1. publications

1A. Peer-reviewed academic publications (SSCI/SCI/Web of Science ESCI/EI/Scopus)

  1. Lin, F. & Zhang, X. (2018). Movement-press dynamics and news diffusion: A typology of activism in digital China. China Review, 18(2), 33-63. Link: muse.jhu.edu/article/696528. (Q1 (top 23%) in SSCI – Area Studies, 2016 JCR IF = 0.906, The Chinese University Press)


  2. Zhang, X. & Lin, W.-Y. (2018). Stoking the fires of participation: Extending the Gamson Hypothesis on social media use and elite-challenging political engagement. Computers in Human Behavior. 79, 217-226. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2017.10.036. (Q1 (top 12%) in SSCI – Psychology (multidisciplinary), 2016 JCR IF = 3.435, Elsevier)

  3. Zhang, X. & Lin, W.-Y. (2018). Hanging together or not? Impacts of social media use and organisational membership on individual and collective political actions. International Political Science Review, 39(2), 273-289. doi: 10.1177/0192512116641842. (Q2 (top 33%) in SSCI – Political Science, 2016 JCR IF = 1.588, Sage Publications Ltd., the flagship journal of the International Political Science Association (IPSA))

  4. Lin, W.-Y., Cao, B., & Zhang, X. (2017). To speak or not to speak? Predicting college students’ outspokenness in the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. International Journal of Communication, 11, 3704-3720. (Q2 (top 32%) in SSCI – Communication, 2016 JCR IF = 1.498, USC Annenberg Press)

  5. Zhang, X. (2017) Exploring the country co-occurrence network in the Twittersphere at an international economic event. In: Cheng X., Ma W., Liu H., Shen H., Feng S., Xie X. (eds) Social Media Processing. SMP 2017. Communications in Computer and Information Science. Vol. 774, 308-318. Springer, Singapore. doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-6805-8_25 (EI, acceptance rate: 20%)

  6. Zhang, X. (2017). Visualization, technologies, or the public? Exploring the articulation of data-driven journalism in the Twittersphere. Digital Journalism. Online first, doi: 10.1080/21670811.2017.1340094. (Indexed in Web of Science ESCI, SCOPUS, Routledge Journals, Taylor & Francis Ltd.)

  7. Zhong, Z.-J., & Zhang, X. (2017). A mediation path to Chinese netizens’ civic engagement: The effects of news usage, civic motivations, online expression and discussion. China: An International Journal, 15(2), 22-43. (SSCI - Area Studies, corresponding author. The NUS Press, National University of Singapore)

  8. Cui, L., & Zhang, X. (2017). What happened to those fans several years later?: Empowerment from Super Girls’ Voice for girls in China (2007-2015). Critical Studies in Media Communication. 34(4), 400-414, doi: 10.1080/15295036.2017.1319070. (SSCI – Communication, Routledge Journals, Taylor & Francis Ltd.)

  9. Lin, W.-Y., Zhang, X., Song, H.-Y., & Omori, K. (2016). Health information seeking in the Web 2.0 age: Trust in social media, uncertainty reduction, and self-disclosure. Computers in Human Behavior, 56, 289–294. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2015.11.055. (Q1 (top 12%) in SSCI – Psychology (multidisciplinary), 2016 JCR IF = 3.435, Elsevier)

  10. Zhang, X. (2015). Voting with dollars: A cross-polity and multilevel analysis of political consumerism. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 39(5), 422-436. doi: 10.1111/ijcs.12181. (SSCI – Business, 2015 JCR IF = 1.086, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)

  11. Lin, F., Chang, T.-K., & Zhang, X. (2014). After the spillover effect: News flows and power relations in Chinese mainstream media. Asian Journal of Communication, 25(3), 235-254. doi: 10.1080/01292986.2014.955859. (SSCI – Communication, Routledge Journals, Taylor & Francis Ltd.)

  12. Liu, N. & Zhang, X. (2014). The influence of group communication, government-citizen interaction, and perceived importance of new media on online political discussion. Policy & Internet, 5(4), 444-461. doi: 10.1002/1944-2866.POI348. (Web of Science ESCI, SCOPUS, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)

  13. Zhang, X. & Lin, W.-Y. (2014). Political participation in an unlikely place: How individuals engage in politics through social networking sites in China. International Journal of Communication, 8, 21-42. Full text: http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/2003/1047. (Q2 in SSCI – Communication, 2016 JCR IF = 1.498, USC Annenberg Press)

  14. Lin, W.-Y., Zhang, X., & Lee, F. L. F. (2013). Making the world a distant place? How foreign TV news affects individual cynicism in post-colonial Hong Kong. International Communication Gazette, 75(8), 715-731. doi: 10.1177/1748048513497160. (SSCI – Communication, Sage Publications Ltd.)

