CFP: Political Communication and Public Political Participation in the Digital Societies

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Deadline: January 21, 2023
A special issue of Societies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The technologies applied in our digital society, especially on social media, have changed multiple factors of political communication and citizen participation. The construction of political reality is expressed, in addition to video politics, in terms such as cyber politics, which incorporates phenomena such as the acquisition of accidental information or consumption on second screens. This has special consequences both for electoral campaigns and for the strategies of political parties. In addition, citizens have more opportunities to participate and to mobilize, and this fact influences the perception of political events and democracy. Several investigations have shown that the consumption of political information via social media causes polarization and radicalization in audiences, especially in imperfect democracies.

Social media are platforms which can boost political participation, but the important thing is not the technology, but what it transmits. Political activism on the Internet is not only determined by the phases of technological development, but also by the different waves of protest: from the Seattle protests, through #MeToo, 15-M or the Arab spring. Digital activism has moved from the left to the right wing with the populist turn of the last decade. Therefore, it is indicated that ideology is less relevant than the way in which groups are built and institutionalized.

In this digital context, political communication evolves into algorithmic political communication in which computer science joins social science with various characteristics: micro-segmentation, automated content generation, new online campaign models where emotions play an important role, the rise of fake news and misinformation, or the widespread use of artificial intelligence. In this way, on the one hand, political parties are the basis of an “algorithmic democracy” with great effects on the forms of participation in the digital public space; on the other hand, the media are relevant actors to guarantee the traceability of the news as the best barrier against disinformation; and, finally, citizenship generates collective mechanisms of resistance.

The objective of this Special Issue is to analyze the types of political communication and the ways of participating in digital societies. We mainly accept systematized theoretical review articles or articles with traditional methodology (content analysis, surveys, interviews, network analysis, etc.). Submissions should focus on the following:

  • Political participation in the digital society.
  • Political communication on social media.
  • Electoral campaigns and artificial intelligence.
  • Social network movement and digital activism.
  • Affective polarization and emotions in speech.
  • Disinformation, fact-checking and false news on the Internet.
  • Digital transparency and access to public information
  • Software, big data and data mining oriented to participation.
  • Digital social media.
  • Other issues of digital societies.

Contributions must follow one of the three categories (article/review/conceptual paper) of papers for the journal and address the topic of the Special Issue. More details can be found at:

Dr. Paulo Carlos López-López
Dr. Daniel Barredo-Ibáñez
Dr. Erika Jaráiz Gulías
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as conceptual papers are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Societies is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • political communication
  • political participation
  • social media
  • digital electoral campaigns
  • digital activism
  • fake news
  • digital societies

Published Papers
This special issue is now open for submission.

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