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SAGE to launch Communication and the Public June 2015

June 22, 2015

London, UKSAGE, a world leading independent academic and professional publisher, has today announced that it is to launch Communication and the Public, in partnership with Zhejiang University.Thisinternational, peer-reviewed journal will publish theoretical and empirical research articles concerning the intersections of communication and the ‘public’, as it is broadly defined. It is to be edited by Zhongdang Pan of University of Wisconsin- Madison and Guobin Yang of University of Pennsylvania.

The journal will focus on the dynamics that exist between the extensive definitions of communication and the public. It will highlight the ongoing theoretical approaches concerning uses of the term ‘public’ including; public life, public opinion, and the public sphere, in contrast to other forms of social collectivity such as; crowd and the mass. Communication and the Public will provide an academic forum in which to gain a greater understanding of the formation of publics, public interests, public representation, and public contestation.

Zhongdang Pan, co-editor of the journal remarked on the launch:

Communication and the Publicwill provide an invaluable outlet for a community of scholars who seek to carry out dialogues and intellectual discussion across disciplinary, national, and cultural boundaries. We are thrilled to be publishing with SAGE, a publisher who will provide a global platform from which to disseminate this innovative scholarship within the field. We look forward to developing this partnership and to extending the reach of the journal, encompassing parts of the world where the experiences of social and cultural theories and communication studies have been under considered.”

Paul Evans, SAGE’s Managing Director, Asia Pacific, further commented:

“SAGE has a long standing high-quality portfolio of journals within the communication discipline and we are delighted to be working with Zhejiang University to launch this new, cutting- edge journal.  We look forward to working with the esteemed editorial board to develop the academic research and impact of this field, supporting both the global reach of its research and submissions base, as well as providing a platform for discussion of previously under examined topics. ”

Find out more about the journal here.


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. 

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