COVID-19 and Information

Call for papers for: Online Information Review

In the middle of the pandemic and following a deluge of information from a multitude of sources, we invite research articles and reflections on the relationship between the virus and information. 

We invite proposals for articles for a special issue of Online Information Review that discuss the global COVID-19 pandemic as a topic of information and communications studies.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Disinformation, misinformation and the information ecosystem in the pandemic
  • Scientometrics/bibliometric approaches to understanding the COVID-19 scientific literature
  • Shifts in attitudes/approaches to open data/open science
  • Online discourses and communication on the pandemic
  • Sociotechnical responses to the pandemic
  • Information and data ethics
  • Informational surveillance and privacy in and after the pandemic
  • Informational inequalities and their impact during the pandemic
  • Pandemic communication and social anxiety, fear and stigma
  • Normative and theoretical approaches to information and communication under conditions of social restriction

Authors interested in submitting a research article should send a 300-word abstract with references and a 150-word biography of the author(s) to Kalpana Shankar and Eugenia Siapera by May 25th. Authors whose proposals have been accepted will be notified by June 25th and full articles are due by the end of September. Full papers will go out for standard peer review. Only previously unpublished works will be considered. Given the global nature of the crisis, we seek theoretically and methodologically substantive contributions from around the world.

In addition to the special issue, OIR invites ongoing commentary articles and reflections on any aspect relating to Information and Communication Studies during the pandemic. We especially welcome commentaries and reflections on the shift to online learning; the impact of the pandemic on precarious researchers; the future of the field of information studies; reflections on organising and participating in virtual conferences; the pressures, expectations and outcomes in the Global South. 

Authors interested in submitting a commentary or reflection are invited to send their articles (between 2 and 4,000 words) to Kalpana Shankar ([email protected]) and Eugenia Siapera ([email protected]). We aim to publish commentaries on a rolling basis.