Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Psychology of Popular Media Culture: Video Games and Children
February 1, 2014: submission deadline
The degree to which video games do or do not impact children, both positively and negatively, continues to be a topic of discussion and controversy in the scholarly community and general public. The ensuing debates have made clear the divergent opinions within the scholarly community regarding the potential impact of violent video games on children's behavior.
At times, these debates have become acrimonious, arguably because these debates are not merely academic, but entwined with both phenomena related to societal violence and "culture war" debates about what media content is moral. The tenor of such debates, both within the scholarly community and general public can, at times, stifle efforts by scholars with differing perspectives to find common ground and understand their divergent views and data.
This special issue is viewed as an opportunity to provide a public forum for scholars on all sides of these debates to discuss new data and new directions in video game science.
Thus, papers addressing the influences of video games on children are invited. It is expected that a range of differing views and data will be included in the final special issue.
These are some guidelines for papers that will be particularly competitive for inclusion in the special issue:
Empirical papers will be given priority over review or theoretical papers. Review/theoretical papers that advance understanding beyond past "video games are good/bad" debates may be competitive, however.
All papers should consider influences on children or teenagers. College student samples will not be given priority.
To avoid publication bias issues, papers finding statistically significant effects as well as those finding null results will be given equal weight. In all cases, careful consideration of the interpretation of effect sizes should be given greater emphasis than a binary statistical significance decision.
Papers examining both positive and negative outcomes are welcome. Papers need not be on aggression/violence or mental health, but could also consider cognition, problem solving, stress, etc.
Papers should be no more than 30 pages in length, total, including references.
By exchanging views and data across debates in this field it is hoped that the special issue will provide a new start for collegial discussion of these issues as the field moves forward.
Manuscripts can be submitted through the Journal's Manuscript Submission Portal. Please note in your cover letter that you are submitting for this special issue and send in attention to Christopher J. Ferguson.
Questions about the special issue can be addressed to the guest editor Christopher J. Ferguson.
First submission papers will be accepted through February 1, 2014.