Call for Book Chapter Proposals: Handbook of Workplace Cyberbullying and Online Harassment

deadline for submissions: 
December 2, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Leslie Ramos Salazar/West Texas A&M University
contact email: 

Proposal Submission Deadline: December 2, 2019
Handbook of Research on Cyberbullying and Online Harassment in the Workplace
A book edited by Leslie Ramos Salazar (West Texas A&M University)

Workplace cyberbullying and online harassment have become escalating problems around the world given users’ heavy reliance of modern communication technologies such as mobile and tablet devices, laptops, computers, and social media networks. Workplace cyberbullying involves sending threatening messages, images, and posts directly or indirectly to others whom we interact with in work settings. Organizations of all sizes and sectors (public and private) may encounter workplace cyberbullying within and outside the boundaries of physical workplace buildings. Predators may target workplace victims anonymously and repeatedly using multiple channels such as blogs, emails, social media, and text messaging. Once targeted, victims may not know how to cope and deal with this issue, and if business managers do not understand the complexity of this issue, organizations and business agencies may suffer from consequences such as absenteeism, retaliation, and job turnover (West et al., 2014). Victims may also experience emotional and psychological trauma, and physiological discomforts that can lead to severe mental health issues such as anxiety and depression (Coyne et al., 2017). Thus, the purpose of the Handbook of Research on Cyberbullying and Online Harassment in the Workplace isto provide an in-depth review of cutting edge concepts and theories surrounding the area of workplace cyberbullying and online harassment, including, but not limited to conceptualizations, theoretical underpinnings, conceptual analyses, empirical studies, cases and applications, and interventions, to obtain an enhanced grasp of this area of research.             

Objectives of the Book
This handbook has two encompassing objectives. First, to provide a volume of collaborative empirical studies, theoretical frameworks, case study analyses, and interventions surrounding the emergent area of workplace cyberbullying and online harassment. Second, to provide an in-depth coverage of concepts and principles, and interdisciplinary perspectives on the issue of workplace cyberbullying and online harassment to the audience. As such, the aim of this handbook is to provide a quality volume with comprehensive material to academics, researchers, students, and practitioners across the globe as a reference book and as a textbook. 


Target Audience
The book will be suitable for academics, researchers, faculty, doctoral and graduate students, university libraries, policy makers, business managers, and practitioners from organizations and agencies. This volume will provide a summary of cutting-edge research of workplace cyberbullying and online harassment that can be used in higher education and organizational contexts. The foundational knowledge of this book will serve as a reference point for business managers and practitioners, and will also prompt future academic research.


Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Foundation Concepts

    1. Definitions of Cyberbullying and Online Harassment

    2. History of Cyberbullying and Online Harassment

    3. Prevalence of Cyberbullying and Online Harassment

  2. Interdisciplinary Theories of Cyberbullying and Online Harassment

    1. Transformation theory and cyberbullying

    2. Structuration theory and cyberbullying

    3. Social dominance theory and cyberbullying

    4. Social learning theory and cyberbullying

    5. Socio-ecological theory and cyberbullying

    6. Chaos and complexity theory and cyberbullying

    7. Catastrophe theory and cyberbullying

  3. Types of Cyberbullying and Online Harassment

    1. Social media and cyberbullying

    2. Website cyberbullying

    3. Mobile and text messaging cyberbullying

    4. Blogs, microblogs, and cyberbullying

    5. Mass media and cyberbullying

  4. Relationship Contexts

    1. Supervisor-employee cyberbullying and victimization

    2. Supervisor-supervisor cyberbullying and victimization

    3. Employee-employee cyberbullying and victimization 

    4. Bystanders and cyberbullying and online harassment

  5. Socio-cultural Contexts

    1. Majority/minority cultures and cyberbullying

    2. Gender and cyberbullying

    3. Ethnic and racial cyberbullying

    4. LGBT and cyberbullying

  6. Cyberbullying and Online Harassment in Workplace Contexts

    1. E-businesses 

    2. Corporate and for-profit agencies 

    3. Nonprofit agencies

    4. Health care

    5. Higher education and administration

  7. Predictors of Cyberbullying and Online Harassment

    1. Personality factors

    2. Organization factors

    3. Societal/global factors

  8. Effects of Cyberbullying and Online Harassment

    1. Individual and relational health

      1. Mental, emotional, physiological

    2. Organizational

      1. Job satisfaction, absenteeism, turnover 

  9. Preventing Cyberbullying and Online Harassment

    1. Policies and the Prevention of Cyberbullying

    2. Laws and the Prevention of Cyberbullying

    3. Ethics and Civility Values in Digital Work Spaces

    4. Interventions of Cyberbullying and Online Harassment

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before December 2, 2019, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by December 15, 2020 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by March 1, 2020, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Handbook of Research on Cyberbullying and Online Harassment in the Workplace. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All chapter proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery ®TM online submission manager.

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2020.

Important Dates
December 2, 2019: Proposal Submission Deadline
December 16, 2019: Notification of Acceptance
March 1, 2020: Full Chapter Submission
April 29, 2020: Review Results Returned
June 10, 2020: Final Acceptance Notification
June 24, 2020: Final Chapter Submission

Inquiries can be forwarded to
Leslie Ramos Salazar, PhD
Associate Professor of Business Communication and Decision Management

West Texas A&M University