Communication and the Public is an international peer-reviewed journal that publishes both theoretical and empirical research articles in the intersections of communication and the public broadly defined. It welcomes research in these areas from and about any parts of the world, especially the parts of the world where the experiences have been under-considered in the extant social and cultural theories or in communication studies. It publishes quality works in both social scientific and humanistic traditions.
The regular features of the journal include research articles, theoretical essays, forum and symposium, and book reviews. To better reflect the multi-disciplinary thematic focus, the journal will publish frequent special issues. Proposals for special issues from any social scientific or humanistic disciplines are welcome.
Communication and the Public aims to build a community of scholars who seek to carry out dialogues and intellectual fusion across disciplinary, national, and cultural boundaries. The thematic focus of the journal is the mutually constituting dynamics between communication and the public. The journal will highlight the ongoing theoretical contentions concerning various uses of “public” (as in, for example, public communication, public life, public discourse, public opinion, public interests, and the public sphere) and “the public,” as in contrast to other forms of social collectivity (e.g., crowd and the mass). It welcomes considerations of such issues in the intersections of the online and offline worlds. It aims to galvanize concerted intellectual efforts toward understanding the formation of publics, public interests, public representation, public contestation, public arts, and public spaces.
This peer reviewed journal is interested in publishing articles on a wide range of topics, including but not limited to: the formation of publics and public spheres; new technologies and digital publics; historical trajectories and cultural variations of civil society, citizenship, social capital, and network society; the changing meanings of public and private; the relationship between publics and other social categories such as class, gender, race, and nation; media and social movements; and communication ethics in the formation of publics and public opinion.
|Jeffrey Alexander||Yale University, USA|
|Robert Asen||University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA|
|Zhou Baohua||Fudan University (Shanghai), China|
|Rodney Benson||New York University, USA|
|Saugata Bhaduri||Jawaharlal Nehru University, India|
|Sandra Braman||Texas A&M University, USA|
|Craig Calhoun||London School of Economics and Political Science, UK|
|Michael X. Delli Carpini||University of Pennsylvania, USA|
|Joseph M. Chan||Chinese University of Hong Kong, China|
|Ching-Ching Chang||National Chengchi University, China|
|Michael Curtin||University of California at Santa Barbara, USA|
|Benjamin Detenber||Nanyang Technological University, Singapore|
|Bradley Epps||University of Cambridge, UK|
|Terry Flew||Queensland University of Technology, Australia|
|Lewis Friedland||University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA|
|John Gastil||Pennsylvania State University, USA|
|Jonathan Gray||University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA|
|Laura Grindstaff||University of California at Davis, USA|
|Steve Guo||Hong Kong Baptist University, China|
|John Hartley||Curtin University, Australia|
|Yiqing Hu||Nanjing University, China|
|Koichi Iwabuchi||Monash University, Australia|
|André Jansson||Karlstad University, Sweden|
|Joo Hoan Kim||Yonsei University, South Korea|
|Marwan Kraidy||University of Pennsylvania, USA|
|Chin-Chuan Lee||City University of Hong Kong, China|
|Francis L. F. Lee||Chinese University of Hong Kong, China|
|Qing Liu||East China Normal University, China|
|Sida Liu||University of Toronto, Canada|
|Yu-Li Liu||National Chengchi University, China|
|Hannu Nieminen||University of Helsinki, Finland|
|Lilach Nir||The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel|
|Zizi Papacharissi||University of Illinois at Chicago, USA|
|John Pavlik||Rutgers University, USA|
|Enrique Peruzzotti||Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Argentina|
|John Durham Peters||University of Iowa, USA|
|Stephen Reese||University of Texas at Austin, USA|
|Leslie Regan Shade||University of Toronto, Canada|
|Hernando Rojas||University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA|
|Víctor Sampedro||Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain|
|Dhavan Shah||University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA|
|Seteney Shami||Social Science Research Council and Arab Council for the Social Sciences, Lebanon|
|Belinda A. Stillion Southard||University of Georgia, USA|
|Colin Sparks||Hongkong Bapist University, Hongkong|
|Slavko Splichal||University of Ljubljana, Slovenia|
|Wanning Sun||University of Technology Sydney, Australia|
|Ruth Teer-Tomaselli||University of Kwa-ZuluNatal, South Africa|
|Lars Willnat||University of Kentucky, USA|
|Jisuk Woo||Seoul National University, South Korea, Korea|
|Michael Xenos||University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA|
|Barbie Zelizer||University of Pennsylvania, USA|
|Jiang Zhan||Beijing Foreign Studies University, China|
|Yuezhi Zhao||Simon Fraser University, Canada|
|Yuqiong Zhou||Shenzhen University, China|
- Editorial Policies
1.1 Peer Review Policy
1.2.1 Funding Acknowledgement
- Article types
- How to submit your manuscript
- Journal contributor's publishing agreement
5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
- Statements and conventions
6.1 Declaration of conflicting interests
- Manuscript Style
8.1 File Types
8.2 Journal Style
8.3 Reference Style
8.4 Manuscript Preparation
- After acceptance
9.3 SAGE production
9.4 Online First Publication
- Further Information
Communication and the Public adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an `Acknowledgements’ section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.
Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.
Communication and the Public requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
Communication and the Public is an international peer-reviewed journal published by the Center for Public Communication Research at Zhejiang University in the People’s Republic of China. It publishes both theoretical essays and empirical research articles in social scientific and humanistic disciplines that problematize the concepts of “public” and “the public” as they are associated with various communication phenomena and take place in any society around the globe, especially in countries under-represented in the field of communication studies.
Papers should only be submitted for consideration once the authorization of all contributing authors has been gathered. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.
The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:
- have made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data
- drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content
- approved the version to be published
Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.
When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.
Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section.
Please refer to the ICMJE Authorship guidelines at http://www.icmje.org/ethical_1author.html.
Before submitting your manuscript, please carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines will be returned.
Communication and the Public is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then simply visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ctp to login and submit your article online.
IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.
Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in the journal. Authors submitting manuscripts to the journal should not simultaneously submit them to another journal, nor should manuscripts have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content.
All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please contact either of the co-editors by referring to the contact details below:
Tel: (608) 263-3920
Tel: (215) 573-2296
Submissions should consist of a cover file and a separate manuscript file. The cover file should include the manuscript title, author(s), affiliation, each author’s contact information and e-mail address, any acknowledgments, and author biographies (100 words maximum for all authors). The manuscript file should include an abstract of no more than 150 words, followed by 4 to 5 keywords. Authors’ names should NOT appear anywhere other than on the cover file.
Manuscripts should not exceed 9000 words in length (inclusive of references, tables, figures, appendices, and endnotes). The manuscript should be prepared in accordance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition (2009). See Manuscript Preparation below. It should be double-spaced and have 1-inch margins on all four sides. For empirical papers, hypotheses or research questions should be clearly stated. Methodological procedures should be described with the levels of specificity sufficient for readers to understand the evidence gathered and render critical and fair appraisals of such evidence. For papers utilizing quantitative methods, reliability estimates should be provided for all indices. Effect size estimates should accompany reports of all statistically significant differences. Authors must report standard deviations with means, and confidence intervals for measures of strength of association. References should be carefully edited to ensure consistency with APA guidelines.
Previously copyrighted material: Authors are responsible for gaining permission to reproduce any copyrighted material in their submissions, including images and quotations of more than 300 words. See Permissions below.
Book Reviews: Communication and the Public publishes book reviews and review essays. Books for review and manuscripts of reviews should be sent to:
Communication and the Public
Annenberg School for Communication
3620 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
Communication and the Public and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the Journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the Journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.
SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway
If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.
Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. Communication and the Public does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
Permission in e-mail format is acceptable; authors may also submit a Copyright Permission Request Form completed by the copyright holder. Payment of any fees the copyright holder may request is the author’s responsibility. Because obtaining reprint permission can be time consuming, it is recommended that authors begin this process as soon as possible.
Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork below.
Communication and the Public conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.
Communication and the Public adheres to the APA reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on APA to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style. Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition. References should be carefully edited to ensure consistency with APA guidelines.
The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.
8.4.1 Your Title, Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.
8.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details
Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.
8.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.
Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.
8.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
This journal is able to host approved supplemental materials online, alongside the full-text of articles. Supplemental files will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article. For more information please refer to SAGE’s Guidelines for Authors on Supplemental Files.
8.4.5 English Language Editing services
Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit http://www.uk.sagepub.com/journalgateway/msg.htm for further information.
We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.
SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit Offprints and Reprints on our Journal Author Gateway.
At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication (http://online.sagepub.com/). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.
A large number of journals benefit from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE’s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to theEditorial Office as follows:
Communication and the Public
Annenberg School for Communication
3620 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104