In this section you can find an overview of all COST funded publications edited by COST Actions or the COST Association. Please note that COST does not commercialise its publications. If the box "Copies Available" appears, extra copies are available from the COST Association . If not, please contact the Action's Chair, whose details can be found via the 'Actions' section of our website.

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2014 | Action Number: IS0801

Cyberbulling through the new media

  • Pages: 320
  • Author(s): Edited by Peter K Smith and Georges Steffgen
  • Publisher(s): Psychology Press (Taylor & Francis Group)
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This important new book is the result of a four-year international collaboration, funded by the EU, to better understand how we can cope and confront cyberbullying, and how new media technologies can be used to actually support the victims of such abuse. The articles initially define the historical and theoretical context to cyberbullying, before examining key issues involved in managing this pervasive phenomenon.

The book concludes with practical guidance to help confront the trauma that cyberbullying can cause. It will be a valuable resource for researchers, students, policy makers and administrators with an interest in how children and young people are rendered vulnerable to bullying and harassment through a variety of online channels.

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2014 | Action Number: A35

Wealth and Poverty in European Rural Societies from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century

This book sheds new light on old problems of wealth, poverty and material culture in rural societies. Much of the debate has concentrated on north-west Europe and the Atlantic world.  This volume widens the geographic range to compare less well known areas, with case studies on the Mediterranean world (Catalonia and Greece), from central Europe (Bohemia and Hungary), and from the Nordic countries (Denmark). 

Methodologically, several papers link the possession of goods to the use of room space, while others highlight the importance of the channels for the circulation of goods, problems of stocks and flows of goods, and the complexities of urban/rural difference.  Finally, this book seeks to stimulate new comparative studies in living standards and lifestyles by providing an overview of achievements up till now.

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2014 | Action Number: ES0907

Dating, synthesis, and interpretation of palaeoclimatic records and model-data integration: advances of the intimate project (integration of ice core, marine and terrestrial records, COST Action ES0907)

  • Pages: 330
  • Author(s): Sune Olander Rasmussen, Achim Brauer, Ana Moreno and Didier Roche
  • Publisher(s): Elsevier
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Since 2010, the INTIMATE (INTegration of Ice-core, MArine and TErrestrial records) network has been operating as a COST Action (designated ES0907). This paper outlines the accomplishments of the INTIMATE COST Action in the context of how the INTIMATE ideas have evolved during the network's twenty-year life span, and highlights a number of challenges that can guide further work. In the second part of the paper, the contributions that compromise this INTIMATE special issue are introduced.

Open Access Publication

2014 | Action Number: MP0805

Novel gain materials and devices based on III-V-N/Bi compounds

  • Author(s): Prof. Ayse Erol, Prof. Mircea Guina, Prof. Naci Balkan, Prof. Xavier Marie, Prof. Dr. Mark Hopkinson, Prof. Judy Rorison, Prof. Cetin Arikan (Eds.)
  • Publisher(s): Springer Open
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This special issue of Nanoscale Research Letters contains articles based on talks given at the  Final Meeting of COST Action MP0805 , Novel Gain Materials and Devices Based on III-V-N/Bi Compounds, held in Istanbul, TURKEY during 24-26 September 2013.

COST Action MP0805  has been structured by four working groups with 20 COST countries and 1 Non-COST country. The aim of the COST Action was to focus on setting up a network of European researchers active in the field of novel semiconductors III-N-V, III-Bi-V and indium-rich GaInN gain materials and structured epitaxy. At the final meeting of the COST MP0805, papers on dilute nitride-based based devices, structured epitaxy, novel Bi-containing semiconductor structures, transport properties of dilute nitrides were presented and the articles based on the presentations are collected in this special issue as a final action publication. 

Open Access publication

2014 | Action Number: FA0807

Phytoplasmas and phytoplasma disease management: how to reduce their economic impact

  • Pages: 287
  • Author(s): Edited by Assunta Bertaccini
  • Publisher(s): IPGW (International Phytoplasmologist Working Group)
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  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-88-909922-0-9

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2014 | Action Number: TU0902

Understanding Cities: Advances in Integrated Assessment of Urban Sustainability

  • Pages: 214
  • Author(s): Edited by Richard Dawson, Olivier Heidrich, Stephen Dobson and Efren Feliu
  • Publisher(s): CESER, New Castle University
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  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-9928437-0-0

The urgent need to reconfigure urban areas to consume fewer resources, generate less pollution, be more resilient to the impacts of extreme events and become more sustainable in general, is widely recognised. To address these issues, requires integrated thinking across a range of urban systems, topics, issues and perspectives that are traditionally considered separately.

