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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Review of Communication

For a Special Issue on
Pandemic Communication

Manuscript deadline
01 August 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Stephen Croucher, Massey University
[email protected]

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Pandemic Communication

In published research, pandemics have typically been discussed piecemeal, as case studies applying traditional theories of communication to identify best practices to mitigate risk, share information, manage disinformation, or provide instructions to the public for protective behaviors. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has offered clear evidence that piecemeal approaches to communication cost lives. Moreover, the fields of crisis and disaster communication have provided 20 years of evidence that the ‘crisis context’ is unique and that communication needs are fundamentally unique compared to non-crisis contexts. Yet the lessons learned from research and practice during pandemics also suggest that while the pandemic context shares common elements to crisis and disaster communication, it is also unique. As such, it has revealed that existing theories, models, and constructs may not adequately capture the effects of a pandemic on communication processes.

Increasingly researchers have been conducting research during the COVID-19 pandemic and finding that how people communicate in interpersonal, intergroup, organisational and in other communicative contexts differs compared to non-pandemic and other crisis contexts. Thus, this themed issue asks us as a discipline to explore communication within pandemics and further establish a research agenda for the future of this emerging discipline. The following topics are of particular interest when considering Pandemic Communication:

  • What does Pandemic Communication look like as a discipline?
  • How does a pandemic infuence our methods?
  • Case studies on how communication processes, behaviors, attitudes, etc. Have been impacted during the COVID-19 or other pandemics
  • Historical analyses of pandemics and communication
  • The psychology of pandemics
  • Media coverage of pandemics
  • Crisis communication and response to pandemics
  • Power and pandemics
  • Rhetoric of pandemics

Submission Instructions

Completed manuscripts be submitted no later than August 1, 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 be submitted electronically through the Review of Communication submission site: https://rp.tandfonline.com/submission/create?journalCode=RROC

Authors should identify which themed call their paper is responding to by selecting the relevant drop-down option in ScholarOne.

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