Call for Special Issue Papers on Media & Information Literacy

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Journal of Cyberspace Studies
contact email: 

The Journal of Cyberspace Studies (JCSS) is an international peer-reviewed free platinum open access journal that the University of Tehran Press biannually publishes on behalf of the “Cyberspace Policy Research Center” and the “UNESCO Chair on Cyberspace and Culture” with links to UNESCO’s IFAP thematic priorities.

The journal aims to contribute to the reinvigoration of the interdisciplinary intersections of cyberspace studies, and to provide a leading scholarly platform for publishing contributions to the field.

Celebrating the 12th Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week (24 – 31 Oct 2023), the Editors welcome submissions of scholarly articles on all MIL-related topics, particularly the following:

  • Global, international, regional, and national agenda for MIL
  • Disinformation, propaganda, and MIL
  • MIL’s role in preventing the use of social media to polarize society
  • MIL, elections, good governance
  • MIL in times of crisis (e.g. pandemics) and war (e.g. Palestine, Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan)
  • The role of social media in promoting peace and access to information
  • The use of media, information, and technology to advance MIL development among people
  • MIL and social justice
  • MIL policies and practices
  • Teacher training; how to educate the educators?
  • Youth: Formal/informal education, and peer education
  • Information literacy, libraries, the public sphere
  • MIL in theoretical contexts
  • Youth and the news
  • MIL citizens as empowered and informed members of the society
  • Promoting intercultural dialogue through MIL
  • MIL and freedom of expression: Hate speech, dialogue, and engagement
  • MIL’s role in privacy and protection of personal data (General Data Protection Regulation)
  • MIL Futures: Innovation, best practices, challenges, the next step, where are we heading?
  • Innovation, tools, state-of-the-art technology such as artificial intelligence (AI) and MIL

Potential contributors may submit their manuscripts as original research articles (6,000 to 9,000 words) or commentary (2,000 to 4000 words).

The submitted manuscripts are subject to double-blind peer reviews, and potential contributors, who wish to write a commentary are required to submit a brief proposal (maximum 300 words) along with a brief bio of the author(s) to the Review Editor at with “JCSS – MIL Commentary” in the subject line.


Timeline and submission instructions

Although the “commentaries” can be submitted directly to the Review Editor, the articles must be submitted through our online submission system. by 30 September 2023. This deadline will not be extended as the Special Issue is to be published in January 2024. All finalized accepted articles papers will be published ahead of print prior to the issue’s publication.

You will need to choose Special Issue from the drop-down menu that is provided for the type of submission.

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the guidelines on the journal’s website:

For queries about submissions contact, please the editorial office at

For further questions about the special issue and commentaries, contact the Review Editor at with “JCSS – MIL Commentary” in the subject line.



1. Publishing Policies

The JCSS is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Journal’s Publication Ethics page.

2. Open Access 

The JCSS is an open access journal: all articles will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download.

The JCSS publishes articles under Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) License. The Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (CC BY NC) permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.

For considerations for licensors and licensees, viewing the License Deed, or the Legal Code you may refer to the Creative Commons.

Under certain circumstances, the JCSS permits publishing open access articles under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) License which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

3. Fees

The Journal of Cyberspace Studies does not charge the authors or their institutions any submission fees or article processing charges, and the published contents remain freely accessible to the readers.

4. Language

Manuscripts should be submitted grammatically and stylistically adequate. Either Standard American English or Standard British English usage is acceptable, but not a mixture of these. It is required that manuscripts be submitted as a copyedited and proofread document, including proper use of the English language, proper grammatical structure, and correct spelling and punctuation. Where not specified, follow the Concise Oxford Dictionary, New Hart’s Rules and the New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors. Whenever in doubt, refer to Judith Butcher, Copy-editing.