This book introduces key results from the European Science Foundation funded COST Action TU0902 network that brought together researchers and practitioners involved in urban integrated assessment.

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2014 | Action Number: TU0804

Survey Harmonisation with New Technologies Improvement (SHANTI)

  • Pages: 203
  • Author(s): Edited by Jimmy Armoogum
  • Publisher(s): Les colletions de l'INRETS
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-2-85782-704-7 | 0768-9756

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2014 | Action Number: IC0902

Cognitive Communication and Cooperative HetNet Coexistence

  • Pages: 365
  • Author(s): Edited by Maria-Gabriella Di Benedetto and Faouzi Bader
  • Publisher(s): Springer
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  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-3-319-01401-2

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2014 | Action Number: C24

Low-Exergy In The Built Environment - Insights From The COSTeXergy ACTION 2007-2012

  • Pages: 93
  • Author(s): Masanori Shukuya, Hedzer van der Kooi, Herena Torio, Adriana Angelotti, Dietrich Schmidt, Adam Rybka, Yannick Vande Casteele, Lieselot Christiaen, Elisa Boelman, Poppong Sakulpipatsin, Sabine Jansen, Adriana Angelotti, Paola Caputo, Christopher Koroneos , Ioannis Kalemakis, Marco Molinari, Gudni Jóhannesson, Lukas Kranzl, Andreas Mueller, Pekka Tuominen, Bram Entrop, Alberto Lazzarotto, Jo Stefens, Zygmunt Wiercinski , Aldona Skotnicka-Siepsiak, Pier Giorgio Cesaratto, Michele De Carli, Giuseppe Emmi, Toshia Iwamatsu, Hideo Asada , Angela Simone, Mateja Dovjak, Jakub Kolarik, Lisje Schellen, Bjarne Olesen, Aleš Krainer, Jørn Toftum, Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt, Marcel Loomans, Martin de Wit
  • Publisher(s): Klimapedia
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This book brings together papers written by young and senior researchers who contributed to the COSTeXergy Action through participation in and organization of training schools and short term scientific missions. 
Authors and their contributions span a wide range of disciplines, from building and mechanical engineering to chemistry, thermal comfort and energy economics. This diversity is reflected in a rich variety of approaches and styles in a compilation of 27 papers on exergy in the built environment.
The individual papers are clustered into five chapters, introduced by chapter editors, dealing with: (1) exergy related definitions for the built environment; (2) methodologies and tools for exergy analysis of buildings; (3) exergy as a sustainability indicator; (4) innovative
technologies, case studies; (5) methodologies and evaluation of human body exergy

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2014 | Action Number: TU0901

Building acoustics throughout Europe Volume 2: Housing and construction types country by country

  • Pages: 571
  • Author(s): Edited by Birgit Rasmussen, María Machimbarrena and Patrizio Fausti
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  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-84-697-0159-1

Neighbour noise is a significant problem having had insufficient attention for decades, both for existing housing and new housing. Time had come to solve the challenges by establishing a common framework in building acoustics throughout Europe. As a consequence, the research network, COST Action TU0901 “Integrating and Harmonizing Sound Insulation Aspects in Sustainable Urban Housing Constructions” was established to initiate and support a process towards such framework.
COST TU0901 considered the main tool to be an acoustic classification scheme for dwellings –implying definition of a number of quality classes– combined with knowledge about housing constructions complying with the class criteria.

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2014 | Action Number: TU0901

Building acoustics throughout Europe Volume 1: Towards a common framework in building acoustics throughout Europe

Neighbour noise is a significant problem having had insufficient attention for decades, both for existing housing and new housing. Time had come to solve the challenges by establishing a common framework in building acoustics throughout Europe. As a consequence, the research network, COST Action TU0901 “Integrating and Harmonizing Sound Insulation Aspects in Sustainable Urban Housing Constructions” was established to initiate and support a process towards such framework.
COST TU0901 considered the main tool to be an acoustic classification scheme for dwellings –implying definition of a number of quality classes– combined with knowledge about housing constructions complying with the class criteria.

