Env Comm Special Issue: Gene Editing, Agriculture, Communication, and the Environment

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March 15, 2019

Recent developments in gene editing, starting with CRISPR/Cas9, are increasing our capacity to efficiently and effectively edit genetic material. However, as the technological capabilities for gene editing advance, so do the potential impacts on the environment. The purpose of this special issue of Environmental Communication is to bring together research that focuses on communication about gene editing, particularly as it relates to environmental, agricultural, and health-related topics. We invite original, empirical submissions that use either qualitative or quantitative methods and a wide variety of approaches and viewpoints. Regardless of method or approach, all articles should be theoretically informed, evidence-based, and written in a style that is broadly accessible and understandable to an interdisciplinary audience. The main focus of this special issue on gene editing is the environment and agriculture, but applications relating to human health will also be considered.

Suggested areas of focus include, but are not limited to:

  • Risk/benefit perceptions and public opinion about gene editing
  • Communication, advocacy, and public engagement strategies for gene editing
  • Various expert and lay publics’ information seeking and decision-making about gene editing
  • Journalist perceptions and practices relating to gene editing
  • Public and online discourse about gene editing
  • News coverage and social media discussions about gene editing
  • Ethical, legal, and regulatory aspects of gene editing
  • Issues with the diversity, equity, and inclusivity of gene editing

Submission Instructions

If you have any questions or are unsure if your work is relevant for this special issue, please feel free to contact us.

Deadlines for submissions: Papers may be submitted until 15 March 2019. Any accepted papers for which space is not available will be published in a subsequent issue.

To find out more visit the ‘Instructions for Authors’ tab on the journal homepage. Manuscripts must not be under review elsewhere or have appeared in any other published form. All submissions should use the Scholar One Website: accompanied by a cover letter indicating the desire to have the submission reviewed for this special issue. Upon notification of acceptance, authors must assign copyright to Taylor and Francis and provide copyright clearance for any copyrighted material.

Editorial information

  • Editor: Dominique Brossard, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
  • Editor: Dietram A. Scheufele, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA