Mobile Media & Communication
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Mobile Media & Communication


Co-Editors
Rich Ling Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Veronika Karnowski Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
Thilo von Pape University of Hohenheim, Germany
Steve Jones University of Illinois at Chicago, USA


eISSN: 20501587 | ISSN: 20501579 | Current volume: 5 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: 3 Times/Year

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Mobile Media & Communication
is a peer-reviewed forum for international, interdisciplinary academic research on the dynamic field of mobile media and communication. Mobile Media & Communication draws on a wide and continually renewed range of disciplines, engaging broadly in the concept of mobility itself.

The journal embraces both quantitative and qualitative approaches to the study of mobility in communication, but above all aims toward state-of-the-art methodology. While the center of gravity lies in social sciences and humanities, the journal is open to research with technical, economic, and design aspects, provided they help to enlighten the social dimensions of mobile communication.

Mobile Media & Communication examines the phenomenon of mobility in communication – that is, what is understood as mobile media and communication, but also emerging phenomena such as mobile and ubiquitous computing. Contributions may include, but are certainly not limited to, explorations of the following topics:

  • Mobile communication as an innovation, including the emergence of new usage forms, the negotiation of norms, and symbolic representation by producers and users
  • The interrelationship of this nearly ubiquitous technology and the users’ everyday lives
  • The embeddedness of mobile communication within social networks, and the mutual shaping of technology and social structure
  • Local cultures and forms of use of mobile communication
  • Mobile communication in developing countries
  • Cultural differences in mobile communication
  • Mobile communication and gender
  • Specific methodologies that address the mobile character of the phenomenon: ethnography, observation, network analysis, experience sampling, and other still emerging methods
  • Mobile learning and education.
  • Persuasion through mobile media in various domains
  • History of mobile media
  • Journalism and mobile media
  • Specific methodologies that address the mobile character of the phenomenon: ethnography, observation, network analysis, experience sampling, and other still emerging methods

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Book Review Editor
Sun Sun Lim National University of Singapore, Singapore
Editorial Board
Mariek Vanden Abeele Tilburg University, Netherlands
Peng Hwa Ang Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Naomi Baron American University, US
Joseph Bayer University of Michigan, USA
Jeffrey Boase Rutgers University, USA
Harry Bouwman Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Scott Campbell University of Michigan, USA
Manuel Castells University of Southern California, USA
Arul Indrasen Chib Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Kathleen M. Cumiskey City University of New York, USA
Lieven de Marez Ghent University, Belgium
Adriana A. de Souza e Silva North Carolina State University, USA
Jonathan Donner  
Richard Duncombe Manchester University, UK
Jason Farman University of Maryland, USA
Leopoldina Fortunati  
Jordan Frith University of North Texas, USA
Gerard Goggin University of Sydney, Australia
Leslie Haddon London School of Economics, UK
Maren Hartmann University of the Arts (UdK), Berlin, Germany
Rasmus Helles University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Andrew Herman Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
Larissa Hjorth RMIT University, Australia
Heather Horst  
Lee Humphreys Cornell University, USA
Kenichi Ishii University of Tsukuba, Japan
Klaus Bruhn Jensen University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Yong Dal Jin Simon Fraser University, Canada
James Katz Boston University, USA
Christian Licoppe Department of Social Science Télécom ParisTech, France
Christine Linke  
Carolyn Marvin University of Pennsylvania, USA
Rhonda McEwen University of Toronto, Canada
Shin Mizukoshi University of Tokyo, Japan
John Pavlik Rutgers University, USA
Katy Pearce University of Washington, USA
David Phillips University of Toronto, Canada
Jessica Piotrowski University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Harrison Lee Rainie  
Leonard Reinecke Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
Araba Sey University of Washington, US
Richard Smith Simon Fraser University, Canada
Zbigniew Smoreda Orange Telecom, France
Gitte Stald IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Fred Steier University of South Florida, USA
Cara Wallis Texas A&M University, USA
Ran Wei University of South Carolina
Oscar Westlund University of Gothenburg, Sweden and IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Rowan Wilken RMIT, Australia
Guoliang Zhang Shanghai Jiao Ton University, China

Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Mobile Media & Communication

This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics 

Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/MMC to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Mobile Media & Communication will be reviewed.