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2014 | Action Number: IS0906

Special Issue of Budapest Management Review on Managerial issues related to audience transformation and production

This special issue of Budapest Management Review is guest-edited in collaboration with the Working Group on “Audience interactivity and participation” of the COST Action IS0906 “Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies”.

The issue covers wide area of cross media production and audience involvement related topics with special emphasis on managerial issues and aspects. Participating audiences are changing media market value chain; co-creators, producers and prosumers as audiences appear, so the special focus on participation in managerial context is emphasized as well.    

Budapest Management Review
Volume 44, Issue 2, 2014

Table of contents:

Zsolt Varga – Nóra Nyirő: Through the kaleidoscope: media consumption patterns in the participatory cross-media era 

Daiva Siudikiene: Playing and creating audiences media users-generated content quality assessment          

Tamás Csordás – Mirkó Gáti: The New (Marketing) Role of Firms as Media Content Providers - The case of SME's Strategic Social Media Presence 

Angela Chang: What the audiences of performing arts find most important: An examination of the attitudinal and relational marketing strategies           

Tamás Bokor: More Than Words, Brand Destruction in the Online Sphere

Dóra Horváth – Ariel Mitev – andrás Bauer: Winning Media Strategies in the Time of the Economic Crisis          

2014 | Action Number: IS0906

Participatory Journalism: Possibilities and Constraints for Audience Participation

  • Author(s): Editor-in-Chief: Nada Zgrabljic Rotar (University of Zadar, Croatia) Guest Editor of the Special Issue: Igor Vobic (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

In late modern societies, communication is shaped by concepts such as heterogeneity, fragmentation and individualisation. Social networking sites, blogs, and micro-blogs have recently joined the billions of websites enabling different individual and collective actors that are scattered across the locales to participate in public communication in a variety of unprecedented ways. These online forms of communicative engagement have also facilitated the ideas of the collaborative and the collective in contemporary journalism of traditional media organisations. The “people formerly known as the audience”, as Jay Rosen acknowledged almost a decade ago, have actively started to contribute to the on-going processes of creating news websites in mainstream media and became variously engaged in participatory journalism. Despite the fact that the idea of participatory journalism engages people both inside and outside the newsrooms to communicate, not only to, but also with each other, there have been indications of inclusivist, and also exclusivist principles and practices, of collective and collaborative news making. The different modes of audience participation in journalism have, in some cases, eliminated some of the traditional ideals in journalism, such as truthiness, the principle of objectivity, and a disinterest in the shaping of political life, and have replaced them with alternatives, such as deliberation, multiperspectivity, and participation in political life. In this sense, the ordinary people have with professional assistance captured and published through words, photographic, or video stories of worldwide significance, and have shared personal perspectives or particular views from their small communities on issues of a larger significance, thereby reshaping the dynamics between the global and the (micro-)local in public communication.The authors of the articles that have been included in this special issue of Medijska istraživanja/Media Research consider the possibilities and constrains of participatory journalism  to be the starting points of their explorations. The issue consists of five scholarly articles: one theoretical discussion on participatory journalism in the Internet age, and four case studies from the Netherlands, Slovenia, Serbia, and Belgium.Contents:EditorialIgor Vobič Reconsidering Participatory Journalism in the Internet Age Igor Vobič, Peter Dahlgren Available at: “It really is a Craft”: Repertoires in Journalistic Frontrunners’ Talk on Audience ParticipationMerel Borger, Irene Costera Meijer, Anita van Hoof, Jose Sanders Available at: Abuse of Online Participatory Journalism in Slovenia: Offensive Comments under News Items Karmen Erjavec, Melita Poler-KovačičAvailable at:   Co-construction and Deconstruction of Poverty on Serbian News WebsitesJelena Kleut, Smiljana Milinkov Available at:  Identity, Contingency and Rigidity: The (Counter-) hegemonic Constructions of the Identity of the Media ProfessionalNico Carpentier

Only available in the printed edition.


See also:
Portal of scientific journals of Croatia

2014 | Action Number: IS0906

Children’s Cultures and Media Cultures

This special issue is resulting from the work of the Working Group 4 on “Audience transformations and social integration” of the COST Action IS0906 “Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies”. COST is an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology, allowing the coordination of nationally-funded research at the European level.

