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

 The journal is dedicated to the analysis of video recordings of social interaction. It provides authors the possibility to embed video clips in their articles so that readers can watch the clips while reading the analysis. If you want to embed video clips in your published article these should be included in your initial submission for peer review purposes.

If relevant, video clips should be anonymized prior to submission by using software that enable anonymization like e.g. Adobe Premiere or Final Cut. Video clips are part of the empirical basis of the article, and copyrights to the video clips are strictly tied to the article and their author(s). Ethical procedures and compliance with the agreement between participants/’informants’ and researchers as well as providing relevant anonymization are authors’ responsibility. The journal cannot be held responsible for showing the video clips as part of a published article.

Video clips that are published and embedded in the final article will be uploaded to a secure server provided by the University of Southern Denmark.

Please send video clips via a secure file transfer software to the editors or provide links to where they can be downloaded. Video clips cannot be submitted through the subscription site. Please indicate their placement clearly in the manuscript (e.g., >>Video clip 1 here<<).


Language, transcriptions, figures and tables

Transcripts will typically include text and images (e.g., screen shots or drawings) and should be made as separate files (e.g., not as main text in the manuscript).

Full transcripts with images and annotations (if relevant) should be submitted as individual files in docx and pdf format and inserted in the manuscript. Transcripts, images and figures should be numbered consecutively and may include a caption (e.g., a description, code or ‘title’ of the illustration). 

Images can either be static or moving (gif). If you want to use gifs please make them available to the editors (see below under video clips) and mark their placement in the manuscript.

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