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CAPs Call for Special Issue Proposals


Communication and the Public invites scholars to submit their proposals for a Special Issue. The purpose of this Special Issue is to collect articles on a specific topic that the journal has not substantially covered already. As such, the Special Issue could potentially be of great interest to our readers. Communication and the Public is an international peer-reviewed journal that publishes both theoretical and empirical research articles in the broadly defined intersections of communication and the public. In 2022, the Journal has just received its first Impact Factor of 3.6, a very impressive showing. From the 3rd issue of 2023 and on, the Journal will make all published articles available OA immediately thanks to the generous support of Zhejiang University. Recently, a Special Issue is dedicated to The Information Warfare in the Era of Social Media: the Case of the Russian-Ukrainian Crisis, and another one drawing on best student papers from the popular media & culture division of International Communication Association is coming up in December, 2023.


The Journal continues to welcome submissions addressing communication analysis utilizing a range of qualitative and quantitative techniques. We particularly encourage guest editors and authors to contribute their unique thoughts and methods to this Special Issue, which also provides a new vehicle for emerging scholars, with a focus on, but not limited to, graduate students, instructors, postdoctoral scholars, assistant professors, and independent scholars. The Special Issue will once again feature contributions from researchers across the globe. Peer review will be rigorously applied to all articles. Please review the following guidelines for submissions to this Special Issue.


The proposals should include:

· A title for the Special Issue

· Rationale of 1 to 2 pages explaining the proposed special issues focus, significance, novelty, method, and adherence to the scope of the journal. Proposals for a Special Issue should demonstrate a well-articulated and forward-looking idea that could stimulate the publication of a series of excellent papers.

· A plan and timeline for the preparation of the Special Issue.

· A one-page brief CV of the proposed guest editors, including their names, emails, affiliations, and areas of expertise.

· A list of potential contributors and the titles of their manuscripts for this Special Issue, if applicable.


Further information for guest editors:

· The proposal can be submitted by email (communication-public@zju.edu.cn). A decision regarding the proposal will be made within 30 days upon the submission of the proposal.

· The maximum length of a paper is 9,000 words including references, tables, and figures. The provision of access to data is encouraged.

· Guest editors manage the peer review process and typically write an introductory essay for the special issue. In the case that guest editors appear as a co-author of one paper; the CAP editorial team will arrange its review. And a typical peer-review process operates like the following:  


Extended abstracts

Full draft invitations and rejection notifications

Full paper submission

Full paper decisions

Full paper revisions

Final acceptancerejection decisions

Special Issue publication


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Communication and the Public

Issue 3, 2023, Executive Summary




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