Computational Communication Research is a new, peer-reviewed, open-access journal founded from the ICA Computational Methods Interest Group that will (presumably) be published by Amsterdam University Press.

For our inaugural issue, we welcome submissions that further the understanding, development and application of computational methods in communication research. Computational methods include (but are not limited to) methods such as text analysis, social/semantic network analysis, online experiments, machine learning, visual analysis and agent-based modeling and simulations. Computational methods can be applied to “big data” and social media or (online) behavior data, but can also be used to provide a more sophisticated understanding of “small data” or for theoretical explorations.

Submissions should discuss, introduce, or apply computational methods to build and/or test theory or to quantify, analyze, explore or visualize communication structures and processes.

In particular, we welcome submissions that :

  • Apply computational methods to communication research questions;
  • Present innovative computational methods for communication research;
  • Evaluate or validate computational approaches to communication research;
  • Address the role of computational methods in communication research;
  • Present or validate tools, software packages, and datasets that are useful for communication research.

Given the many recent special issues on big data and computational methods in various social science journals, we do not specifically call for position, overview, or review papers, although such papers will also be considered.

Papers can be either full papers of up to 9,000 words, shorter research notes of 3,000 – 4,000 words, or tutorials. Research notes should be focused on reporting data sets, tools, or empirical analyses and should contain a short introduction, with references and theoretical discussion kept to a minimum. For this initial issue, we are requesting that contributors send a brief abstract of 500–1,000 words outlining the article to be submitted to Please see for more information on Aims & Scope, reviewing process. and editorial policy.

Important dates:

  • 30 September: abstract deadline
  • 30 November: full paper deadline
  • 25 May 2019: issue published and presented at ICA