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Vol. 33 | Epistemology and Methodology in Communication

Submission deadline: November 30, 2017


  • Sandra Marinho (marinho[at] - Centro de Estudos de Comunicação e Sociedade (CECS), Universidade do Minho, Portugal

  • Miguel Vicente Mariño (miguelvm[at] - Faculdade de Ciências Sociais, Jurídicas e da Comunicação, Universidade de Valladolid, Espanha

About the Theme

The field of Methodology is increasingly viewed as a space for dialogue, sometimes involving tensions, between the various paradigms (or approaches) of Communication theories and research. Considering the vast field articulated by this topic - encompassing the epistemology and philosophy of science, ethics and the more operational aspect of methods and techniques - this is a broad space of reflection about the uses and potentialities of this field, and the respective challenges posed to Communication researchers.

Recognition of the importance of Research Methodologies also occurs in the field of Communication teaching, in 1st, 2nd and 3rd cycle studies (undergraduate, master’s and PhD), that include curricular units dedicated to this subject in their study plans, with major variations in different contexts. When the importance of this issue is recognised, the existence of Curricular Units dedicated to Methodology - incorporating the different approaches encouraged by each subject - often pay testimony to the epistemological guidelines underpinning the creation of the courses’ study plans and the way that they may be framed within the field of social and human sciences. Consideration should also be made of the experiences and challenges faced by those who organise curricular plans and teach subjects in this area.

In this volume, we intend to cater to both contexts - teaching and research - in which Research Methodologies may be discussed and operationalised, either in the form of eminently theoretical texts, or articles that chronicle and discuss empirical works or specific teaching and research experiences. We also aim to be consider the diversity of epistemological positions that characterise this field. We therefore request submission of proposals on the following topics:

  • Epistemological guidelines governing Communication research (PhD theses, research projects, scientific articles, etc.) or instruction of Research Methodologies in Communication courses;

  • Challenges / difficulties posed by Methodology in Communication research and / or teaching;

  • Dialogue, or the lack thereof, between the field of Methodology and other scientific areas, in the Social Sciences and Humanities and in more technical areas, such as Engineering;

  • The relationship between Methodology and other Curricular Units included in the study plans of Communication courses;

  • Challenges / difficulties encountered in the use / application of certain methods and techniques in Communication research;

  • Difficulties that arise during the stages of data production and analysis in research processes, which are exacerbated by the increasing volume of information available for analysis by research teams (Big Data);

  • The transition of Methodology and research methods from the "analogue" context to the digital world;

  • Critical analysis and reflection about the role played by computer devices in social research processes in the field of communication;

  • Ethical issues raised by Communication research;

  • Other topics of Communication research or teaching, provided they are related to the field of Methodology.

Comunicação e Sociedade is an indexed double blind peer-review journal:

Submissions, which must be original, will be reviewed according to academic originality, solidity, and specific topic relevance.

Comunicação e Sociedade is a bi-lingual journal, publishing all papers in Portuguese and English. Submissions can however be made in either language (translation will be requested only of accepted papers).

The journal will accept academic work resulting from fundamental and/or applied research, essays, and reviews of relevant publications for the proposed theme.

Submission guidelines

Original papers must be sent in Word format to cecs[at] and to the volume coordinators: Sandra Marinho (marinho[at] and Miguel Vicente Mariño (miguelvm[at] In the email subject, authors should write “Comunicação e Sociedade – issue 33”.

Editorial rules

The style guidelines are set in the Publications Handbook available here:


Portuguese and English. After acceptance and final edition of the paper authors are expected to provide the translation into the second language.


  • Submission deadline: November 30, 2017

  • Notification of acceptance: February 15, 2018

  • Deadline for translation submission: April 15, 2018

This special issue is meant to be published in June 2018

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