A Guide to Publishing in Scholarly Communication Journals

A Guide to Publishing in Scholarly Communication Journals

A Guide to Publishing in Scholarly Communication Journals

A Guide to Publishing in Scholarly Communication Journals


This guide offers detailed advice on the journal article publication process, describing each step of the process and providing insights for improving the presentation of work intended for publication in communication journals. It includes advice from journal editors across the discipline and offers resource materials to help both new and seasoned writers publish their work. The guide begins with an overview of the publication process, followed by a discussion of each step of the manuscript submission, review, and revision processes. In addition to reality-based answers to questions often posed to editors, resource materials are provided in the appendices, introducing readers to the various forms and correspondence they will encounter when they submit their work for consideration. The guide focuses on the issues and procedures associated with the publication process, examining rules and expectations encountered during the publishing process that are often assumed to be known but are rarely articulated. The guidance provided here will aid in establishing consistency in publication practices and will contribute toward improving the quality of journal submissions, as well as enhancing interaction with editors and reviewers. As a guide to demystifying procedures associated with the publication process, this resource will serve all academic authors desiring to publish their work in scholarly communication journals.


Getting your ideas and research published in a scholarly journal is simply a matter of having good ideas and doing sound research, right? Wrong. Whereas rigorous thinking and methodological precision increase your chances for publication, you must also understand and follow certain rules associated with the publication process. In other words, success in publishing is a result not only of what one produces, but how, when, where, and to whom it is presented.

Those who can tell us the most about journal publishing are the editors, whose success as authors and/or reviewers secured their appointments as editors. With their unique perspective, no other group is better prepared to advise on how to effectively play the publishing game.

In organizing and writing the first edition of this guide, we distilled the collected experiences, opinions, pet peeves, and advice of the 10 scholars and journal editors listed below:

Robert Avery, Critical Studies in Mass Communication, 1984–1986

Charles R. Berger, Human Communication Research, 1983–1986

Steven Chaffee, Communication Research, 1984–1986

John A. Daly, Communication Education, 1985–1987; Written Communication, 1983–1990

B. Aubrey Fisher, Western Speech Communication Journal, 19821984

Gustav Friedrich, Communication Education, 1979–1984

George Gerbner, Journal of Communication, 1973–1986

Mark L. Knapp, Human Communication Research, 1980–1983

Thomas McCain, Journal a/Broadcasting, 1980–1984

Gerald R. Miller, Human Communication Research, 1974–1977; Communication Monographs, 1984–1986

Much of the information presented in this guide stems from questions directed at these editors during panel discussions at meetings of professional communication associations. The most welcome responses on these panels were those that spoke directly to demystifying various procedures and apparent biases associated with the publication process. We have tried to adopt this principle for this revised edition as well.

In order to complete and update this edition, we sought advice and counsel from the following editors:

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