The CIOS/Comserve electronic conference system is an e-mail based mass distribution system that is accessible through the CIOS/Comserve e-mail interface.
For each command described below, it is assumed that the reader will send the command to Comserve@cios.org in the body of an e-mail message -- these commands cannot be executed through the CIOS/Comserve WWW system.
WWW users can read most public CIOS/Comserve hotlines without being members of the hotlines through a read-only interface (please see the Browse options under the Hotlines menu). The menus of hotline contributions are updated at least once a day. Certain hotlines -- especially private hotlines and those that require CIOS staff to operate (e.g., CommJobs, NewBooks, and Preview) -- are offered to CIOS members and member institutions as a premium of membership and are not included in the WWW read-only system.
For certain hotlines, the WWW system provides a means for those who are reading hotlines to submit contributions to the hotline membership through a hotline editor. Whether such contributions are published to the entire hotline membership rests with the discretion of the hotline editor.
Comserve's hotline system
Hotlines provide a way to offer your expertise as a resource person or consultant or to gain expert opinion or help from others including established disciplinary experts. Hotlines are provided that represent many traditional areas of interest for human communication studies (listed in detail below). In addition, one special hotline -- NewsLine -- is available to provide automatic delivery of Comserve's news bulletins when they are issued and another -- CommJobs -- provides automatic delivery of position announcements in communication studies. A third news service -- NewBooks -- conveys information about new and recent publications in communication(s)-related fields and a fourth news service -- Preview -- distributes brief abstracts of advanced scholarly projects, for which authors are willing to provide full reports on request. If you've completed a new scholarly project (paper, research report, computer program, etc.) and are ready to disseminate information to interested individuals from Comserve's international user community, broadcast an abstract with contact information over Comserve's Preview channel. Or simply sign up for preview to keep abreast of new developments in communication scholarship.
A special-purpose hotline, named Intercom, links all of the other hotlines (i.e., all except EJCREC -- The Electronic Journal of Communication) together. If you join any of the regular hotlines, you will automatically be added to Intercom; your subscription to Intercom will be cancelled automatically when you cancel all of your subscriptions to other, regular Hotlines. Intercom provides a channel for distributing announcements that are of general interest within Comserve's community of hotline subscribers without having to send copies separately to each individual hotline. Intercom is an 'edited' hotline, meaning that material is released selectively after being reviewed by CIOS staff.
All material distributed over hotlines is archived by Comserve. Comserve's ISYS full text search system allows you to search this archive to explore previous discussion to locate notes containing any word or phrase. Send this message to Comserve for more information about the ISYS system:
Communication on a hotline is accomplished by sending electronic mail to the address of the hotline. Comserve monitors these addresses. When mail arrives at a hotline address, Comserve receives the mail and sends copies to all other subscribers. This provides a method that allows those seeking information in a subject area to have quick access to a group of experts. Please note that you must join a hotline before you can send contributions to it. In addition, your contributions must be sent from the same address you used to join the hotline.
Hotline Membership Restrictions
Membership in certain CIOS/Comserve hotlines is restricted to those who are members of the Communication Institute for Online Scholarship or who are accessing CIOS/Comserve services from institutions that are institutional members. In addition, those who are not members and not from member institutions may be restricted in the number of hotlines that can be joined. Finally, those who are not CIOS members and who access Comserve from sites outside the academic community (especially commercial sites identifiable when e-mail addresses end in .COM or .CO.XX where XX is a country code (AU, UK, etc.) or .NET may not be able to join CIOS hotlines at all without a CIOS membership.
