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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Journal of Communication in Healthcare

For a Special Issue on
The Science of Trust Initiative - Building and Restoring Trust in Science and Health Information across Patient, Community and Population Settings

Manuscript deadline
26 February 2023

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Renata Schiavo, PhD, MA, CCL, Editor-in-Chief; and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Department of Sociomedical Sciences; and Health Equity Initiative; and Strategies for Equity and Communication Impact (SECI)

Wen-Ying Sylvia Chou, PhD, MPH, National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Health (NIH)

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The Science of Trust Initiative - Building and Restoring Trust in Science and Health Information across Patient, Community and Population Settings

Call for Papers

“Trust is among the most important factors in human life, as it pervades’ all domains of society [1] and related decision-making processes. This includes people’s trust in science, and in clinical and public health solutions. Unequivocally, community and patient trust are foundational to the adoption and maintenance of health-related behaviors, social norms, and policies. Yet, trust has to be earned and developed over time and through multiple interactions.”  (Schiavo, Eyal, Obregon, Quinn, Riess, and Boston-Fisher, 2022)


As the COVID-19 pandemic and the widespread phenomenon of vaccine hesitancy have further demonstrated, it’s time to start taking the public’s declining faith in science seriously—or face more upheaval to come.  Moreover, issues with trust and misinformation well precede the pandemic. Over time,  misinformation and mistrust in evidence-driven sources “have been fueling social discrimination against many groups as well as the pervasive stigma toward mental health issues, obesity, and other medical conditions.” (Schiavo, 2022)


With this call for papers, the Journal of Communication in Healthcare: Strategies, Media, and Engagement in Global Health, a leading peer-reviewed journal published by Taylor & Francis, seeks to solicit diverse perspectives and build a robust evidence base on this issue. This special issue of the Journal is one of several activities being planned as part of JCIH Science of Trust Initiative.


As we believe in the need for a multisectoral, and equity- and community-driven approach to health communication, we are specifically interested in submissions related to the science of trust that focus on interdisciplinary collaborations to promote social, policy, and/or behavioral change, address key root causes of health inequities, and can help forge the path forward for building and fostering trust.


This special issue will explore topics across different health communication areas, including patient-provider communication, advocacy, policy communication, community-based communication, community and/or patient engagement, professional clinical communication, online and social media communication, risk communication, and cross-cultural health communication, among others.  We seek to include research studies and evidence-based experiences from the fields of healthcare, medicine, public health, global health, communication, international development, and social and behavioral sciences.


Sample topics include but are not limited to:

  • The multiple dimensions of trust and their contributing factors
  • How trust manifests across different aspects of an intervention (e.g., trust in the organizations leading the intervention, in the specific program, in the people responsible for immunizing community members, etc.), as well as identifying key elements contributing to trust at such different levels
  • The concepts of “trust” and “trustworthiness” as operationalized at the organizational, community, or interpersonal levels.
  • Mistrust and distrust across different levels (e.g., within individual relations, community relations, systems, services, etc.).
  • How trust is sustained and nurtured over time
  • The social, cultural, economic, and political determinants of trust and trustworthiness as specific to different communities and groups, including how these shape social interactions on health issues
  • How people make decisions about who and what to trust when it comes to health-related decisions
  • The impact of misinformation on trust in science, including the relationship between misinformation and trust
  • Trust-centered strategies to build resilience to health and science misinformation among different groups and communities
  • How patient groups, communities, and their leaders can actively inform the design, implementation, and evaluation of communication interventions and policies to address trust/mistrust and build resilience to misinformation
  • The impact of community and patient engagement on trust and trustworthiness
  • Behaviors (e.g., being personal, being transparent, listening well and/or with empathy) that elicit or demonstrate trust in healthcare, medical and public health settings, and how these can inform communication interventions.
  • Understanding and addressing how the deliberate spread of conspiracy theories, myths and rumors undermines trust and/or sows distrust in science.
  • The impact of misinformation - as disseminated via social media and within patient and community settings – on health and wellbeing decisions
  • How trust-based and relationship/person- or community-centered approaches can help address existing health, racial and social inequities.

Some of the above topics emerged from a roundtable discussion organized by JCIH in July 2022 (See Schiavo, Eyal, Obregon, Quinn, Riess, and Boston-Fisher, 2022, for the roundtable proceedings)


While we are aware of the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on many aspects of trust,  we welcome submission not only on COVID-19 but also on other health topics beyond COVID-19.

Deadline for submission: February 26, 2023

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