Purpose. The impact of information and communication technology (ICT) can hardly be overestimated, since it is central to managing the new breed of services associated with the sharing economy, and new forms of e-commerce. At the same time, relying on a ICT platform, with the speed and ubiquity that it guarantees, gives sharing services a strong advantage over the traditional way of providing the same service. However, the development of sharing platform has met stiff resistance by incumbent service providers, due both to the disruption of the established competition framework and to the alleged differences in regulations and obligations. Existing businesses are under strong pressure to cope up with fierce competition coming from sharing economy companies. We invite papers that explore the state and development of the sharing economy, the market mechanisms involved, the role of technology, and the related social, regulatory, policy and legal issues.
Topics. The special issue will be devoted to exploring strategic, managerial, technical, economic and policy challenges in the sharing economy domain. Submissions that treat some aspect of Economics in their research inquiry (theoretical modeling and simulation, empirical modeling and data analytics, public policy analysis and the transformation of firm strategies in the presence of on-demand labor and services) are especially welcome.
More generally, we seek high-quality, unpublished contributions on the following related topics:
Public, corporate and industry experiences with sharing platforms
Impacts of the sharing economy on different industries and the economy as a whole
Competition between sharing economy companies and traditional firms
Dynamic pricing on sharing platforms, and related marketing issues
The transformation of labor demand and supply in the sharing economy
Public policy issues, including legal, regulatory, political and governance debates and discussions
Organizational impacts of sharing economy and firm operational technological innovations
Submission Window. The submission window for full papers is from June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018. Papers submitted to ECRA prior to the open window that are connected in some way to the themes of the Special Issue will also be considered for it. Authors are welcome to submit abstracts to the Special Issue Editor, as a means to gauge interest and get suggestions on the development of the Special Issue paper.
Submission Guidelines. Only unpublished research papers will be considered. Previously published and indexed conference papers cannot be considered due to the copyright and IP concerns of ECRA’s publisher, Elsevier, unless they are significantly extended in content. Authors should limit their initial submissions to no more than 32 double-spaced pages in 11-point font with appropriate margins. References, figures, tables and appendices can add to that length. Author names and affiliations should be listed on the first page of the paper; the reviewing will be single blind only. All papers should be submitted via ECRA’s submission system at www.ees.elsevier.com/ecra/.
Authors should select the “VSI:Sharing Economy SI” tab when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process. Authors may request a fully formatted sample paper from the Special Issue Editor. Authors should follow Elsevier’s Electronic Commerce Research and Applications manuscript format, which can be found on the journal’s homepage at https://www.journals.elsevier.com/electronic-commerce-research-and-applications/.
Reviewing Process. Submissions are not batched for reviewing, but instead are handled under review as they are received. ECRA’s Associate Editors will assist with the reviewing process. The Special Issue Editor will try to return first reviews no later than 90 days from the date of an author’s first submission. ECRA uses a developmental reviewing approach for Special Issues, with the aim of helping authors to achieve very high quality final publications. Second and third round reviews, as needed, will be completed on an expedited basis, if authors are able to turn their revisions around quickly. Special Issue authors will be given an indication as early as possible of rejection for the Special Issue, including on the basis of a first reading by the Special Issue Editor. Inappropriately targeted or under-developed papers will be returned immediately with feedback.
Publication. The publication of Special Issue papers occurs as soon as possible after their completion using a method called ‘Article-Based Publication’ (ABP) and the collation of such papers into a ‘Virtual Special Issue’ (VSI), using hyperlinks to bring the content together. This ensures the rapid publication of individual papers. Our experience suggests that acceptance occurs between 6 to 12 months after a paper’s initial submission, and, if it is accepted, publication occurs within one month.
Special Issue Editorial Team. This special issue will be edited by an Editorial Board Member, with the help of an Editorial Assistant, as follows:
Maurizio Naldi (ECRA’s Senior Editor of Special Issues) (for content questions)
Emmy Hoang (ECRA’s Editorial Assistant for Special Issues) (for review process questions)
Interested authors should feel free to direct any questions to Maurizio Naldi, who will serve as the main contact and coordinating editor for the Special Issue, or to Emmy Hoang, who will be familiar with process and submission issues.