Human Communication Research

Cover image for Vol. 43 Issue 1

Edited By: Eun-Ju Lee

Impact Factor: 2.4

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 5/79 (Communication)

Online ISSN: 1468-2958

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

Author Guidelines

Call for Manuscripts

Human Communication Research publishes the best empirical research examining human communication processes and effects. Its articles are important and innovative contributions to the field. Major topic areas for the journal include language and social interaction, nonverbal communication, interpersonal communication, organizational communication and new technologies, group communication, mediated communication, health communication, intergroup/intercultural communication, and developmental issues in communication. Intellectually significant research examining other areas relevant to the study of human communication is also encouraged.

Successful submissions to the journal will (a) test or develop theory in the field of communication, (b) be methodologically rigorous, (c) be clearly and concisely written, and (d) address the connections between the research and broader concerns of the field. In addition, articles will be considered that advance the field by exploring new analytical techniques or offer insights concerning the use of data. Quantitative research should include clear descriptions of measurement reliability and validity, measures of effect size for all significant effects, measures of variability to accompany all measures of central tendency, and power estimates when results are non-significant. Discussion of results should attend to effect size as well as statistical significance. Qualitative work should discuss procedures employed to assure the validity of interpretations (e.g., negative case analysis, member-checking) as well as provide detailed presentations of data that demonstrate the empirical basis for claims. Descriptions of data collection and analysis procedures should be accurate, lucid, and comprehensive.


The title page of the manuscript should provide complete contact information (address, telephone, fax and email) and a brief biographical statement for each author (full name and title, and highest earned academic degree including granting institution). In a separate main document, page 1 should present a single-paragraph abstract of no more than 120 words along with up to 10 descriptive keywords. Starting with page 2, the remainder of the manuscript (including references, tables, appendices, etc.) should be no longer than 35 double-spaced pages (12-pt. Times, 1" margins) except where the data clearly justify additional space (e.g., reports of multiple studies). Concise writing and incisively developed arguments should be the goal. Tables should be clear and comprehensible independent of the text. Statistical material presented in tables should not also be presented in text. Except where specified otherwise in this call, the format of the manuscript must follow precisely the specifications of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) in terms of citation style, references, figures, tables, bias in language and all other elements. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines will not be sent for peer-review. In addition, manuscripts will not be peer-reviewed if, in the opinion of the editor, they have little or no potential for publication.

Manuscripts should be submitted to the journal electronically at Authors should log-in (or create a new account if they do not have one), visit the “author center” and follow instructions for submitting a new manuscript. Two electronic files will be needed to complete submission: (1) A file containing only the title page, and (2) a file containing the main document. This second file must be prepared so that the identity of the author(s) is concealed (i.e., this document should not include the title page or any other identifying information).


Submissions to HCR must not have appeared in any other published form and must not be submitted to any other publication while the manuscript is under review with HCR. All work must be original and work with human subjects must have received authorization from the relevant authorities. Upon acceptance of a manuscript for publication, contributors are required to submit high-quality camera-ready artwork for all figures according to standards determined by the editor and publisher. No copies of the manuscript or other submitted materials will be returned to the author. 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.

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