Call for papers - Special Issue


The engagement in digital networks and the climate change: trends, habits and socio-technical dynamics

(To be published in October 2022)



Pedro Rodrigues Costa
Minho University – Portugal.
CECS - Communication & Society Research Centre – University of Minho (Portugal).

Edson Capoano
Minho University – Portugal.
Communication & Society Research Centre – University of Minho (Portugal).

Call for papers:

Digital networks, especially Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, are populated by hate speech, fake news and dynamics aimed at disinformation (Costa, 2020a; Capoano & Costa, 2021; Capoano, Costa, Galhardi & Barros, 2021). However, these continue to be the main spaces for news consumption, with Facebook being the most used for the consumption of news (Cardoso, Paisana, & Pinto-Martinho, 2018).

Although the degree of influence of the proliferation of fake news and misinformation circulating on digital networks in the formation of "public opinion" is not clear, as contingent intellects depend more on the currents of force associated with power and political-ideological domination than to the dynamics of digital sharing and consumption (Costa, 2020b; Costa, 2020c; Costa & Capoano, 2021), there is a growing fear that many will not be able to discard information sources that simulate the journalistic style, in order to deceive and end up contaminating their contacts, spreading content without scientific evidence in digital media. This scenario is particularly problematic in an era of post-truth, in which shared emotions and beliefs sometimes end up achieving greater capacity in defining public debates than rational arguments, facts or evidence (Costa, 2020c; Costa, Sousa, Capoano & Pimenta, 2020).

In this sense, this special issue aims to understand the relationship between subjects and content with the aim of creating disinformation: conspiracy theories, denial strategies and fake news. However, the objective of this issue is to specifically focus on the relationship between the issue of climate change and conspiracy theories, denial strategies and fake news, as well as their impacts on public opinion and on engagement processes - involvement, interaction, intimacy and influence (Siqueira and Bronsztein, 2015) – of information consumers in digital networks.

As an example, we invoked a comparison of link hits generated by Google Trends (Capoano. 2020) among the top environmental issues in 2019. That year, Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg generated hundreds of times more web search motifs than all others topics. The moral foundations associated with this notoriety referred to themes such as care/damage to nature and environmental justice/lie (Weber et al, 2018). Now, these dynamics result precisely from trends, habits and socio-technical dynamics in the use of digital networks, allowing to denote associations (Latour, 2020).

This special issue of The Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies (OJCMT) intends to contribute for a systematic review of worldwide experiences regarding the digital networking, cultural, political and environment impacts of digital media within societies. In addition, it does not intend to romanticize or to be overly the digital media, but rather a realistic and empirical approach of experiences, examples of how digital media engage with societies on the theme of the environment and how misinformation, premeditated or not, influences positions on the issue of climate change: is it possible to identify influences of Fake news on levels of climate denial? Is this due to the dynamics of information functioning in digital networks? How to combat misinformation on environmental issues? What are the main sources of disinformation in this regard?

Taking this context as an inspiration, editors welcome all articles focusing the following range set of topics, not excluding other suitable ones:

  • Digital Media and Climate Change
  • Digital Networks and Climate Change
  • Journalism and Climate Change
  • Fake News and Climate Change
  • Desinformation and Climate Change
  • Desinformation, Digital Media and environment issues
  • Politics, Climate Change and culture of denial
  • Culture of denial and Climate Change
  • Culture of denial, Digital Media and Digital Networks
  • Audiences, digital networks and Climate Change
  • Sustainable development goals, fake news, culture of denial and disinformation

Important dates:

Start submission: November 1, 2021
Manuscript Due: April 31, 2022
Double blind reviewing process: from April 31, 2022 to June 30, 2022
Authors’ notification towards decision: July 1, 2022
Authors’ final versions: until July 30, 2022
Editor’s final checks: from August 2022 to September 2022
Publication: October 2022


To submit your manuscripts, go to and select special issue "The engagement in digital networks and the climate change: trends, habits and socio-technical dynamics" during your submission.


Capoano E. & Costa P.R. (2021) Emotions, Morals and Resilience: The Consumption of News in Ibero-America During the Covid-19 Pandemic. In Berube D.M. (eds) Pandemic Communication and Resilience. Risk, Systems and Decisions, pp. 331-345. Springer.

Capoano, E., Costa, P. R., Barros, V., Galhardi, R. (2021). Tristeza, medo, raiva e vergonha: das emoções ao neuroticismo estimulados pelo consumo de notícias sobre Covid-19. In Oliveira, R. C., Christino, D. & Júnior, E. V. M. (Organizadores). Covid-19 e a Comunicação (pp. 254-277). Goiânia: Cegraf UFG.

Capoano, E. (2020). See Interest over time on Google Trends for Australia bushfire, california wildfires, incêndios Portugal, Amazon forest, Greta Thunberg - Worldwide, 2019. Google Trends.,california%20wildfires,incendios%20portugal,Amazon%20forest,%2Fm%2F0102rc5_&date=2019-01-01%202019-12-31&gprop=news#TIMESERIES

Cardoso, G., Paisana, M., & Pinto-Martinho, A. (2018). Digital news report 2018: Portugal. In Inquérito reuters digital news report 2015 a 2018. Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. In:

Costa, P. R. (2020a). Uma cartografia do ódio no Facebook: gatilhos, insultos e imitações. Comunicação Pública, 15(29), 01-28. Disponível:

Costa, P. R. (2020b). Eu sou tu. Tu és intelecto contingente. In J. P. Neves; P. R. Costa; P. de V. Mascarenhas; I. T. de Castro & V. R. Salgado (Eds.), Eu sou tu. Experiências ecocríticas (pp. 269-292). Braga: CECS.

Costa, P. R. (2020c). Impactos da captologia. Problemáticas, desafios e algumas consequências do “dar vistas” ao ecrã em rede. Sociologia Online, 23(1), pp. 74-94. DOI: https://10.30553/sociologiaonline.2020.23.4

Costa, P. R., Sousa, V., Capoano, E & Paganotti, I. (2020). Riscos, dilemas e oportunidades: atuação jornalística em tempos de Covid-19. Estudos em Comunicação, (31), pp. 1-33.

Costa, P. R. & Capoano, E. (2021). O medo do consumo solitário: comentários nos canais infanto juvenis de YouTube do Brasil e de Portugal. Journal of Iberian Latin-American Research. DOI:

Latour, B. (2020). Onde aterrar? Como nos podemos orientar na “política”?. In J. P. Neves; P. R. Costa; P. de V. Mascarenhas; I. T. de Castro & V. R. Salgado (Eds.), Eu sou tu. Experiências ecocríticas (pp. 259-267). Braga: CECS.

Siqueira, O. S. & Bronsztein, K. P. (2015). Jogos sociais e publicidade: refletindo sobre os quatro níveis de engajamento digital do consumidor. Culturas Midiáticas, 14. Disponível em

Weber, R., Mangus, J. M., Huskey, R., Hopp, F. R., Amir, O., Swanson, R., & Tamborini, R. (2018). Extracting latent moral information from text narratives: Relevance, challenges, and solutions. Communication Methods and Measures, 12(2-3), 119-139.