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[Commlist] Call for Papers: "Communication Dysfunctions and Social Threats Associated with Digital Social Platforms"

Fri Oct 13 16:04:28 GMT 2023

•Special Issue Call for Papers: "Communication Dysfunctions and Social Threats Associated with Digital Social Platforms"

Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760) is currently running a Special Issue entitled "Communication Dysfunctions and Social ThreatsAssociated with Digital Social Platforms", with Dr. Javier Jiménez Amores serving as the guest editor.

* Contributions to this special issue will not require any Article Processing Charges (APCs) from the authors. Guest Editor: Javier J. Amores ((javieramores /at/ <mailto:(javieramores /at/>)

Deadline: 31 October 2023 (will be extended until 15 November 2023)

View the full call here: <>

• The Call:

The new digital platforms have had numerous positive implications, but they have also generated new social threats, in addition to having aggravated some that already existed. Within digital environments, it is in social media where new communicationdysfunctions seem to have a greater presence and more serious consequences, due to immediacy, anonymity, global reach, andthe larger scale of communication processes. This new situation could seem positive because it favors participation and the free  and immediate transmission of information, something that could improve democratic processes. However, social networks seem to  be contributing especially to the deterioration of the quality and veracity of information, as well as empathic and pro-social  behaviors, and, with it, social peace and democratic quality. In fact, some authors consider that social media are becoming  less social every day (Bartlett et al., 2014). Undoubtedly, there are many accounts that misuse these new platforms, taking  advantage of their potential to spread hoaxes and/or toxic speech on a large scale, to promote confrontation and intolerance, or  even to directly harass and/or threaten other individuals or minorities groups. Behind some of these accounts, there are automated  bots (Shao et al., 2016), which manage to make their speeches go viral. However, the vast majority belong to real people who have antisocial and potentially criminal behaviours, often hiding behind fake accounts and acting like trolls.

All this has made some traditional social threats associated with communication processes now acquire a greater scope and a more worrying dimension (Miró Llinares, 2016). The main ones and more studied would be misinformation and fake news, hate speech and ideological and political polarization. However, these are not the only problems that take place in these social media, but in recent years new and even more worrying practices have proliferated that threaten the dignity and integrity of individuals and constitute a serious attack on coexistence. Some of these would be cyber-harassment, cyber-stalking, cyberbullying, sexting, sextortion or grooming, but they are not the only ones.

It is clear then that, even having innumerable positive implications for society, social media have allowed the proliferation and aggravation of many social problems that seriously threaten social peace. For this reason, it is necessary to rethink the use made of these platforms and develop new methods that help us identify, study and monitor these behaviors, as well as new strategies and solutions to control and counteract them.

This call seeks contributions that address these lines of action, from studies that analyze and describe the risks and threats related to social platforms and the main victims and affected groups to those that explore and review the main causes and implications, and, especially, those that raise new social and methodological strategies to combat them or lessen their most negative consequences.

* Contributions to this special issue will not require any Article Processing Charges (APCs) from the authorsinvited to this Special Issue (if approved for publication).

For detailed special issue info, please follow the link to the Special Issue Website: <>

•The Journal:

Social Sciences is fully open access. Open access (unlimited and free access by readers) increases publicity and promotes more frequent citations, as indicated by several studies. Open access is supported by the authors and their institutes.

The journal has recently received its first Impact Factor (1.7) for 2022, and is ranked 69/265 in the Social Science-Interdisciplinary category of the JCR. The last updated CiteScore of the journal is 3.2, Scopus = Q1 !

Social Sciences publishes on a wide range of disciplines including sociology, anthropology, political sciences and communication sciences.

•Submission deadline:

The submission deadline is 31 October 2023 (extended to 15 November 2023). Submitted papers should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Every submission should go through a thorough peer-review before acceptance. We also encourage authors to send a short abstract or tentative title to the Editorial Office in advance ((socsci /at/ <mailto:(socsci /at/>).


For further details on the submission process, please see the instructions for authors at the journal website ( <>).

Please do not hesitate to contact the journal or the guest editor for any further information or assistance.

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