Kubin, E. & von Sikorski, C. (accepted). The polarizing content warning: How the media can reduce affective polarization. Human Communication Research doi:10.1093/hcr/hqae006
[SSCI listed, Impact factor 5.0].


Kubin, E., von Sikorski, C., & Gray, K. (accepted). Political censorship feels acceptable when ideas seem harmful and falsePolitical Psychology [SSCI listed, Impact factor 4.6].    


Christner, C., Merz, P., Barkela, B., Jungkunst, H. F., & von Sikorski, C. (2024). Combatting climate disinformation: Comparing the effectiveness of correction placement and type. Environmental Communication
[SSCI listed, Impact factor 2.7].


Kubin, E., & von Sikorski, C. (2023). The complex relationship between media and political polarization: Understanding how the media can affectively (de)polarize citizens. International Journal of Communication, 17, 5207-5222. [SSCI listed, Impact factor 1.194]


von Sikorski, C., & Merz, P. (2023). No-go Zone for Jews?  Examining how news on anti-Semitic attacks increase victim blaming". Communications: European Journal of Communication Research, 48(4), 539-550.  
[SSCI listed, Impact factor 2.095].


Azevedo, F., Pavlovic ́,T., do Rêgo, G. G., Ay, F. C., Gjoneska, B., Etienne, T. W., … von Sikorski, C., ..., & Sampaio, W. M. (2023). Social and moral psychology of COVID-19 across 69 countries. Nature Scientific Data, 272, 1-26.  [SSCI listed, Impact factor 8.501].


Kubin, E., Gray, K., & von Sikorski, C. (2023). The media can reduce political dehumanization by pairing facts with personal experiences  Political Psychology, 44(5), 1119-1140.  [SSCI listed, Impact factor 4.804].


von Sikorski, C., Naderer, B., & Brandt, D. (2023). Inappropriate? Gay characters affect adults' perceived age-appropriateness of animated cartoons. Communications: European Journal of Communication Research, 48(1), 28-42.
[SSCI listed, Impact factor 2.095]


Schmuck, D., Matthes, J., & von Sikorski, C. (2023). No compassion for Muslims? How journalistic news coverage of terrorist crimes influences emotional reactions and policy support depending on the victim’s religion. Crime & Delinquency, 69(5), 1020-1043. [SSCI listed, Impact factor 2.307]


von Sikorski, C. (2022). Trump against Germany: Examining how news about Donald Trump's anti-German utterances affect anti-Americanism in Germany: A moderated mediation model The International Journal of Press/Politics, 27(1), 263-284. doi:10.1177/1940161220964773

           [SSCI listed, Impact factor 6.592]


von Sikorski, C., Schmuck, D., Matthes, J., Klobasa, C., Knupfer, H., & Saumer, M. (2022). Do journalists differentiate between Muslims and Islamist terrorists? A content analysis of terrorism coverage. Journalism, 23(6), 1171-1193. doi:10.1177/1464884921990223
[SSCI listed, Impact factor 4.436]


Van Bavel, J. J., Cichocka, A., Capraro, V., Sjåstad, H., Nezlek, J. B., Pavlović, T., … von Sikorski, C., …, & Boggio, P. S. (2022). National identity predicts public health support during a global pandemic. Nature Communications 13, 515. [SSCI listed, Impact factor 14.919]


von Sikorski, C. (2022). Visual polarization: Examining the interplay of visual cues and media trust on the evaluation of political candidatesJournalism, 23(9) [SSCI listed, Impact factor 4.436].


Pavlović, T., Azevedo, F., De, K., C. Riaño-Moreno, J. C., Maglić, M., Gkinopoulos, T., ... von Sikorski, C., ..., & Van Bavel, J. J. (2022). Predicting attitudinal and behavioral responses to COVID-19 pandemic using machine learningPNAS NEXUS


Schmuck, D., Matthes, J, von Sikorski, C., Rahmanian, M., & Bulat, B. (2022). Tearing us Apart? Muslims' Attitudes Toward the Majority Population in Response to Differentiated Versus Undifferentiated News About Terror. International Journal of Communication, 16, 1420-1440. [SSCI listed, Impact factor 1.194]


Kubin, E., & von Sikorski, C. (2021). The role of (social) media in political polarization: A systematic review. Annals of the International Communication Association, 45, 188-206. doi:10.1080/23808985.2021.1976070  [SSCI listed]


