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Virtual Worlds Research Jornal Review

Today, I came across a new resource for looking at virtual worlds: Virtual Worlds Research. This is an online, peer-reviewed academic journal. The journal can be found here.
This is how the Journal describes itself (here):

“The Journal of Virtual Worlds Research is an online, open access academic journal that adheres to the highest standards of peer review and engages established and emerging scholars from anywhere in the world. The Journal of Virtual Worlds Research is a transdisciplinary journal that engages a wide spectrum of scholarship and welcomes contributions from the many disciplines and approaches that intersect virtual worlds research. The field of virtual worlds research is a continually evolving area of study that spans across many disciplines and the JVWR editorial team looks forward to engaging a wide range of creative and scholarly work.”

There aren’t that many journals looking at virtual worlds issues. Accordingly, its articles will facilitate research and provide insights into what academics are thinking about regarding virtual worlds. However, this journal does not focus on legal issues. Consequently, the Journal may want to create a special edition to look at legal issues, or work together with legal groups like the SL Bar Association on special publications. Nonetheless, the issue
here focused on government and the military, and touched on some legal subjects.

I believe that the Journal will add to legal discourse by providing background information and ideas that legal writers can use as a springboard for programs and publications. It also connects virtual worlds scholarship to a larger international cultural context. I recommend reading some of the articles and bookmarking the site for further research.