  15. Lin, W.-Y., Zhang, X., Jung, J.-Y., & Kim, Y.-C. (2013). From the wired to wireless generation: Investigating teens’ internet use through the mobile phone. Telecommunications Policy, 37(8), 651-661. doi:10.1016/j.telpol.2012.09.008. (Q2 in SSCI – Communication, 2013 JCR IF = 1.128, Elsevier)

1B. Peer-reviewed publications in Chinese

  1. Lin, W.-Y., & Zhang, X. (2012). Seeking the invisible youth: Examining the Otaku’s online-offline social capital construction in Hong Kong. Mass Communication Research, 2012(7), 233-270. Full text: http://mcr.nccu.edu.tw/word/1314522013.pdf. (In Chinese, TSSCI). [林宛瑩,張昕之。 (2012)。 〈「隱形少年」現形記:香港御宅族網際網路使用與社會資本建構初探〉,《新聞學研究》 ,2012年第7期,頁233-270.]


  2. Zhang, X. (2010). The impact of online social networking on university students’ civic participation: A case of two universities in Southern China. In G. Zhang (Ed.), Communication in e-Society: Innovation, collaboration, and responsibility (pp. 95-115). Shanghai: Shanghai People’s Press. [張昕之 (2010)。〈社交網站使用與大學生公民參與行爲之關係:以中國南部兩所高校爲例〉。 張國良主编:《e社會傳播:創新·合作·責任》,頁95-115,上海人民出版社].

2. professional contributions

Professional Journal Articles, Book Reviews, Media Contributions

  1. Zhu, J. J. H., Huang, Y., & Zhang, X. (2018). Dialogue on computational communication research: Origins, theories, methods, and research questions. Communication & Society, 44, 1–24. [祝建華、黃煜、張昕之(2018)。〈對談計算傳播學:起源、理論、方法與研究問題〉。《傳播與社會學刊》,第44 期,頁1–24]. Full text: http://cschinese.com/word/15554202018.pdf


  2. Zhang, X. (2014). Book review: A Review of Democracy on trial: Social movements and cultural politics in postauthoritarian Taiwan, by Y.-C. Chuang. The China Review. 14(2), 265-269.


  3. Zhang, X. (2014). “Who is the singer?” A social network analysis on the song covering network of the Chinese TV Reality Show “I am the Singer”). Media Digest [Hong Kong: Radio Television Hong Kong], 2014(4). Full text: http://rthk.hk/mediadigest/20140417_76_123107.html. [張昕之 (2014)。〈誰是歌手?對內地電視選秀節目《我是歌手》競演翻唱曲目的社會網絡分析〉。 香港電台《傳媒透視》,2014年第4期]


  4. Zhang, X. (2013). Four interpretive frames to make sense of Snowden incident: Government-citizen relation, political expression, international relation, and privacy. Media Digest [Hong Kong: Radio Television Hong Kong], 2013(7), 4-5. Full text: http://rthk.hk/mediadigest/20130715_76_123002.html. [張昕之 (2013)。〈斯諾登事件之四重邏輯:政府-公民關係,政治表達,國際關係,與隱私權利〉。 香港電台《傳媒透視》,2013年第7期,頁4-5]


  5. Zhang, X. (2012). The analyze on the TV appreciation index and cognition ratings of Hong Kong TV Drama: 1998-2009. Media Digest [Hong Kong: Radio Television Hong Kong], 2012(6), 16-17. Full text: http://rthk.hk/mediadigest/20120613_76_122880.html. [張昕之 (2012)。〈從電視欣賞指數歷年數據概述香港電視劇集特徵與收視情況〉。 香港電台《傳媒透視》,2012年第6期,頁16-17]

  6. Zhang, X. (2012). On the banned TV drama When the Heaven Burns in mainland China. Media Digest [Hong Kong: Radio Television Hong Kong], 2012(1), 6-7. Full text: http://rthk.hk/mediadigest/20120113_76_122823.html. [張昕之 (2012)。〈簡評香港劇集《天與地》在內地禁播事件〉。 香港電台《傳媒透視》,2012年第1期,頁6-7]

