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Electronic Journal of Communication / La Revue Electronique de Communication
Special Issue: Videoconferencing in Practice: 21st Century Challenges

Guest Editor: Dr. Sean Rintel
The University of Queensland

While not yet ubiquitous, videoconferencing can certainly be said to have come of age at the end of the first decade of the 21st century. The capabilities of videoconferencing systems have improved while barriers have been significantly lowered to the point where videoconferencing is no longer extraordinary, albeit still quite novel. This special issue of the Electronic Journal of Communication invites contributions exploring how videoconferencing has become a practical method of interaction in personal, professional, pedagogical, and institutional contexts. Contributors should have a central concern with whether and how users attend to the affordances and constraints of videoconferencing as relevant to the business at hand.

The issue will seek to cover a broad range of subjects to provide a snapshot of 21st century videoconferencing research from a Communication perspective. As such, all authors are asked to include in their literature review and conclusions some sense of how their study deals with questions of Communication research in general, and Communication-focused videoconferencing research in particular.

Manuscripts are invited that cover one of the following areas, or authors may propose their own area that demonstrably adds to the goal of the special issue:

* Case studies of practical videoconferencing in context.
* Survey studies of practical videoconferencing in context.
* Experimental studies that show practical behaviours that may be specific to contexts or cut across contexts.
* Literature reviews that focus on changes or critiques of videoconferencing findings and/or theories.
* Representations of videoconferencing in the mass media or other venues of the public imagination.
* Methodological studies about research practices or methods for capturing/analysing videoconferencing in context.
* Trouble using videoconferencing in context (e.g. constraints of the medium, communication trouble, operational problems such as network trouble, work-arounds).
* Adoption/take-up studies of practical videoconferencing in context.

Authors are welcome to contact the editor to discuss ideas for manuscripts. Given the topic and the electronic nature of the journal, authors are also encouraged to supply video and/or audio clip examples or supplemental materials. Submission detail are as follows:
* NEW deadline for completed manuscripts is July 31, 2011. The issue is scheduled for publication in the first half of 2012.
* Maximum 7500 words (limit includes references but excludes transcribed examples and tables).
* Manuscript and citation format: APA 6th Edition style.
* Submission: Email manuscript files to Sean Rintel at
* File format: Word 97 (.doc), Word 2008 (.docx), or PDF. Authors using carefully formatted transcripts (e.g. those of Conversation Analysis) should also provide screenshot images of all excerpts labeled with the appropriate example number. Video and audio clips should be provided in Quicktime .mov format with appropriate indication in the manuscript as to where the clip should appear. Do not embed video or audio in Word or PDF files.