Dan, V., Paris, B., Donovan, J., Hameleers, M., Roozenbeek, J., van der Linden, S., & von Sikorski, C. (2021). Visual mis- and disinformation, social media, and democracyJournalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 98, 641-664. doi:10.1177/10776990211035395 [SSCI listed, Impact factor 4.128]


von Sikorski, C.Matthes, J., & Schmuck, D. (2021). The Islamic State in the news: Journalistic differentiation of Islamist terrorism from Islam, terror news proximity, and Islamophobic attitudes. Communication Research, 48, 203-232. doi:101177/0093650218803276 
SSCI listed, Impact factor 4.856]


Matthes, J., Schmuck, D., & von Sikorski, C. (2021). In the eye of the beholder: A case for the visual hostile media phenomenon. Communication Research. doi:10.1177/00936502211018596  [SSCI listed, Impact factor 4.856]


von Sikorski, C., & Saumer, M. (2021). Sexual harassment in politics. News about victims’ delayed sexual harassment accusations and effects on victim blaming: A mediation model. Mass Communication and Society, 24, 259-287. doi:10.1080/15205436.2020.1769136 [SSCI listed, Impact factor 3.309]


Matthes, J., Marquart, F., & von Sikorski, C. (2021). Likeminded and cross-cutting talk, network characteristics, and political participation online and offline: A panel study. Communications: European Journal of Communication Research, 46, 113-126.
doi:10.1515/commun-2020-2080 [
SSCI listed, Impact factor 2.095]


Schmuck, D., & von Sikorski, C. (2020). Perceived threats from social bots: The media's role in supporting literacy. Computers in Human Behavior. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2020.106507 
[SSCI listed, Impact factor 6.829]


Matthes, J., Kaskeleviciute, R., Schmuck, D., von Sikorski, C., Klobasa, C., Knupfer, H., & Saumer, M. (2020). Who differentiates between Muslims and Islamist terrorists in terrorism news coverage? An actor-based approach. Journalism Studies, 21, 2135-2153. doi:10.1080/1461670X.2020.1812422 

[SSCI listed, Impact factor 3.741]


von Sikorski, C. (2020). Scandalous?! Examining the differential effects of news coverage about (non-)severe political misconduct on voting intentions and news source evaluations. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 97, 762 -789. doi:10.1177/1077699020911081 [SSCI listed, Impact factor 4.128]


von Sikorski, C., Heiss, R., & Matthes, J. (2020). How political scandals affect the electorate. Tracing the eroding and spillover effects of scandals with a panel studyPolitical Psychology, 41, 549-568. doi:10.1111/pops.12638 
SSCI listed, Impact factor 4.333]


von Sikorski, C., & Herbst, C. (2020). Not practicing what they preached! Exploring negative spillover effects of news about ex-politicians’ hypocrisy on party attitudes, voting intentions, and political trust. Media Psychology23, 436-460. doi:10.1080/15213269.2019.1604237
SSCI listed, Impact factor 3.824]


Matthes, J., Knoll, J., Valenzuela, S., Hopman, D., & von Sikorski, C. (2019). A meta-analysis of the effects of cross-cutting exposure on political participation. Political Communication, 36, 523-542. doi:10.1080/10584609.2019.1619638 [SSCI listed, Impact factor 5.921]


von Sikorski, C. (2019). Framing-Effekte in der Gesundheitskommunikation: Ein Forschungsüberblick und eine Inhaltsanalyse der Studien zur Wirkung von Gain- und Loss-Frames. Medien Journal, 43, 23-44.


Matthes, J., Schmuck , D., & von Sikorski, C. (2019). Terror, terror, everywhere? How terrorism news shape support for anti-Muslim policies as a function of perceived threat severity and controllability. Political Psychology40, 935-951. [SSCI listed, Impact factor 3.365]


Heiss, R., von SikorskiC., & Matthes, J. (2019). Populist Twitter posts in news stories: Statement recognition and the polarizing effects on candidate evaluation and anti-immigrant attitudes. Journalism Practice, 13, 742-758. 
SSCI listed, Impact factor 1.542]


von Sikorski, C., & Knoll, J. (2019). Framing political scandals: Exploring the multimodal effects of isolation cues in scandal news coverage on candidate evaluations and voting intentionsInternational Journal of Communication, 13, 206-228. [SSCI listed Impact factor 1.194]


von Sikorski, C., Schmuck, D., & Matthes, J. (2018). Eine Spirale der Angst? Terrorberichterstattung in den Medien, wahrgenommene Bedrohung und politische Einstellungen. Psychologie in Österreich38, 354-361.


