ESSACHESS – Journal for Communication Studies

ESSACHESS – Journal for Communication Studies is the only French journal in communication sciences to promote in French and English language original contributions in the field of social, cultural, symbolic or economic communication. The journal publishes original articles whose diversity of reading levels and disciplinary boundaries, help through international innovative contributions to a better understanding of a regional issues.

ESSACHESS – Journal for Communication Studies stands out by five essential features that together confer its uniqueness:

1.  ESSACHESS - Journal for Communication Studies is the only French journal that meets the need to promote and make available the results of international research in the areas of the communication sciences to French researchers and among themselves, taking into account that the results of the international research in the area of the communication sciences are virtually absent in the French academic journals on communication.

2. ESSACHESS - Journal for Communication Studies is the only French journal that publishes the best research interdisciplinary papers on social, cultural, symbolic, and economic communication.

3. ESSACHESS - Journal for Communication Studies is the only French journal that integrates and covers all the subfields on the communication sciences.

4. ESSACHESS - Journal for Communication Studies is the only French journal that builds bridges through the thematic fields covered between the French network of research in the communication sciences – a network closed in itself – and the networks of international research both disciplinary and interdisciplinary in the Americas, Canada, Asia, Africa, as well as Eastern, Central, and Western Europe.

5. ESSACHESS - Journal for Communication Studies achieves an exceptional quality for the published articles through a double-blind peer review process of evaluation involving systematically for each article French and foreign experts at the same time.

ESSACHESS, peer-reviewed and published two times per year (July 23th - January-June, and December 23th - July-December), is covered in SCOPUS ELSEVIER, ERIH PLUS, ProQuest CSA, EBSCO PublishingMLA Directory of Periodicals, Index CopernicusDOAJUlrich'sGale, J-GateCEEOL, Genamics Journal SeekSSRN, SHERPA/RoMEO, and DRJI (Directory of Research Journal Indexing) databases. The journal is also recognized by AERES - French Evaluation Agency for Research and higher Education.

ESSACHESS – Journal for Communication Studies is an open-acces journal.

Since june 2016, Essachess benefits from the patronage of the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF).


Since 2015, Essachess is Associate institutional member of ECREA.

ESSACHESS presence

Essachess - Journal for Communication Studies cited in

Katrin Weller, Martin Sebastian Meckel und Matthias Stahl, Social Media - Nachrichten und Journalismus published in 2013 by GESIS – Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences, the largest infrastructure institution for the Social Sciences in Germany - PDF

University of Georgia, USA

Canadian Communication Association

Entretien avec Stefan Bratosin, fondateur et directeur de la revue Essachess – Journal for Communication Studies, professeur à l’Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3


ESSACHESS – Journal for Communication Studies est la seule revue française dans le domaine des Sciences de l'Information et de la Communication à promouvoir en français et en anglais des Etudes Scientifiques Spécialisées Appliquées aux Communications Humaines, Economiques, Sociales et Symboliques. La revue publie des articles scientifiques originaux dont la diversité des niveaux de lecture et des découpages disciplinaires, contribuent par des apports internationaux innovants à une meilleure compréhension des problématiques régionales.

Elle est une publication académique en libre accès inscrite dans les bases de données internationales SCOPUS ELSEVIER, ERIH PLUS, ProQuest CSAEBSCO Publishing, MLA Directory of PeriodicalsIndex CopernicusDOAJUlrich'sGaleJ-GateCEEOLGenamics Journal SeekSSRN, SHERPA/RoMEO, et DRJI et elle est actuellement en cours de référencement dans d’autres bases de données internationales. Essachess est également référencée par l'AERES - 71e section. Son régime de publication est de deux numéros par an (le 23 juillet - Janvier-Juin, et le 23 décembre - Juillet-décembre).

À partir de 2011, ESSACHESS – Journal for Communication Studies paraît également en version électronique (eISSN 1775-352X) identique à la version papier.

A partir de 2016, Essachess bénéficie du parrainage de l'Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF).

Essachess est membre associé institutionnel de l'ECREA depuis 2015.



