Institute publishes first Journal of Social Media in Society

Journal Of Social Media in Society

Tarleton State University

Monday, January 7, 2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas —The Texas Social Media Research Institute has published its first issue of The Journal of Social Media in Society, an academic journal aimed at social media research. It is now available at

The journal is a blind peer-reviewed semi-annual publication devoted to scholarship and commentary on social media and its impact on society. It is an open source electronic journal that showcases original research and book reviews.

“We created the journal to advance the study of social media with current literature based on theory, research and practice from all methodological frameworks, and I think we’ve accomplished that with our first issue,” said Dr. Sarah Maben, co-director of the Texas Social Media Research Institute.

The premiere issue includes research about social media in the workplace and online reading communities. Stephanie Black and Andrew Johnson, both at the University of Texas at San Antonio, look at how employers use social networking sites in the employment selection process. And, Nancy Foasberg, a humanities librarian at Queens College, City University of New York, analyzed online reading communities through three case studies. Three book reviews round out the issue, with insights on social media in higher education, the classroom and the workplace.

In the first letter from the editors, they answer, why study social media? “Social media touches almost every part of our lives. One billion people are active in Facebook alone. The implications are far-reaching from employers using social networking sites in their selection process to book clubs and online reading communities.”

The journal editors are based at Tarleton: Maben, assistant professor, communication studies; Dr. Credence Baker, assistant professor, curriculum and instruction; Dr. Jennifer Edwards, assistant vice president for student success and multicultural initiatives and assistant professor, communication studies; Yvonne Mulhern, instruction/reference librarian; and Cristi Horton, instructor, communication studies. The editorial board consists of Dr. Anthony C. Edwards, instructor and manager, e-campus online degrees; Dr. Kayla Peak, assistant professor, kinesiology; Alana Hefner, director of career services; and Justin Carrell, technology support specialist. Two undergraduate students serve as editorial interns: Maylee Friemel, a senior from Kemp, and Hannah Miller, a senior from Rockport.

The Journal of Social Media in Society is now accepting submissions for its second and subsequent issues, which can be sent to


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Contact: Dr. Sarah Maben

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