Special Issue "Health Misinformation on Social Media"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Communication".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 July 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Marco Viviani
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Guest Editor
University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Informatics, Systems, and Communication (DISCo)
Interests: social media analytics; information retrieval; trust and reputation; information credibility assessment; multicriteria decision making; aggregation operators

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are organizing a Special Issue entitled: “Health Misinformation on Social Media” in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The venue is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes articles and communications in the interdisciplinary area of environmental health sciences and public health. For detailed information on the journal, we refer you to https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph.

Today, the success of the Social Web and the massive use of social media is making an increasingly large number of people rely on information diffused on these media. In fact, in recent years, we have witnessed the explosion of so-called user-generated content (UGC), i.e., content diffused by users on social media without almost any traditional form of control of its quality or veracity by reputable third parties. This can represent a problem especially in the health scenario, in which a large portion of people seeks health-related information.

Prior research indicates that medical professionals do not author an extensive amount of health-related information available on social media. This creates the conditions for spreading false, inaccurate or misleading health-related information, thereby potentially leading ill people away from proper care.

Therefore, the aim of this Special Issue is to address and investigate this problem by assessing perceptions of credibility about health-related information found on social media, under different perspectives. For example, by analyzing the Social Web for identifying suitable sources of health-related information (blogs, microblogs, question-answering systems, etc.); evaluating the impact of health misinformation; studying and implementing models for the credibility assessment of the acquired health-related information from social media; and studying and implementing models for the prevention of health misinformation diffusion in social media.

This Special Issue is aimed at scholars and researchers involved in different research areas, from medical informatics to sociology to medicine, confirming the interdisciplinary character of the journal.

Dr. Marco Viviani
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Social Web and health information diffusion
  • Models and technologies for health information credibility assessment
  • Models and technologies to prevent health misinformation diffusion
  • Impact of health misinformation in social media
  • Crowdsourcing and health information/misinformation assessment
  • Knowledge-bases applied to health information credibility
  • Health and media literacy
  • Health information retrieval
  • Recommending genuine health information
  • Decision-making in dealing with health information/misinformation
  • Filter bubbles and echo chambers in the diffusion of health misinformation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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