Call for Papers for volume 14, n° 1(27)/ 2021


Future of Communications and Public Relations (PR). (Re)Imagining the Role, Function and Purpose of the Communication Profession

Guest editors:

Ana ADI, Professor of Public Relations/Corporate Communications

Quadriga University of Applied Sciences, Berlin, GERMANY


Thomas STOECKLE, Lecturer

Bournemouth University London, Analytics & Insights Partner at Dot I/O Health, UNITED KINGDOM


The Covid-19 pandemic has been dubbed the “golden hour for communicators”. As demand for communication services increases, questions about the role, function, ethics and loyalties of the profession become apparent.

The misinformation challenges surrounding Covid-19[1] have become an infodemic alongside the health aspects of the pandemic[2], and communicators including Public Relations practitioners are called upon to address and mitigate the problem. In a political climate of increased partisanship and polarization, this will bring to the fore issues of social responsibility for organizations and communicators.   

If Public Relations and Communications practitioners are to be trusted advisors how can they ensure their organizational independence and move away from a “service/servant” approach? Moreover, how can communicators understand and facilitate negotiation and conversation with diverse, international, multicultural stakeholder groups when their teams are non-diverse? On the same note, how can communicators facilitate discussion at societal level on issues that are divisive and divided? What are the implications, ethical and otherwise, of the values-based approach to effective communications?

This special edition is seeking contributions in English or French, either empirical or theoretical, considering the role, function and purpose of the communication profession (whether called Public Relations, strategic communication, persuasive communication, communication management) and its built-in challenges and paradoxes particularly considering the future of the profession.

In doing so, contributors are invited to consider (but not limited to):

-     various theoretical perspectives including the interplay between modernist, post-modernist and meta-modernist views on the perceived role of the communication and Public Relations profession;

-     the built-in traps and paradoxes of the imagined roles of communicators from organizational advocate to persuasive strategic communicator to trusted advisor and beyond;

-     the historical and practical heritage of the function including its gender and diversity representation, sexism and ageism and their influence on the future of the profession and its ability to connect with diverse audiences in an inclusive manner;

-     the interplay between values – individual, professional, organizational and societal – and the communicator’s role in uniting and dividing;

-     the professionalism of Public Relations specialists/Communicators (the criteria, ethics, duties, responsibilities, rewards and punishment);

-     the skill sets required of Public Relations specialists/Communicators to perform an evolving role in public discourse.

Important Deadlines

  • November 30, 2020: submission of the proposal in the form of an extended abstract of maximum 2 pages. The proposal must include a list of recent references and 5 keywords.
  • December 18, 2020: acceptance of the proposal
  •  March 15, 2021: full paper submission;
  • April 30, 2021: reviewer’s comments to be communicated to authors
  •  May 30, 2021: submission of paper with final revisions (after revisions)
  • July 2021: journal publication

Full papers should be between 6,000-8,000 words in length. Papers can be submitted in English or French. The abstracts should be in English and French (150-200 words) followed by 5 keywords. Please provide the full names, affiliations, and e-mail addresses of all authors, indicating the contact author. Papers, and any queries, should be sent to:

Authors of the accepted papers will be notified by e-mail.

[1] Pennycook, G., McPhetres, J., Zhang, Y., Lu, J. G. and Rand, D. G., 2020. Fighting COVID-19 Misinformation on Social Media: Experimental Evidence for a Scalable Accuracy-Nudge Intervention. Psychological Science, 31 (7), 770-780.

[2] Cinelli, M., Quattrociocchi, W., Galeazzi, A., Valensise, C. M., Brugnoli, E., Schmidt, A. L., Zola, P., Zollo, F. and Scala, A., 2020. The covid-19 social media infodemic. arXiv preprint arXiv:2003.05004; Cuan-Baltazar, J. Y., Muñoz-Perez, M. J., Robledo-Vega, C., Pérez-Zepeda, M. F. and Soto-Vega, E., 2020. Misinformation of COVID-19 on the Internet: Infodemiology Study. JMIR Public Health Surveill, 6 (2), e18444.

Posted: 2020-09-13 More...

