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Communication Research
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Communication Research

2016 Impact Factor: 3.021
2016 Ranking: 5/79 in Communication
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)

Editors
Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick The Ohio State University, USA
Jennifer Gibbs University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Former Editors
Steven H. Chaffee Stanford University, USA
Peter R. Monge University of Southern California, USA
Charles R. Berger University of California, Davis, USA
Sandra J. Ball-Rokeach University of Southern California, USA
Michael E. Roloff Northwestern University, USA
Pamela Shoemaker Syracuse University, USA


eISSN: 15523810 | ISSN: 00936502 | Current volume: 44 | Current issue: 6 Frequency: 8 Times/Year

For over three decades researchers and practitioners have depended on Communication Research for the most up-to-date, comprehensive and important research on communication and its related fields.

Important, In-Depth Research and Scholarship

Communication processes are a fundamental part of virtually every aspect of human social life. Communication Research publishes articles that explore the processes, antecedents, and consequences of communication in a broad range of societal systems. Although most of the published articles are empirical, we also consider overview/review articles. These include the following:

  • mass media
  • interpersonal
  • health
  • political
  • entertainment
  • advertising/persuasive communication
  • new technology, online, computer-mediated and mobile communication 
  • organizational
  • intercultural
  • group
  • family

Communication Research takes you to the cutting-edge of research and theory in all areas within the field of communication. It serves as the international forum aimed at the academic or professional interested in current research in communication and its related fields.

Why you need Communication Research

  • Research and theory presented in all areas of communication give you comprehensive coverage of the field
  • Rigorous, empirical analysis provides you with research that’s reliable and high in quality
  • The multi-disciplinary perspective contributes to a greater understanding of communication processes and outcomes
  • "Themed issues" bring you in-depth examinations of a specific area of importance, as thematically connected articles selected in the standard peer-review process are conveniently presented in a single issue
  • Expert editorial guidance represents a wide range of interests from inside and outside the traditional boundaries of the communication discipline

 

Empirical research in communication began in the 20th century, and there are more researchers pursuing answers to communication questions today than at any other time. The editorial goal of Communication Research is to offer a special opportunity for reflection and change in the new millennium. To qualify for publication, research should, first, be explicitly tied to some form of communication; second, be theoretically driven with conclusions that inform theory; third, use the most rigorous empirical methods OR provide a review of a research area; and fourth, be directly linked to the most important problems and issues facing humankind. Criteria do not privilege any particular context; indeed, we believe that the key problems facing humankind occur in close relationships, groups, organizations, and cultures. Hence, we hope to publish research conducted across a wide variety of levels and units of analysis.

Editorial Assistants
Quinten Bernhold University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Brianna Wilson The Ohio State University, USA
Editorial Board
Michael R. Allen University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Julie Andsager University of Tennessee, USA
Erica Weintraub Austin Washington State University, USA
Sandra J. Ball-Rokeach University of Southern California, USA
Michael Basil University of Lethbridge, Canada
Christopher Beaudoin Boston University, USA
Charles R. Berger University of California, Davis, USA
Hans-Bernd Brosius Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, Germany
Daniel J. Canary University of Utah, USA
Scott Caplan University of Delaware, USA
Joseph N. Cappella University of Pennsylvania, USA
John Caughlin University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Stella C. Chia City University of Hong Kong
Hichang Cho National University of Singapore, Singapore
Hyunyi Cho The Ohio State University, USA
Jaeho Cho University of California, Davis, USA
Claes de Vreese University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
James P. Dillard Pennsylvania State University, USA
Travis L. Dixon University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Matthew S. Eastin University of Texas-Austin, USA
Nicole B. Ellison University of Michigan, USA
William P. Eveland Jr. The Ohio State University, USA
David R. Ewoldsen Michigan State University, USA
Lauren Feldman Rutgers University, USA
Bo Feng University of California, Davis, USA
Edward L. Fink Temple University, USA
Darren Gergle Northwestern University, USA
Dennis Gouran Pennsylvania State University, USA
Melanie Green University at Buffalo, USA
Albert Gunther University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Jeff Hancock Stanford University, USA
Kristen Harrison University of Michigan, USA
Itai Himelboim University of Georgia, USA
R. Lance Holbert Temple University, USA
Amanda J. Holmstrom Michigan State University, USA
Leo Jeffres Cleveland State University, USA
Susanne M. Jones University of Minnesota, USA
Young Yun Kim University of Oklahoma, USA
Ascan Koerner University of Minnesota, USA
Annie Lang Indiana University, USA
Chul-joo Lee Seoul National University, South Korea
Eun-Ju Lee Seoul National University, South Korea
Francis Lee The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Neil M. Malamuth University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Dana Mastro University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Jorg Matthes University of Vienna, Austria
Dan McDonald The Ohio State University, USA
Patrick C. Meirick University of Oklahoma, USA
Peter R. Monge University of Southern California, USA
Patricia Moy University of Washington, USA
Xiaoli Nan University of Maryland, USA
Mary Beth Oliver Pennsylvania State University, USA
Zhongdang Pan University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Sung-Yeon Park University of Nevada-Reno, USA
Charles Pavitt University of Delaware, USA
Elizabeth M. Perse University of Delaware, USA
Bruce E. Pinkleton Washington State University, USA
Scott Poole University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Robert F. Potter Indiana University, USA
Brian Quick University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Steve Rains University of Arizona, USA
Rajiv N. Rimal George Washington University, USA
Michael Elwood Roloff Northwestern University, USA
Erica Scharrer University of Massachusetts, USA
Chris Segrin University of Arizona, USA
Michael Shapiro Cornell University, USA
Lijiang Shen Pennsylvania State University, USA
Pamela J. Shoemaker Syracuse University, USA
Patricia Sias University of Arizona, USA
Alan L. Sillars University of Montana, USA
Michael Slater The Ohio State University, USA
Denise Solomon Pennsylvania State University, USA
Brian Southwell University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Michael T. Stephenson Texas A&M University, USA
S. Shyam Sundar Pennsylvania State University, USA
Alex Susskind Cornell University, USA
David Tewksbury University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Jennifer A. Theiss Rutgers University, USA
Catalina Toma University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Sebastián Valenzuela Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
Patti M. Valkenburg University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Brandon Van Der Heide Michigan State University, USA
Lyn Van Swol University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Vincent R. Waldron Arizona State University, USA
Joseph B. Walther Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Zheng Joyce Wang The Ohio State University, School of Communication, USA
Wayne Wanta University of Florida, USA
Matthew Weber Rutgers University, USA
Ran Wei University of South Carolina, USA
Steven Wilson Purdue University, USA
Sung-Un Yang Indiana University, USA
Y. Connie Yuan Cornell University, USA
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  • Manuscripts for consideration in Communication Research should be submitted electronically via Manuscript Central (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/commresearch). Authors will be required to set up an online account in the SAGETRACK system at this site. For general inquiries, please contact the Communication Research editorial office (email communication_research@osu.edu).

