Open Issue on Historical Communication and Media Sciences

/Open Issue/on historical communication and media sciences

/medien & zeit/

Deadline (extended abstracts): March 31, 2023

Edited by Erik Koenen (University of Bremen), Christina Krakovsky (Austrian Academy of Sciences | Alpen-Adria-Universität), Mike Meißner (University of Fribourg), Hendrik Michael (University of Bamberg), guest edited by Anna Wagner (University of Bielefeld)

We are seeking contributions for an open issue of medien & zeit exploring a wide range of topics related to historical communication and media sciences. medien & zeitSComS is a peer-reviewed journal of communication and media research with open-access (no article processing charges).

In 2023, the Open Issue invites you to contribute articles in German or English from the whole range of historical communication and media sciences. Articles can present scientific results as well as discuss methodological and theoretical questions and concepts of historical communication science. The submitted article has to be an initial publication, not published or designated to be published elsewhere. After being checked for formal criteria and an initial examination of the content, each submission to the Open Issue is put through peer review process (APA-Style 7th Edition;

Exemplary subject areas for individual analyses, case studies or overarching approaches are:

  • History of communication studies
  • Methods and theories of communication history
  • History and development of individual media and media genres (e.g., radio, television, photography, online media, music media)
  • History of journalism (institutions, formats, genres, individuals)
  • History of communication and media policy (institutions, processes, persons)
  • History of media production and reception
  • History of media technologies
  • Change of public spheres

Submissions are welcome in English or German. Submitted extended abstracts (max. 10,000 characters including spaces, excluding notes and references, and a descriptive title in an Open Office or MS Word file) outlining a prospective contribution will be reviewed by the editors and the guest editor of the issue. On this basis, authors will be invited to submit full papers (max. 7,000 words including title, abstract, keywords, tables, figures, and bibliography). All full papers will be peer-reviewed. In a possible revision phase after the peer review, authors can extend the length of the article to a maximum of 8,000 words, taking into account the suggestions of the reviewers and editors. medien & zeit is fully open access and does not charge its authors any fees for editing the articles.

For any further information please contact Mike Meißner ((mike.meissner /at/

Key dates

Submission of extended abstracts: March 31, 2023

Recommendation for acceptance or rejection in principle: by the end of April 2023.

Submission of Full Papers: July 31, 2023

Publication of issue: earliest in issue 2 of 2023

Please send submissions to (cfp /at/