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    Annual special edition

    The last issue of every year differs from all other issues: Each year in December, the special issue of merzWissenschaft is published.
    This magazine is dedicated to one topical subject, which it covers from a scientific point of view and examines from different angles.

    The Call for Papers 2018 on "Children|Media|Rights - Complex requirements for access, protection and entitlement in the day-to-day media world of children and young adults" can be downloaded at the following link: Call for Papers - merzWissenschaft 2018

    The topics of the past years were:
    • Media education between digital humanities and subject orientation (2017)
    • Digital games (2016)
    • Media literacy and child development in the first ten years (2015)
    • Media-based education – Perspectives on educational science and media education (2014)
    • Growing-up in complex media worlds - New media technologies and extended media ensembles and their role in the socialization of children and youths (2013)
    • Media practices in globalized and multilocal lifeworlds – Between economics and subject-orientation (2012)
    • Media and health promotion (2011)
    • Children’s media use between the ages of 0 and 6 years (2010)
    • The world of convergent media – A new frame of everyday media use (2009)
    • Media and reading (2008)
    • Media and their influence on human relationships (2007)
    • Sports and media (2006)
    • The role of digital media in social participation (2005)

    The contributions for merzWissenschaft are sought out a year in advance through a call for papers and then undergo a peer review process, in which they are anonymously evaluated by independent, established scientists, ensuring high quality results.

    There are various requirements for contributions and/or assessments published in merzWissenschaft:

    Submitted manuscripts must:
    • be new and original; results presented may not be previously published elsewhere
    • be relevant and pertinent to current topics and discussions, enriching and continuing the discourse
    • present new insights, take a position within current discourse or summarise and process existing literature systematically and comparatively

    Authors agree to:
    • describe their results fully and correctly
    • verify own and third-party work completely and correctly
    • to repeat previously published results only insofar as it is necessary for context comprehension
    • to properly attribute essential contributions and preliminary studies by other scientists or to list them as co-authors
    • to list only co-authors who contributed substantially to the presented results and have consented to co-authorship - and thus to responsibility for the content

    Editors, publishers and reviewers agree to:
    • confidentiality in the handling of all texts, data and information
    • anonymity in the peer review process, in the interest of fairness
    • immediate disclosure of any kind of bias and to draw the appropriate consequences

    The editors are under no obligation to publish unsolicited manuscripts. The editors reserve the right to reject manuscripts, to edit minor (language and content) errors and to request a complete revision if necessary.

    Notes on manuscript format can be found here.

    The following reviewers work for merzWissenschaft:
    • Prof. Dr. Roland Bader (HAWK Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst Hildesheim/Holzminden/Göttingen)
    • Prof. Dr. em. Heinz Bonfadelli (Universität Zürich)
    • Prof. Dr. Andreas Breiter (Universität Bremen)
    • Prof. Dr. Nicole Doering (TU Ilmenau)
    • Dr. Christine Feil (DJI) (Ruhestand seit 4/2016)
    • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Fritz (FH Köln) (Ruhestand)
    • Prof. Dr. Johannes Fromme (Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg)
    • Prof. Dr. em. Rüdiger Funiok (Hochschule für Philosophie München)
    • Prof. Dr. Anja Hartung-Griemberg (Pädagogischen Hochschule Ludwigsburg)
    • Prof. Dr. Brigitte Hipfl (Universität Klagenfurt) (Ruhestand)
    • Prof. Dr. Dagmar Hoffmann (Universität Siegen)
    • Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Hugger (Universität zu Köln)
    • Prof. Dr. em. Jürgen Hüther (Universität der Bundeswehr)
    • Prof. Dr. Otfried Jarren (Universität Zürich) (Ruhestand)
    • Prof. Dr. Rudolf Kammerl (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg) (Ruhestand)
    • Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Klaus (Universität Salzburg)
    • Prof. Dr. Thomas Knieper (Universität Passau)
    • Dr. Karin Knop (Universität Mannheim)
    • Prof. Dr. Friedrich Krotz (Universität Bremen)
    • Prof. Dr. Nadia Kutscher (Universität Vechta)
    • Dr. Claudia Lampert (Hans-Bredow-Institut)
    • Prof. Dr. Andreas Lange (Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten)
    • PD Dr. Wiebke Loosen (Hans-Bredow-Institut)
    • Prof. Dr. em. Renate Luca (Universität Hamburg)
    • Prof. Dr. Ingrid Paus-Hasebrink (Universität Salzburg)
    • Prof. Dr. Horst Niesyto (Pädagogischen Hochschule Ludwigsburg) (Ruhestand)
    • Dr. phil. Wolfgang Reißmann (Universität Siegen)
    • Dr. Ekkehard Sander (DJI) (Ruhestand seit Okt. 2013)
    • Prof. Dr. em. Christina Schachtner (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt)
    • Prof. Dr. Mike S. Schäfer (Universität Zürich)
    • Dr. Jan-Hinrik Schmidt (Hans-Bredow-Institut)
    • Prof. Dr. em. Bernd Schorb (Universität Leipzig)
    • Prof. Dr. Friederike Siller (Fachhochschule Köln)
    • Prof. Dr. Hermann Sollfrank (Katholische Stiftungsfachhochschule München)
    • Prof. Dr. em. Dieter Spanhel (Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)
    • Prof. Dr. Angelika Speck-Hamdan (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) (Ruhestand seit 10/2015)
    • Prof. Dr. Hans-Jörg Stiehler (Universität Leipzig) (Ruhestand seit 4/2017)
    • Prof. Dr. Daniel Süss (ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften)
    • Prof. Dr. Helga Theunert (JFF - Institut für Medienpädagogik in Forschung und Praxis)
    • Prof. Friederike Tilemann (Kinder und Medien, Fachdidaktik Medien)
    • Prof. Dr. Angela Tillmann (Fachhochschule Köln)
    • Prof. Dr. Sabine Trepte (Universität Hohenheim)
    • Prof. Dr. em. Gerhard Tulodziecki (Universität Paderborn)
    • Prof. Dr. Waldemar Vogelgesang (Universität Trier) (Ruhestand)
    • Prof. Dr. Ralf Vollbrecht (Technische Universität Dresden)
    • Prof. Dr. Claudia Wegener (Filmuniversität)
    • Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Wimmer (Universität Augsburg)
    • Prof. Dr. Tanja Witting (Ostfalia Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften und Hochschule Braunschweig/Wolfenbüttel)
    • Prof. Dr. Isabel Zorn (TH Köln)

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