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Financial Strategic Communications - 24.07.2013
Call for abstracts and papers for the International Journal of Strategic Communication

International Journal of Strategic Communication
Routledge Publishers (Taylor & Francis Group)

Call for abstracts and papers on
"Financial Strategic Communications"

Guest Editor: Alexander V. Laskin,
Quinnipiac University, USA
Deadline for abstracts: September 10, 2013

Strategic communication in the financial arena is at the forefront of the business agenda. Banking institutions are learning to rebuild their reputations in an environment of consistently decreasing trust. Publicly traded companies are learning to build relationships with shareholders in an atmosphere of heightened shareholder activism. Hedge funds, mutual funds, and other investment organizations are learning to communicate to their investors in the midst of a constantly changing regulatory landscape. Governments are learning to explain to domestic and international publics the intricacies of bailouts, defaults, and changes in the interest rates. All of these issues are highlighted by the exponential growth of financial communication on social media sites such as StockTwits and Investopedia.

The unique communicative challenges faced by organizations in the financial sector demand an in-depth investigation from multiple disciplines and sub-disciplines; yet, academic research has been slow to catch up. This Special Issue of the International Journal of Strategic Communication seeks to contribute to the conversation on the challenges of strategic financial communication. Topics of interest include banking communication, the decline of trust in the financial sector, the reputation of the financial industry, investor relations, shareholder activism, international financial communication, government communication about defaults and bailouts, changing regulatory landscapes, as well as the impact of social media, mobile media, and other new communication technologies on financial communication.

The selection of papers will reflect the scope of the International Journal of Strategic Communication, which aims to build an interdisciplinary body of knowledge in strategic communication, often defined as “the purposeful use of communication by an organization to fulfill its mission,” based on theoretical and methodological approaches from diverse disciplines, including corporate communication, organizational communication, public relations, marketing communication, advertising, international relations, public diplomacy, and other areas. Research questions and topics addressed should be valuable for a global readership. While international, comparative, and cross-cultural studies are especially welcome, research with a regional or national focus is suitable if insights or results build understanding of strategic communication in other parts of the world.

Submission and selection process

Abstracts with proposals for submissions should be no more than two pages (double-spaced with 1” margins, Times New Roman 12 pt. type). Abstracts should outline the paper, providing research questions and/or hypotheses, methods, key messages or results, and contribution to the body of knowledge, as well as a short bio of the author(s). Abstracts should be submitted, by September 10, 2013, to guest editor Dr. Alexander V. Laskin at

The authors of the abstracts most suited to the topic of the Special Issue will be asked to submit full papers of not more than 28 double-spaced pages, including references and tables/figures (approx. 7,000 words), by December 20, 2013. Full papers will receive blinded external review, as well as review by the guest editor. The accepted manuscripts will be published in IJSC Vol. 8, No. 3 in July 2014.


  • Deadline for abstract submission: September 10, 2013
  • Requests for full papers provided: September 30, 2013
  • Deadline for full article submissions: December 20, 2013
  • Reviews of full papers provided: February 1, 2014
  • Deadline for revised submissions (if necessary): February 20, 2014
  • Final versions due: March 15, 2014
  • Papers and editorial transferred to production: April 10, 2014
  • Proofs sent to editors and authors: May 15, 2014
  • Special Issue published: July 2014

About the guest editor

Alexander V. Laskin, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the Department of Public Relations, Quinnipiac University, USA. He received a professional degree with honor in economic geography and English (1998) from Moscow State Pedagogical University; MA in communication studies (2003) from the University of Northern Iowa; MA in international business (2008) from the University of Florida; and Ph.D. in mass communication (2008) from the University of Florida. Laskin had worked in investor relations, international mergers and acquisitions, and market research in Europe and the United States. Today, Laskin’s academic research focuses on investor relations, strategic corporate communications, social responsibility, and international business. He was awarded the Ketchum Excellence in Public Relations Research Award by the Institute for Public Relations in 2006 for his research on the value of investor relations.

About the journal

The International Journal of Strategic Communication is part of a multi-national effort to integrate various communication disciplines into a coherent body of knowledge and facilitate the development of strategic communication as a domain of study. The IJSC seeks to define the field of strategic communication, address the application of theory to this emerging field, provide a forum for multidisciplinary approaches and diverse research traditions, and espouse a truly international perspective that gives voice to cross-cultural research and scholars in all regions of the world. The IJSC provides a foundation for the study of strategic communication from diverse disciplines, including corporate and managerial communication, organizational communication, public relations, marketing communication, advertising, political and health communication, social marketing, international relations, public diplomacy, and other specialized communication areas. To view an online sample, visit

The IJSC is edited by Dr. Ansgar Zerfass, Institute of Communication and Media Studies, University of Leipzig, Germany/Center of Corporate Communications, BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, Norway, and Dr. Kelly Page Werder, Ph.D., School of Mass Communications, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA.

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