Call for Papers for volume 13, n° 2(26)/ 2020: Ageing and Digital Communication


Ageing and Digital Communication

Guest editors:

Dr. Loredana IVAN, Associate Professor at

National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania

European Network of Ageing Studies Chair

Dr. Alina DUDUCIUC, Senior Lecturer at

National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania

Health Communication TWG-ECREA

Demographically, the world is about to enter a new era. As the ageing population is a well documented phenomenon and the older adults are relatively affluent worldwide, ageing has become a major topic of the contemporary academic and public discourses. Once understood only as a disengagement from the active life or as a biological status, ageing is to gain new social meanings. In the meantime, another ubiquitous phenomenon impacts nowadays social interactions and everyday life: the emerging of digital communication. Over the past decade, digitization has made considerable progress and the new ICTs are being rapidly diffused on the large segments of the population.

Related to ageing and digital communication, at least two research directions have been addressed on the communication science research agenda, specifically (1) How the widespread of new technologies are changing the norms and practices of the later life? And (2) How social actors, groups, institutions and mainstream media provide, spread or constrain ways of growing older via digital devices? These questions shaped novel and interdisciplinary approaches at the convergence of the sociology of ageing, communication and media studies, psychology, gerontology and human computer interaction.

In the case of using new digital devices, on the one hand older people have been stereotyped according with their age, as a minority with limited agency and increased dependency, as frail and underrepresented compared with their younger counterparts. On the other hand, the constant growth of the digital seniors has brought into attention the concept of autonomy, self-efficacy and power of doing and portraying ageing. In these contexts, a more inclusive and diverse representations of ageing are considered desirable by the seniors’ media users, but the attempt to delivery such an age-friendly media content and image remains scarce. 

As it is seen, the reflection on these two interconnected spectres – the demographic turn (ageing) and the unprecedented speed of digitalization (digital communication) – gave rise to a controversial debate on the meanings, portrayals and experience of ageing along with the perceived advantages and disadvantages of using digital devices at old age. The ongoing debates on ageing and communication reflect the diversity of the experience of ageing in and within the new internet-based technologies, whereas it empowers and disempowers older adults to function in society and to lead a healthy and fulfilling life.

This special issue aims to bring together contributions that explore both the challenges and opportunities of using digital communication later in life, and seek to better understand the role of new technologies in shaping the diverse portrayals and meanings of ageing in the network society. We invite you to submit original manuscripts of diverse types: original research, systematic reviews, and theoretical papers, which address the relationship between ageing and digital communication.

 Important Deadlines

– January 18 (deadline extended), 2020: submission of the proposal in the form of an abstract of maximum 2 pages. The proposal must include a list of recent references and 5 keywords;

– February 2, 2020: acceptance of the proposal;

–  June 15, 2020: full paper submission;

–  October 15, 2020: full paper acceptance.

Full papers should be between 6,000-8,000 words in length. Papers can be submitted in English or French. The abstracts should be in English and French (150-200 words) followed by 5 keywords. Please provide the full names, affiliations, and e-mail addresses of all authors, indicating the contact author. Papers, and any queries, should be sent to:

Authors of the accepted papers will be notified by e-mail. The journal will be published in December 2020.


Vieillissement et communication numérique

Coordination :

Loredana IVAN

Maître de conférences, Ecole Nationale d’Etudes Politiques et Administratives, Roumanie

Présidente de la European Network of Ageing Studies



Maître de conférences, Ecole Nationale d’Etudes Politiques et Administratives, Roumanie

Membre du Health Communication TWG-ECREA


Démographiquement, le monde est sur le point d’entrer dans une nouvelle ère. Le vieillissement de la population est un phénomène bien documenté et les personnes âgées sont relativement riches dans le monde. Dans ce contexte, le vieillissement est devenu un sujet majeur des discours académique et public contemporains. Autre fois entendu seulement comme un désengagement de la vie active ou comme un statut biologique, le vieillissement acquiert aujourd’hui de nouvelles significations sociales.

Dans le même temps, un autre phénomène omniprésent a un impact majeur sur les interactions sociales et la vie quotidienne: l’émergence de la communication numérique. Au cours de la dernière décennie, la digitalisation a fait des progrès considérables et les nouvelles technologies de l’information et de la communication deviennent populaires pour de larges couches de la population mondiale.

