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Cyberbullying in Asia and Pacific: Its Nature and Impact

Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development Special Issue Call for Papers

Deadline: 31 December 2019

Cyberbullying is a serious problem that confronts many young people of today’s society. Although technology has granted us with the convenience of connecting with one another, it has also resulted in rampant misuse such as engaging in bullying behaviors due to the perceived sense of anonymity (Barlett, Gentile, & Chew, 2016). Unlike traditional bullying, cyberbullying potentially poses as a greater threat, given the wide scope of damage that could be done once media materials that were intended to shame/humiliate victims are being posted online. Conflicts are no longer being contained between the bully and victim. Rather, victims become vulnerable to the scrutiny of the whole Internet community – which may further compound the bullying effect by circulating the materials or posting hurtful comments. Although empirical research on cyberbullying has been growing in social science disciplines within the past decade, it is still a fairly under-studied phenomenon, particularly in non-Western societies such as Asia and Pacific. The special issue of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development will contribute to social work researchers, practitioners, and policymakers in developing and implementing effective prevention and intervention programmes which aims to effectively address cyberbullying and enhance well-being of children and adolescents.

The purpose of the Special Issue, “Cyberbullying in Asia and Pacific: Its Nature and Impact” is to solicit high quality research papers focusing on Asia and Pacific to provide innovative approaches on cyberbullying and its relevant behavioural, psychological and health concerns. This special issue will consider empirical studies (e.g., quantitative/qualitative studies, experimental studies, programme evaluation studies). Reviews, commentaries, letter to the editor, and book reviews will not be considered for the Special Issue.

The APJSWD journal invites submissions of abstracts. All Special Issue submissions will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review procedures, and authors need to be aware that submitting an (invited) manuscript does not automatically guarantee acceptance.

Criteria for Selection: The articles should meet the following criteria.

  • Focus: cyberbullying – bullying, victimisation, and witness through any kinds of information and communication technologies (ICT) in Asia and Pacific
  • Methods: Quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods. Intervention and programme evaluations. Primary and secondary data are both considered
  • Types of Study: Cross-sectional and/or longitudinal studies from one or more countries/regions in Asia and Pacific
  • Target Population (suggested age population but are not limited to): Children, adolescents, and emerging adults
  • Geographic Focus: Research that has been carried out in Asia and Pacific
  • Implications: Research/practice/policy implications need to be included

Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development

Language: en-UK

Publisher: Routledge

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Submission guidelines

Submission Timeline & Deadlines

  • Call for papers: 22 July 2019
  • Deadline for short abstracts: 15 August 2019
  • Decision made: 15 September 2019
  • Deadline for full manuscript submitted: 31 December 2019

Please send a short abstract (1-2 pages) of your proposed contribution to the guest editors, Dr. Lee Jungup (swklj@nus.edu.sg), Dr. Yi-Ping Hsieh (yiping.hsieh@und.edu), and Dr. Robert Thornberg (robert.thornberg@liu.se) by 15 August 2019.

After initial review of the proposals, the selected authors will be contacted by 15 September 2019 and are expected to submit a full manuscript by 31 December 2019.

The journal editors plan for this issue to be published the third issue of 2020.

Authors who are interested in this special issue are strongly encouraged to consult with the guest editors as to whether their topic would be appropriate. Inquiries regarding the manuscript for the Special Issue should be directed to Dr. Lee Jungup (swklj@nus.edu.sg).


Editorial Information

Guest Editors:

Dr. Lee Jungup, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Dr. Yi-Ping Hsieh, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, University of North Dakota, USA

Dr. Robert Thornberg, Professor, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Linköping University, Sweden

Published on 22nd July. Last updated on 22nd July.