New Trends in Communication Research

Description and Thematic Areas: Research in the field of communication has been characterised by its multidisciplinary approach; resulting in multiple schools, traditions, and approaches, and therefore, in a series of objects of study and research results with great diversity and, on occasion, a high level of dispersion as one of its main features.

On the other hand, there has been a key transformation in this field in recent decades with an exponential increase in scientific production and greater international collaboration between authors. Changes in communication education have had a lot to do with this change, with a highly significant increase in the educational offering together with changes in the regulation of access to teaching careers in Spain, which have influenced, and continue to influence, research development.

Accordingly, this monograph reflects the new challenges and opportunities research is facing in the field of communication and, specifically, the challenge of consolidating a unique identity, which are reflections we consider necessary. This is a panorama in which issues such as education, specialisation, globalisation, gender differences/perspectives, and ethical debates, among others, take on special relevance.

Nor should we lose sight of the structural aspects that determine the evaluation or funding criteria, nor the regulatory framework, which ultimately influence research development in this field. At the same time, this monograph aims to focus on the new trends observed in communication research that aspires to consolidate themselves as objects of study. This approach is carried out from a three-fold perspective: concepts, media and approaches.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Scientific publication in communication: Does it have a unique personality, or is it an imitation of other disciplines?
  • The role of academic journals in communication research
  • Research in specialised areas of communication
  • Teaching in the communication field and its investigation
  • Ethical debates in communication research
  • Communication research beyond the Anglo-Saxon realm: perspectives and contexts from the southern part of the world– Latin America, Africa, and other geographical areas
  • Gender differences and perspectives in communication research
  • Structural constraints of research. Policy, evaluation, funding and other factors
  • Challenges and weaknesses in communication research
  • Prospects and emerging approaches in communication research: new concepts, new media, and new theories.

DEADLINE: Article submissions will be due on March 31, 2021, with notifications of acceptance before September 30, 2021. Issue editors: Jesús Díaz (UNIR, Spain), Salvador Gómez (UVa, Spain) and Francisco Segado (UCM, Spain).

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