Call for Chapters: Mitigating Mass Violence and Managing Threats in Contemporary Society


Dr. Selina E. M. Kerr, Independent Researcher (United Kingdom)
Dr. Mary Ann Markey, Adjunct Professor at Grand Canyon University

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: February 15, 2020
Full Chapters Due: March 15, 2020


In a post 9/1 world, Western countries still face myriad threats of mass violence. This is evidenced by the rise of far-right extremism: for instance, recent acts of mass violence were perpetrated against worshippers in a Mosque in New Zealand, as well as Mexicans shopping at a supermarket in Texas. Terrorism has also become an imminent threat in advanced, democratic societies. For example, the United Kingdom suffered three large-scale terrorist attacks in 2017. Of particular concern is the phenomenon of “lone-wolf terrorism,” whereby acts of political violence are committed by individuals who are operating independently of any organized terrorist group, something which makes them inherently more difficult to identify in advance of an attack.


This book will aim to explore the shifting definitions and implications of mass violence. One such example is whether independently acting “lone wolf” terrorists adapt their strategies to cope with broader social changes, such as in Europe where there has been an increase in the number of motor vehicle attacks. In addition, this book will aim to investigate the premise that the perpetrators’ decision regarding their choice of weapon(s) to carry out their planned mass violence is based upon their accessibility to particular weapons. As an action, terrorism is an attention-seeking behavior as a means of showcasing their mass violence against a particular person, group or institution. The ways in which these individuals are promoting their actions is also evolving, with more individuals making use of technology to disseminate their manifesto prior to the incidents; whilst some individuals use live streaming to broadcast their incidents of mass violence as they transpire. The book will also explore ways in which to prevent these incidents before they occur, an element which presents its own challenge since previous research has indicated that there is no single accurate profile of a “lone wolf terrorist” or other active killer. Another area of interest will be whether perpetrators of mass violence share similar goals and motivations for their sprees, as well as display commonalities in their direct and indirect warning behaviors.

Target Audience

The target audience of this book will be composed of professionals, practitioners and researchers working in the field of conflict analysis and resolution, crisis management (natural and man-made), law enforcement, mental health, education, psychology, sociology, criminology, criminal justice, cyber-terrorism, counter-terrorism, threat analysis, other social sciences, etc.

Recommended Topics

• Shifting definitions of what constitutes mass violence.
• Motivations underlying mass acts of violence.
• The news media’s representation of acts of mass violence.
• The general public’s understanding of mass violence.
• The methods utilized in the commission of mass violence and strategies to counteract evolving methods.
• The choice of weapons to commit mass violence and ways to counteract this (e.g. how to provide security against weapons like motor vehicles).
• Perspectives for comprehending the motivations and issues contributing to mass violence.
• Examining the role of technology in mass killers’ promotion of their infamous activities.
• Managing threats and potential solutions to mitigating mass violence.
• Risk assessment measures, e.g. instruments that may be used to measure offending risk.
• Direct and indirect “red flag” behaviors of active killers.
• Reporting and dissemination of information regarding potential threats.
• Potential for a centralized database for threat tracking.
• The contextual implications for the suitability of threat assessment and identification measures.

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before February 15, 2020, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by February 17, 2020 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by March 15, 2020, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.
Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Mitigating Mass Violence and Managing Threats in Contemporary Society. All manuscripts are accepted on a double-blind peer review editorial process. All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery®TM online submission manager.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2021.

Important Dates

February 15, 2020: Proposal Submission Deadline
February 17, 2020: Notification of Acceptance
March 15, 2020: Full Chapter Submission
May 13, 2020: Review Results due to Author
June 10, 2020: Review Results Returned
June 24, 2020: Final Acceptance Notification
July 8, 2020: Final Chapter Submission


Dr. Selina Kerr
Independent Researcher

Dr. Mary Ann Markey
Adjunct Professor at Grand Canyon University


Security and Forensics; Social Sciences and Humanities
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