Use Comserve's Join command to become a member of one of the hotlines. The syntax of the Join command is: Join name_of_hotline Your_Firstname Your_Lastname For example: Join MassComm Debra J. Smith Be sure to include both your first and last name. IMPORTANT: Be sure that you send your Join command to Comserve@cios.org *not* to the hotline itself. The command must be placed in the body of e-mail. Reviewing your subscription(s): Send this command to Comserve to review the status of your hotline subscriptions: Show subscriptions Note that the information returned pertains to the address used to send the "show subscriptions" command. If you joined hotlines from a different address, those subscriptions will not be listed. Canceling your subscription(s): Use Comserve's Dropout command to cancel a subscription to one or more of Comserve's hotlines. The syntax of the Dropout command is: Dropout Name_of_Hotline For example: Dropout MassComm To cancel *ALL* of your subscriptions, substitute an asterisk character ('*') for the name of a hotline or use the word ALL. For example, Dropout * or Dropout All Use this command cautiously, it will terminate *ALL* of your hotline subscriptions. IMPORTANT: Be sure that you send your Dropout command to Comserve, *not* to the hotline itself. More information: More information about Comserve's hotline system is available through Comserve's topical help system. Send this command to Comserve to receive more information about commands related to the hotline system: Help Topics Hotlines Names and descriptions of hotlines: Name Description I. News services NewsLine Joining this special hotline means that you will automatically receive Comserve's news bulletins when they are issued. New news bulletins are issued normally four or five times a year. If you are not a member of NewsLine, the news bulletin is sent you when you send a command to Comserve. By joining Newsline, you will receive the news bulletins automatically; that is, without having to send a command to Comserve. Newsline is a one-way channel; those who join Newsline should not themselves send anything to this hotline. CommJobs The CommJobs hotline is for distribution of announcements of academic or industry positions for those in communi- cation studies and related fields (rhetoric, journalism, speech, mass communication, social linguistics, etc.). Once you have joined CommJobs, you will automatically receive copies of position announcements sent over this hotline. If you would like to distribute a position announcement over CommJobs, send it in computer mail to the address of the CIOS staff -- Support@cios.org. Your announcement will be redistributed over CommJobs within a short time. CIOS staff will also distribute announcements on paper that are received through the US mail; however, there is a preparation charge for materials submitted in this way. Contact the staff for details. The CommJobs hotline is open to individuals from institutions that are CIOS affiliates, to Associates of the CIOS, or to those from countries to which Comserve access restrictions do not apply. Send this message to Comserve for more information about access restrictions and CIOS membership categories: Help Topics CIOS NewBooks The NewBooks hotline is a one-way news channel (like NewsLine and CommJobs) that distributes information about new and recent publications relevant to communication- related fields (rhetoric, communication studies, mass communication, speech, social linguistics, etc.). NewBooks postings are prepared by Comserve's staff based on materials obtained from publishers, authors, and published reviews. Contact the staff at Support@cios.org for information about how to submit an announcement for NewBooks. The NewBooks hotline is open to individuals from institutions that are CIOS affiliates, to Associates of the CIOS, or to those from countries to which Comserve access restrictions do not apply. Send this message to Comserve for more information about access restrictions and CIOS membership categories: Help Topics CIOS Preview The Preview hotline is an edited news channel that distributes information about recently completed research and scholarship in communication-related fields (rhetoric, communication studies, mass communication, speech, social linguistics, etc.). Preview carries abstracts of conference papers, research reports, papers awaiting publication, computer programs, etc. and in each case information about how to contact the abstract author to obtain a full copy. If you wish to submit an abstract for distribution over Preview, please obtain a submission form from Comserve's resource library by sending Comserve this message: Send Preview Form Complete the form and send it to Preview@cios.org II. EJCREC -- A refereed scholarly journal EJCREC "Electronic Journal of Communication/La Revue Electronique de Communication" is a peer reviewed electronic scholarly journal. The managing editor is Teresa Harrison (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute). EJCREC serves as a distribution channel for tables of contents for this journal. Subscribers can obtain copies of articles directly from Comserve's resource library. III. Hotlines for public dialogue CCAnet This hotline is operated by the Canadian Communication Association for the dissemination of CCA news and for discussion among CCA members. Anyone interested in the Canadian Communication Association is invited to join CCAnet. CMC For discussion of