The Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review

Launching Winter 2020!

a network of pipes representing our modern information ecosystem.

The widespread adoption of digital media and information technologies made it exponentially easier and faster to produce, disseminate, and be exposed to false, manipulated, and sometimes hateful content. Still, misinformation is a complex, largely misunderstood phenomenon. The public, the media, and policy makers are in need of reliable, unbiased research on the prevalence, diffusion, and impact of misinformation worldwide.

The HKS Misinformation Review is a new format of peer-reviewed, scholarly publication. Content will be produced and “fast-reviewed” by misinformation scientists and scholars, released under open access, and geared towards emphasizing real-world implications. All content is targeted towards a specialized audience of researchers, journalists, fact-checkers, educators, policy makers, and other practitioners working in the information, media, and platform landscape.

We intend to review and publish high quality interdisciplinary research that examines misinformation from different perspectives, from its prevalence and impact to the effectiveness of possible interventions.

Editors:

Dr. Irene Pasquetto, Chief Editor
Dr. Matthew Baum, Marvin Kalb Professor of Global Communications and Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School
Dr. Joan Donovan, Director, Technology & Social Change Project, Shorenstein Center

Editorial Board:

Over forty misinformation experts from over twenty different universities and institutes serve on our editorial board. The Board includes social scientists from institutions including Harvard, MIT, Stanford, NYU, Columbia, UPenn, USC, and UCLA, and Microsoft Research.

A Single-Subject, Useful Journal

The HKS Misinfo Review is an interdisciplinary, open access forum where journalists, technologists and educators can connect with timely, peer-reviewed research about misinformation. We invite empirical research from all fields – quantitative and qualitative – and encourage submissions that define misinformation in all its variations, estimate its prevalence and impact, document media manipulation tactics, evaluate interventions (including education, content moderation, debunking and regulation), and historically situate the institutions that define our media ecosystem.

Fast Peer-Review Process

The HKS Misinfo Review adopts a “fast approach” to peer-review. Essays are limited to 3000 words. Articles are submitted in a structured format that emphasizes real-world implications. Reviewers and editors receive compensation for their diligence. This process allows us to publish research products within a month after submission, on a rolling basis.

Content Selection and Curation

The HKS Misinfo Review features traditional scholarly articles, but also curated datasets, data visualizations, videos, podcasts, and tools. Priority will be given to research with real-world implications. To ensure content clarity and impact, our editors will work with the authors to keep academic jargon to a minimum and to encourage a straightforward writing style.

Our Calls for Papers Will Include:

  • Disinformation, propaganda, and media manipulation
  • Media business models, news quality, and misinformation
  • Health and science misinformation
  • Hate speech, content moderation, and platform accountability
  • International disinformation, security, and warfare
  • Online misinformation, offline narratives, and real-life impact

The HKS Misinformation Review will launch this winter. Check here for more information about the first issue, and ways to get involved.       

For information about submissions please email Dr. Irene Pasquetto at irene_pasquetto@hks.harvard.edu.