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

Dear Colleagues,

Asheley R. Landrum (Texas Tech University) and I are curating a Research Topic
on the use of online videos for science and research communication for
Frontiers publishers.

We are looking for papers to be published in the following journals:
Frontiers in Communication
Section - Science and Environmental Communication
Frontiers in Environmental Science
Section - Science and Environmental Communication
Frontiers in Human Dynamics
Section - Digital Impacts

If the Research Topic receives at least 10 contributions, Frontiers will
produce an additional e-book of the collection once all of the manuscripts
have completed the review process.

Submission of Abstracts are due 1 January 2020.
Full Manuscripts are due 1 July 2020.

Please submit abstracts and full manuscripts at

Frontiers publications are available open access. Fee Waivers are available
for this Research Topic.

I include more information about our research topic below. Please also visit


Joachim Allgaier

New Directions in Science and Environmental Communication: Understanding the
Role of Online Video-Sharing and Online Video-Sharing Platforms for Science
and Research Communication


In this Research Topic we are interested in the impact of online
video-sharing on the public communication of science and the environment, but
also on intra-scientific communication and practice. The online video format
has great potential for science and environmental communication, but there
are also potential problems and pitfalls that need to be reflected. We are
interested in the role of online video-sharing platforms, such as YouTube,
Vimeo and others, for the public communication of science and research.


We are looking for various perspectives on the production of online videos,
i.e. who creates and uploads videos with scientific and environmental
contents and what are the intentions and purposes of these videos? What are
the differences and similarities between professional, amateur, institutional
and other actors who produce online videos? How do the different creators of
videos about science and the environment legitimize themselves and what
audiences do they want to reach and for what reasons? What are the
differences in practices and intentions of journalists, YouTubers,
scientists, scientific institutions and others when it comes to online


Which scientific and environmental topics and what kinds of research and
knowledge are represented in publicly available online videos and which are
not? Are there certain scientific disciplines that use online videos for
public and/ or intra-scientific communication more often than others? What
kind of video formats, genres, videographic styles etc. are most successful,
widespread and adequate for science and environmental communication? How can
the quality of scientific online videos be assessed? What role do
misinformation, disinformation and conspiracy theories play in online videos
about scientific and environmental topics and what could be done to
successfully counteract erroneous and problematic video content? Can
differences concerning topics, frames or aesthetic aspects be found and
analyzed, and if so how? What are the differences between the online videos of
professional, amateur, institutional and other user/ producer cultures? Are
there differences in the online videos from diverse geographical locations,
languages and disciplinary communities?

Audiences, reception and communities

How are online videos on science and the environment perceived by various
audiences? Do scientists and researchers also make use of the online-video
format, and if so, how and why? How do different audiences make sense of the
online videos they are watching and how do they affect perceptions, knowledge
and attitudes? How do different users seek and find online videos about
science and the environment and how do they assess the credibility of the
videos? What communities emerge around specific video channels featuring
science and environmental online videos and how do various audiences/
communities and video creators interact? What is the role of specific online
video-sharing platforms for the dissemination, recommendation and practices
of environmental and science communication via online video?

Methodological innovations

What quantitative, qualitative, computational and other methods could be used
to study scientific and environmental online-videos and practices of online

Practical perspectives

We are also interested in perspectives of online video practitioners or
researchers and others who experimented with online videos for science and
environmental communication. We also welcome case studies and the experiences
of science YouTubers and experience reports of exchanges with scientists,
scientific institutions, journalists, filmmakers and others who use online
videos for environmental and science communication.

We are looking for various types of contributions and articles types that
address these and related questions and issues.

Article types

Frontiers in Communication: Section - Science and Environmental Communication

Frontiers in Environmental Sciences: Section - Science and Environmental

Frontiers in Human Dynamics: Section - Digital Impacts

PS: If you are interested in science/environmental communication on YouTube
these links might also be of interest:

Allgaier, J. (2019): Science and Environmental Communication on YouTube:
Strategically Distorted Communications in Online Videos on Climate Change and
Climate Engineering. Frontiers in Communication, 4:36. doi:

Science communication online: The influence of YouTube and the youtubing of

YouTube Fix Your AI for Climate Change! An Invitation to an Open Dialogue

Climate Protection Policy in Germany: YouTubers and Scientists united against
the Government?

Dr. Joachim Allgaier
Senior Researcher
Human Technology Center (HumTec)
Chair of Society and Technology
RWTH Aachen University
Theaterplatz 14 /Raum 235
52062 Aachen /Germany

Twitter: @JoachimAllgaier
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