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Call for Papers: Special Issue on Meta-Analysis

Human Communication Research (HCR) is accepting submissions for a special issue dedicated to meta-analysis. We invite submissions for two types of articles. First, full-length meta-analytic reviews estimating the size of an effect across studies will be accepted. Meta-analytic reviews may address any topic relevant to human communication, but should focus on substantively advancing communication theory. Second, short essays reflecting on the state of meta-analysis in communication scholarship will be accepted. Essays will be restricted to a maximum of 3,000 words and may consider topics including, but not limited to, reflections on the state of meta-analysis in communication research, progress in meta-analytic methods, controversies in meta-analysis, and the future of meta-analysis in the communication discipline.  

Authors should submit an extended abstract for their project by no later than September 1, 2018. Extended abstracts for meta-analyses should consist of no more than 1,500 words (excluding references) and discuss the theoretical rationale for the proposed project, key hypotheses or research questions, plan for identifying primary studies and operationalizing key variables, and data-analysis procedures. Extended abstracts for short essays should be limited to no more than 500 words and detail the focus and contribution of the proposed essay. Abstracts for meta-analyses and essays will undergo blind peer review. Authors selected to proceed will then have eight months to submit a complete manuscript. Complete submissions will be subject to peer review to ensure rigor and their compliance with the project specifications outlined in the approved extended abstracts.

The timeline for the submission process is as follows:

9/1/2018: Deadline for abstract submission

11/1//2018: Notifications to authors

07/1/2019: Deadline for full manuscript submission

01/1/2020: Deadline for revised and final manuscript submission

07/1/2020: Publication in HCR


Extended abstracts should be emailed to the guest-editors, Jörg Matthes at U of Vienna (, Nicholas Palomares at U of California-Davis (, and Steve Rains at U of Arizona (


ICA welcomes your comments and questions. Please feel free to contact the ICA staff at anytime.


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