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SPECIAL ISSUE 2021  (now closed)

Call for Articles Issue 13.2

15 October 2020: deadline for abstract submission (CLOSED)

31 January 2021: deadline for full proposals (selected abstracts)

Guest Editors:

Anna Sendra, University of Ottawa

Sinikka Torkkola, Tampere University

Eliza Govender, University of Kwazulu-Natal

The breakthrough of digital health:
communication as the catalyst of the transformation of care


Healthcare systems have gone through an ongoing transformation over the last decade, particularly in terms of digitization (Lupton, 2018). Multiple concepts like digitized health, e-Health, telemedicine, online health services, virtual hospital or infomedicine show both theoretical and practical diversity and advancements towards the transformation of care. At the individual level, for example, digital health has changed the way patients access health-related information (e.g. by using social media), transforming the nature of care these individuals receive from their health professionals (Lovari, 2017; Thackeray et al., 2012). From a media perspective, digitization has also modified the delivery and organization of care through the promotion of apps and other resources for the self-management of health (WHO, 2019). In this context, the COVID-19 pandemic can in many ways be considered a transforming moment for digital health, as governments and organizations from across the globe are rapidly utilising information and communication technologies towards reducing the spread of the virus. Despite the potential of these processes of digitization, the increasing use of health technologies is also generating debates around the concepts of privacy, surveillance or governance.

In the discussion on new medical and information technology, there are both positive expectations and serious doubts for digitization. The online spread of health-related misinformation and disinformation has concerned health professionals, yet digital technologies and communication channels create new opportunities to improve the interaction between individuals, professionals and health organisations to develop healthcare services in order to reduce public healthcare expenses (Gonzalez-Polledo, 2018; Lupton, 2018; Sosnowy, 2014). In view of this situation, digitized communication is becoming one of the crucial elements to improve the future of care and health promotion (Rimal & Lapinski, 2009). This special issue explores how these processes of communication can act as the catalyst of a successful digitization of healthcare. In this new, digitized healthcare circumstances, health communication scholars and professionals are invited to analyse and discuss the transforming role of communication in medicine, healthcare and health promotion. This special issue invites both theoretical and empirical oriented health communication scholars to participate in this ongoing discussion.


The aim of this special issue is to provide a forum to discuss the different roles of communication in the context of the transition towards digital health or (ill)health. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • new forms of patient engagement, decision-making and patient-provider interactions (e.g. e-consultations)
  • the impact of digitization on the workplace and practices of health professionals
  • methodologies to design innovative and people-centered care interventions
  • the role of health literacy, promotion and education in the context of digitization (e.g. social media)
  • using big data for the governance and management of health (e.g. apps)
  • the effect of digitization on the accessibility and quality of care
  • digitization of healthcare communication
  • theoretical perspectives on digitalization of health communication
  • ethics of digital (ill)health

Research articles should be 6,000 words in length, while Viewpoint articles should not exceed 3,000 words (including notes and references). The editors will carry out a preliminary selection of abstracts.


  • 15 October 2020: deadline for abstracts

Abstract (maximum 500 words), title and selected biography, along with a 150-200 word author’s short bio (including your affiliation and contact information) should be sent to Anna Sendra (;

  • 30 October 2020: Editors’ decision on selected abstracts
  • 31 January 2021: deadline for full articles

Full articles, based on the selected abstracts, should be submitted on the Catalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies web platform by 31 January 2021, following the Author Guidelines.

  • 1 May 2021: final decision letters
  • Fall 2021: issue published

All selected contributions will be subjected to double blind peer review, except for the Viewpoint articles, which will be evaluated by the Editors.

OPEN CALL Miscellaneous issues

Yearly cut-off date for miscellaneous issues: October 1st

Submit your article

We welcome miscellaneous contributions at any time from scholars, researchers and professionals from around the world who wish to publish their works in a journal with a truly international scope and readership. Each year on October 1st the deadline for submissions for the next miscellaneous issue closes.

CJCS accepts original contributions under the following headings and conforming to these guidelines:

Articles should be between 6,000-8,000 words (including references). They must be based on original research or offer well grounded theoretical contributions, they must be written in a clear and concise style in English and they must not be under consideration by any other publication. In the first instance the author(s) must sent one anonymous copy of the article containing an abstract (max. 150 words) and keywords (max. 6) and attach a separate sheet with the title of the article, name of the author(s), institutional affiliation, abstract, keywords, references of the article, biographical note and institutional address and e-mail. Authors must avoid any information within the article which make it possible to infer their identity (acknowledgements must be avoided at this stage and references to their own work must be done in the third person). All articles are submitted to a blind peer reviewing process. Manuscripts will be evaluated on the basis of their originality, the soundness of their theory and methodology, the coherence of their analysis and their ability to communicate to readers (including non-specialist readers).

All submissions and proposals must be uploaded on the platform:

Please read the Author Guidelines and  Notes for contributors suggested by CJCS before submitting.

This section will include research notes, short commentaries, reflections on current affairs, cultural and media events, short interviews, etc. Experts, leading scholars, experienced professionals and senior researchers are invited to submit their proposals, which will be selected also in accordance with academic criteria and depending on the availability of space. Contributions for this section should not exceed 3000 words in length and are submitted to review by the Editors.

The Editors of CJCS will select an article from those previously published by Catalan academic journals for publication in this section. Gateway will give international coverage to the best articles written and published originally in Catalan. The Editors will select the work using the abovementioned criteria and the authors must seek permission for translation and publication in CJCS. We encourage researchers to suggest articles for this section along with an argument for their suitability.

CJCS also publishes short book reviews, in English and commissioned by the Editors, about leading editorial projects in Catalan/Spanish or English in keeping with the aims and scope of the journal.