2013-2-1
Editorial: Diverse research methods and topics of research

Editorial: Diverse research methods and topics of research

Kristian Daneback1, David Smahel2
1 Department of Social Work, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
2 Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic


Dear researchers, colleagues, and readers interested in cyberspace research,

We are very pleased to present the July issue of Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace. It was encouraging and exciting to see the methodological creativity and exploration in the studies we published in the last regular issue in December last year. This trend continues in this issue, which comprises a more conventional literature review and studies with qualitative as well as quantitative research designs. The topics shed light on different corners of cyberspace and we think that this diversity among the papers we publish, both topical and methodological, is one of the strengths of this journal. Another strong element of the journal is generated by the research that pushes methodological boundaries and takes us into new fields of cyberspace previously unknown. Aside from their high quality, we believe that these are some of the reasons why the papers published in our journal are frequently cited.

The current issue comprises four articles. The first study is a literature review on how parents use the internet (Dworkin, Conell, & Doty). The results show that parents use the internet to find information and for social support. They are generally satisfied with the outcomes, but are at the same time concerned about the validity of online resources. Unlike a substantial part of prior research, the second study focuses on how friends, not strangers, communicate online (Sherman, Michikyan, & Greenfield). The results show, among other things, that emotional connectedness is related to the kind of media used for communication as well as text-based communication styles (e.g., video, audio, use of emoticons, etc.), but a higher level of bonding is felt in in-person communication in comparison to instant messaging. The third study explores social ties online and focuses on privacy concerns and behaviors on social networking sites (Guan & Tate). The results show that users are pragmatic when it comes to privacy and disclosure. This study also utilizes an innovative visualizer for scanning social networks to explore social ties between participants. The fourth and final study in this issue explores an e-mentoring program for career development (Rockwell, Leck, & Elliott). Despite being thought of as an especially attractive form of mentoring for women, this study shows that gender differences persist in the virtual environment. For example, male mentor-mentee pairs avoided non-work related issues and tended to be more methodologically oriented. They conclude that it is not technology or gender that contributes to an effective relationship, but how the program can be an environment for developing relationships between mentors and mentees.

We do get occasional emails from researchers requesting information about our acceptance rate. We know that this may be important information for several researchers who are considering submitting their manuscripts and currently our acceptance rate is 23% (past 12 months).

We want to encourage researchers to continue to submit their work to us and to consider discussing new and exciting research face-to-face at the 11th Conference Cyberspace in Brno 22-23 November (see cyberspace.muni.cz). Finally I’d like to take the opportunity to thank our reviewers and our editorial board for their invaluable work for the journal.

Kristian Daneback, associate editor
David Smahel, editor
Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace

Issue Content

Editorial and issue information
Kristian Daneback and David Smahel
doi: 10.5817/CP2013-2-1

A literature review of parents’ online behavior
Jodi Dworkin, Jessica Connell and Jennifer Doty
doi: 10.5817/CP2013-2-2

The effects of text, audio, video, and in-person communication on bonding between friends
Lauren E. Sherman, Minas Michikyan and Patricia M. Greenfield
doi: 10.5817/CP2013-2-3

The privacy implications of online bonding, bridging and boundary crossing: An experimental study using emoticons in a social network map
Xiaoyi Guan and Mary Tate
doi: 10.5817/CP2013-2-4

Can e-mentoring take the "gender" out of mentoring?
Brittany V. Rockwell, Joanne D. Leck and Catherine J. Elliott
doi: 10.5817/CP2013-2-5

About Journal

The 'Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace' is a web-based, peer-reviewed scholarly journal. The first peer-reviewed issue was published in September 2007. The journal is focussed on social science research about cyberspace. It brings psychosocial reflections of the impact of the Internet on people and society. The journal is interdisciplinary, publishing works written by scholars of psychology, media studies, sociology, political science, nursing, and also other disciplines. The journal accepts original research articles, as well as theoretical studies and research meta-analyses. Proposals for special issues are also welcomed.

The journal is indexed with EBSCO Academic Search Complete, the Directory of Open Access Journals, SCOPUS and the Czech Database of Scientific Journals.

