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Calls for Papers

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 1, 2017

OPEN CALL 

* Miscellaneous Issue 10.1 (Spring 2018) CALL OPEN – Deadline 1 Oct 2017 

* Special Issue 10.2 (Fall 2018) CALL OPEN – Deadline: 15 January 2018
 
For more information, please check our website: https://catalanjournal.wordpress.com/content/call-for-papers/ 

CJCS ACCEPTS ORIGINAL CONTRIBUTIONS UNDER THE FOLLOWING HEADINGS AND CONFORMING TO THESE GUIDELINES: 

Articles 

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 nonspecialist readers). 

All submissions and proposals must be sent to Catalan.journal@urv.cat and must follow Intellect’s House Style Guide. Please read the Notes for contributors suggested by CJCS before submitting. 

Viewpoint
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. 
 
Gateway 
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. 
 
Reviews 
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. 

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CALL FOR GRANT APPLICATIONS: Urban Communication Foundation White Paper Program 

THEME: Free Speech in the City 

The Urban Communication Foundation (UCF) believes that an important measure of the health of a city is how well the city fosters and protects environments and rights supporting healthy, open, and robust communication. Such is the basis for democratic participatory societies, and that is fundamental to our values as a foundation. But open and robust communications sometimes pose challenges to other interests in cities and to the governments overseeing those cities. And governments may try to limit communication in response to such challenges. Some will do so more successfully than others, and some will focus on enhancing rather than controlling communication.  
  
As the world appears to be increasingly contentious, the UCF is dedicating this year’s White Paper Program to an examination of urban communication freedom, regulation, and relevant government intervention and policy. We are particularly interested in soliciting proposals that will lead to the development of a white paper that discusses ways in which government regulation or policy, especially that made at the local city-level,  can protect and enhance an open and robust marketplace of ideas that is characterized by democratic values of inclusion, reason, and courage. The locus of our concern is, of course, cities. 
 
The following are but a few examples of research questions and topics that applicants might pursue. This list is not at all exhaustive, and novel and interesting research questions are encouraged. 

  • What regulatory mechanisms have been used to limit communication in urban contexts, and what can we learn from them that might strengthen efforts to limit the limits?

  • Do cities have communication issues that lend themselves to particular regulatory attention?

  • What are the best examples of how cities, perhaps in partnership with NGOs, have enhanced communication freedoms? 

  • How do the intersections of communication and infrastructure lend themselves to regulation?  How might government policies encourage freer communication?

  • How might the legitimate concerns of governments be addressed while best protecting democratic expression?

  • What policies most effectively protect and enhance robust urban communication? What strategies enhance the likelihood of such policies being adopted?

  • How can public/private partnerships enhance open democratic expression?

  • What threats to privacy impact free expression and what government policies can address those threats?

  • In what ways has the change in the channels/locus of urban communication - from town square to the Internet - changed the regulatory environment and the freedom of expression?

  • What corporate policies and infrastructures impact freedom of expression and the governments’ ability to regulate it? 

  • How does zoning, broadly defined, impact communication freedom? 

  • What sorts of noncommunication-focused regulations and policies have secondary impacts on communication freedom (for example, regulations pertaining to traffic, street furniture, public safety, etc.) 

  • What municipal policies can enhance participatory government and access to municipal information? 

 

Information about the Urban Communication Foundation’s White Paper Program 
 
The UCF has been a leader in promoting scholarship in the general area of urban communication. The Foundation has funded dozens of research projects and acknowledged dozens of scholars that have advanced the field of study. Through this White Paper series, we extend this influence by focusing in on particular issues or areas of research and look to support the development of public research reports on issues that have a direct bearing on public policy and/or the everyday life for people within cities.  
 
The final report should likely be between 8,000-12,000 words in length and present original research on the topic. The end product should aim to have some influence on policy makers, community leaders or researcher within an urban context and speak to basic research and practical solution. The author(s) of the top rated proposal will receive a grant of $10,000. 

Guidelines for Submitting Proposals/Applications 

  •  Proposals should not exceed 1,000 words (excluding references). Please include a cover page with the name, position, institution, and contact information for all authors. Proposals should identify the research focus and its potential for positively impacting freedom of expression in cities. 

  • Applications should include a short itemized budget and a concise statement providing a rationale for the expenses listed in the budget. Funds may be expended in a variety of ways (e.g., to hire a research assistant or for a course by-out), provided that it is clear how doing so will enable the researcher(s) to complete the proposed work. Funds may not be used to purchase computer hardware. Funds awarded by the UCF may be utilized to offset fringe costs (such as those often involved in hiring a research assistant), but the Foundation will not cover overhead expenses (i.e., indirect costs). In any case, the total amount of the award will not exceed $10,000, which will include costs associated with presentation of the research at a UCF session. Funding may be dispersed in phases over the course of the project. 

  • Applicants should include one letter of recommendation. The referee should be able to assess the significance and viability of the project described in the proposal, as well as the qualifications of the applicant as they pertain to the proposed work.  

  • Proposals should be submitted to Harvey Jassem, at Jassem@hartford.edu, or Matthew Matsaganis, at mmatsaganis@albany.edu, no later than November 1, 2017. Funding decisions will be made by December 31, 2017. The final report must be completed and submitted to the UCF no later than November 1, 2018.  

  • The UCF reserves the right to publish and disseminate the completed White Paper. 

  • The primary author will be required to present his/her findings at a UCF panel. 

  • Upon selection as the UCF White Paper competition winner, the author(s) will be recognized as Urban Communication Foundation Fellow/s.  

Urban Communication Foundation – www.urbancomm.org 
 
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