  7. Wang, C., & Zhang, X. (2011). The rising cacophony or dominated opinions? Public discussions about Gaddafi on micro-blog. Media Digest [Hong Kong: Radio Television Hong Kong], 2011(9), 12-13. Full text: http://rthk.hk/mediadigest/20110915_76_122789.html. [王成軍,張昕之 (2011)。〈「眾說紛紜」抑或「一言九鼎」〉。 香港電台《傳媒透視》,2011年第9期,頁12-13]


  8. Zhang, X. (2010). A review on the media’s performance during Manila hostage incident. Media Digest [Hong Kong: Radio Television Hong Kong], 2010(9), 3-4. Full text: http://www.rthk.org.hk/mediadigest/20100914_76_122652.html. [張昕之 (2010)。〈媒體、挾持者、政府 ─ 「8•23」菲律賓人質事件反思〉。 香港電台《傳媒透視》,2010年第9期,頁3-4] Note: After the publication of this contribution, this article was featured and cited extensively in a popular deliberation radio program of Radio-1, Radio Television Hong Kong, the Millennium, on September 21, 2010.

  9. Zhang, X. (2010). Comparing the content regulations of TV drama between mainland China and Hong Kong: A case of criminal drama. Media Digest [Hong Kong: Radio Television Hong Kong], 2010(4), 4-5. Full text: http://rthk.hk/mediadigest/20100422_76_122599.html. [張昕之 (2010)。〈中港電視劇內容管理管窺:以警匪、犯罪、涉案題材為例〉。 香港電台《傳媒透視》,2010年第4期,頁4-5]

  10. Zhang, X. (2009). On the citizen journalism during the “Aug. 8th” Typhoon & Flood Disaster in Taiwan. Media Digest [Hong Kong: Radio Television Hong Kong], 2009(9), 10-11. Full text: http://rthk.hk/mediadigest/20090915_76_122370.html. [張昕之 (2009)。〈風雨同舟.守衛家園—試析台灣公民媒體對「八八水災」的報導〉。 香港電台《傳媒透視》,2009年第9期, 頁10-11]


  11. Zhang, X. (2009). The media coverage of “Green Dam” software incident in mainland China. Media Digest [Hong Kong: Radio Television Hong Kong], 2009(7), 4-5. Full text: http://rthk.hk/mediadigest/20090715_76_122313.html. [張昕之 (2009)。〈中國內地「綠壩」軟體風波始末:從官方到民眾—七大主角的網路媒介話語博弈〉。 香港電台《傳媒透視》,2009年第7期,頁4-5]

3. peer-reviewed international major conference presentations

  1. Zhang, X., Zhang, L., Zhang, M., Liu, Y., He, W., & Zhou, W. (2018). Monkey King, Naruto, and Mickey Mouse: Mapping the co-consumption network of animation protagonists in mainland China. Paper presented at the 68th Annual Conference of International Communication Association (ICA), Prague, The Czech Republic, 24 - 28 May, 2018.

  2. Zhang, X. (2017) Visualization, technologies, or the public? A text mining analysis of the articulation of data-driven journalism in the Twittersphere. Paper presented at the 67th Annual Conference of International Communication Association (ICA), San Diego, USA, 25 – 29 May, 2017.

  3. Zhang, X. & Lin, W.-Y. (2017). Extending the Gamson hypothesis on social media use and elite-challenging political participation: A cross-polity study. Paper presented at the 67th Annual Conference of International Communication Association (ICA), San Diego, USA, 25 – 29 May, 2017.

  4. Zhang, X. (2016). The effects of freedom restoration, message frames, and language variety on psychological reactance. Paper presented at the 66th Annual Conference of International Communication Association (ICA), Fukuoka, Japan, 9-13 June, 2016.

  5. Cui, L., & Zhang, X. (2016). What happened to those tomboys several years later?: Empowerment from Super Girls’ Voice for girls in mainland China (2007-2015). Paper presented at the 66th Annual Conference of International Communication Association (ICA), Fukuoka, Japan, 9-13 June, 2016.

  6. Lin, W.-Y., Cao, B., & Zhang, X. (2016). To speak or not to speak: Predicting college students’ outspokenness in the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. Paper presented at the 66th Annual Conference of International Communication Association (ICA), Fukuoka, Japan, 9-13 June, 2016.

