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Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication

Cover image for Vol. 19 Issue 3

Edited By: S. Shyam Sundar, The Pennsylvania State University

Impact Factor: 1.778

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 11/72 (Communication); 13/85 (Information Science & Library Science)

Online ISSN: 1083-6101

Associated Title(s): Communication Theory, Communication, Culture & Critique, Human Communication Research, Journal of Communication

Author Guidelines

Topics: The Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication is a web-based, peer-reviewed journal that publishes research on the processes, contexts, and outcomes of communication with computer-based media technologies. Broadly interdisciplinary in scope, JCMC welcomes contributions that employ and advance theories and methodologies in the social sciences. In order to merit review at JCMC, manuscripts should be theoretically grounded and methodologically rigorous, in addition to advancing knowledge in innovative ways. Papers must be based on original research. Meta-analyses of prior research are also welcome. The manuscript selection process is highly competitive and based on two layers of rigorous review.

When to submit: Articles may be submitted to JCMC for review at any time.

Copyright: The submission of an article to JCMC implies that neither the article nor any of its parts is copyrighted or currently under review for any journal, edited collection, or conference proceedings. If the article, any portion, or any differing version thereof, has appeared or is scheduled to appear in another publication of any kind, the details of such publication must be made known to the editors at the time of submission. As part of the submission process, authors are required to fill out the JCMC copyright form in which they confirm that the manuscript has been submitted solely to this journal and is not published, in press, or submitted elsewhere and that all research reported in the article meets strict ethical guidelines, including adherence to the legal requirements of the study’s relevant jurisdictions. The form also contains assurances concerning the original authorship of the text and its preparation for blinded peer review.

Manuscript Preparation
General guidelines
a. Ensure that the manuscript has a maximum of 10,000 words and 30 pages in length (including the abstract, references, tables, figures, appendices, and endnotes).
b. Use a standard type (12-point font, double-spaced, Times New Roman, 1.0 inch margins) throughout.
c. Include a running head in the top left corner and page numbers in the top right corner (header) of each page.
d. Page 1 should include an abstract (maximum 120 words) and 5-7 keywords.
e. Page 2 should start with title and main text.
f. Check all your citations and references carefully to be sure that they are complete and correct. Ensure that all references are in the required citation style.
g. References are double-spaced; second and subsequent lines should have hanging indent of 0.5 inch (References always start on a new page).
h. Provide doi numbers for references if available.
i. All tables, figures, appendices and endnotes should be placed after the references.
j. Submit only one main document (including all tables, figures and appendices) in WORD format (.doc) extension. We do not accept PDF files.

Citation Style: The academic citation style used in JCMC follows the most recent American Psychological Association (APA) Manual of Style. Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (currently, the 6th edition). In addition, authors are encouraged to link their references to online sources, where available. (Note that the copyright notice DOES NOT apply to the incorporation of pointers to publicly available network sources.) Please keep in mind that many networked resources may be ephemeral and authors should attempt to use 'fresh' and long-lasting links.

Formats: Authors are encouraged to take advantage of the expressive possibilities afforded by JCMC's multimodal, web-based format. Articles may contain any combination of text, tables, graphics, animation, or audio components. Innovative forms of expressing research, and/or linking members of the scientific community, are welcome. At present, the preferred format for article submissions is MS-Word (.doc or .docx files). Supplementary components, such as images, charts, graphs, audio, etc., should also be provided as separate files. JCMC editors will discuss with authors the possibility for accommodating innovative presentation formats where necessary.

Manuscript Submission
Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication Electronic Office - visit our ScholarOne site here: to submit or review a paper for the journal. Submitted manuscripts must be anonymized. Articles will be reviewed in a double-blind fashion, shielding authors' and reviewers' identities. Authors should remove all pointers and references to their own identity or to that of their institution. All submissions are required to include: title and running head (maximum 50 words), 5-7 keywords, a 120 word abstract, and a short (one paragraph) author biography.

Reviewing Procedure
Acknowledgement of receipt will be sent by e-mail.

All submitted manuscripts will be first screened by the editors for fit with aims and scope of JCMC as well as the general quality expectations of the journal. If approved at this step, each manuscript will be sent out for peer review by at least two external referees.

The comments and decisions of the editors and the referees will be returned to authors by e-mail. The normal time frame from acknowledgement of receipt to notification of decision is three to six months.

Contact Information
Dr. S. Shyam Sundar
Incoming Editor, JCMC
College of Communications
The Pennsylvania State University
122 Carnegie Building
University Park, PA 16802
The United States

Copyright Agreement Information for authors with Funder arrangements
Certain funders, including the NIH, members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Wellcome Trust, require deposit of the Accepted Version in a repository after an embargo period. Details of funding arrangements are available at the following website: Please contact the Journal production editor if you have additional funding requirements.