Communicatio Socialis

Journal on Media Ethics and Ethics of the Digital Society


Communicatio Socialis – Journal on Media Ethics and Communication in Religion and Society deals with trends and problems of social, media-mediated communication from a media ethics perspective.

Especially with the mediatisation and digitalisation of social communication, the importance of critical and ethical reflection on these fields is growing.

Communicatio Socialis has an interdisciplinary orientation:

We consider the following references to be particularly important:

  • Firstly, communication and media ethics primarily uses social science methods to theoretically and empirically research the media world in all its facets, also with regard to the question of how it can look better.

  • Secondly, philosophical ethics clarifies the possibilities and limits of normative argumentation in general ethics. In media ethics, it endeavours to make practical suggestions as application-oriented ethics.

  • And thirdly, in media education, the question is posed as to how people can become or remain capable of acting and empowered in a world increasingly characterised by (digital) media.

  • In addition, media ethics issues and research touch on many other disciplines, such as psychology, political science and theology. Communicatio Socialis is open to these connections.

Communicatio Socialis publishes articles in several sections:

  • Main thematic focuses: Each issue contains a thematic focus set by the editorial team and editors, with a focus on media ethics. As a rule, three topics are announced in advance in the print or online edition and on the website. Authors are invited to offer their contributions. In addition to academic articles, the formats in this section include reports, essays, inside views and interviews. The editorial team is also open to including topics in the magazine that are currently relevant to media ethics.

  • Basic concepts of communication and media ethics (series): In each issue of the magazine, different authors from media ethics and its neighbouring disciplines present terms relevant to media ethics. The series, which is based on definitions and discourse, aims to offer students as well as communication and media practitioners a basic conceptual orientation.

  • ‘zuRechtgerückt’ (series): The zuRechtgerückt section deals with current violations of standards, primarily in German-speaking countries, which are discussed in the self-regulatory bodies of the media, as well as legal regulations in the context of freedom of information.
  • Essay: Current scientific research results from communication science.

  • Communication in Religion & Society: In addition to essays on church and religious communication, this section contains articles on social discourses and general developments in public communication.

  • Reviews: The selected books are orientated towards the subject area of the journal. This means that the literature reviewed focuses on communication and media ethics as well as the area of media/religion/communication. In addition, fundamental works of communication science and practice are reviewed.

ISSN Print 0010-3497
ISSN Online 2198-3852
Published quarterly


Communicatio Socialis is sponsored by the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. zem::dg – Zentrum für Ethik der Medien und der digitalen Gesellschaft

Communicatio Socialis is a member of the Media Ethics Network


Address of the editors

Editorial Office

Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
Studiengang Journalistik
Redaktion Communicatio Socialis
Ostenstraße 25
85072 Eichstätt

Phone: +49 (0)8421/93-21554
E-mail to the editorial office:

Call for Papers

You want to write for Communicatio Socialis?

We look forward to your contribution.

Please send manuscripts and suggestions for texts to the editorial office.

Please consider the following information for authors.

Information for Authors

Publishing Open Access

Communicatio Socialis is not an open access journal. However, it is possible to publish individual articles in the journal open access by making the digital version freely available under a Creative Commons license chosen by the respective author(s). The publisher requires a fee to cover the publication costs (Article Processing Charge – APC) in the amount of 1,990.00 EUR (plus VAT). Many scientific institutions and science funding bodies provide corresponding funds for the publication of research results.

Are you interested in this option? Talk to your editorial office or contact!

Review process


Communicatio Socialis offers authors the opportunity to publish their work in a peer review process with external reviewers. Articles from the ‘Essays’ section as well as selected texts from the respective main topics are eligible for our peer review procedure.

What is peer review by request?

Since December 2018, the journal Communicatio Socialis has offered authors the option of publishing their contributions within the framework of a peer review process. Unlike comparable journals, Communicatio Socialis does not review all articles blindly and externally, but only those that the author requests be reviewed.

Why peer review by request?

The thematic issues of Communicatio Socialis are planned up to one year in advance. In order to be able to guarantee the comprehensive compilation of topics, the editors ask accomplished authors for contributions. A review process with external experts is difficult to reconcile with the organisation of such a process. Due to the comprehensive editorial support for the authors and the quality assurance of the contributions, it is usually not even necessary. Intensive reviewing by a highly competent editorial team is standard in our journal.

Since some authors are dependent on peer-reviewed publications in their academic work—for example, in the context of cumulative doctoral or appointment procedures — Communicatio Socialis offers the option of a peer review by request procedure. The background to the decision for a peer review by request procedure is explained in detail in the editorial to our issue 4/2018.

How does peer review by request work?

Authors whose contributions are to be peer-reviewed must submit their typescript both once with all their author details and once anonymously, specifying three keywords. All contributions submitted will be reviewed by two independent and competent reviewers from the disciplines of media and communication studies and media ethics according to specific criteria (see below). Both the authors and the reviewers remain anonymous to each other.

The reviewers can vote as follows:

  • (1) The contribution is rejected;
  • (2) The article may be resubmitted after extensive revision and will be reviewed by the editors;
  • (3) The article can be submitted after minor revisions and will be reviewed by the editorial office;
  • (4) The article may be edited and printed.

If there are different votes, a third review will be conducted.

As a result of the internal and external votes, the editorial board will decide whether to publish the work in question and, if so, when to publish it.

Our criteria:

  • The research questions should be formulated in an understandable way.
  • An appropriate research approach has been chosen to answer the questions posed.
  • The methodology should be comprehensible and the research results reproducible.
  • The integration of theory must make sense.
  • Reference should be made in a contribution to current topics and discussions in the field of media ethics or media and communication science and their relevance should be explained.
  • The contribution should be original and novel.
  • The structure of the article should be logical and the conclusions comprehensible.
  • The article must comply with the usual formal requirements for academic articles and be easy to read and understand.

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