The author submits her or his work using one of the three formats below (ranked in order of preference):
- by emailing the document and accompanying materials to the Editor
- by notifying the Editor of the uniform resource locator (URL) where the document and accompanying materials are housed. The files will then be copied to a secure URL.
- by mailing the document and accompanying materials to the Editor on a CD-ROM.
- The Editor reviews the work for blatant analytical, stylistic, or grammatical errors.
- If no errors are found, the Editor determines which three (3) members of the Editorial Board are most suited to review the particular submission.
- All reviewers are asked to return their decisions and commentary to the Editor, via an email form, within six-eight weeks of accepting the task.
- Based upon these comments, the Editor decides upon one of three courses of action: a) rejection, b) conditional acceptance with revisions, or c) acceptance.
- The researcher(s) are then notified of ACJ‘s decision, normally by email.
All submissions need to be saved as Word files. We encourage authors to make use of the possibilities of online publication, including multimedia elements. We ask that you leave the majority of the text unformatted, since it will be placed into a template to maintain the look of the journal. If you are an accomplished HTML editor and want to create a special look for your page(s), we are more than happy to make exceptions to the standard design. Just realize that if you want a different look, you will need to do the coding yourself (working with the associate editor as necessary). The following are a few specific guidelines we ask everyone to follow:
- Any external links (links to other pages on the WWW) should be checked for accuracy.
- Please use APA format (5th edition or most recent).
- Each item in the works cited list should have an anchor, using the last name of the author or the first significant word of the title as the name of the anchor. In the body of the article, create a link whenever a work is cited to the appropriate anchor point in the works cited list.
- Use italics for emphasis and titles of journals/books.
- Multimedia elements (graphics, audio files, video clips) should be inserted where desired, and checked for accuracy/functionality.
- Heading levels should be as follows:
Heading One: Centered and Bold Face
Heading Two: Left Margin, Bold Face
Heading Three: Indented, