Communication Theory

Cover image for Vol. 26 Issue 2

Edited By: Karin Gwinn Wilkins, University of Texas at Austin

Impact Factor: 1.667

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 13/76 (Communication)

Online ISSN: 1468-2885

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

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines

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Communication Theory publishes research articles, theoretical essays, and reviews on topics of broad theoretical interest from across the range of communication studies. Essays, regardless of topic or methodological approach, must make a significant contribution to communication theory. Data-based papers are appropriate only insofar as they advance new theoretical developments in communication. Communication Theory recognizes that approaches to theory development and explication are diverse. No single approach or set of approaches is privileged. For additional information, please refer to

Authors should submit their manuscripts online. Please visit and, if you do not already have an account and password, click on Create Account in the upper right side of the screen. You will then be guided through the submission process by following step-by-step instructions.

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: Additional guidelines for manuscript preparation may be found on the ICA website,

Manuscripts should be a maximum of 9000 words in length (inclusive of 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 and main text.
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) References are double-spaced; 2nd and subsequent lines should have hanging indent of 0.5 inch (References should also start on a new page).
6) All tables, figures, appendices and endnotes should be placed after references.
7) Submit only 1 main document (including all tables, figures and appendices) in WORD format (.doc) extension. NOTE: We do not accept PDF files.

It is a condition of publication in Communication Theory that authors assign copyright to the International Communication Association. However all requests for permission to reproduce should be sent to Wiley at This ensures that requests from third parties to reproduce articles are handled efficiently and consistently, and will also allow the article to be as widely disseminated as possible.

Communication Theory
staff will process manuscripts in a prompt and professional fashion. In order to expedite reviews and ensure quality in the review process, some manuscripts will be forwarded to an associate editor who will serve as the action editor.

Wiley Author Services
Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production, and, when published online access the article for free. Access to the final PDF offprint of your article will be available via author services only. Authors may also nominate up to 10 specialists to receive free access as well. The corresponding author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript.

Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

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 set out at the following website: Please contact the Journal production editor if you have additional funding requirements.