Journal of Communication

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Edited By: Malcolm Parks

Impact Factor: 2.011

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 7/72 (Communication)

Online ISSN: 1460-2466

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

Author Guidelines

The Journal of Communication is a general forum for communication scholarship and publishes articles and book reviews examining a broad range of issues in communication theory and research. JoC publishes the best available scholarship on all aspects of communication. All methods of scholarly inquiry into communication are welcome. Manuscripts published in JoC should advance knowledge about human communication. In addition, manuscripts should be methodologically sound, thoughtfully argued, and well crafted. Manuscripts must not have been published elsewhere or be currently under consideration for any other publication. Manuscripts are processed by blind review so author identification must be removed from all pages except the title page, which is retained by the editor.

Ordinarily (unless a compelling argument is made), data- or text-based manuscripts must follow specific guidelines depending upon method. Quantitative manuscripts should report reliability estimates for dependent variables, the amount of variance accounted for in significance tests, and actual power when a result is not significant. When measures of central tendency are reported, appropriate measures of variability should be included. Quantitative content analyses should report inter-coder reliability, preferably using a statistic that controls for agreement by chance. Survey research should describe the population, sampling procedures, and the response rate. Qualitative research should articulate the standards employed to assure the quality and verification of the interpretation presented (e.g., member-checking, negative case analysis).

Submission Guidelines
Updated July 7, 2012

Effective July 1, 2010, all submitted manuscripts must be prepared in strict accordance with the 6th edition (2nd printing) of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA; see Authors may find the following article from the ICA Newsletter helpful; it details the main differences between the 5th and 6th editions of the APA Publication Manual:

Manuscripts should be a maximum of 35 pages in length (including the abstract and all references, tables, figures, appendices, and endnotes).

1. Page 1 must include an abstract (maximum of 120 words) and selected keywords (at least 5 of author's own).
2. Page 2 starts with title (centered) and main text. Please note that the title functions as the first-order heading for the introduction. Subsequent subheadings should begin with a second-order subheading (bold flush left, see pp. 62-63 of APA 6th edition for examples).
3. Standard type (12-point font, double-spaced, Times New Roman, 1.0 inch margins) should be used throughout.
4. Running head and page numbers on top right corner (header) of each page.
5. Please imbed hypotheses and research questions in normal text at the end of the rationales leading up to them. Please do not present the separately in block text.
6. References are double-spaced; 2nd and subsequent lines should have hanging indent of 0.5 inch (References should also start on a new page).
7. All tables, figures, appendices and endnotes should be placed after references.
8. Tables and figures should be in standard 12-point type, Times New Roman. Each table and figure should be presented on a separate page, but in the case of simple tables and figures more than one (but no more than two) may be presented on a single page.
9. Submit only 1 main document (including all tables, figures and appendices) in WORD format (.doc) extension. NOTE: We do not accept PDF files.

In addition, please remove all author names and institutional information from manuscripts, so as to enable blinded peer review.

Manuscripts that do not follow these requirements or that are otherwise deemed unsuitable for publication will be returned to the author(s) without review.


Inquiries regarding manuscripts should be directed to:

Malcolm Parks
Journal of Communication
U of Washington Dept. of Communication
Box 353740
Seattle, WA 98195-3740 USA


Manuscripts meriting review will be read anonymously, usually by two referees. In most instances, authors can expect decisions on their work within 120 days. Because manuscripts receive expert review, and because the Editorial Board of JoC is international in scope, this time may vary. The Journal retains the right to make changes in accepted manuscripts that (in the opinion of the editor) do not substantially alter meaning as well as for grammatical, stylistic and space considerations.

Authors can submit book reviews via two methods: 1) via email directly to the Book Review Editor (see below) or 2) via the journal's Manuscript Central site. If using Manuscript Central, please select 'book review' from the manuscript type drop-down menu. All book reviews are published in the online version of the journal. For inquiries regarding book reviews, please contact the book review editor:

Book Review Editor
Jaye L. Atkinson
Georgia State University

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