Health Communications | Call for Papers

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Friday, September 5, 2014 to Friday, May 1, 2015, (All day) - (All day)

Forthcoming Symposium in Health Communication

“Using Visual Narratives and Graphic Medicine to Communicate about Health”

Symposium editor: Andy J. King (

Health communication researchers and practitioners frequently use narrative messaging strategies to influence behavior change and its antecedents. Theorizing and research on these narratives, however, focuses primarily on textual content and style features, often ignoring the aural and visual elements that might factor into an audience’s reception of these narratives. Further, an area of interest of communication-relevant research and practice has emerged that is almost completely absent in health communication research: graphic medicine. Graphic medicine refers, generally, to the use of comics to communicate information about medicine, clinical education, illness experience, and public health.

Health Communication invites submissions for a symposium (a collection of related articles) on visual narratives and graphic medicine. Researchers and practitioners from communication, medicine, public health, nursing, health sciences, and other related fields are encouraged to submit original research articles to this symposium. These articles should offer theoretically grounded research that contributes to the field of health communication (broadly considered). Manuscripts that consider the role of visual narratives and graphic storytelling in comics/graphic novels, video games, picture books, animated or illustrated videos, data visualization, virtual reality, social media, or text narratives with complementary visual components will be considered. All theoretical and methodological perspectives interested in graphic storytelling will be considered. Papers must fit the journal aims, however, and as such need to contribute to theory and practice.

Two types of submissions are encouraged, although others will be considered:

(1) Full-length original research articles that conform to the general guidelines of submissions at Health Communication, reporting on original research on visual narratives or graphic medicine;

(2) Brief reports (2,000 words or less, including references) about the development or implementation of interventions using visual narratives or graphic medicine.


When submitting your manuscript to Health Communication ( be sure to indicate in your cover letter that you are submitting to the symposium on visual narratives and graphic medicine, as well as indicate if your submission is a full-length article or a brief report. Multiple submissions from one research group will be considered. Manuscripts submitted should not be under review at another journal. For questions about submission fit, topical areas, or anything related to the symposium, please contact symposium editor Andy J. King, Ph.D. (

Deadline for symposium consideration is May 1, 2015. The symposium will appear in a printed issue, with articles made available online ahead of print.