    The co-editors and editorial board make every effort to review manuscripts thoroughly and promptly. One of the co-editors initially determines whether the content of the manuscript is appropriate for the journal and whether there is sufficient publication potential to proceed with anonymous reviews. Manuscripts that do not pass this initial screening are returned immediately. If a manuscript is sent out for the review process it is typically completed in eight to ten weeks. Authors are encouraged to obtain and incorporate editorial advice of their colleagues prior to submitting their work to Communication Research.

    Submissions should consist of a cover file and separate manuscript file.

    The cover file should include:

    • The manuscript title.
    • Author(s), affiliation, contact information, and e-mail address.
    • Any acknowledgments.
    • Author biographies (100 words maximum for all authors).

    The manuscript file should:

    • Include an abstract of no more than 150 words.
    • List 4 to 5 keywords.
    • Be de-identified: It is important that authors’ names do not appear anywhere other than on the cover file (if questions arise in specific circumstances, when de-identification might be more revealing than including the authors’ names, please contact the editorial office).
    • Be submitted as MS Word files (Windows Vista users, please save files down to the pre-2007, “.doc” versions).
    • Be prepared in accordance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition.
    • In particular, the entire manuscript should be double spaced, and manuscripts should have 1 inch margins on all four sides.
    • References should be carefully edited to ensure consistency with APA guidelines and include DOI numbers.
    • Statistics and statistical analyses should be reported in line with APA guidelines including standard deviations and effect sizes when applicable.  Confidence intervals must be reported when bootstrapping is utilized.  Further, inclusion of correlation matrices as online appendix is strongly recommended (as this information facilitates meta-analyses).
    • Figures and tables should be placed at the end of the manuscript file and numbered in the order they appear in text. Tables should be editable, formatted in line with APA guidelines, and have a clear title.
    • An in-text callout (example: “[Figure 1 here]”) should be inserted on a separate line just after the paragraph where each figure or table appears.
    • All figures should be submitted in the original program in which they were created (JPG, TIFF, or EPS; Microsoft Application Files are acceptable for line art).
    • Any scanned images should be set at 1200 dpi for line art and 300 dpi for color or grayscale.
    • Appendices should be used sparingly and should be lettered to set them apart from numbered tables/figures.
    • Online appendices can now be used. They are hosted on the Communication Research site and are "attached" to the article metadata and viewable in the TOC and article page itself.
    • It is recommended that the paper is below 35 pages in length; authors may provide supplementary materials to be published later as online appendices

    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.
    • If another manuscript drawing on the same dataset has been submitted or published previously, please explain how it differs from this manuscript in your cover letter.
    • Permission in email 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.

    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.
    • Authors should not submit manuscripts that have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content.
    • If another manuscript drawing on the same dataset has been submitted or published previously, please explain how it differs from this manuscript in your cover letter.
    • Authors in doubt about what constitutes prior publication should consult the Communication Research editorial office (email communication_research@osu.edu).

    Language editing support:

    • Authors who want to refine the use of English in their manuscripts might consider utilizing the services of SPi, a non-affiliated company that offers Professional Editing Services to authors of journal articles in the areas of science, technology, medicine or the social sciences.
    • SPi specializes in editing and correcting English-language manuscripts written by authors with a primary language other than English.
    • Visit http://www.prof-editing.com for more information about SPi’s Professional Editing Services, pricing, and turn-around times, or to obtain a free quote or submit a manuscript for language polishing. Please be aware that SAGE has no affiliation with SPi and makes no endorsement of the company.
    • An author’s use of SPi’s services in no way guarantees that his or her submission will ultimately be accepted.
    • Any arrangement an author enters into will be exclusively between the author and SPi, and any costs incurred are the sole responsibility of the author.

     

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