CALL FOR PAPERS on COVID-19 and science communication

The Journal of Science Communication, invites researchers around the globe to submit papers for a Special Issue on COVID-19 and science communication.

The pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-Cov-2 has dramatically re-shaped social relations in many ways as well as the flow of information around the globe. Science has taken an important role in the battle against the disease, developing protocols, vaccines and treatments. Scientific methods are being reinvented to respond quickly to the challenge. Meanwhile the number of deaths increases and expands geographically. However, fake news and misinformation is also spreading. Science communication has an important role in communicating strategies for controlling the spread of the virus as well as the uncertainties of science. Knowledge in science communication research has made rapid developments in such a short space of time as researchers in the field look at communication in new ways to address this historic moment. Voices from all parts of the world are welcome!

Papers considering issues under the following themes are particularly welcome:

  • Public perception of  COVID-19
  • Fake news and infodemics
  • Uncertain science and COVID-19
  • Risk communication and COVID-19 Media coverage of COVID-19
  • Social media and COVID-19
  • Public engagement and COVID-19 in science museums and other science/environmental designed centres
  • Historical, philosophical and STS studies on communicating pandemics/epidemics

Deadline for submissions: 30 June, 2020


Luisa Massarani, Coordinator of the National Institute of Public Communication of Science and Technology and of the Master in Communication of Science, Technology and Health, House of Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz, Brazil

Padraig Murphy, Assistant Professor, Programme chair for MSc in Science and Health Communication, School of Communications, Dublin City University, Ireland

Rod Lamberts, Deputy DirectorAustralian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS)

To submit a manuscript, please connect to and register.

In the “Submit” section of the page select the link “submit an article for a special issue" select “ COVID-19 and science communication” from the list and follow the step-by-step procedure for submission.