CALL FOR PAPERS: Comunicación y Métodos (Communication & Methods)

Title: Methodologies and research techniques in audiovisual communication studies

Special issue editors:

Manuel José Damasio (Lusofona University) (Lisboa, Portugal)

Jaime López Díez (University Complutense of Madrid, Spain)

Deadline for manuscripts
: 10 May 2020



  • Manuel José Damásio (Universidade Lusófona) (Lisboa, Portugal)
  • Jaime López Díez (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) (España)


From a methodological perspective, audiovisual communication research is currently in a key moment of deep revisioning. On one hand, since the mid ‘90s, and even before, approaches that applied theoretical frameworks based on traditional paradigms have been questioned, even if quantitative methods were used.


In this sense, a turning point was the publication of Post-Theory. Reconstructing Film Studies, in 1996. One of its editors, David Bordwell, concluded his introductory article pointing out that “decades of sedimented dogma need to be broken down and swept away and the spirit of critical thinking renewed”, meaning to stay away from paradigms and theoretical frameworks such as semiotics, psychoanalysis, feminism, postmodernism or postcolonialism among others, because they embed a “dogmatic” bias on the side of the researcher.


Twenty-five years after, the technological development of analytical tools allow researchers to analyze audiovisual texts accurately and fast. This has launched quantitative studies in this field, such as cinemetric researches, or studies based on neurophysiological techniques.


Thus, researchers have now access to a huge amount of data, that may be used in qualitative analysis. But the main questions seem to go back to their previous state, though now with more information to argue about them and with a higher reliability.


Articles accepted for the special issue will focus on research on methodologies, and how these have evolved or affect the results, as well as their limitations. Submissions from authors in various countries/continents are encouraged.


Articles may cover topics such as:

  • Methodologies applied to audiovisual communication research
  • Research techniques applied to audiovisual communication research
  • Key points and limitations in qualitative and qualitative perspectives
  • Influence of the studied materials studied on methodology



Research Questions

  • When a same audiovisual discourse has been studied with different methodologies, what differences has been found?
  • What consequences has audiovisual communication research on the production of audiovisual discourses?
  • What are the most common biases and mistakes in different methodological approaches?
  • To what extent do recent types of audiovisual materials require new research techniques?


No payment from authors will be expected in this issue.




Manuel José Damásio: Lusofona (Lisbon).



Jaime López Díez, University Complutense of Madrid



Manuel José Damasio (Lusofona University) (Lisboa, Portugal)  

Head of Cinema and Multimedia Communication department at Lusofona University (Lisbon, Portugal). He is also professor at University of Minho (Portugal), PhD in Communication from NOVA University Lisbon (Portugal). He is authored of several books and academic articles in international and national journals with peer review.

Jaime López Díez (University Complutense of Madrid) (España)

Professor at University Complutense of Madrid (Spain), in the department of Applied Communication Sciences. His research work in audiovisual communication covers both qualitative and quantitative perspectives.

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