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Studies in Media and Communications

Call for Submissions to Volume 15

Volume 15: Social Movements and Media
Editors: Jennifer Earl and Deana Rohlinger
Submission Deadline: November 15, 2016 (Anticipated Publication: March 2018)
Submission and Correspondence Email: [email protected]

Studies in Media and Communications is inviting submissions of original, unpublished papers for Volume 15 on social movements and media. Entitled Social Movements and Media, the volume will be published in March 2018. The submission deadline is November 15, 2016.

This volume will focus on “new” and “old” media and social movements. We encourage submissions on the relationship between older media (e.g., newspapers, books, music, radio and network and cable television) and/or “new” media (e.g., the Web, social media) and social movements, activism, protest, and/or movement-relevant political communication. We welcome submissions using a wide variety of data and analytic techniques, assuming they are rigorously employed, and theoretical or methodological submissions, assuming they focus squarely on the topic of the volume.

Submission Guidelines for Volume 15

Submissions should be 8,000-9,000 words or less in length inclusive of abstract, references, and notes. American or British spelling may be used. While no special formatting is requested at the outset, upon acceptance authors must format their manuscripts in accordance with the series' guidelines

Volume 15 Timeline

November 15, 2016: initial submission due
April, 2017: initial decisions
July, 2017: final manuscript decisions
November, 2017: production
March, 2018: publication

Follow these instructions to submit a manuscript by email  to [email protected].

  1. Put the word “submission” and the title of your submission in the subject line and body of your email

  2. Include
    1. title of manuscript
    2. 250-word abstract
    3. between 3-6 keywords
  3. Provide an anonymous review copy of your manuscript in PDF format without any author information.
  4. Provide an editorial review copy of your manuscript in word format with a cover page including:
    1. all author names
    2. all authors’ contact emails
    3. all author affiliations
    4. all author bios (up to 250 words)
  5. Please use the following naming conventions when naming review files:
    1. For the anonymous version: , anon.pdf” e.g., “Earl, anon.pdf.” The editors will rename this before it is sent out for review but the authors should have reviewed all identifying information from the PDF and file properties (e.g., name) before submitting.
    2. For the editor’s version: , editor.pdf” e.g., “Earl, anon.pdf”
  6. Fill out and submit the Social Movements and Media volume submission form which is located at
  7. After filling out the submission form, email both manuscript copes to [email protected]

Contributions will be peer-reviewed through editorial screening and anonymous refereeing by external reviewers. For more information, please email: [email protected].

About Volume 15 Editors

Jennifer Earl

Jennifer Earl is a Professor of Sociology and Government and Public Policy (by courtesy) at the University of Arizona. She is Director Emeritus of the Center for Information Technology and Society and Director Emeritus of the Technology and Society PhD Emphasis, both at University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on social movements, information technologies, and the sociology of law, with research emphases on Internet activism, social movement repression, and legal change. She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for research from 2006-2011 on Web activism. She is also a member of the MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics. She has published widely, including an MIT Press book, co-authored with Katrina Kimport, entitled Digitally Enabled Social Change, which examines how the use of Internet affordances are reshaping the basic dynamics of protest online

Deana Rohlinger

Deana Rohlinger is a Professor of Sociology and research associate in the Pepper Institute for Aging and Public Policy at Florida State University. Her research focuses on social movements, mass media, political participation, and American politics, with research emphases on how activists use “new” and “old” media to affect social and political change. She is the author of Abortion Politics, Mass Media, and Social Movements in America (Cambridge University Press), which illuminates the dilemmas activists face when using mass media to forward their political goals, as well as dozens of research articles and scholarly chapters. Rohlinger has appeared on numerous radio and TV programs and written commentary for U.S. News & World Report, Fortune, and The American Prospect.