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Journal of Communication Inquiry

Journal of Communication Inquiry

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

Thomas Oates University of Texas Health Science Center, USA

eISSN: 15524612 | ISSN: 01968599 | Current volume: 48 | Current issue: 3 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, and 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
  • Mediating Global Migration
  • Mediating the #MeToo Movement

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.

Executive Editor
Thomas P. Oates University of Iowa, USA
Managing Editor
Patrick Johnson University of Iowa, USA
Book Reviews Editor
Munachim Amah University of Iowa, USA
Reviews Editor
Munachim Amah University of Iowa, USA
Advisory Board
David O. Dowling University of Iowa, USA
Frankline Matanji University of Iowa, USA
Alexander Scott University of Iowa, USA
Javie Ssozi University of Iowa, USA
Shannon Sweeney University of Iowa, USA
Editorial Board
Mark Andrejevic Pomona College, USA
Ralph Beliveau University of Oklahoma, USA
Jack Z. Bratich Rutgers University, USA
Bonnie S. Brennen Marquette University, USA
John C. Carpenter University of Iowa, USA
Matthew Cecil University of Northen Kentucky, USA
Kuan-Hsing Chen National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Mia Consalvo Concordia University, Canada
Gene Costain University of Central Florida, USA
Rachel Dubrofsky  
Christina Dunbar-Hester University of Southern California, USA
Ana C. Garner Marquette University, USA
Todd Gitlin Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Theodore L. Glasser Stanford University, USA
Mirerza Gonzalez-Velez University of Puerto Rico, USA
Brian Goss Saint Louis University-Madrid, Spain
Lawrence Grossberg University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA
Robert E. Gutsche, Jr. Lancaster University
John Haman University of Dubuque
James F. Hamilton University of Georgia, USA
Shawn Harmsen Coe College, USA
James Hay University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
Amani Ismail The American University in Cairo, Egypt
Robin Johnson University of Idaho, USA
Volha Kananovich Appalachian State University
Matthew A. Killmeier Auburn University, Montgomery, USA
Carolyn Kitch Temple University, USA
Hye Jin Lee University of Southern California, USA
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, USA
Hillel Nossek College of Management, Israel
Erin O'Gara Clearway Minnesota, USA
Jeremy Packer North Carolina State University, USA
Radhika E. Parameswaran Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
Subin Paul University of Iowa, USA
Craig Robertson Northeastern University, USA
Amit M. Schejter Pennsylvania State University, USA
Saif Shahin American University
Yu Shi New York University, USA
Helene Shugart University of Utah, USA
Liesbet van Zoonen Loughborough University, UK
Mary Douglas Vavrus University of Minnesota, USA
Marina Vujnovic Monmouth University, USA
Andrea Weare University of Nebraska, Omaha, USA
David Wolfgang Colorado State
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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 8,000 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. Authors who need to cite their own previous works should cite them in the same way as other authors. The only exceptions are in press or forthcoming articles. In those cases, the in-text reference should be (Authors, in press/forthcoming).

    Manuscripts should closely follow the style guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA style), current edition. 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. Does your work make a clear original contribution to critical cultural scholarship? 

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

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

    4. Is your manuscript 8,000 words or less (including notes and references)?

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

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

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

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

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