  7. Zhang, X., & Zhong, Z.-J. (2015). Mapping the boundary of media effects on environmental concerns: Evidence from 37 societies. Paper presented at the 65th Annual Conference of International Communication Association (ICA), San Juan, Puerto Rico, 21-25 May 2015.

  8. Lin, W.-Y., & Zhang, X. (2015). From spectators to participants: A study of affective intelligence, media uses, and political participation in Hong Kong. Paper presented at the 65th Annual Conference of International Communication Association (ICA), San Juan, Puerto Rico, 21-25 May 2015.

  9. Wang, C.-J., Chen, H.X., & Zhang, X. (2015) The landscape of information diffusion on Sina Weibo: Investigating the rich-club effect. Paper presented at the 65th Annual Conference of International Communication Association (ICA), San Juan, Puerto Rico, 21-25 May 2015.

  10. Zhang, X., & Lin, W.-Y. (2014) The cynics in action: Social networking sites use, political attitudes, and political participation in mainland China and Hong Kong. Paper presented at the 64th Annual Conference of International Communication Association (ICA). Seattle, Washington, the U.S., May 2014. [Political Communication Division Travel Grant Awardee]

  11. Zhang, X., & Lin, W.-Y. (2014) Bowling alone or together? Social media uses, organizational membership, and political participation. Paper presented at the ICA 2014 Pre-conference: New Media and Citizenship in Asia: Values, Digital Politics, and Civic Well-Being, Seattle, Washington, the U.S., May 2014. [Division Travel Grant Awardee]

  12. Zhong, Z.-J., & Zhang, X. (2014). Media and psychological predictors of civic engagement: Uses of news, motivation, political efficacy, and relative deprivation. Paper presented at the 64th Annual Conference of International Communication Association (ICA). Seattle, Washington, the U.S., May 2014.

  13. Zhang, X., & Zhang, F. (2013). Powered by democracy? - A multilevel model of media uses and political participation across Asian countries. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), D.C., the U.S., Aug 8 – 11, 2013. [McCombs & Shaw Best Paper Award, the Political Communication Interest Group]

  14. Zhang, X., & Zhang, W. (2013). The willingness to fight for the People’s Republic of China? The individual determinants of political support in the post-colonial Hong Kong. Paper accepted to be presented at the 99th Annual Convention of National Communication Association (NCA). D.C., the U.S., Nov 21-24, 2013.

  15. Zhang, X. (2013). The myth of “voting with dollars”: A cross-polity and multilevel analysis of political consumerism. Paper presented at the 63rd Annual Conference of International Communication Association (ICA). London, the U.K., June 17-21, 2013.

  16. Lin, W.-Y., Zhang, X., & Lee, F. L. F. (2013). Making the world a distant place? How foreign TV news affects individual cynicism in post-colonial Hong Kong. Paper presented at the 63rd Annual Conference of International Communication Association (ICA). London, the U.K., June 17-21, 2013.

  17. Liu, N., & Zhang, X. (2012). Talking as communicators: Effects of group communication, government-citizen interaction, and perceived media importance on online political discussion. Paper presented at the 100th Annual Convention of Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). Chicago, the U.S., Aug 9-12, 2012.

  18. Lin, F., & Zhang, X. (2012). Contextualizing inter-media influence: Diffusion of online news about three collective actions in China. Paper presented at the 62nd Annual Conference of International Communication Association (ICA). Phoenix, Arizona, the U.S., May 24-28, 2012.

  19. Lin, F., & Zhang, X. (2011). Bureaucratic nature of news websites and online activism in China. Paper presented at the 106th Convention of American Sociological Association (ASA). Las Vegas, the U.S., 13-16 August 2011.

  20. Lin, W.-Y., Zhang, X., Kim, Y.-C., & Jung, J.-Y. (2011). Religion on the line: Investigating communication and action through youths’ online religious participation. Paper presented at the 97th Annual Convention of National Communication Association (NCA). New Orleans, United States, Nov 17-19, 2011.

  21. Lin, W.-Y., & Zhang, X. (2011). Demystifying collective identities in Hong Kong and Taiwan: The effects of media and communication. Paper presented at the 97th Annual Convention of National Communication Association (NCA). New Orleans, the U.S., Nov 17-19, 2011.

  22. Zhang, X. (2011). Twenty years of internet and civic engagement: A review beyond hypes and hopes. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). St. Louis, the U.S., 9-13 August 2011.