Haack, G., von Sikorski, C., Hänelt, M., & Schierl, T. (2018). Onlineinformationen zur Förderung einer informierten Entscheidung über die Teilnahme an einer Darmkrebsfrüherkennung. Evaluation und Rezeptionsanalyse eines Themenmoduls auf dem Frauen- und Männergesundheitsportal der Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung (BZgA). Bundesgesundheitsblatt, 61, 1569-1578. [SSCI listed, Impact factor 1.059]


Matthes, J., Knoll, J., & von Sikorski, C. (2018). "Spiral of Silence" revisited: A meta-analysis on the relationship between perceptions of opinion support and political opinion expression. Communication Research, 45, 3-33. 
SSCI listed, Impact factor 3.758]


von Sikorski, C., Knoll, J., & Matthes, J. (2018). A new look at celebrity endorsements in politics: Investigating the impact of scandalous celebrity endorsers and politicians’ best responses. Media Psychology, 21, 403-436. [SSCI listed, Impact factor 2.397]


Schmuck, D., Matthes, J., von Sikorski, C., Materne, N., & Shah, E. (2018). Are unidentified terrorist suspects always Muslims? How terrorism news shape news consumers' automatic activation of Muslims as perpetrators. Religions, 9, 1-16. doi:10.3390/rel9100286  
[Arts & Humanities CI 


von Sikorski, C. (2018). The aftermath of political scandals: A meta-analysis. International Journal of Communication, 12, 3109-3133. [SSCI listed Impact factor 1.069]


Allern, S., & von Sikorski, C. (2018). Political scandals as a democratic challenge: From important revelations to provocations, trivialities, and neglect. Introduction. International Journal of Communication, 12, 3014-3023. 
[SSCI listed Impact factor 1.069]


von Sikorski, C., & Ludwig, M. (2018). The effects of visual isolation on the perception of scandalized politicians. CommunicationsEuropean Journal of Communication Research, 43, 235-257. [SSCI listed, Impact factor 1.302]


von Sikorski, C., & Müller, L. (2018). When corporate social responsibility messages enter the news: Examining the effects of CSR framed news on product purchasing intentions and the mediating role of company and product attitudesCommunication Research Reports35, 335-345.

von Sikorski, C., & Knoll, J. (2018). All at once or bit by bit? How the serialization of news affects recipients' attitudes toward politicians involved in scandals. International Journal of Communication12, 1389-1407. [SSCI listed]


von Sikorski, C. (2018). The effects of darkness and lightness cues in the visual depiction of political actors involved in scandals: An experimental study. Communication Research Reports, 35, 162-171.


von Sikorski, C., Schmuck, D., Matthes, J., & Binder, A. (2017). “Muslims are not Terrorists”: Islamic State Coverage, Journalistic Differentiation between Terrorism and Islam, Fear Reactions, and Attitudes toward Muslims. Mass Communication and Society, 20, 825-848. [SSCI listed, Impact factor 2.189]


von Sikorski, C. (2017). Politische Skandalberichterstattung. Ein Forschungsüberblick und Systematisierungsversuch. Publizistik, 62, 299-323.


von Sikorski, C. (2016). The effects of reader comments on the perception of personalized scandals: Exploring the roles of comment valence and commenters’ social status. International Journal of Communication10, 4480–4501. [SSCI listed Impact Factor 1.498]


von Sikorski, C., & Hänelt, M. (2016). Scandal 2.0: How valenced reader comments affect recipients’ perception of scandalized individuals and the journalistic quality of online news. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 93, 551–571. [SSCI listed, Impact factor 1.706]


von Sikorski, C. (2015). Journalismus 2.0 – Wie die Kommentare und sozialen Informationen “der Anderen“ unsere Wahrnehmung von Online-Nachrichten beeinflussen. The Inquisitive Mind5, 1-3.


