Communication Studies is a refereed journal publishing articles on a wide range of communication research. The goal of the journal is to publish the best communication scholarship representative of the range of research within the discipline. All methods of scholarly inquiry into communication are welcome, including but not limited to rhetorical analysis, cultural studies, content analysis, media studies, health communication, family communication, critical studies, survey research, etc.
Manuscripts may be philosophical, theoretical, methodological, critical, applied, pedagogical, or empirical in nature. Manuscripts should be conceptually meaningful, methodologically sound, interesting, clearly written, and thoughtfully argued. Manuscripts must not have been published elsewhere or be currently under consideration for any other publication.
Manuscripts will typically be reviewed by two members of the Editorial Board. The recommendations of the reviewers provide the foundation for final judgment regarding publication. Authors can normally expect an initial editorial decision within two months following the date of receipt by the editor.
Manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Submissions should be no more than 25 pages, double-spaced (excluding tables, references, endnotes, and appendices).
Authors should submit manuscripts at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rcst.
The current editor of Communication Studies is Kenneth A. Lachlan. His contact information is as follows:
Department of Communication
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269-1259
Phone: (860) 486-6689
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I submit a manuscript for review?
The Editor requires that all manuscripts submitted to CS are original, unpublished, and are not under consideration by other publication outlets. CS follows a policy of masked peer review. To ensure such a masked review, include no author-identifying information beyond the title page. It is, however, acceptable to cite one's work using the third person and still mask ms authorship identity. For example, one could write "Query and Wright (2003) argue that,"It would not, however, be acceptable to write, "we argue that," (Query & Wright, 2003).
Authors should submit manuscripts at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rcst
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How many pages can my manuscript be?
Manuscripts must not exceed a 25-page text limit not counting references and tables. Double-space manuscripts on 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper. An abstract of 120 or fewer words should accompany the manuscript. Manuscript preparation, source citations, and reference style should conform to the language of most recent APA and Chicago Style Manual..
How many tables/figures should be included?
Although there is no "magical number," these should be limited to 3-4 tables and 1-2 figures. Authors are strongly encouraged to make additional tables and figures available on publicly accessible websites.
What if I am unsure about the "fit" between my ms' topic and CS' mission?
Although CS publishes across the Communication field, the level of match between one's ms and our mission may not be clear. In that case, please email an inquiry, coupled with an abstract, to the Editor. He will be glad to respond. Note also that such an inquiry incurs no submission obligation on your part; that is, your ms is not deemed as under review until the cover letter and entire ms are submitted to CS. Send such inquiries and abstracts to: firstname.lastname@example.org
When should a manuscript be submitted?
Manuscripts are accepted on a rolling basis; however, since the period between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day is a particularly busy holiday and semester end and beginning time, manuscripts will not typically be sent out for review during this time. Manuscripts may be submitted and the editor will hold them until January 2 to send out for review.