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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Health Communication

For a Special Issue on
Social Norms in Health Communication Scholarship

Manuscript deadline
01 March 2023

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Rajiv N. Rimal, Johns Hopkins University
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Maria Knight Lapinski, Michigan State University
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Social Norms in Health Communication Scholarship

Research on social norms continues to expand rapidly, fueled in recent years by our desire to understand the roles that social influence processes play in people’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is in keeping with the rapid growth in social norms research our field has seen in many other domains that affect people’s health and well-being.

In this special issue of Health Communication, we invite scholarship at the intersection of social norms and health. Many other fields of inquiry, in addition to Communication, invest significant scholarly resources to understand, document, and expand our conceptual understanding about how social norms are manifest in society, how they evolve over time, and how they influence people’s attitudes and behaviors. We welcome all perspectives in this special issue, as long as communication processes and human health remain a primary focus of the scholarship, given the focus of the journal, Health Communication, where this work will be published.

We are particularly interested in papers that improve our conceptual understanding of social norms while also promoting health and well-being. Listed below are some of the perspectives that would fit well within the scope of the special issue:

• Use of social norms perspectives and concepts in health interventions
• Cultural variations in how social norms are understood, formulated, and acted upon to affect health
• Understanding causal mechanisms in normative influences on health behaviors
• The role of social norms in affecting health equity, health disparities, or social justice

We are working under a condensed timeline, seeking to publish the special issue in the last quarter of 2023. We seek manuscripts and reviewers. Manuscript submission guidelines are listed below.

Guest Reviewers
We welcome reviewers from a broad range of backgrounds, disciplines, and expertise. We are particularly interested in reviewers whose work lies at the intersection of social norms, communication, and health. We ask reviewers to provide reviews within three weeks. Reviewers will be specifically acknowledged in the special issue. If interested in reviewing, please send an email to Rajiv Rimal ([email protected]) or Maria Lapinski ([email protected]u).

Submission Instructions

When submitting your manuscript, please indicate the paper is for the special issue on "Social Norms in Health Communication Scholarship"

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