von Sikorski, C., & Schierl, T. (2014). Attitudes in context. Effects of salient contextual information on recipients’ attitudes toward persons with disabilities. Journal of Media Psychology26, 70-80. [SSCI listed, Impact factor 1.514]


von Sikorski, C., & Schierl, T. (2014). Inclusion of persons with disabilities through media sports. Attitudinal and behavioral news framing effectsInternational Journal of Sport Communication, 7, 90-112.


von Sikorski, C., & Schierl, T. (2012). Effects of news frames on recipients’ information processing in disability sports communications. Journal of Media Psychology, 24, 113-123. [SSCI listed, Impact factor 1.514]


von Sikorski, C., Schierl, T., Möller, C., & Oberhäuser, K. P. (2012). Visual media framing and effects on recipients’ attitudes toward athletes with physical disabilities. International Journal of Sport Communication5, 69-86.


Möller, C., von Sikorski, C., & Oberhäuser, K. P. (2011). Massenmediale Kommunikation über Athleten mit Behinderung: Implizite Assoziationen als Barrieren in der Behindertensportrezeption. Publizistik56, 51-64.


(edited) books & Special Issue

von Sikorski, C. (2021). Visual mis- and disinformation, social media, and democracyJournalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 98, 641-664. doi:10.1177/10776990211035395 [SSCI listed, Impact factor 4.128]


Allern, S., & von Sikorski, C. (2018, Eds.). Political scandals as a democratic challenge: From important revelations to provocations, trivialities and neglect. Special Section in International Journal of Communication[SSCI listed Impact factor 1.069]


Schierl, T., Ludwig, M., & von Sikorski, C. (2016, Eds.). Skandalisierung und Viktimisierung. Genese und Folgeeffekte medialer Skandalberichterstattung. Köln: Halem.


Ludwig, M., von Sikorski, C., & Schierl, T. (2015, Eds.). Skandalisierung und Viktimisierung durch mediale Berichterstattung. Beiträge des Instituts für Kommunikations- und Medienforschung (Vol. 3). Cologne, Germany: IKM.


von Sikorski, C. (2014). Media integration of persons with disabilities: Media effects on recipients’ attitudes and behaviors. Dissertation. German Sport University Cologne, Germany.



von Sikorski, C. (2021). Skandale in fragmentierten Medienumwelten: Auswirkungen für Politik und Sport. In Bockrath, F. (Ed.), 34. Darmstädter Sport-Forum: Sport und Skandal (pp. 67-79). Düren, Germany: Shaker.


von Sikorski, C., & Matthes, J. (2020). Framing and Journalism. In H. Örnebring (Ed.), Oxford Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.013.817


Binder, A., von Sikorski, C., & Matthes, J. (2020). Skalenbasierte Messung von Informationsver-arbeitung. In T. Faas, O. W. Gabriel & J. Maier (Eds.), Politikwissenschaftliche Einstellungs- und Verhaltensforschung (pp. 655-668). Baden Baden, Germany: Nomos.


von Sikorski, C.(2020). Measurement of Behavior in Media Psychology. In J. Van den Bulck, D. Ewoldsen, E. Scharrer, & L. Mares (Eds.), The International Encyclopedia of Media PsychologyWiley-Blackwell.


von Sikorski, C.(2020). The affective tipping point in political scandals: Explanations from Political Psychology on the conditional effects of scandals. In A. Haller & H. Michael (Eds), Scandalogy 2. Cultures of scandals – scandals in cultureCologne, Germany: Halem. 


von Sikorski, C, & Matthes, J. (2019). Framing-Effekte im Gesundheitsbereich. In C. Rossmann & M. Hastall (Eds.), Handbuch der Gesundheitskommunikation. Wiesbaden, Germany. Springer.


 von Sikorski, C., & Brantner, C. (2018). Bilder in der politischen Kommunikation. In K. Lobinger (Eds.), Handbuch visuelle Kommunikationsforschung. Springer.


von Sikorski, C., Schmuck, D., Matthes, J., & Binder. A. (2018). “Muslims are not Terrorists”: Islamic State Coverage, Journalistic Differentiation between Terrorism and Islam, Fear Reactions, and Attitudes toward Muslims. In S. Fahmy (Eds), Media, Terrorism and Society. Perspectives and trends in the digital age.New York, NY: Routledge. (Reprint of von Sikorski et al. 2017, Mass Communication and Society).


