Focus and Scope

Social Interaction. Video-Based Studies of Human Sociality is dedicated to studying action and sense-making practices in social interaction. It focuses typically on workplace settings and their constitutive features as made visible through participants’ conduct and the social organization of the setting. The journal welcomes scholarly papers that provide new insights through state of the art research of naturally occurring human action as situated in the material world. Papers will typically analyze how participants draw on bodily, tangible, vocal, verbal and other resources to make sense and accomplish orderly courses of social interaction.


Social Interaction is an online journal that publishes four annual issues of flexible size. The journal publishes methodological and conceptual contributions, but especially encourages papers that are based on analysis of naturally occurring video recorded data. The journal welcomes analyses of longer single cases, or from collections of phenomena. It is possible to embed video extracts as integral part of the papers. 

Peer Review Process

As the Journal has adopted a double blind reviewing policy, please remove all identifying features from the paper itself by ensuring that the author’s name is replaced by ‘Authos’ in the main text, in-text citations, reference list and running header. Papers that have not had all such features removed will be returned without review to the author for alteration.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

There are no submission fees, publication fees or page charges for this journal.

Types of Submission

Social Interaction is an international journal for high quality articles using video to analyze human sociality. Papers will typically focus on participants’ verbal and bodily practices for sense-making in a material environment. The journal accepts the following types of submissions:

 Full-length research articles (up to 8.000 words)

Full-length original articles typically discuss the state of the art in using video recordings to describe human sociality by presenting original findings of interactional phenomena. Articles undergo double-blind review.

 Short research articles (up to 4.000 words)

Short articles also need to be original and undergo the same double-blind review process as full-length articles. The short articles are typically based on single-case analysis and can be used as a first-mover statement on e.g. a candidate phenomenon.

 Discussion notes, comments and replies (up to 1.500 words)

The journal publishes conventional discussion notes and replies and responses. Instructions or tutorials such as non-commercial presentations of technical aspects (e.g., for transcribing, video editing, anonymization of video/pictures etc.) may also be published. This format is reviewed by the editors.

 Booklet articles (with no top word limit).

Longer articles that require a more complex argument and/or a vast number of examples may be published as booklet articles, undergoing a double-blind review process. Only after dialogue with the journal editors should the author submit such as proposal.

 Word limit does not include abstract, transcripts and references.

The journal is only available online and provides an accessible platform with the possibility of embedding audio/video excerpts directly within the published articles. The online format and the length of articles allow for quick turnaround and production of submissions. All articles will be accessible in both an online and pdf version and should also be readable without the video content. The journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. 

Submit your paper online 

Submission declaration and verification

Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis) and that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Video clips

Procedures for using embedded video clips in manuscripts

This journal is dedicated to the analysis of video recordings of social interaction. It provides authors the possibility to embed video excerpts in their articles so that readers can watch the clips while reading the analysis.

If you wish to embed data excerpts in your published article these should be included in your initial submission for peer review purposes.

As the system is unable to manage large/many video files, authors should uploade videos in a cloud service like Dropbox, Box or Owncloud and provide a link in the title page. The editors will then make sure, that the videos are shared with reviewers for anonymized review purposes.

Ethical procedures and compliance with the agreement between participants/’informants’ and researchers as well as providing relevant anonymization are solely authors’ responsibility.

If relevant, video clips should be anonymized prior to submission by using software that enable anonymization like e.g. Wondershare Filmora. Video clips that are published and embedded in the final article will be uploaded to the journals private Kaltura channel, a server hosted by University of Southern Denmark. Videos on this channel will only be vissible to people with the direct link.

The journal procedure for using videos is as follows:

  • When authors submit an article, they should add links to the relevant video clips. There must be one link for each video clip. Links can be provided using cloud services like e.g. Dropbox.  
  • During the review process, the editors will provided reviewers with the relevant video link. These links are only useable for the specific reviewer.
  • If the article is published, video excerpts are uploaded on the journals public Kaltura channel: Social Interaction. Videos are uploaded with an "unsearchable name", which, however, is meaningful within the context of the journal, e.g., "SIv01e01a01v1" (Social Interaction, vol. 1, issue 1, article 1, video 1). From Kaltura we use the embed code to insert clips into the online article.
  • Consequently, videos will eventually be publically available.

We want to emphasize, that any video clips that are used in the articles are part of the empirical basis of the article, and that copyrights to the video clips are strictly tied to the article and their author(s).         

All video clip uploaded on the account, as provided by the authors, and embedded in the articles, are the authors’ sole responsibility regarding relevant anonymization of participants in the clip and rights for sharing the video. The journal cannot be hold responsible for showing or distributing the video clips as part of a published article.


Language, transcriptions, figures and tables

Please write your text in English. Authors who feel their manuscript may require editing to eliminate possible grammatical or spelling errors and to conform to correct scientific English should have the manuscript proof-read before publication, but not necessarily prior to the initial submission.

Insert figures, tables, pictures and transcriptions into the relevant section of the manuscript. Transcripts may be written directly into the manuscript or inserted as independent files (but in docx format). If relevant, please insert description of where to put a video. Transcripts, figures, tables and video clips should be numbered consecutively and may include a caption (e.g., a description or ‘title’ of the illustration). Make sure to also upload all pictures to the system as seperat files. 

Transcripts of video recordings may take various forms and do not necessarily use talk as a baseline. Please explain transcription symbols if they deviate from standard conventions.