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Date: Sat, 7 Sep 2013 18:30:42 +0000
From: Mary Nucci <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Call for papers on visual science

ISEN-ASTC-L is a service of the Association of Science-Technology Centers
Incorporated, a worldwide network of science museums and related

Call for papers for a special issue of Science Communication: Communicating=
 science visually in the digital age=20

The recent advent of new communication and representation tools and technol=
ogies has created a myriad of new potentialities and new realities in the c=
reation and dissemination of science visuals, both within and outside of th=
e scientific disciplines. This trend has also raised questions about the us=
e and impact of these visuals. Science visuals have progressed beyond simpl=
e tables and graphs to include digitized schematics and simulations, intera=
ctive computer graphics, and even video games, in addition to film, video, =
and photographic treatments. Computerization gives the creator new power to=
 shape representations and thus invite new interpretations of information. =
In this call we intend the term visualization to include any kind of repres=
entation that relies on =E2=80=9Cpictures=E2=80=9D (broadly defined) rather=
 than solely on language, text, or numbers.=20

Visuals can both provide an entry point to science for people without scien=
tific training but also trivialize or confuse people about science through =
the range of possible interpretations of imagery. They may also encourage c=
reative thinking within science. This special issue will bring together res=
earch that considers the changes in science visualization considered across=
 a variety of disciplines to encourage synergy among divergent approaches a=
nd provide a resource for communication, teaching, and future research.=20

This special issue will focus on whether and how visuals and visualization =
technologies (old and new) and the broader access that they may provide are=
 affecting science communication. Questions to be addressed include how sci=
ence is represented visually, how visuals influence public perceptions and =
understandings of science, and what is ultimately the impact of new science=
 visualization technologies both within the disciplines and in the public s=
phere. Papers can address such topics as:=20

    =E2=80=A2 =C2=B7 the impact of visualization techniques and technologie=
s on public understanding/perceptions=20
    =E2=80=A2 the ethics of visual science communication=20
    =E2=80=A2 how scientific results are represented using new visualizatio=
n technologies, along with the implications of these representations=20
    =E2=80=A2 visual metaphors, rhetoric, and framing in science visualizat=
    =E2=80=A2 the changing use of visuals within science disciplines and wh=
at this means=20
    =E2=80=A2 the use of iconic science imagery and its effects on emotion =
and public perception=20
    =E2=80=A2 power issues related to the use of visuals and the public acc=
essibility of science=20
    =E2=80=A2 visuals and their reception in the science museum/center and/=
or other particular contexts=20

This is not intended to be an exhaustive list but only a starting point. Th=
eory-based papers with an empirical or analytical focus and using any quant=
itative or qualitative methodology will be considered. All papers submitted=
 will be subject to a rigorous and competitive peer review process.=20

Timeline and requirements=20

Papers are due April 1, 2014 for publication likely in late 2014 or early 2=
015. Earlier submissions are very strongly encouraged. Mention the special =
issue in your cover letter. Papers should follow the Science Communication =
guidelines for length and format; submit at Ou=
r ideal manuscript is between 7000 and 9000 words, inclusive of notes, refe=
rences, and other material. Additional guidelines can be found at scx.sagep= Queries regarding the special issue can be addressed to guest edito=
r Mary Nucci at [log in to unmask] or to the journal=E2=80=99s editor, Susa=
nna Priest, at [log in to unmask]

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