CALL FOR CHAPTERS :Digital Inequality

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Call for Papers
January 24, 2022 to December 31, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology, Digital Humanities, Communication


Digital Inequality


Rajendra Baikady PhD, Department of Social Work, School of Humanities, University of Johannesburg, South Africa


Jaroslaw Przeperski PhD, Director, Centre for Family Research, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland 


Tetyana Semigina PhD, Professor,  Academy of Labour, Social Relations and Tourism, Kyiv, Ukraine, and former Secretary of the International Association of Schools of Social Work.


Dear colleagues, we invite you to take part in the largest editorial project on Inequality - Mapping Global Inequality - Major Reference Work Book Series being published by Springer Nature, United States.

The Series encompasses 30+ volumes, but we will publish individual call for contributions to each volume separately. In this call for contribution, we are particularly seeking authors for the volume on: Digital inequality

This volume in the Mapping Global Inequalities series aims to gain an in-depth understanding of how different people use the internet to meet their information and communication needs and to what extent digital inequality persists in different parts of the world. Unprecedented advancement in information and technology and its unequal distribution among communities and societies across the globe has led to a digital divide with enormous impact on development, growth and advancement. Due to the digital divide, communities are classified based on their ability to access internet resources and services. This classification has segregated less developed and underdeveloped economies based on their inability to get access to round the clock high speed internet to access online resources. This has resulted in several interrelated problems such as lack of access to economic, political, education, health and other benefits to marginalized sections of the society based on their ability to access digital resources. In a globalized society, internet has become a crucial source for the general public as it provides general information and growth opportunity in every aspect of life. In this respect, inability to access reliable and stable internet may lead to severe impairment in the overall development of a population in any society. Furthermore, available literature on digital inequality shows a deepening gap between different communities, societies and population groups in terms of their ability to access internet, have proper digital competences and utilize digital technologies. Digital inequality research also suggests that access to digital resources are not evenly distributed among the general populations in majority of countries across the globe.

Contributions from across different science disciplines (sociology, economics, public governance, social work, anthropology, IT etc.)  that look at any type of challenges related to digital access and inequality are welcomed.

We aim to address following questions in this volume:

  1. What does digital inequality look like in different countries? 
  2. How do we know there is gross inequality in terms of access to digital resources?
  3. What does available data say about digital inequalities in different countries?  
  4. How are different societies across the globe addressing inequality with regards to access to digital resources? 

This volume principally focuses on (1) Defining digital inequality in different societies in different regions; (2) measuring digital inequality; (3) causes of digital inequality; (4) impact of inequality on different sections of society i.e., youth, girls, and children (5) digital  inequality and education (6) impact of digital divide on life course. We are also interested in contributions addressing the extent to which gender, age, personality, health, literacy, education, economic resources, attitude, ability and accessibility to material access and digital competences of the people in different societies result in deepening digital gaps, digital divide or digital exclusion.

Our aim is to gather the best possible contributions in the respective area’s and make this reference work truly global in nature. There will be a minimum of 40 chapters in this volume and each chapter will discuss different aspects of inequality in different socio-political and economic contexts. The editorial team aims to cover at least 30 different countries in each of these volumes so that this series will be a valuable source for researchers, academics and policy makers at both local and global levels. To further this aim, each issue will be saturated with the whole problem of inequality from 2 perspectives: countries and topics. This will give a sense of fulfilling the description of the indicated problem of inequality. We also encourage authors to prepare chapters with cross country comparison providing an understanding of similarities and differences in many aspects of inequality across different regimes and regions.

Structure of the Volume:


Level of Your Contribution: Our aim is to provide an accessible and exciting handbook for specialists, academics, advanced students, and readers who are familiar with the field as well as those from other related disciplines.

We expect each chapter to contain approximately 8000-10,000 words (including the reference list). We are inviting chapters, that are critical summaries/synopses (Tertiary literature) rather than original research reports.

We are accepting contributions on a rolling basis and writing and reviewing is scheduled to take place until approximately July 2023 and final proofing between then and the end of the year. The sooner you submit your chapter the sooner it will be published online and become citable. Contributions to all the volumes in this series are peer-reviewed. 

Online-First Publication of Chapters: Once the production and proofing loop is completed, the chapter will be published online-first on Springer Nature's online publication webpage SpringerLink At that stage the article is becomes DOI citable. You will be able to access it via your chapter page on METEOR. As a contributing author to this project, you can also access via METEOR all other online published Springer Nature References.

Please keep in mind: the faster you send in your manuscript, the sooner it will be published and citable.

Print Publication: The print publication of the volume you contribute to will be finalized once the last chapter of the volume has been reviewed and gone through the production workflow.

Online Update of Chapters: One copy of the published version of your chapter is re-ingested to METEOR for further updates. The chapter opens up for updates again in METEOR and the status of your chapter changes to ‘Open for Submission’. At this time, you can up-load fresh or updated files, if you wish. The updated and approved chapter will be published as a new version in the living reference version of this project.  Editors and authors can submit updates to articles at the pace of science advancement.   On behalf of the publishers Palgrave/Springer Nature, we thank you for your contributions. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any queries you might have.

Interested authors should send a 250-word abstract and author bio by 25th March, 2022  to Dr. Rajendra Baikady Please give the subject header as - Digital Inequality: Chapter proposal. The editorial team members will evaluate the submitted abstract on a rolling basis and notify the authors along with full chapter submission guidelines.

Qualifications: We recommend that academic authors have, be supervised by, or in pursuit of their PhD, whereas non-academic professionals should have at least 3 years of experience in the field.

Full chapter submission schedule: 

June 25, 2022

October 25, 2022

April 25, 2023

June 25, 2023

Contact Info: 

Dr. Rajendra Baikady, University of Johannesburg,  

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