computer-mediated communication, diffusion of computer communication systems, impacts in education, business, government, etc. ComDev "Provides the opportunity for regular global interaction among individuals and institutions working in the areas of international and development communication." Operated by Professor Tom Jacobson (SUNY - Buffalo). ComGrads For graduate and undergraduate students in communication studies interested in exchanging ideas on research and teaching, developing resources for the graduate school and employment application process, and creating a national and international student network. ComHist For discussion of communication and history, both the social history of interpersonal communication and the history of communication technologies. CommDis For discussion of issues related to speech disorders. CommEd For discussion of issues pertaining to communication education. DisPrac For discussion of issues pertaining to disciplinary practices within communication studies. Appropriate issues for this hotline might include (but would not be limited to): the basis for divisions in the field, the evolution of the discipline, processes related to publication, peer review, etc. EduTel EduTel focuses upon the use of computer mediated communication in educational contexts. Edited by a cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional group of scholars. Ethno For discussion of issues in ethnomethodology, conversation and discourse analysis, etc. FamComm For discussion of issues relating to communication/ interaction in the marital and family context. Gender For discussion of issues pertaining to the study of communication and gender. Gender operates under the editorship of Karla Tonella (University of Iowa). HealthCo For discussion of issues pertaining to the study of communication and health and communication in the health care profession. (See related InHealth hotline below). IAMCRNet IAMCRNet is a service of the International Association for Mass Communication Research. IAMCRNET's aims are to: 1) distribute an electronic version of the IAMCR Newsletter, 2) distribute other information from IAMCR Headquarters, Sections, and Working Groups, and 3) provide an international forum for the exchange of information on communication research, education and policy. InHealth InHealth, the International Health Communication hotline, is a multi-disciplinary, international forum for information exchange and discussion of issues related to communication and health. InHealth provides services that include on-line e-mail messaging, retrieval and storage of database information, distribution of conference, funding, and other information, and special online conferences. A newsletter is sent to all subscribers via conventional mail. InHealth is jointly moderated by Professors Stuart Schrader, Department of Communication Studies, Bloomsburg University and Leonard Assante, Department of Communication, The University of Scranton. They can be reached at the InHealth Editor's Mailbox: InHealth@SCRANTON (Bitnet) or InHealth@Jaguar.UofS.Edu (Internet). InterCul For discussion of issues pertaining to the study of communication across cultures. Interper For discussion of issues in interpersonal and small group communication. Magazine For discussion of journalistic, communicative, economic & technological issues related to magazine publishing. Edited by Professor David Abrahamson, NYU Center for Publishing. MassComm For discussion of issues in the areas of mass communication, mediated interaction, new technologies of communication, etc. Methods For discussion of research methodology including qualitative and quantitative procedures. OrgComm For discussion of issues pertaining to communication in organizational settings including business and industry. PCRN Participatory communication research network. Provided by the PCRN special interest group of the International Association for Mass Communication Research. PhilComm For discussion of issues in the philosophy of communication, communication theory, and epistemology. PolComm For discussion of issues related to political communication. Rhetoric For discussion of issues related to the study of rhetoric, rhetorical analysis, social movements, persuasion, etc. PCRN Participatory Communication Research Network, provided by the International Association for Mass Communication Research. BSCSCP For discussion of issues pertaining to the Basic Course in Speech Communication. Topics may include pedagogy, administration and training, course content, research, assessment, etc. ApplComm For those interestd in applied and professional communication practices. IV. Private hotlines CCABoard This is a private hotline for members of the board of directors of the Canadian Communication Association. Board members use CCABOARD to facilitate planning and policy discussion. This hotline is not available to the public. ProjectA - ProjectK These private hotlines are used in rotation by groups of scholars and students in support of specific projects (e.g., group research, student debates, educational experiments linking students from classes around the world, coordination of the production of edited books, seminars for scholars interested in special issues, etc.). These hotlines are not available through Comserve directly. Contact the staff for information about how to join or leave a private hotline and for information about obtaining a private hotline for use in a particular project.