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Message posted on 12/12/2019

Reminder: Call for Papers - The role of online videos for the communication of science and research - Deadline for Abstracts: 1 January 2020

                Dear Colleagues,
<br>Asheley R. Landrum (Texas Tech University) and I are curating a Research Topic
<br>on the use of online videos for science and research communication for
<br>Frontiers publishers.
<br>We are looking for papers to be published in the following journals:
<br>       Frontiers in Communication
<br>Section - Science and Environmental Communication
<br>       Frontiers in Environmental Science
<br>Section - Science and Environmental Communication
<br>       Frontiers in Human Dynamics
<br>Section - Digital Impacts
<br>If the Research Topic receives at least 10 contributions, Frontiers will
<br>produce an additional e-book of the collection once all of the manuscripts
<br>have completed the review process.
<br>Submission of Abstracts are due 1 January 2020.
<br>Full Manuscripts are due 1 July 2020.
<br>Please submit abstracts and full manuscripts at
<br>Frontiers publications are available open access. Fee Waivers are available
<br>for this Research Topic.
<br>I include more information about our research topic below. Please also visit
<br>Joachim Allgaier
<br>New Directions in Science and Environmental Communication: Understanding the
<br>Role of Online Video-Sharing and Online Video-Sharing Platforms for  Science
<br>and Research Communication
<br>In this Research Topic we are interested in the impact of online
<br>video-sharing on the public communication of science and the  environment, but
<br>also on intra-scientific communication and practice.  The online video format
<br>has great potential for science and  environmental communication, but there
<br>are also potential problems and  pitfalls that need to be reflected. We are
<br>interested in the role of online video-sharing platforms, such as YouTube,
<br>Vimeo and others, for  the public communication of science and research.
<br>We are looking for various perspectives on the production of online videos,
<br>i.e. who creates and uploads videos with scientific and  environmental
<br>contents and what are the intentions and purposes of these videos? What are
<br>the differences and similarities between professional, amateur, institutional
<br>and other actors who produce online videos? How do the different creators of
<br>videos about science and the environment legitimize themselves and what
<br>audiences do they want to reach and for  what reasons? What are the
<br>differences in practices and intentions of  journalists, YouTubers,
<br>scientists, scientific institutions and others  when it comes to online
<br>Which scientific and environmental topics and what kinds of research and
<br>knowledge are represented in publicly available online videos and which  are
<br>not? Are there certain scientific disciplines that use online videos for
<br>public and/ or intra-scientific communication more often than others? What
<br>kind of video formats, genres, videographic styles etc. are  most successful,
<br>widespread and adequate for science and environmental  communication? How can
<br>the quality of scientific online videos be  assessed? What role do
<br>misinformation, disinformation and conspiracy  theories play in online videos
<br>about scientific and environmental topics  and what could be done to
<br>successfully counteract erroneous and  problematic video content? Can
<br>differences concerning topics, frames or  aesthetic aspects be found and
<br>analyzed, and if so how? What are the differences between the online videos of
<br>professional, amateur,  institutional and other user/ producer cultures? Are
<br>there differences  in the online videos from diverse geographical locations,
<br>languages and disciplinary communities?
<br>Audiences, reception and communities
<br>How are online videos on science and the environment perceived by various
<br>audiences? Do scientists and researchers also make use of the  online-video
<br>format, and if so, how and why? How do different audiences make sense of the
<br>online videos they are watching and how do they affect perceptions, knowledge
<br>and attitudes? How do different users seek and find online videos about
<br>science and the environment and how do they  assess the credibility of the
<br>videos? What communities emerge around specific video channels featuring
<br>science and environmental online videos and how do various audiences/
<br>communities and video creators  interact? What is the role of specific online
<br>video-sharing platforms  for the dissemination, recommendation and practices
<br>of environmental and  science communication via online video?
<br>Methodological innovations
<br>What quantitative, qualitative, computational and other methods could be used
<br>to study scientific and environmental online-videos and practices  of online
<br>Practical perspectives
<br>We are  also interested in perspectives of online video practitioners or
<br>researchers and others who experimented with online videos for science and
<br>environmental communication. We also welcome case studies and the experiences
<br>of science YouTubers and experience reports of exchanges with scientists,
<br>scientific institutions, journalists, filmmakers and others who use online
<br>videos for environmental and science communication.
<br>We are looking for various types of contributions and articles types that
<br>address these and related questions and issues.
<br>Article types
<br>Frontiers in Communication: Section - Science and Environmental Communication
<br>Frontiers in Environmental Sciences: Section - Science and Environmental
<br>Frontiers in Human Dynamics: Section - Digital Impacts
<br>PS: If you are interested in science/environmental communication on YouTube
<br>these links might also be of interest:
<br>Allgaier, J. (2019): Science and Environmental Communication on YouTube:
<br>Strategically Distorted Communications in Online Videos on Climate Change and
<br>Climate Engineering. Frontiers in Communication, 4:36. doi:
<br>Science communication online: The influence of YouTube and the youtubing of
<br>YouTube  Fix Your AI for Climate Change! An Invitation to an Open Dialogue
<br>Climate Protection Policy in Germany: YouTubers and Scientists united against
<br>the Government?
<br>Dr. Joachim Allgaier
<br>Senior Researcher
<br>Human Technology Center (HumTec)
<br>Chair of Society and Technology
<br>RWTH Aachen University
<br>Theaterplatz 14 /Raum 235
<br>52062 Aachen /Germany
<br>Twitter: @JoachimAllgaier
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