Editor

Assoc. Prof. David Smahel, M.Sc. et Ph.D., Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
E-mail: smahel(at)fss.muni.cz

Associate Editor

Assoc. Prof. Kristian Daneback, Ph.D., University of Gothenburg, Sweden
E-mail: kristian.daneback(at)socwork.gu.se

Editor Assistants

Vera Kontrikova, M.A., Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
E-mail: kontriko(at)fss.muni.cz

Lenka Dedkova, M.A., Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
E-mail: ldedkova(at)fss.muni.cz

Editorial Board

Prof. Kaveri Subrahmanyam, Ph.D., California State University, Los Angeles, USA
Prof. Herbert Hrachovec, Ph.D., University of Vienna, Austria
Prof. Dr. Micheline Frenette, Universite de Montreal, Canada
Prof. Alexander E. Voiskounsky, Ph.D., Moscow State University, Russia
Prof. Michael W. Ross, Ph.D., DrMedSc, MPH, MPHEd, University of Texas, Houston, USA
Prof. Petr Macek, CSc., Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Prof. Olle Findahl, World Internet Institute, Uppsala University, Sweden
Prof. Jochen Peter, Ph.D., University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Prof. Veronika Kalmus, Ph.D., University of Tartu, Estonia
Assoc. Prof. Joshua Fogel, Ph.D., Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, USA
Assoc. Prof. Gustavo S. Mesch, Ph.D., University of Haifa, Israel
Václav Štětka, Ph.D., University of Oxford, UK
Andra Siibak, Ph.D., University of Tartu, Estonia
Birgit U. Stetina, Ph.D., University of Vienna, Austria
Lukas Blinka, M.A., Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Advisory Board

Prof. Bente Traen, Ph.D., University of Tromso, Norway
Prof. Charles Ess, Ph.D., Drury University, USA
Prof. Dr. Ilse Kryspin-Exner, University of Vienna, Austria
Prof. PhDr. Jan Jirák, Ph.D., Charles University, Czech Republic
Prof. Vasja Vehovar, Ph.D., University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Prof. Dr. Larry D. Rosen, California State University, USA
Prof. Patricia M. Greenfield, Ph.D., University of California, USA
Prof. Peter K Smith, University of London, England
Prof. Nicola Döring, Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany
Prof. Kimberly Young, Center for Internet Addiction Recovery
Prof. Jos de Haan, Ph.D., Erasmus University, Netherlands
Prof. Zbyněk Vybíral, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Prof. Monica Whitty, Ph.D., Nottingham Trent University, UK
Assoc. Prof. Alfred Choi, Ph.D., Wee Kim School of Communication and Information, Singapore
Assoc. Prof. T. Ramayah, Technology Management Lab, School of Management, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Assoc. Prof. Neil Coulson, Ph.D., The University of Nottingham, UK
Assoc. Prof. Kenneth C. C. Yang, Ph.D., University of Texas at El Paso, USA
Assoc. Prof. Sun Sun Lim, Ph.D., National University of Singapore, Singapore
Assoc. Prof. Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University, USA
Assoc. Prof. Jana Horáková, Ph.D., Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Assist. Prof. Alexander Schouten, Ph.D., Tilburg University, Netherlands
Assist. Prof. Ewa S. Callahan, Ph.D., School of Communications, Quinnipiac University, USA
Assist. Prof. Regina van den Eijnden, Ph.D., Utrecht University, Netherlands
PhDr. Ing. Petr Soukup, Ph.D., Faculty of Social Studies, Charles University, Czech Republic
Alistair Duff, Ph.D., Napier University, Scotland
Janis Wolak, Ph.D., University of New Hampshire, USA
Francesca Romana Seganti, Ph.D., American University of Rome, Italy
Jeffrey Gavin, Ph.D., University of Bath, UK
Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Ph.D., University of Tartu, Estonia
PhDr. Radim Polčák, Ph.D., Faculty of Law, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Michael Fenichel, Ph.D., New York, USA
Leslie Haddon, Ph.D., London School of Economics, UK
Monica Barbovschi, Ph.D., Babes-Bolyai University, Romania
Jan Sirucek, Ph.D., Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Publisher

Masaryk University, Faculty of Social Studies
Jostova 10, 60200 Brno
Czech Republic

Publication Schedule

Twice per year (July and December) plus special issues