Call for Papers: MIT Journal, Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments: Submit by Sept 1

Call for Papers

Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments

Special Issue: Law as Applied to Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed-Reality Environments Woodrow Barfield Jonathan Franklin, University of Washington School of Law Guest Editors


Advancements in virtual reality are not only technology driven, but actions within virtual environments implicate numerous issues in policy and law.

For example:

Are virtual images copyrightable?

Is the speech produced by a virtual avatar afforded rights under the U.S. and other Constitutions?

How does criminal law relate to actions performed within virtual environments, or contract law apply to the lease and sale of virtual objects?

These and other questions form the theme for this special issue.

Who Should Submit?

Legal scholars and practitioners from the U.S. and other jurisdictions are encouraged to submit.

Topics of interest for the special issue include:

• Free speech and other fundamental rights within virtual environments

• The law of cybersecurity within virtual and mixed environments

• A review of case law related to virtual and mixed environments

• Trademark and copyright law for virtual images and virtual environments

• The integration of real law in virtual environments

• Augmented reality and law (e.g., virtual images in advertising)

• Virtual equality and human rights in virtual environments

• Patent issues with virtual reality technology

• Property crimes in virtual environments

• Virtual reality goes to court, rules of evidence, etc.

• The law of VR and mixed reality from the U.S and other jurisdictions is especially sought.

Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts should conform to the journal’s submission guidelines: Click HERE,


Digital manuscript files should be submitted in .pdf form as email attachments to [email protected] (preferred) or may be uploaded to authors’ websites for download.

Please include names and institutional affiliations of all authors on the manuscript cover page, and contact information for the corresponding author in the body of the email message.

Authors, please note that in order to support the high cost of publication, page fees of $40 per published page will be mandatory.

Acceptance of manuscripts for publication is based entirely on technical merit, irrespective of ability to pay the charge.


For further information, please contact [email protected]


1st September, 2016

Planned Publication

Late 2017

For further details, click HERE.

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