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Volume 5 - Special Section CFP

Beginning in 2016, the Communication Center Journal (CCJ) began to welcome submissions on a rolling cycle. The journal also began inviting submissions for special topical sections of the journal, which offer a deeper look at broad-based themes and trends.

Theme: Communicating Science and the Communication Center

The November 2019 special section of CCJ invites authors to consider the many methods, approaches, and perspectives of communication centers and  communicating science.

Communication centers and scientists have established collaborative relationships. In some cases, communication centers work in direct and sustained collaboration with the sciences. These relationships, collaborations, and dynamics are complex, interesting, and valuable to share. Moreover, we know that communicating science may require adapting existing best practices and training to new audiences and genres.

Authors might consider best practices implemented or in process at their institutions that allow for new understandings of communicating science and the communication center.

Framing questions can include but are not limited to:

  • How can communication centers help scientists foster greater empathy?

  • How are communication centers supporting the art of communication for nursing and other medical programs in higher education?

  • What role does the rhetoric of science play in connecting communication centers with scientific communication?

  • What role does the three-minute thesis competition play in connecting the communication center with the art of communicating science?

  • What role does the communication center play in the science of communicating science?

  • How do we adapt current staff training and research efforts to successfully support patrons interested in communicating science?

Authors are welcome to pursue other threads of inquiry related to this theme as well. This special section encourages practical, specific solutions as well as data-driven research.


July 15, 2019: Special section submissions due

August 15, 2019: Results sent to authors

November 16, 2019: CCJ issue released at NCA conference

Manuscript Details

CCJ manuscripts submitted for consideration in a thematic special section are limited to 5,000 words, but shorter submissions are welcome.

All manuscripts should follow conventions of APA 6th edition.

Authors must register for the online submission site before submitting full manuscripts:  

Questions and inquiries can be emailed to Dr. Russell Carpenter, CCJ Editor-in-Chief, at