There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

  1. What do we publish?
    1.1 Aims & Scope
    1.2 Article types
    1.3 Writing your paper
  2. Editorial policies
    2.1 Peer review policy
    2.2 Authorship
    2.3 Acknowledgements
    2.4 Funding
    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
  3. Publishing policies
    3.1 Publication ethics
    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
    3.3 Open access and author archiving
  4. Preparing your manuscript
    4.1 Formatting
    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    4.3 Supplementary material
    4.4 Reference style
    4.5 English language editing services
  5. Submitting your manuscript
    5.1 ORCID
    5.2 Information required for completing your submission
    5.3 Permissions
  6. On acceptance and publication
    6.1 SAGE Production
    6.2 Online First publication
    6.3 Access to your published article
    6.4 Promoting your article
  7. Further information

 

1. What do we publish?

1.1 Aims & Scope

Before submitting your manuscript to Mobile Media & Communication, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope

1.2 Article Types

Mobile Media & Communication publishes original research articles (~7,000 words) examining the phenomenon of mobility in its meeting with communication. We are also interested in emerging phenomena such as mobile and ubiquitous computing. Contributions may include, but are certainly not limited to, explorations of the following topics:

  • Mobile communication as an innovation, including the emergence of new usage forms, the negotiation of norms, and symbolic representation by producers and users.
  • The interrelationship of this nearly ubiquitous technology and users' everyday lives.
  • The embeddedness of mobile communication within social networks, and the mutual shaping of technology and social structure.
  • Persuasion through mobile media in various domains
  • Effects of mobile communication.
  • Local cultures and the forms of mobile communication use.
  • Mobile communication in developing countries.
  • Cultural differences in mobile communication.
  • Mobile communication and gender.
  • Mobile media and communication in education, entertainment, health, agriculture and other specific fields
  • History of mobile media.
  • Journalism, news consumption, and mobile media.
  • Specific methodologies that address the mobile character of the phenomenon include ethnography, survey research, observation, network analysis, experience sampling, and other still emerging qualitative and quantitative methods.

Reviews: Mobile Media & Communication includes a section in which books and other significant contributions to the field are reviewed. This includes both essay length and shorter contributions. For more information about reviews please contact mobilemediaandcommunication@googlemail.com.

1.3 Writing your paper

The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

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2. Editorial policies

2.1 Peer review policy

Mobile Media & Communication operates a strictly anonymous peer review process in which the reviewer's name is withheld from the author and the author's name from the reviewer. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within 4-6 weeks of submission.
As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of X peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below: 

  • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
  • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
  • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

2.2 Authorship

All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

2.3 Acknowledgements

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

2.4 Funding

Mobile Media & Communication requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

Mobile Media & Communication encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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3. Publishing Policies

3.1 Publication ethics

SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

3.1.1 Plagiarism

Mobile Media & Communication and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

3.1.2 Prior publication

If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway

3.3 Open access and author archiving

Mobile Media & Communication offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

4.1 Formatting

The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines  

Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

4.3 Supplementary material

This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files

4.4 Reference style

Mobile Media & Communication adheres to the APA reference style. View the APA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

4.5 English language editing services

Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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5. Submitting your manuscript

Mobile Media & Communication is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/MMC to login and submit your article online.

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

5.1 ORCID

As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.

We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here

5.2 Information required for completing your submission

You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

5.3 Permissions

Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway

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6. On acceptance and publication

6.1 SAGE Production

Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

6.2 Online First publication

Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

6.3 Access to your published article

SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

6.4 Promoting your article

Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos

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7. Further information

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Mobile Media & Communication editorial office as follows:

mobilemediaandcommunication@googlemail.com

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