"Green Papers" introduce an idea, pose a question, or suggest the need for further queries on a particular issue. Successful Green Papers often become, or lead to"White Papers." White Papers outline proposals for action in a specific area. Both White and Green papers are increasingly common in the Internet age as they allow organizations to articulate the need for further research or action.

The Health Communication Division is focused, first and foremost, on research and the pedagogical development of scholars. Yet, a secondary goal of our research activities is to construct a knowledge base that could inform larger discussions. As such, the Health Communication Division may find it useful in the years ahead to produce and publish White and Green Papers. Those papers are traditionally posted to an organization's webpage.

Policy discussions aside, the Health Communication Division can also use White and Green Papers to direct/redirect scholars toward meaningful research agendas. To that end, a Past Chair of the Health Communication Division, Jakob D. Jensen, will be soliciting brief Green Papers from senior scholars working in the area of Health Communication. Green Papers in Communication will be brief - no more than 500 words - and serve to introduce an idea, pose a question, or suggest the need for further research. Green Papers in Communication provides an efficient outlet for senior scholars to "put voice" to ideas that the field needs to hear. All Green Papers in Communication will be published to this page. Senior scholars interested in writing a Green Paper should contact Jakob Jensen:

Green Papers in Communication

August 2014: Volume 1, Issue 1 - Comparison as a basic component of communication research: A call to action