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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: Special issue on computational models of narrative


Special issue of Literary & Linguistic Computing: The Journal of Digital Scholarship in the Humanities

**Submissions due Friday, September 27, 2013**

Edited by:
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Mark A. Finlayson, MIT, USA (lead editor)
Floris Bex, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Pablo Gervs, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Deniz Yuret, Ko University, Turkey

The past fifteen years has seen a resurgence of interest in a formal 
understanding and computational applications of the phenomenon of narrative. 
Since 1999 there have been more than forty conferences, workshops, symposia, 
and other meetings focusing on applying computational and experimental 
techniques to understanding, using, and generating narrative. Researchers 
across the humanities, social sciences, cognitive sciences, and computer 
sciences have turned their attention back to narrative, and are eager to make 
progress. With this momentum, the coming decade promises dramatic advances in 
the understanding of narrative.

With this growing interest and building momentum in mind, Literary & Linguistic 
Computing: the Journal of Digital Scholarship in the Humanities (LLC) invites 
submission for a special issue on the topic of ?Computational Models of 
Narrative?.  The issue is so named because we believe that a true science of 
narrative must adhere to the principle espoused by Herbert Simon in his book 
The Sciences of the Artificial: that without computational modeling, the 
science of a complex human phenomenon such as narrative will never be 
successful, and that computational models are the proper lingua franca of the 
scientific study of narrative. The purview of the issue, then, is more than 
just the limited body of effort that directly incorporates computer simulation: 
it also includes work from a cognitive, linguistic, neurobiological, social 
scientific, and literary point of view.  The special issue is open to any work 
where the researchers have successfully applied their field?s unique insights 
to narrative in a way that is compatible with a computational frame of mind. We 
seek work whose results are thought out carefully enough, and specified 
precisely enough, that they could eventually inform computational modeling of 
narrative.  As such, authors should explicitly discuss in their paper how their 
work could support or inform computational modeling.

Full papers should not normally exceed 9,000 words. Shorter articles 
(containing material of a more general nature) should not exceed 5,000 words 
and reports on research in progress should not be longer than 3,000 words. 
Authors  should review and conform to the following guidelines:

Information for authors: 
http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/litlin/for_authors/index.html
Online submissions: 
http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/litlin/for_authors/online_submission.html
Self-archiving policy: 
http://www.oxfordjournals.org/access_purchase/self-archiving_policye.html

Authors should submit their papers in .doc format (per LLC preferences) to Mark 
Finlayson, the lead editor, at markaf@mit.edu by 27th September 2013. After 
this initial submission the editors will signal any major problems with style 
or content.  Revised versions addressing these concerns will be due as an 
online submission to the LLC manuscript system on Friday, November 22, 2013. 
When submitting to the LLC online system, authors should explicitly state in 
their cover letter to the LLC editor that their paper is part of this thematic 
issue. Papers will then be peer-reviewed, and final decisions will be issued 
Friday, February 14, 2014.  The final copy, including all style and content 
corrections indicated by the editors, will be due Friday, March 14, 2014.  We 
expect the issue to appear as either the 2nd or 3rd issue of the 2014 volume. 
Any questions should be addressed to Mark Finlayson at markaf@mit.edu.