The connection between children's cultures and media cultures can be considered a privileged area of innovation, in which many different actors and stakeholders (children, parents, educators, producers, marketing agents, regulators, policy makers and, last but not least, scholars) constantly negotiate the meaning of childhood in our globalised societies.

In the ever changing landscape of (old and new) media and their audiences, convergence between children’s cultures and media cultures is an increasingly topical field of study. To name but some of the challenges this reality presents, one could note how children and adolescents are continually exposed to the expansion of global digital TV channels addressed to them; how  the growing investment in marketing activities is often associated with new forms of publicity and participation in new platforms like SNS sites or mobile communication; how new social practices born of changing family structures and the fast paced rhythm of everyday life make children’s lives not only far more institutionalised, but also increasingly individualistic. In fact, today children’s lives are influenced by a culture that is dominated by personal and mobile media far more than it ever was in past generations.

In this special issue, some of the aforementioned topics are studied in greater depth and debated on different levels, starting with children’s experience of everyday life and arriving at the concepts put forward by public policies and institutions.


Introduction: Children’s Cultures and Media Cultures
Cristina Ponte, Piermarco Aroldi

The Complex Process of Children’s Identity in New Landscapes of Media and Culture
Ebba Sundin
Youth Media Participation: Global Perspectives
Sirkku Kotilainen, Annikka Suoninen

TOPmodels and Top Designers: Forms of Social Interaction and Creativity in the TOPmodel Online Forums
Mari Mäkiranta

Dress up and What Else? Girls’ Online Gaming, Media Cultures and Consumer Culture
Giovanna Mascheroni, Francesca Pasquali

Media, Children and Play: New Practices in a New (and Complex) Ecosystem
Carolina Duek

Meet me at the Coconut Gate at 8.30: ‘Mikmak’ as a Site of Socialisation
David Levin, Sharon Ramer Biel

The Efficiency of Regulation and Self-regulation: Croatian Media’s Protection of Children’s Rights (2008 – 2012)
Lana Ciboci, Igor Kanižaj, Danijel Labaš

More Technology, Better Childhoods? The Case of the Portuguese ‘One Laptop per Child’ Programme
Sara Pereira

2014 | Action Number: IS0906

Special journal issue on Histories of media(ted) participation

This special issue takes on the challenge to combine historical research with the study of participatory media, and participation in/through the media. The attention spent on the notion of participation has oscillated over time and within different academic disciplines and societal fields. In recent years, we can see a hopeful celebration of the capacities on online technologies to facilitate (or even embody) participatory practices. Reflections on these ‘new’ technologies in many cases have led to formulations of strong claims to novelty and uniqueness, in combination with processes of amnesia in relation to the societal roles of old media technologies. As Ekström et al. (2011: 4) write: “by overstating the newness of participatory media, the history of audience activity [and media participation] is made invisible and the present elusively vague.” Apart from the need for historical research for its own sake, and the need to show the complexities and differences over time by going back to periods “when old technologies where new” – to quote Marvin’s (1988) book title – historical research is also very necessary to compensate for the mythologies of novelty that characterize contemporary reflections about ‘new’ – or better: online – media. Today’s digital media landscape is of course in constant evolution, and it is important to understand how its patterns of development, not least in regard to its political economy, technical architecture, and socio-cultural usage, embody built-in contingencies that both engender and delimit its efficacy for democratic participation. This special issue contains 6 articles that, each in their own ways, demonstrate the complexities, fluidities and limitations of specific participatory practices, located in the past and present, and the interconnections between different societal fields, such as the technological, the cultural, the political and the journalistic.

Table of Contents

Histories of media(ted) participation: An introduction (p. 7–14)
Nico Carpentier, Peter Dahlgren

Fighting for a regime change through active listening (p. 15–34)
Nelson Ribeiro

For an archeology of online participatory literary writing: Hypertext and hyperfiction (p. 35–54)
Francesca Pasquali

Wrong turns towards revolution? Grassroots media and political participation in Italy (1967-2012) (p. 55–78)
Fausto Colombo

Propaganda, critical media literacy and participation: Tracing memories of the Soviet media (p. 79–104)
Natalija Mažeikiene, Kristina Juraite

The tales of the three digital cities of Amsterdam: The application of ICT for social and political participation (p. 105–130)
Dennis Beckers, Peter van den Besselaar

Historicising the journalist–audience relationships in the internet era: A case study of the Slovenian newspaper Delo (p. 131–156)
Igor Vobic

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