Journal of Communication Inquiry

Journal of Communication Inquiry

Published in Association with University of Iowa, School of Journalism & Mass Communication

Executive Editor
Thomas P. Oates University of Iowa, USA
Managing Editor
John C. Carpenter University of Iowa, USA
Book Reviews Editor
Subin Paul University of Iowa, USA
Advisory Board
Alea Adigwame University of Iowa, USA
Kajsa E. Dalrymple University of Iowa, USA
Frank Durham University of Iowa, USA
Volha Kananovich University of Iowa, USA
Tammy Walkner University of Iowa, USA

eISSN: 15524612 | ISSN: 01968599 | Current volume: 41 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Quarterly

The Journal of Communication Inquiry (JCI) is a forward-thinking, interdisciplinary forum that explores communication and mass communication phenomena within cultural and historical perspectives. Publishing cutting-edge research and analysis, the Journal of Communication Inquiry emphasizes philosophical, evaluative, empirical, legal, historical and critical inquiry into relationships between mass communication and society across time and culture.

Keep Up To Date with Crucial Issues in Mass Communication

JCI is committed to giving alternative perspectives on communication and media studies a voice. It will keep you up to date on the most crucial issues in mass communication, including critical and cultural approaches to communication research feminist theory and the study of mass-mediated representations of race, gender, class, and sexual orientation the role of the visual image in contemporary culture postmodernist, poststructuralist and postcolonial perspectives on mass communication.

Interdisciplinary and International Coverage

JCI's critical yet balanced approach to communication cuts across disciplinary boundaries to give academics and researchers a fresh, complete perspective on the field. The journal's international contributors regularly represent such varied areas as mass communication cultural studies journalism sociology philosophy political science.

In-Depth Focus on Critical Issues

The journal's dedication to comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of communication and media is reflected in its thematic special issues. Devoted to topics of emerging and critical importance in the study of communication and culture, recent and upcoming theme issues examine such vital topics as:
  • The Culture of Cultural Studies
  • Deconstructing Popular Culture
  • Technology and Culture
  • Feminist Cultural Studies
  • Race, Media and Culture

The Journal of Communication Inquiry emphasizes interdisciplinary inquiry into communication and mass communication phenomena within cultural and historical perspectives. Such perspectives imply that an understanding of these phenomena cannot arise soley out of a narrowly focused analysis. Rather, the approaches emphasize philosophical, evaluative, empirical, legal, historical, and/or critical inquiry into relationships between mass communication and society across time and culture. The Journal of Communication Inquiry is a forum for such investigations.

Editorial Board
Mark Andrejevic Pomona College, USA
Lisa Barr Western Illinois University
Ralph Beliveau University of Oklahoma
Jack Z. Bratich Rutgers University
Bonnie S. Brennen Marquette University
Matthew Cecil Wichita State University, USA
Kuan-Hsing Chen National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Mia Consalvo Concordia University
Gene Costain University of Central Florida
Patrick J. Daley University of New Hampshire, Durham
Ana C. Garner Marquette University
Dina Gavrilos University of St. Thomas
Todd Gitlin Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Theodore L. Glasser Stanford University, USA
Mirerza Gonzalez-Velez University of Puerto Rico
Brian Goss Saint Louis University-Madrid
Lawrence Grossberg University of North Carolina, USA
James F. Hamilton University of Georgia
James Hay University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
Amani Ismail The American University in Cairo
Beverly A. James University of New Hampshire, Durham
Robin Johnson Sam Houston State University
Matthew A. Killmeier University of Southern Maine
Carolyn Kitch Temple University, USA
Hye Jin Lee The University of Iowa
Luigi Manca Benedictine University
Christopher R. Martin University of Northern Iowa, USA
Robert McChesney University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
Lisa McLaughlin Miami University, Ohio, USA
Angela McRobbie Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
Shane Moreman California State University, Fresno
Hillel Nossek College of Management, Israel
Erin O'Gara Clearway Minnesota
Jeremy Packer North Carolina State University, USA
Radhika E. Parameswaran Indiana University, USA
Craig Robertson Northeastern University
Amit M. Schejter Pennsylvania State University, USA
Charles C. Self University of Oklahoma
Yu Shi Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg
Helene Shugart University of Utah
Shayla Thiel Stern University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
James F. Tracy Florida Atlantic University
Mary Douglas Vavrus University of Minnesota, USA
Marina Vujnovic Monmouth University
Liesbet van Zoonen Loughborough University, UK
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    1. Title page file with each author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address
    2. Biographical information file (3- to 4-sentence paragraph per author)
    3. Manuscript file with abstract (100 to 150 words) and keywords (up to 5 words; 3 broad and 2 specific).

    Maximum manuscript length is 7,000 words, including notes and references. Manuscripts exceeding the word limit will not be considered for review. Because manuscripts are reviewed anonymously, the author's name and affiliation should appear only on the title page and biographical information files, and authors should avoid any identifying text references.

    Manuscripts should closely follow the style guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA style), 6th Edition (2009). Authors are responsible for making their work conform to style requirements. Submissions should be compatible with MS Word 2007 and earlier (do not submit files with .docx extensions), and figures should be camera ready. Images should be in TIFF, EPS, or JPEG format at minimum 300 dpi resolution; line art should be submitted in original format (not scanned). Tables and figures should be listed at the end of the manuscript, with callouts for each table and figure within the text (e.g., [TABLE 1 HERE]).

    In addition to articles, critical essay and book review suggestions are welcome. Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in the journal. The journal's managing editor has the discretion to determine whether manuscripts will be submitted for review, depending on whether submissions meet the journal's editorial mission. In addition, the managing editor will work with authors and reviewers to prepare manuscripts for publication. 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. Authors in doubt about what constitutes prior publication should consult the editor. It is also the author's responsibility to acquire permission for reproduction of any kind of copyrighted material.

    As you prepare to submit to the Journal of Communication Inquiry, consider carefully the following (you should be able to answer in the affirmative for all questions):

    1. Do you have a title page document (see above)?

    2. Do you have a biographical information document (see above)?

    3. Is your manuscript 7,000 words or less (including notes and references)?

    4. Are your manuscript citations and references in APA style?

    5. Is your manuscript file in the proper word format (see above)?

    6. Are any images, tables, etc. included in the proper format (see above)?

    7. Have you conducted careful copyediting for grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.?

    8. Does your work take a qualitative and/or critical cultural approach?

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