Climate Change Communication

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Call for papers for journal theme issue
January 1, 2012

2012 Special theme issue of Applied Environmental Education & Communication
"Climate Change Communication"
"Climate Change Communication" is the title of a special themed issue planned for Applied Environmental Education & Communication (AEEC). This issue will be guest edited by Miriah Russo Kelly, Doctoral student at Oregon State University, in partnership with Brian A. Day, the AEEC editor.  You have been contacted specifically to determine interest on your part in proposing a paper, subject to the journal’s usual refereeing processes.  Papers should be no more than 3,500 words in length, and should contribute significantly to contemporary understandings of applied climate change communication.  The special issue will contain approximately eight articles/field reports and book reviews and will start with a survey article by Kelly on the subject.
The world faces major challenges to making substantial modifications to our practices so that we may adapt to living in a world with fewer greenhouse gases. How we communicate the need and means for global, national, business, and personal change is critical to our success in minimizing the effects of climate change. Understanding that there are many efforts and approaches that have been taken to date, we hope to examine these methods and their relative effectiveness.  The primary aim of this issue of Applied Environmental Education & Communication is to provide those communicating the need and means to address climate change with tested innovative methods that can be applied in practice.
For example, articles/field reports could address one of the following questions:

  1. What do we know?  Advance understanding within the field by consolidating and synthesizing a shared knowledge base of current research, applied theories, concepts and constructs relating to how individuals, groups, businesses or nations change due to communication efforts.
  2. What has worked?  Promote effective practice by examining the catalysts and aids that support the design and development of programs, materials, exhibitions, and messages on sound understandings of how individuals, groups, businesses, and nations change behavior to bring about change.
  3. What has not worked?  Promote effective practice by examining the challenges and barriers that hinder the design and development of programs, materials, exhibitions, and messages on sound understandings of how individuals, groups, businesses, and nations change behavior to bring about change.
  4. What are the best practices and approaches?  Identify and broadly disseminate research-based best practices and promising approaches of how individuals, groups, businesses, and nations change behavior to bring about change.
  5. How do we stay connected and go forward?  Enhance the infrastructure of the field by developing strategies for implementing and sustaining connections between research, future research efforts, and practice.

AEEC: An International Journal
Applied Environmental Education and Communication is a scholarly, peer-reviewed quarterly for both academics and practitioners. It presents the latest environmental developments in the fields of education, communication, social marketing, journalism, and behavioral science, as well as information on sustainability education, environmental interpretation, risk communication, public relations and outreach, environmental health communication, governmental and corporate public awareness, and environmental campaigns around the world.
Applied Environmental Education and Communication provides practitioners with specific recommendations based on experience and research. Authors are encouraged to report what worked and what did not and to make suggestions for future strategies. This multidisciplinary journal is written in a straightforward style with a minimum of technical jargon.

Applied Environmental Education and Communication is published in association with the North American Association for Environmental Education, the Australian Association for Environmental Education, and the IUCN World Conservation Union - Commission on Education and Communication. NAAEE provides all members with complete electronic access to the journal and the other two associations allow members in good standing to receive a personal subscription at reduced rates.
Submission of Research Articles and Field Reports
Research Articles are based on original quantitative or qualitative research and are of particular relevance to practitioners in the field. For example, they may show how theories of learning or behavior change were applied in a project. The emphasis is always on what worked and what didn't in different situations and why. Maximum length of articles: 3,500 words.
Field Reports are factual accounts of items of interest such as emerging research or issues, analysis of major campaigns or trends in funding flows. They must contain suggestions for replication in other cultures or institutions. Maximum length of articles: 3,500 words.
For further information about Applied Environmental Education & Communication and article/field report submission guidelines, visit the AEEC web site at:
Submission Timeline
Authors are strongly encouraged to submit articles and field reports in a manner to allow for quick turn-around.  The deadline for submission is January 1, 2012
This special issue is anticipated to be the third issue of 2012.  Applied Environmental Education & Communication is, again, a quarterly journal.  
To Submit a Manuscript:
The method of submission is an emailed attachment in MS Word-compatible format submitted to preferably with a subject line saying Climate Change Communication.
If you have questions about the issue please feel free to contact Miriah Russo Kelly at
All accepted manuscripts, artwork, and photographs become property of the publisher. Submission of a manuscript to the journal is understood to imply that it or substantial parts of it have not been published or accepted for publication elsewhere and that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
To Prepare Your Manuscript:
Manuscripts, including tables, figures, and references should be prepared in accordance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition. Please double-space text and number manuscript pages consecutively throughout the paper.
Illustrations submitted (line drawings, halftones, photos, photomicrographs, etc.) should be clean originals or digital files. Digital files are recommended for highest quality reproduction and should follow these guidelines:

  • 300 dpi or higher
  • sized to fit on journal page
  • EPS, TIFF, or PSD format only
  • submitted as separate files, not embedded in text files

Four-color illustrations will be considered for publication; however, the author will be required to bear the full cost involved in their printing and publication. The publisher has the right to refuse publication of color prints deemed unacceptable.
Tables and Figures
Tables and figures should not be embedded in the text, but should be included as separate pages. A short descriptive title should appear above each table with a clear legend, and any footnotes suitably identified below. All units must be included. Figures should be completely labeled, taking into account necessary size reduction. Captions should be included on a separate sheet. All original figures (if mailed separately) should be clearly marked in pencil on the reverse side with the number, author's name, and top edge indicated.
One set of page proofs is sent to the designated author by email from Taylor and Francis. Proofs should be carefully checked and returned within 48 hours.
Reprints and Complimentary Copies
The corresponding author of each article will receive one complete copy of the issue in which the article appears. Reprints of individual articles may be ordered from Taylor & Francis. A reprint order form will be included with page proofs.
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources and are required to sign an agreement for transfer of copyright to the publisher.