Health Communication and Support in the Age of Social Media Call for Chapter Proposals

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Call for Publications
December 30, 2016
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
Communication, Digital Humanities, Health and Health Care, Social Sciences, Humanities

Call for Chapters: Health Communication and Support in the Age of Social Media Editors 
Seif Sekalala Ph.D., Kean University & 
Brandon Niezgoda M.A., Drexel University 
Call for Chapters 
Proposals Submission Deadline: December 30, 2016 Full Chapters Due: March 30, 2017 Submission Date: July 30, 2017 
In the past two decades, internet-based social media platforms have revolutionized the ways in which various populations of afflicted and vulnerable individuals experience, discuss, and make meaning of physical, psychological, and other forms of illness. These platforms range from the larger online support group forums (for various specific afflictions) which proliferated in the late 1990s through today’s threads on sites such as Reddit, YouTube, Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter; between strangers, groups of friends, and sometimes enemies. Whereas a number of disparate research studies have been conducted in various social scientific fields to-date, there is arguably a need for a centralized reference that provides a holistic examination of the issues involved in online health communication and support. 
This book will utilize a range of qualitative and mixed method research methods, by a variety of social scientists and humanities scholars from fields such as anthropology, communication, psychology, sociology, and contemporary history, among others. The chapters of the volume will present research findings related to the dynamics of discussions, narratives, discourses, controversies, and news about illness, and pain & suffering as witnessed in a variety of patient populations—i.e. via age, race, gender, specific disease etc. The book will also focus on the experiences of caretakers and family members, who necessarily share in the distress of patients. 
Target Audience 
This book will be of use to: 
healthcare professionals, social workers, patient advocacy groups, and scholars of health communication. 
 Recommended Topics 
•Discourse, narrative, thematic, and content analyses of discussions of illness, pain and suffering, and survivorship, online and on social media 
•Comparing and contrasting discussions of illness seen on social media of different age groups, races, genders, and afflictions.  
•General pros and cons of online and social media health communication and support among such in- groups such as patients and survivors 
•Healthcare professionals’ views of online and social media health communication and support 
•Efficacy/Outcomes: What are some of the overall effects and implications to-date of online discussions of illness and survivorship? 
Submission Procedure 
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before December 30, 2016, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by January 30, 2017 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by March 30, 2017, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at you-write/ prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project. 
Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Trust in Knowledge Management and Systems in Organizations. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double- blind peer review editorial process. 
All proposals should be submitted through the E-Editorial DiscoveryTM online submission manager: 
This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2018. 
Important Dates 
December 30, 2016: Proposal Submission Deadline January 25 to 31, 2017: Notification of Acceptance March 30, 2017: Full Chapter Submission May 30, 2017: Review Results Returned July 15: Final Acceptance Notification July 30: Final Chapter Submission 
Seif Sekalala Ph.D., Co-Editor Kean University Email: 

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Brandon Niezgoda

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