Research in Social Sciences and Technology

Special Issue Theme: Using Social Media in Schools

Guest Editors:

Dr. Stewart Waters
Associate Professor of Social Science Education
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Unites States

Dr. Matt Hensley
Assistant Professor of Social Science Education
East Tennessee State University, Unites States

Social media is unquestionably woven into the fabric of societal culture in the 21st century. Adults and youth alike are becoming more and more dependent on social media as a means of staying connected, informed, and entertained. Social media’s popularity coupled with its ever-evolving multimodal functionality has certainly ushered in a new dimension of citizenship characterized by the consumption, production, and sharing of digitally mediated content on various platforms.

In recent years, social media has gained more acceptance by teachers and education scholars as both a viable pedagogical tool and robust outlet for teachers to engage in informal professional development. As social media’s omnipresence continues to grow in contemporary society, it is critical to better understand how this technology has and is shaping the way in which teachers and students alike interact, learn, and communicate in schools.

The Research in Social Sciences and Technology (RESSAT) Editorial Board and guest editors, Dr. Stewart Waters (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) and Dr. Matt Hensley (East Tennessee State University) invite authors to submit research or theoretical/practioner manuscripts that explore the impact of teaching and learning with social media in K-12 public schools for the RESSAT special issue, Using Social Media in Schools.

RESSAT ( is an international peer-reviewed journal that is published bi-annually. RESSAT serves as a venue for publishing scholarship highlighting the synergy between social sciences and technology and its impact on education.

Interested authors should submit abstracts of up to 500 words and indicate whether their future manuscript will be either an empirical research manuscript or a theoretical/practitioner manuscript. Research manuscripts should include: clearly stated research question(s), literature review, theoretical framework, methodology, findings, and discussion/conclusion.

Special Issue Timeline:

  • Submit abstract (up to 500 words) to Dr. Stewart Waters ( and Dr. Matt Hensley ( by January 31, 2023.
  • Authors whose abstracts are accepted will submit a full-text manuscript through the RESSAT journal’s online submission system by March 1, 2023.
  • The RESSAT special issue Using Social Media in Public Schools is scheduled for publication in April 15, 2023.

Manuscript Guidelines:

  • Authors must adhere to the guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) 7th Edition.
  • Manuscripts must be submitted as Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx) and must be double spaced using a 12-point font in Times New Roman.
  • Recommended manuscript length is 3500 - 5000 words, excluding references and abstract.
  • Include an abstract of 250 words or less.
  • Include a title page with author/s contact information. If the manuscript has more than one author, please indicate which author is to be contacted.
  • Include a statement indicating that the manuscript has not been published elsewhere and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  • More specific author guidelines can found be found here:

This special issue will be published free of charge. Contributing authors will not be asked to pay a publication fee.

Any questions concerning the special issue of RESSAT should be directed to the guest co-editors, Dr. Stewart Waters ( and Dr. Matt Hensley (