Journal of Communication

Cover image for Vol. 65 Issue 5

Edited By: Silvio Waisbord

Impact Factor: 3.16

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 1/76 (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 scholarship on all aspects of communication research. All theoretical approaches as well as methods of scholarly inquiry are welcome. Manuscripts are expected to make original contributions to academic research in communication studies. Manuscripts should address critical theoretical and empirical questions in the field of communication that are relevant to scholars within and across specializations. We are particularly interested in manuscripts that address key questions in specific areas of research and/or that connect analytical threads across subfields in communication studies. Submissions are expected to present arguments that are theoretically sophisticated, conceptually meaningful, and methodologically sound.

Manuscripts must not have been published elsewhere or be currently under consideration for any other publication. Submissions that closely resembled previously published articles by the same author/s will be immediately rejected. Because manuscripts go through a double-blind review process, author identification must be removed from all pages except the title page, which is retained by the editor. Also, authors need to ensure that no digital versions of the manuscripts are available online to preserve complete anonymity.

Submission Guidelines
Updated January 8, 2015

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.
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.

Offline or email submissions will not be accepted. Nor will abstracts sent by email to the Editor-in-Chief be considered. All manuscripts must be submitted online through Manuscript Central:

Inquiries regarding manuscripts should be directed to:
Silvio Waisbord, Editor-in-Chief
Journal of Communication
School of Media and Public Affairs
George Washington University
Washington DC 20052

Manuscripts considered to fit the interests of JoC will be sent out for external review, usually by two or three anonymous referees. In most instances, authors can expect decisions on submissions 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 interested in submitting a book review should contact the book review editor, Ingrid Bejerman, McGill University, All book review manuscripts should be submitted via the journal's Manuscript Central site. When submitting a book review, please select 'book review' from the manuscript type drop-down menu. Unsolicited book reviews will not be considered.

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