NCMR Special Issues in 2020 & 2021

Three Special Issues to be Published in 2020 and 2021


Difficult Conversations Face to Face and Online with Individuals and Opposing Groups. This special issue will be published in August 2020 as 13:3. The topic addresses the great divide between people, political parties, or the states, by asking researchers to provide perspectives on difficult conversations. The topic has attracted a good number of submissions. The recurring theme of the submissions was around intergroup dialogues. The groups included countries, regions, religious groups, political parties, and online and offline communities. Some papers discussed traditional and social media effects on intergroup dialogues. The regions mentioned in the articles included Americas, Middle East, Europe, and Asia. Research studies employed different methodologies such as lab experiments, interviews, text analysis, and multimethod program assessments. Conceptual papers provided comprehensive reviews, discussed deep-rooted causes, and offered strategy guides. The issue may gain even more significance given the different types and levels of conflict caused by COVID-19. The analysis and guidance provided in this special issue will benefit researchers and practitioners alike in helping people and countries come together to find common goals through difficult yet indispensable conversations.


Global Conflict and Local Resolutions, guest edited by Dr. Joy Chao and Dr. Ming Xie. The submitted authors came from Americas, Europe, East and Southeast Asia, Middle East, and Oceania. Because most papers are still in the last stage of review, the content cannot be disclosed. Upon publication, you will be delighted to read these articles because they cover important yet under-researched topics crucial to our global audience.


Negotiation and Conflict Management in Public Relations and Strategic Communication, guest edited by Dr. Lan Ni, is on. In the context of public relations, the issues that cause conflict between organizations and their publics can lead to various directions, such as the search for mutually beneficial resolutions, the domination of the organizations, the activism of the publics, etc. Set in a specific context, this issue aims to provide studies of specific cases as well as general theoretical advancement for both practitioners and researchers to find ethical and effective ways to manage conflict.