Call for Papers

CfP special issue on "Electronic markets and the future internet: From clouds to semantics"

No longer accepting submissions

Guest Editors

  • Ricardo Colomo-Palacios, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
  • Pedro Soto-Acosta, Universidad de Murcia, Spain
  • T. Ramayah, School of Management, Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Meir Russ, University of Wisconsin, USA


Since the late 1990s, Internet technologies have gained so much attention and attracted investors and entrepreneurs, who have revolutionized the economic landscape and how business and transactions are conducted and processed all over the world. In this sense, business networking is increasing exponentially and the number of products/services available online for businesses and consumers are also growing steadily. A question that arises from the current growth of electronic markets and business networking is whether and how future Internet technologies such as the so called Web 2.0, the semantic web (also named as Web 3.0) and cloud computing will bring new forms of business value creation activities, new business models or deep changes in our society.

In the last few years, there has been an increasing focus on social software applications and services as a result of the rapid development of the Web 2.0 concepts. These web sites allow knowledge sharing and the creation of knowledge by the interaction of users via blogs, wikis, forums and online social networks. However, traditional web sites are designed to be read by people, not machines. In this sense, the advent of the Web 3.0 has emerged in the form of new promising tools for information and data engineering. The Web 3.0 facilitates that computers can interpret information, so they can perform more of the tedious work involved in finding, combining, and acting upon information on the web. In this sense, the Web 3.0 is driving the evolution of the current Web by enabling users to find, share, and combine information more easily. Still other Internet tools and services such as cloud computing are arising nowadays. It involves the delivery of computing (shared resources and software) over the Internet as a service rather than a product. Cloud computing will surely affect business networking and a number of new services will be available online to purchase. Having said all that, the evolving of these Future Internet technologies will imply however not only the redesign of the networking infrastructure and its services, but also the way how businesses, consumers and governments interact electronically. This profound shift will bring, among others, several challenges and issues related to security, trust, mobility or scalability. Thus, the research community must address the challenges, threats and opportunities of Future Internet technologies and provide solutions and guidance to current and future managerial, social and legal issues.

This special issue seeks to make a broad inter-disciplinary contribution to the literature in this area. The objective of this special issue is to attract high quality manuscripts from both researchers and practitioners focusing on analyzing whether and how Future Internet applications might transform today's electronic markets and business networking practices through, for instance, new forms of business value creation activities, new business models or through deep changes in our society.

Other Topics

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Cloud computing business models and pricing policies
  • Cloud SLAs
  • Cloud economics
  • Innovative Cloud Applications business models and Experiences
  • Web 2.0 and electronic markets
  • Electronic driven Innovation
  • Future electronic markets
  • Semantic Web and Linked Data economics
  • Future Internet and Knowledge Management
  • Marketing Social computing
  • Enterprise collaboration models enabled by cloud computing and the semantic web
  • Customer Relationship Management in the cloud

If you would like to discuss any aspect of the special theme section, please contact the editors. Methodological and theoretical pluralism is part of the journals policy. We welcome submissions using qualitative or quantitative methods. We also would like to encourage submissions of interdisciplinary work by authors from different areas. If authors have any questions regarding suitability of their work for this special issue, whether topical or methodological, they should not hesitate to contact (one of) the co-editors.


Prospective authors should prepare and submit manuscripts according to the guidelines published at Authors. All manuscripts that meet the scope of the special theme will be peer reviewed and should conform to Electronic Markets' publication standards. Methodological and theoretical pluralism (empirical or theoretical work, qualitative research, design science, prototypes, etc.) is welcome by the journal.
All submissions should be original, not published nor under review elsewhere.
If you would like to discuss any aspect of the special theme, please contact the guest editors for the special issue.
Please note: All papers must be submitted via our online submission system. Instructions for submission are available at this page under Authors » Submission.

Contact addresses

Ricardo Colomo-Palacios
Pedro Soto-Acosta
T. Ramayah
Meir Russ
or editors(at)

Important deadline

Submission Deadline: March 26, 2012
Deadline Extension April 16, 2012