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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Review of Communication

For a Special Issue on
The Current State of Big Data in Communication Studies

Manuscript deadline
31 March 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Stephen M Croucher, Massey University
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The Current State of Big Data in Communication Studies

The Internet and Technological Age has brought an unprededented amount of data being produced, gathered, analysed, used, critiqued, and maintained in various ways. The Age of big data is upon us all. Big data, while not easily defined, is essentially a field of research that explores how to collect and systematically analyse and extract information from data sets that are too large to be processed using traditional data analytic techniques. Parks (2014) defined this movement as:

the analysis of large social networks (including online networks such as Twitter), automated data aggregation and mining, web and mobile analytics, visualization of large datasets, sentiment analysis/opinion mining, machine learning, natural language processing, and computer-assisted content analysis of very large datasets. (p. 355)

Big data offers many potential avenues for theoretical and methodological advancement in communication studies. There are a growing number of Big Data studies published each year in the field on health communication, politial communication, mass communication, journalism, digital studies, etc. While the use and Big Data in communication studies has increased, there are still methodological and theoretical questions to be addressed to better position Big Data within the discipline.

Thus, this themed issue asks us as a discipline to explore Big data in Communication Studies. Theoretical, methodological, empirical, review, critical, replication, and other forms of submissions are welcome. The following topics are of particular interest when considering Big Data in Communication Studies:

  • What does Big Data in Communication look like?
  • How does Big Data inform theory?
  • Big Data analytic techniques and models
  • Legal and Privacy issues with Big Data
  • What is the social or cultural significance of Big Data in Communication?
  • Validity and Reliability
  • Sampling
  • Data (access, quality, cost, etc.)
  • Big Data applied in Communication Studies

Submission Instructions

Completed manuscripts be submitted no later than March 31, 2022. All manuscripts should be prepared in Microsoft Word using a 12-point common font, double-spaced, no more than 6,000 words, exclusive of tables and figures. Manuscripts must adhere to 7th edition APA. Manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the Review of Communication submission site.

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