This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly (JMCQ) is the flagship journal of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). It is a quarterly, peer-reviewed ISI-ranked journal that focuses on research in journalism and mass communication. Established in 1924, JMCQ or the Quarterly is the oldest refereed scholarly journal in mass communication and provides leadership in scholarship for the field. It serves all the divisions and interest groups of AEJMC and publishes original articles and book reviews on topics including but not limited to theoretical and methodological developments in journalism and mass communication, international communication, media technologies and society, advertising, public relations, journalism history, media law and policy, media management and economics, political communication and health communication.
|David Atkin||University of Connecticut, USA|
|Hong Cheng||Virginia Commonwealth University, USA|
|Sei-Hill Kim||University of South Carolina, USA|
|Lana F. Rakow||University of North Dakota, USA|
|Daniel C. Hallin||University of California, San Diego, USA|
|Alison F. Alexander||University of Georgia, USA|
|Osabuohien P. Amienyi||Arkansas State University, USA|
|Hussein Amin||American University in Cairo, Egypt|
|Julie Andsager||University of Tennessee, USA|
|Peng Hwa Ang||Nanyang Technological University, Singapore|
|Fred Beard||University of Oklahoma, USA|
|Christopher Beaudoin||Boston University, USA|
|Dan Berkowitz||University of Iowa, USA|
|Kim Bissell||University of Alabama, USA|
|Matthew Bunker||University of Alabama, USA|
|Carolyn Byerly||Howard University, USA|
|Matt Carlson||Saint Louis University, USA|
|Edward Carter||Brigham Young University, USA|
|Jaeho Cho||University of California, Davis, USA|
|Iris Chyi||University of Texas at Austin, USA|
|Claes de Vreese||University of Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Bryan Denham||Clemson University, USA|
|Sharon Dunwoody||University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA|
|Michel Dupagne||University of Miami, USA|
|Lyombe Eko||Texas Tech University, USA|
|Erika Engstrom||University of Nevada at Las Vegas, USA|
|Shahira Fahmy||University of Arizona, USA|
|Leonardo Ferreira||Florida International University, USA|
|Divina Frau-Meigs||Université Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle, France|
|Karen Freberg||University of Louisville, USA|
|Bruce Garrison||University of Miami, USA|
|Myria Georgiou||London School of Economics and Political Science|
|Homero Gil de Zuniga||University of Vienna, Austria|
|Gerard Goggin||University of Sydney, Australia|
|Thomas Hanitzsch||LMU Munich, Germany|
|Eszter Hargittai||University of Zurich, Switzerland|
|Ari Heinonen||University of Tampere, Finland|
|Elizabeth Blanks Hindman||Washington State University, USA|
|Lance Holbert||Temple University, USA|
|Christina Holtz-Bacha||University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany|
|Janice R. Hume||University of Georgia, USA|
|Kenichi Ishii||University of Tsukuba, Japan|
|Jianbin Jin||Tsinghua University, China|
|Tom Johnson||University of Texas at Austin, USA|
|Anu Kantola||University of Helsinki, Finland|
|Spiro Kiousis||University of Florida, USA|
|Carolyn Kitch||Temple University, USA|
|Nete N. Kristensen||University of Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Nojin Kwak||University of Michigan, USA|
|Chul-joo Lee||Seoul National University, South Korea|
|Tien-Tsung Lee||University of Kansas, USA|
|Louis Leung||Chinese University of Hong Kong, China|
|Seth Lewis||University of Oregon, USA|
|Carol Liebler||Syracuse University, USA|
|Carolyn A. Lin||University of Connecticut, USA|
|Robert Logan||U.S. National Library of Medicine, USA|
|Jack Lule||Lehigh University, USA|
|Jim Macnamara||University of Technology Sydney, Australia|
|Donald Matheson||University of Canterbury, New Zealand|
|Jörg Matthes||University of Vienna, Austria|
|Maxwell E. McCombs||University of Texas at Austin, USA|
|Margaret McLaughlin||University of Southern California, USA|
|Claudia Mellado||Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV), Chile|
|Oren Meyers||University of Haifa, Israel|
|Eserinune Mojaye||Delta State University, Nigeria|
|Patricia Moy||University of Washington, USA|
|Seungahn Nah||University of Oregon, USA|
|Philip Napoli||Duke University, USA|
|Kimberly A. Neuendorf||Cleveland State University, USA|
|Radhika E. Parameswaran||Indiana University, USA|
|Sung-Yeon Park||University of Nevada-Reno, USA|
|John V. Pavlik||Rutgers University, USA|
|James Potter||University of California-Santa Barbara, USA|
|Marcia R. Prior-Miller||Iowa State University, USA|
|Jyotika Ramaprasad||School of Communication, University of Miami, USA|
|Tom Reichert||University of South Carolina, USA|
