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Journalism & Communication Monographs

Journalism & Communication Monographs

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eISSN: 21614342 | ISSN: 15226379 | Current volume: 25 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Quarterly
Journalism & Communication Monographs serves the AEJMC membership and scholars and readers in adjacent fields by publishing original, scholarly works that are too long or too short as articles or too specialized for book form. One of the goals of the monograph series has been to publish scholarly work from the entire field, whether the methodology was historical, legal, behavioral, or critical. The journal will seek to provide a venue for scholarly works, particularly those that provide a critical or applied synthesis of significant scholarship, that speak to the broader field of journalism and mass communication, seeking to establish Monographs as a readily available resource for understanding and advancing theory, methodology, and/or practice.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The mission of Journalism & Communication Monographs is to publish original, scholarly works that are too long as articles and too short or too specialized for book form. One of the goals of the journal is to publish work from the entire field, whether the methodology was historical, legal, behavioral, or critical, particularly those that provide a critical or applied synthesis of significant scholarship. Works especially are encouraged that speak to the broader field of journalism and mass communication, seeking to establish Monographs as a readily available resource for understanding and advancing theory, methodology, and/or practice.

Linda Steiner University of Maryland, USA
Managing Editor
AEJMC Publications Committee
Kim Bissell University of Alabama, USA
Maria DeMoya DePaul University, USA
Shahira Fahmy (Chair) American University, Cairo, Egypt
Jacqueline Lambiase Texas Christian University, USA
Sun Young Lee University of Maryland, USA
Donnalyn Pompper University of Oregon, USA
Scott Reinardy University of Kansas, USA
Chelsea Reynolds California State University, Fullerton, USA
Esther Thorson Michigan State University, USA
Editorial Board
Linda Aldoory University of Maryland at College Park, USA
Stuart Allan Cardiff University, UK
Genelle Belmas University of Kansas, USA
Carolyn Bronstein DePaul University, USA
Sheri Broyles University of North Texas, USA
Stephanie Craft University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
Anat First Netanya Academic College, Israel
Cherian George Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
Homero Gil de Zúñiga University of Salamanca, Spain & Pennsylvania State University, USA
Jennifer Greer University of Kentucky, USA
Carolyn Kitch Temple University, USA
Jack Lule Lehigh University, USA
Paul Martin Lester University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Vicki Mayer Tulane University, USA
David Mindich St Michael's College, Cardiff, UK
Kathleen K. Olson Lehigh University, USA
David D. Perlmutter Texas Tech University, USA
Andrea Press University of Virginia, USA
Dietram A. Scheufele University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
Jane B. Singer City University of London, UK
Jeffery A. Smith University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Nikki Usher University of Illinois and George Washington University, USA
Tim P. Vos University of Missouri, USA
H. Denis Wu Boston University, USA
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    Journalism & Communication Monographs publishes broad-based in-depth, long-form research in journalism, media studies, communication, and related fields; its research is useful to scholars and students across the areas represented by AEJMC as well as to those outside the association. JCM showcase cutting-edge innovative research that advances theory and makes lasting contributions to understandings of media content, communication processes, audiences, history, industries and institutions. Authors are encouraged to think ambitiously and inclusively about the relevant literatures and to show broad application of their findings and conclusions.

    1. Submissions. All submissions must start at Sage’s ScholarOne website at Following the practice common for book publication, a scholar must first submit a 5-to-15-page proposal to start the review process. Although work can draw from previously published scholarship (full disclosure to the editor is required), accepted manuscripts must be previously unpublished. Completed manuscripts are expected to be 27,000 to 32,000 words long, including citations. The number of figures will vary, depending on space; graphics, raw data and other appendices may be uploaded to the journal’s website and hosted alongside the published article.

    2. Proposals. A proposal must include: An explanation of the primary thesis and central arguments; a statement about the significance of the research; an overview of the methods to be used or that were used (please clarify at what stage the research is); a summary of the major premises and findings (if the research has been done); and a list of illustration ideas with sources for those illustrations. The proposal should include a description of the likely/potential audience for the manuscript, including a list of specific AEJMC divisions and interests groups the authors credibly think will be most interested, as well as a partial reference list (up to 15 items, with emphasis on conceptual and theoretical literature). The proposal document should be uploaded as the “main document” and should be anonymized, such that author identification does not appear anywhere in the document or its properties. Authors should follow instructions for how to remove personal information in their particular version of Microsoft Word or other word processing program.

    3. Abstract, Keywords, and Author Information. An abstract of no more than 100 words should be included as a separate file named and uploaded as the “title page.” The abstract should include all author identification and contact information, institutional affiliation, and any funding sources. Authors should provide five or fewer keywords that identify the content of the submission. When the research involves human subjects, authors should indicate whether they have gotten approval for their research from an ethics committee or institutional review board and provide the name of this body. If ethics approval was not sought, or if an ethics body granted an exemption for the research, authors should explain. If, in the proposal stage, no research has yet been undertaken, authors should indicate their intention to obtain the approval and consent. 

    4. Style. Use APA 6th Edition guidelines for manuscripts. Do not use op. cit. or ibid. Spell out whole numbers from one through nine; when spelled numbers cluster in a sentence or paragraph, however, use numerals. Use % symbol instead of spelling out. Include city names in newspaper titles, i.e., Detroit Free Press, New York Daily News. Do not italicize the definite article, i.e., the New York Times, the Chicago Sun-Times. In references, use postal code abbreviations for states; in regular copy, spell out.

    5. Heading Styles. First-level headings are typed in bold italic and justified left. Second-level headings are indented and typed in bold italic. Third-level headings are indented and typed in italic. Note this example:


    Sample. A random sample…
    Sampling Techniques. These techniques are useful when…


    6. Tables. When creating tables, use the Word (or similar software) table feature or the “Insert Table” command. Do not duplicate material in text and tables. Tables and figures should be used only when they substantially aid the reader, not merely because computers make tables easy to create.

    7. Figures. Submit all photos, graphs, or other figures as separate files in JPG, TIFF, or EPS file formats. Please include a placement note in your manuscript (i.e., “[Insert Figure 1]”). All figures will be converted to grayscale prior to publication. Photos must be submitted with a resolution of 300 dpi minimum, while line art must be submitted with a minimum resolution of 800 dpi.

    8. Supplemental Guidelines: For instructions and guidelines on suplemental material, please refer to the gateway here.

    Reference Examples:

    Gitlin, T. (1985). Inside prime time. New York, NY: Pantheon Books.

    Dominick, J. R. (1974). Children’s viewing of crime shows and attitudes on law enforcement. Journalism Quarterly, 51(1), 5-12.

    Manoff, R. K., & Schudson, M. (Eds.) (1986). Reading the news. New York, NY: Pantheon Books.

    Sigal, L. V. (1986). Sources make the news. In R. K. Manoff & M. Schudson (Eds.), Reading the news (pp. 9-37). New York, NY: Pantheon Books.

    Kinzer, S. (1983, December 23). Nicaragua’s bitter harvest: War in coffee fields. New York Times, p. A2.

    World Wide Web References:

    Citations to websites must include author’s name, title of document, title of complete work or journal (if relevant) in italics, volume/page range if applicable, and URL. Example:


    Smolkin, R. (2003). Anonymized by history. American Journalism Review, January/February. Retrieved from


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    For more information, please refer to the SAGE Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

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