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Call for papers

Global flow of commodity, money, people, and knowledge

The phenomenon of globalization can simultaneously reduce international economic inequality (e.g., in the case of emerging countries) and worsen domestic economic inequality (e.g., increase of relative poverty in a several advanced countries). How can we solve this trade-off between international and domestic inequalities? On the other hand, it is highly desirable to avoid the reduction of biological and cultural diversity due to globalization. What can we do to promote the sustainable evolution and preservation of local diversities?

Network analysis on global interdependence caused by the flows of commodity, money, people, and knowledge is indispensable in order to acquire different perspectives on globalization and to clarify its effects on isolated communities, which are most vulnerable in terms of equality and diversity. Consequently, the aim of this special issue is to collect a series of pioneering works in this interdisciplinary field, at the edge of natural and social sciences, to provide a landscape of research progresses and potentials in evidence-based policy making.

Papers of a broad nature – as per the topic to be tackled – on various aspects of global flow of commodity, money, people, and knowledge are to be considered as possible contributions for this special issue.

Manuscripts relevant to this special issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • International trade network
  • Global supply-chain network
  • Global resource flows and stocks
  • Global ownership network
  • Global value added network
  • Economics and financial networks
  • Profit shifting in digital economy
  • Networks of immigrant and remittance
  • Blockchain remittance
  • Egocentric network analysis of refugees
  • International knowledge flow 
  • Knowledge flow, sharing, and collaboration
  • Multilayer and multiplex network analysis
  • Evidence-based policy making and network science

Survey and review papers are welcome.

Important dates
Expression of interest and abstract submission: October 7, 2019
Abstract feedback notification:  October 21, 2019
Paper submission deadline: January 13, 2020

Submission instructions
We invite authors to submit a brief expression of interest containing a short outline or extended abstract (approx. 1000 words), including the topic, key concepts, methods, expected results, and conclusions. Abstracts should be submitted via EasyChair:

These will be reviewed to determine if the submission is in the scope of this special issue.

Authors with accepted abstracts will be invited to submit their papers through the journal submission system for a full review and publication. Manuscripts can be submitted continuously until the deadline. Once a paper is submitted, the review process will start immediately. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal. All accepted papers will be listed together in an online virtual special issue published in the journal website.

Lead guest editor
Yuichi Ikeda,
Kyoto University, Japan

Guest editors
Guido Caldarelli,
IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy

Maximilian Schich,
University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Teruyoshi Kobayashi,
Kobe University, Japan

Irena Vodenska,
Boston University, USA

For more information, get in touch with the editors.