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Political Communication is a specialty section within Frontiers in Communication, and aims to foster boundary breaking and innovative scholarship. Our reach is genuinely global and seeks to address issues surrounding political communication and major issues including conflict, inequality and environmental crisis and their consequences in all parts of the world.
In the age of ubiquitous internet-based digital communication and substantial political upheavals, understanding the relationships between political processes and communication processes is essential if we are to fully understand, explain and evaluate the world around us. The section Political Communication aims to foster boundary breaking and innovative scholarship, both theoretical and empirical, that helps expand and deepen our understanding of the interactions between political and communication processes. Its express goal is to enable critical and progressive research which challenges orthodoxies and expands intellectual inquiry by moving thinking beyond existing paradigms, ideological boundaries and status quo orientated research agendas. Our reach is genuinely global and seeks to address issues surrounding political communication and major issues including conflict, inequality and environmental crisis and their consequences in all parts of the world. In particular, we aim to encourage all forms of critical and progressive political communication scholarship especially that which helps to expand the boundaries of existing mainstream political communication research.
We aim to publish ground-breaking scholarship in the following areas: the role of propaganda, persuasion and influence activities and their impact upon democracy; progressive normative theory which seeks better ethically grounded approaches to persuasion and influence; news media coverage of political affairs with a focus on identifying and explaining media performance and its relationship to power and the exercise of power; the impact of new media technologies, including social media and independent/alternative media on the public sphere, both at national and global levels; the political economies of media industries; progressive normative theory which seeks to improve political journalism and the capacity of news media industries to facilitate democracy; strategies to improve both media literacy amongst publics, in particular developing critical awareness of media bias and propaganda activities.
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Political Communication welcomes submissions of the following article types: Book Review, Conceptual Analysis, Correction, Editorial, Empirical Study, General Commentary, Hypothesis and Theory, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Policy Brief, Review and Specialty Grand Challenge.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Political Communication, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Political Communication will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Communication.