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Call for Submissions
International Journal of Telepresence (IJT)

Published by the International Society for Presence Research (ISPR,

Matthew Lombard, Ph.D.
President, International Society for Presence Research
Department of Media Studies and Production, Temple University, USA

Deadline: General submissions are accepted at any time; calls for contributions to special issues have specific deadlines.

The International Journal of Telepresence (IJT) is an open access academic journal with no publication fees. Published by the International Society for Presence Research (ISPR;, its mission is to provide an accessible, enlightening and engaging forum for rigorous, constructive, open-minded, and interdisciplinary scholarship for anyone who studies, theorizes about, designs or is just interested in telepresence. We welcome submissions of previously unpublished work in formats including but not limited to reports on single or multiple studies, case studies, theory development, literature reviews, critical analyses, first-person or other descriptive reports, book reviews, commentaries, and more. For research reports, any traditional or rigorous nontraditional method is welcome. Submissions that include rich and engaging media including static and interactive graphics, audio and video material, etc. are especially encouraged.

Defining telepresence

Although there are many overlapping definitions, telepresence (or just ‘presence’) refers to a sense of ‘being there’ in a technologically mediated environment (“spatial presence”) with other people or personae (“social presence”). More formally, ISPR has defined presence as “a psychological state or subjective perception in which even though part or all of an individual’s current experience is generated by and/or filtered through human-made technology, part or all of the individual’s perception fails to accurately acknowledge the role of the technology in the experience.”

Presence is an increasingly common, and usually desired, phenomenon in which we feel present in or connected to the mediated people or things we encounter. We still know we’re using a technology, but at some level we ignore that fact and just perceive the people, things and events of the experience. For example, we get “lost” in the world of a novel, TV show, movie, videogame or theme park ride; we feel immersed in the interactive worlds of virtual reality and consider the technology-generated additions of augmented reality as part of the nonmediated world; we’re convinced by the realism of paintings or graphic designs; we treat our cars, computers or other machines as if they have personalities of their own, and we feel like we’re “with” a person we talk to on the telephone or in a videoconference.

Although studied formally most often in communication and psychology, presence has applications across every academic discipline and profession – with prominent examples in art, business, education, entertainment, and health and medicine.  Presence has great promise to improve our lives but also the possibility for perilous misuse; it thus warrants attention from scholars in each of these and many other fields.


All submissions are blind peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers. Submitters are invited to recommend potential reviewers or particular criteria for reviewers of their work. Accepted work including multimedia components, are published online at


Why submit to IJT?


IJT is interested in wide range of telepresence research including not only communication and media technology but also interdisciplinary areas of research. We look for articles about telepresence that is theoretically challenging, practically applied, and thematically interesting. IJT does not limit the format of submission which allows the potential authors to submit a paper version of research, but also any types of media format.



What is mission and role of IJT?


The mission of the new International Journal of Telepresence is to provide a forum for a wide variety of scholarship on theory, research and thoughtful analysis related to (tele)presence. …


Open access, no charge to authors, easy online access on the ISPR website (


Rigorous but constructive, open-minded, timely blind peer review process


Variety of submission formats, from short commentary to extended literature review


Multi-media format – with a focus that often includes immersive multi-media experiences it’s unreasonable to limit ourselves to static print; we strongly encourage the inclusion of images (including interactive panoramas), videos, new VR/AR applications, and other media to enhance the reader experience.






contribute to our collective understanding of presence phenomena and applications in any/every aspect of life. Topics of interest include (but are absolutely not limited to):

  • Presence theory
  • Measures of presence
  • Presence and emotion
  • Presence and education
  • Presence and social interaction
  • Gender and Presence
  • Neuroscience approaches to Presence
  • Presence in gaming and entertainment
  • Philosophical perspectives on presence
  • Ethics of presence
  • Presence technologies and applications (e.g. in business, arts, medicine and therapy)
  • The future of presence research


[All chapters must be original, of high quality and of approximately 15-25 pages in length at the publication stage. All submissions will be refereed through a double-blind peer review process.

Submitted chapters should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. Papers which have appeared previously in conference proceedings or journals may be submitted to this book, only if they are substantially revised or improved from their earlier versions with at least 50% new material, results, or insights and there is acknowledgement of the previously published work.]



Authors are invited to submit …. [a summary (*one page*) of their proposed chapters as well as 5 lines short bio of each author for the possible inclusion in the book. Submission and peer review will be managed through EasyChair. Please submit your chapter proposal online at

Acceptance/Rejection of proposals: 6 Jan 2016

Manuscript due: 18 April 2016

Review feedback due and acceptance/rejection of full chapters: 24 June 2016

Revised chapter due: 31 July 2016

Manuscript delivery to the publisher: 30 Sep 2016

  • Proposals on all relevant topics are invited.
  • Co-authored chapters are welcome.]





The International Society for Presence Research (ISPR) is a non-profit membership organization founded in 2002 to support academic research related to the concept of (tele)presence.