Propose a Special Issue

Guidelines for Special Issue Submissions

Fembot periodically publishes special issues of Ada, edited or co-edited by members of the Fembot Collective.

Members who are interested in submitting a proposal for a special issue should review previous issues prior to submitting, to ensure that the proposed issue covers new ground. Special issues should not be conference proceedings or invited contributions. Contributions must be solicited through a well-publicized call for papers. All contributions will be reviewed on Ada’s peer review system.

Proposals for special issues should be submitted to the Ada co-editors. They should include:

  1. Names, affiliations, and contact information for proposed editor(s)
  2. Title of proposed issue
  3. Abstract for proposed issue (no more than 250 words)
  4. Rationale for proposed issue, including its appropriateness for Ada and its contribution to the field of feminist media studies (no more than 1,000 words)
  5. Plan for soliciting contributions
  6. Time line for proposed issue.

Proposals will be evaluated by the Ada co-editors who will make recommendations to the Fembot Advisory Board.

The evaluation criteria include:

1] Fit with Fembot and Ada goals and objectives

2] Special issue’s suitability for publication in an online journal

3] Special issue’s contribution to the field.

One thought on “Propose a Special Issue”

  1. 1.

    Proposed Guest Editor:

    Peter Joseph Gloviczki, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Communication and Coordinator of the Communication Program, Coker College, Hartsville, South Carolina

    2. Title of the Proposed Special Issue:

    Autoethnographic Brevity in the Digital Age

    3. Abstract of the Proposed Special Issue:

    This special issue of Ada will showcase autoethnographic work that is no more than 1,000 in length (excluding notes, references, figures). With an emphasis on brevity that is inspired by the technocultural moment in which we are immersed (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, etc), the goal of this issue is to promote dialogue about the ways that brevity in communication research may foster open dialogue about challenging topics related to gender, new media and technology that are central to everyday life. For example: performing the self online, intimacy and interpersonal conflict online, preferred modes of communication in an increasingly networked world, the inclusive (or elusive) nature of interpersonal interaction in a digital environment, among many others. This special issue will embrace the many styles of autoethnographic exploration in hopes of examining the ever-expanding landscapes across personal and cultural worlds.

    4. Rationale for Special Issue

    This special issue will contribute understanding about the role of autoethnography as a communication research methodology that builds understanding about the bridges and barriers between gender, new media and technology.

    Autoethnographic exploration (Holman Jones, Adams & Ellis, 2013) allows for a meaningful understanding of the relationship between self and society (Ellis, 1999). Employing autoethnographic sketches (Rambo, 2007), autoethnographic postcards (Gloviczki, 2016), among other autoethnographic forms (Richardson, 1994) this special issue explores everyday life across media platforms in the digital age. During a cultural moment when active media use is certainly not unusual, the process of
    revealing an autoethnographic journey sheds needed light on the ways that communication technologies continue to integrate various forms of
    media into everyday life.

    Prospective work may examine the possibilities and limitations present between the human and the technological, the tensions between the mechanical and natural world and the nature of human and/or digital memory, to name just a few arenas.

    5. Plan for soliciting contributors

    I plan to seek contributions through a variety of channels, including: (1) social media calls (2) postings to relevant mailing lists (3) reaching out to my personal network of friends and colleagues (4) discussing the special issue at relevant conferences (5) asking my friends and colleagues to spread the word to those in their professional circles.

    6. Timeline for Proposed Issue

    I expect that the entire process for the special issue would take about 10 months, from the initial call to the publication of the special issue.

    Specifically, I would plan to seek initial submissions within three months, to deliver acceptance/rejections on initial submissions within four months, to seek final versions of work within seven months and to deliver the special issue within ten months’ time.

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