Dès lors, le vieillissement et la communication numérique sont directement liés. La recherche internationale en sciences de la communication, retient au moins deux axes de travail  qui mettent en exergue deux types de questionnements : (1) Comment les nouvelles technologies modifient les normes et les pratiques de la vie âgée ? et (2) Comment les acteurs sociaux, les groupes, les institutions et les médias grand public fournissent, diffusent ou limitent-ils les moyens de vieillir via les appareils numériques ? Ces questions ont façonné des approches novatrices et interdisciplinaires liées à la convergence de la sociologie du vieillissement, à la communication et aux médias, à la psychologie, à la gérontologie et à l’interaction homme-machine.

Dans le cas de l’usage de nouveaux appareils numériques, d’une part, les personnes âgées ont été stéréotypées en fonction de leur âge, en tant que minorité peu autonome et avec une dépendance accrue, fragile et sous-représentée par rapport à leurs homologues plus jeunes. D'autre part, l’augmentation constante du chiffre des seniors numériques a attiré l'attention sur le concept d'autonomie, d'efficacité personnelle et de pouvoir de « faire » et de « représenter » le vieillissement. Dans ce contexte, une représentation plus inclusive et plus diverse du vieillissement est considérée souhaitable par les utilisateurs âgés des médias, mais la tentative de fournir une image et un contenu médiatiques aussi adaptés aux personnes âgées reste rare.

Selon ce panorama, la réflexion sur ces deux spectres interconnectés – le tournant démographique (le vieillissement) et la rapidité sans précédent de la digitalisation (communication numérique) –  a donné lieu à un débat controversé sur les significations, les représentations et l'expérience du vieillissement, ainsi que sur les avantages perçus et les inconvénients d'utiliser des appareils numériques à un âge avancé. Les débats en cours sur le vieillissement et la communication reflètent la diversité des expériences liées au vieillissement dans et au sein des nouvelles technologies basées sur Internet, alors qu’elles permettent aux personnes âgées de fonctionner dans la société et de mener une vie saine et épanouissante.

Ce numéro spécial a pour objectif de rassembler des contributions qui explorent les défis et les opportunités liés à l’usage de la communication numérique plus tard dans la vie et cherchent à mieux comprendre le rôle des nouvelles technologies dans la définition des différentes représentations et significations du vieillissement dans la société en réseau. Nous vous invitons à soumettre des manuscrits originaux tels recherches originales et articles théoriques ou empiriques, qui traitent de la relation entre le vieillissement et la communication numérique.

Dates importantes :

-              18 janvier 2020 (deadline étendue) : envoi de la proposition d’article en anglais ou en français sous forme d’un résumé d’environ 2 pages (comportant 5 mots-clés et bibliographie sélective récente) ;

-              2 février 2020 : notification des résultats ;

-              15 juin 2020 : soumission intégrale de l’article (6000-8000 mots);

-              15 octobre 2020 : acceptation définitive de l'article.


Les articles complets et les questions complémentaires doivent être adressées à :


Les auteurs dont les articles auront été acceptés en seront avisés par e-mail.

La revue sera publiée en décembre 2020.

Posted: 2019-11-06 More...

Call for Papers for volume 12, n° 2(24)/ 2019: Gender, religions and media: emerging themes and perspectives


Gender, religions and media: emerging themes and perspectives

Guest editor:

Magali DO NASCIMENTO CUNHA, Full Professor, Brazilian Society on Interdisciplinary Studies on Communication/INTERCOM, Communication and Religion Research Group, Media, Religion and Culture/MIRE Study Group, BRAZIL (

Posted: 2018-12-12 More...
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Vol 13, No 1(25) (2020): Interpersonal and Inter-linguistic Communication in the Digital Age. Digital Inclusion and Accessibility

Guest editors

Dr. Najwa HAMAOUI, Professor, Mons University, Belgium

Dr. Daniel DEJICA, Full Professor, Politehnica University Timisoara, Romania

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