|Dong-hee Shin||Chung-Ang University, South Korea|
|Jane Singer||City, University of London, UK|
|Jeffery Smith||University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA|
|Brian G. Southwell||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA|
|Krishnamurthy Sriramesh||University of Colorado, USA|
|Linda Steiner||University of Maryland, USA|
|Jesper Strömbäck||University of Gothenburg, Sweden|
|Federico A. Subervi-Velez||Kent State University, USA|
|S. Shyam Sundar||Pennsylvania State University, USA|
|George Sylvie||University of Texas at Austin, USA|
|David Tewksbury||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA|
|Esther Thorson||Michigan State University, USA|
|Tim Vos||University of Missouri, USA|
|Karin Wahl-Jorgensen||Cardiff University, UK|
|Lu Wei||Zhejiang University, China|
|Ran Wei||University of South Carolina, USA|
|Oscar Westlund||Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway|
|Robert H. Wicks||University of Arkansas, USA|
|Lars Willnat||Syracuse University, USA|
|H. Denis Wu||Boston University, USA|
Information for Contributors
Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly is the flagship journal of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). The journal provides leadership in developing theory, disseminating empirical research and introducing new concepts to its readership. It welcomes submissions of interest to any of the 18 divisions and 10 interest groups of AEJMC. Because communication is a diverse field, articles address a broad range of questions using a variety of methods and theoretical perspectives. Both qualitative and quantitative approaches are welcome in this journal. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly challenges the boundaries of communication research, guiding its readers to new questions, new evidence, and new conclusions. While we welcome submissions focusing on particular areas or specialties, articles should be written in a style that is accessible to all communication scholars. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly is a member of the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE).
1. Submissions. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly receives manuscript submissions online through SAGE Track, powered by ScholarOne's Manuscript CentralTM. Authors should register for an account at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jmcq, where they will create a login ID and password. SAGE Track will serve as the center for editorial staff to communicate with authors, editors, and reviewers electronically, and it will function as the platform for the review process. The text format should be double-spaced, 12-point font size and follow the American Psychological Association (APA) style 6th edition. Each figure should be uploaded as a separate file. Manuscripts should be submitted as Word documents which will be converted to PDF files. Author identification should not appear anywhere on the main text pages or in the main text file J&MCQ manuscripts are typically between 5,000 and 6,500 words of main text (excluding references, notes, abstract, tables, figures and/or appendices), and their length is evaluated as part of the review process. Longer manuscripts up to 10,000 words may be considered, but authors must provide strong justifications in the cover letter for the extra length or they won’t be sent out for review. Manuscript length should be in proportion to its contribution to the field. Submissions must be unpublished original manuscripts not under review elsewhere and all submissions will go through a double-blind review process. We try to make decisions within three months.
2. Abstract and author information. An abstract of no more than 100 words should be included as a separate electronic file, and the abstract should indicate all author identification and contact information, institutional affiliation, Ph.D. granting institution, and any funding sources. Authors should provide four or fewer key words or terms on the abstract that identify the content of the submission. Author identification should not appear anywhere except on the title page. Authors are encouraged to register their names at https://orcid.org/ with an ORCID number which is a unique worldwide permanent identity registry and their name and affiliation can be updated in one location and supply this information during manuscript submission. The published article will list the authors’ ORCID both in print and online.
3. Keywords. Select appropriate keyword correctly in each keyword category provided in the Manuscript Central for your manuscript. The keyword categories are explained in the editorial essay of the summer issue of our journal. Incorrect keyword selection will hinder the reviewer selection process.
