CMM Call for Papers – Special Issue on “Evolution, Biology, and Brains”

Communication Methods and Measures
Call for Papers – Special Issue on:
“Evolution, Biology, and Brains – Methodological Innovations in Communication Science”

Communication science is a transdisciplinary enterprise. To be active contributors to this science, researchers need familiarity with a range of theoretical and methodological tools. These include expertise in the basic principles of evolutionary theory, biological measurement, neuroscientific, and a range of other state-of-the-art approaches to studying human behavior. With a few exceptions, just a few years ago these approaches were largely absent from the field. Today, however, a critical mass of scholars is now employing such methods to advance theory and application within communication.

Communication Methods and Measures, published by Taylor and Francis, is issuing a call for a special issue on biological approaches to the study of communication phenomena. One of the goals of this special issue is to showcase the research of scholars working across subareas of communication studies using evolutionary advances, behavioral genetics, neuroscience, or biological measurement (e.g., of the endocrine, cardiovascular, and immune systems) to address important questions in communication science. Manuscripts can be data driven or not but must emphasize a specific
methodology and its use over substantive findings. Manuscripts should not be focused primarily on testing specific hypotheses of a substantive nature. However, such hypothesis testing and associated substantive findings can be used as a means of illustrating the benefits of the particular method being emphasized. Ideally, articles published in this special issue will be pedagogical in tone and strive to educate communication scholars who may be interested in or could greatly benefit applying a particular biological approach to their research program. Contributions with a critical or cautious perspective regarding biological approaches are also welcome.

The deadline for submissions is January 31st, 2014. The submission should include a statement in the cover letter that the manuscript is to be considered for the special issue on “Evolution, Biology, and Brains – Methodological Innovations in Communication Science.” Articles will be peer reviewed and a decision rendered within 90 days, with a target publication date of March 2015. Instructions for authors and a description of the submission process can be found on the journal’s website at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/HCMS. Questions about this special issue can be
directed to Rene Weber, Special Issue Editor, at renew@comm.ucsb.edu, or to Andrew F. Hayes, Editor-in-Chief, at hayes.338@osu.edu.