Internet Economics

Final submissions due: 1 May 2015
Publication issue: January/February 2016

Please email the guest editors a brief description of the article you plan to submit by 2 April 2015.
Guest editors: Arpita Ghosh and Ashish Goel (

The breadth of economic activity on the Internet is exploding: the Internet both enables online versions of traditional markets and provides a platform for a vast range of new economic activity, ranging from targeted online advertising to crowdsourcing to peer-to-peer lending and digital currencies. These economic systems lead to a plethora of new research questions, both theoretical and data-driven, touching on both analysis and design: How do these online markets perform, and how should they be designed? How does the potentially giant scale of these systems affect performance? How do users behave in these online platforms, and how should incentives and interfaces be designed for maximum efficacy?

This special issue on Internet economics will address theoretical and applied research related to the modeling, analysis, and design of Internet-specific economic activities and incentive systems. The issue will be interdisciplinary in nature, welcoming any research related to economic aspects of the Internet. Relevant topics include theoretical and applied aspects of

  • Internet auctions, markets, and exchanges for goods and services;
  • reputation and quality in online markets: reviews, reputations, and ratings;
  • economic aspects of digital media, user generated content, and social networks;
  • crowdsourcing and human computation, and online labor markets;
  • peer-to-peer lending, crowdfunding, and digital currencies;
  • economics of online privacy and security;
  • markets for personal data;
  • economic approaches to spam/fraud control;
  • e-commerce issues in cloud computing and Internet-enabled apps;
  • mobile advertising and location-based e-commerce;
  • decision-theoretic and game-theoretic modeling of online behavior;
  • economic aspects of user-experience and interface design; and
  • incentives and mechanisms for collaboration, consensus, and decision making.

Submission Guidelines

All submissions must be original manuscripts of fewer than 5,000 words, focused on Internet technologies and implementations. All manuscripts are subject to peer review on both technical merit and relevance to IC's international readership — primarily practicing engineers and academics who are looking for material that introduces new technology and broadens familiarity with current topics. We do not accept white papers, and papers which are primarily theoretical or mathematical must clearly relate the mathematical content to a real-life or engineering application. To submit a manuscript, please log on to ScholarOne ( to create or access an account, which you can use to log on to IC's Author Center and upload your submission.