4. Style. For initial review, we accept manuscripts written in common citation styles such as Chicago or Harvard. For final acceptance, use APA Style (6th. ed.) guidelines. Use % instead of percent. Underline or italicize names of cities when using newspaper names, i.e., New York Times. In reporting probability, never use p=0.000 as per SPSS output. Use p < 0.0001.
Heading Styles. There are five levels of headings in APA Style. Proceed through the levels numerically, starting with Level 1, without skipping levels. The number of headings needed for a paper will vary depending on the paper’s complexity and subject matter. Sections of similar importance have the same level of heading.
- Don’t use “Introduction” as your first heading—it’s assumed that the beginning of the paper is the introduction.
- Use boldface and/or italics only for headings within the body of your paper
- Use regular font formatting (no boldface or italics) for all section titles, such as Abstract, Author Note, Title of Your Paper (on the title page and on the page where the text begins), References, Appendix/Appendices, and Footnotes. These are not headings but labels for these sections.
- Tables. When creating tables, use the Word (or similar software) table feature, MacIntosh Word using the “Insert Table“ command, or Quark with tabs. 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. Place each table on a separate page at the end of your manuscript, after the reference list. Margins depend on the size of the table but must be at least 1 in. (2.54 cm). Tables may use single-spacing or one-and-a-half spacing. Information necessary for understanding the table and definitions of abbreviations used within the table appear in a table note.
- Figures. Place each figure on a separate page at the end of your manuscript, after any tables (or after the reference list, if there are no tables). Place a caption below each figure describing its contents and defining any abbreviations used in the figure.
5. Cover Letter. All new submissions must include a cover letter explaining whether the manuscript is the first time the dataset was being used. If not, then the author should report previous articles or submissions to other journals using the same dataset and explaining the advancement of knowledge of the submitted manuscript over previous articles and other manuscripts under review in other journals.
6. Citations. In-text citations are expected in APA style such as (Smith, 2013), (Johnson & Smith, 2013) and up to five authors are listed in the first citation in-text. Subsequent citations for works with three authors or more will use the short form such as (Clark et al., 2013).
7. Citing your own works. Authors who need to cite their own previous works should cite them in the same way as other authors. There is no need to specify the work is written by the author. Excessive self-citations are discouraged and will be viewed as an attempt to identify the author. The only exceptions are in press or forthcoming articles. In those cases, the in-text reference should be (Authors, in press/forthcoming).
In addition, do not cite a particular author excessively (more than five times) to avoid mis-identification of the author during the blind review process.
Reference style examples:
a. Journal Articles
Wang, A. (2006). Advertising engagement: A driver of message involvement on message effects. Journal of Advertising Research, 46, 355-368. doi: 10.2501/S0021849906060429
Napoli, P. (2011). Audience evolution: New technologies and the transformation of media audiences. NY: Columbia University Press.
c. Book chapters.
Lang, P. J., Bradley, M. M., & Cuthbert, B. N. (1997). Motivated attention: Affect, activation, and action. In P. J. Lang, R. F. Simons, & M. Balaban (Eds.), Attention and orienting: Sensory and motivational processes (pp. 97–135). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
d. Online Sources:
Author, A. (date). Title of document. Publication Title. Retrieved from http://URL
News institutions are publishers and not counted as authors. However, institutional and corporate sources such as the American Psychological Association, the United Nations, Knight Foundation, etc. should be cited as author in the text (e.g., American Psychological Association Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls, 2007) and in the references as below:
American Psychological Association Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls (2007). Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/pi/wpo/sexualization.hmtl
For Web page with no authors:
New child vaccine gets funding boost. (2001). Retrieved March 21, 2001, from http://news.ninemsn.com.au/health/story_13178.asp
Cite in text the first few words of the reference list entry (usually the title) and the year. Use double quotation marks around the title or abbreviated title ("New Child Vaccine," 2001).
Refer to the APA style at http://www.apastyle.org/ and the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition for all other formatting requirements. Any inquiries regarding manuscript submission may be directed to the editorial office at Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly Editorial Office, School of Media and Communication, Bowling Green State University, 411 Kuhlin Center, , Bowling Green, OH 43403, U.S.A., Internet: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.