Call for Papers: Online Media and Global Communication Themed Issue: Short Videos and Global Communication


Call for Papers: Online Media and Global Communication Themed Issue: Short Videos and Global Communication





(Full paper submission due January 31, 2022)

TikTok as a short-video app is taking the world by storm as the most downloaded mobile app in 2020 and its average user usage has surpassed YouTube in the U.S. Other social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Wechat/Tencent also increased their video postings. How do these short videos affect people’s perceptions and knowledge of their own countries and other countries? How are short online video use similar or different between countries? We invite scholars from around the world to submit their research on shorts videos to our journal which will have a theme on this topic in our second issue in 2022. 

Online Media & Global Communication is a new free open access English language refereed journal published quarterly by De Gruyter and sponsored by Shanghai International Studies University. It aims to publish high quality, innovative and original research on global communication especially in the use of global online media platforms such as Facebook, TikTok, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Whatspps, Weibo, WeChat, Wikipedia, web sites, blogs, etc., in an effort to make theoretical contributions on online media and global communication, particularly in but not limited to the Global South.


This journal will address the contemporary concerns about the effects and operations of global digital media platforms on international relations, international public opinion, fake news and propaganda dissemination, consumer behavior as well as the balance of voices in the world. 

Topics of interest but not limited to these topics for the themed issue: 

1. Social media influencers on TikTok and short videos: Political, social, cultural and commercial Effects across countries and cross-national comparison.

2. How do short videos change national and city images in global communication?

3. How can short videos contribute to new research methods in studying global communication?

4. How do short videos differ from television in shaping global media news coverage and global youth culture?

5. How do different national governments or cultural tourism agencies in different countries use short videos or how do such use change relationship among countries? 

6. How do online short videos transform the journalism practices of news media?

7. Under the global COVID-19 pandemic, how do online videos create new models and practices or affect current health communication? 

8. How do national governments and the public perceive the algorithm used by these short video sites from privacy to social and political impacts such as the cancel culture?

The journal publishes six-language abstracts in United Nations official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish).


This journal adopts a dual track review system as the first in the field of communication. Two review tracks are offered to the authors and authors must choose either one before final submission:


1. Double blind (masked) review track that both authors and reviewers do not know the identity of the author


2. Single blind (masked) review track that reviewers will know the identity of the author and the authors are free to cite their own works and refer to themselves in the manuscript


Submitters who have posted their manuscript or its earlier version elsewhere online or with more than five self-citations will undergo the review process using the single-blind review track. All original submissions are in English with reviews by two or more reviewers. 


We adopt a structured abstract format with purpose, method, highlight of findings, practical implications, social and theoretical implications, originality and contribution so that just the abstract would be informative to the readers. Authors pay no fee to publish in the journal.


Submission procedure:


Submit the manuscript to our online platform as themed issue:


Inquiry about the themed issue or general journal issues can be directed to founding editor-in-chief, Louisa Ha, at