 von Sikorski, C., & Hänelt, M. (2018). Sportskandale online: Entstehung, Verbreitung, Darstellung und Wirkung von Skandalen im Internet. In T. Horky, H.-J. Stiehler & T. Schierl (Eds.), Die Digitalisierung des Sports in den Medien (pp. 131-159). Cologne, Germany: Halem.  


von Sikorski, C. (2018). The contents and effects of political scandals: A synopsis. In A. Haller, H. Michael & M. Krause (Eds.), Scandalogy. An interdisciplinary field (pp. 136–155). Cologne, Germany: Halem. 


von Sikorski, C. (2017). Measurement of behavior. In J. Matthes, R. Potter, & S. Davis (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blachwell. Advance Online Publication. doi:10.1002/9781118901731.iecrm0142


von Sikorski, C., & Matthes, J. (2016). Political scandal: The state-of-the-art and an agenda for future research. In G. Antanasov (Eds.), Media and communication – 40 years Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication (pp. 205-216). Sofia, Bulgaria: Sofia University Press.


von Sikorski, C., & Ludwig, M. (2016). Visuelle Skandalisierung politischer Kandidaten. Der Effekt der visuellen Isolation in der politischen Skandalberichterstattung. In T. Schierl, M. Ludwig, & C. von Sikorski (Eds.). Zur Relevanz und Wirkung visueller Skandalberichterstattung. Theoretische Überlegungen und empirische Erkenntnisse (pp. 191-209). Cologne, Germany: Halem.


von Sikorski, C., & Hänelt, M. (2016). (Re-)Framing the News: Die Effekte gerahmter Online-Kommentare in der Skandalberichterstattung – ein theoretisches Prozessmodell und eine experimentelle Überprüfung. In T. Schierl, M. Ludwig, & C. von Sikorski (Eds.). Skandalisierung und Viktimisierung. Genese und Folgeeffekte medialer Skandalberichterstattung (pp. 210-232). Cologne, Germany: Halem.


von Sikorski, C. (2014). Integration durch Mediensport. Effekte von Massenmedien auf Personen ohne Behinderung und deren Einstellungen und Verhaltensweisen gegenüber Menschen mit Behinderung. Impulse. Das Wissenschaftsmagazin der DSHS, 19(1/2), 35-39.


von Sikorski, C. (2014). [Review of the book Scandalous! The mediated construction of political scandals in four nordic countries, by S. Allern, & E. Pollack]International Journal of Communication, 8, 8-10.


von Sikorski, C., & Ludwig, M. (2013). Visual Framing in der Skandalberichterstattung. Zur Wirkung visueller Nachrichtenframes auf Einstellungen gegenüber skandalisierten Akteuren. In S. Geise & K. Lobinger (Eds.), Visual Framing. Perspektiven und Herausforderungen der visuellen Kommunikationsforschung (pp. 175-192). Cologne, Germany: Halem.


von Sikorski, C. (2013). [Review of the book The Persuasive Power of Campaign Advertising, by T. N. Ridout, & M. M. Franz]. International Journal of Communication, 7, 8-11.


von Sikorski, C. (2012). Wirkungen von textlichen und visuellen Medienframes in der Behindertensportkommunikation. In C. Bertling & T. Schierl (Eds.), Der Behindertensport in den Medien (pp. 180-193). Gütersloh, Germany: Arvato.


Möller, C., Oberhäuser, K. P., & von Sikorski, C. (2010). Media Immersion & Disability – Perception and Effects of Sports Endorsers with Disability in Advertising. In M. Dontschewa & A. Künz (Eds.), Eintauchen in Medien (pp. 113-119). Berlin: Pabst Science Publishers.


Bertling, C., Möller, C., Oberhäuser, K. P., & von Sikorski, C. (2010). Behindert sein oder behindert werden? Kommunikationswissenschaftliche Analysen zur Bedeutung, Wahrnehmung und Wirkung von Sportlern mit Behinderung im massenmedialen Kontext. Impulse. Das Wissenschaftsmagazin der DSHS15(1), 16-23.


Möller, C., Menzel, D., Oberhäuser, K. P., & von Sikorski, C. (2009). Implicit associations as a barrier to the interaction with disabled persons. In: P. von Hellberg & G. Kempter (Eds.), uDay VII. Technologienutzung ohne Barrieren (pp. 75-84). Berlin, Germany: Pabst Science Publishers.

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