Emerald Studies in Media and Communications


Emerald Studies in Media and Communications (SIMC) is sponsored by the Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association: CITAMS. The series is edited by co-editors: Laura Robinson, Shelia Cotten, and Jeremy Schulz, along with seniors editors Apryl Williams, Timothy Hale, John Baldwin, and Heloisa Pait. Each year, two volumes are published that capitalize on the series’ sponsorship by CITAMS. The annual volumes are highlighted at the CITAMS business meeting. For more information on volumes published with section sponsorship and calls for submissions, see: http://www.emeraldmediastudies.com/


Current Calls (Deadline February 12, 2018)


This special anniversary volume commemorates the 30th anniversary of the CITAMS section. Submissions are welcome that explore any topic relevant to the thirty-year section history or the future of the section in years to come. Topics include but are not limited to communication, information technologies, and media sociology.

Theorizing the Digital: Social Theory and Digital Culture

We welcome submissions using a wide variety of data and analytic techniques, assuming they are rigorously employed.  We also welcome theoretical submissions, assuming they focus squarely on the topic of the volume. Methodological papers will be considered as long as they are grounded in theoretical concerns. The scope of the volume is wide and includes application of classical and contemporary theorists in media contexts. Any topic that engages the volume’s theme is welcome. Potential topics could include: ethics, practices, and politics of “big data”; self, identity, and community; privacy, publicity and surveillance; personal and algorithmic patterns of curation; social network formation, maintenance, and change; news and (dis)information; visual representations; memes and virality; politics; mediated embodiment, etc.

Power, Media, and Everyday Life: Expanding the Intersectional

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. The scope of this volume is wide, as it aims to contribute phenomenological and epistemic knowledge to the growing field of intersectionality. Submissions are welcome on any topics that speak to intersectionality as it relates to media including gender, race/ethnicity, class, sexuality, and ability. In addition, we are also especially interested in papers that expand and broaden the discourse of intersectionality vis-à-vis media to include: Parenthood, Community, Religion, Nationality, Immigration, Language, Political Association, Aging, etc.

Details on the series here. Details on calls and submissions here.


Submissions Deadline February 12, 2018 to editorial@emeraldmediastudies.com

Submissions should be approximately 7,000-10,000 in length inclusive of abstract, references, and notes. American or British spelling may be used. All submissions must include 1) title of manuscript, 2) abstract up to 250 words, and 3) up to 6 keywords, 4)  main text with headings, 5) references, and 6) as appropriate to the submission appendices, images, figures, and/or tables. While no special formatting is requested at the outset, upon acceptance authors must gain all permissions and format their manuscripts in accordance with the series’ guidelines. Submissions may be considered for either volume.

For initial submissions, follow these four steps or the submission may not be considered:

  1. Prepare two versions of the submission: 1) PDF for anonymous review and 2) Word with author info.
  2. Use the title of the submission when naming your copies of your submissions in both Word and PDF.
  3. ​Put the title of the submission and your volume preference in the subject line of your email.
  4. Email both copies of the submission in a single email to editorial@emeraldmediastudies.com

Anonymized Review Copy in PDF

Title of the submission + Anonymized (example: “Submission Title Anonymized”)

Remove any author information and affiliations and save doc as PDF

Editorial Copy in Word

Title of the submission + Editorial (example: “Submission Title Editorial”)

In a Word document, include all elements above, as well as a title page with all author names, emails, and bios of up to 250 words.

Please address any questions to: editorial@emeraldmediastudies.com.

Volumes Sponsored by CITAMS (2014-Present)

e-Health: Current Evidence, Promises, Perils, and Future Directions

Social Movements and Media

Brazil: Media From the Country of the Future

ICTs and the Politics of Inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean

[New] Media Cultures

Digital Distinctions & Inequalities

Politics, Participation, and Production

Doing and Being Digital: Mediated Childhoods



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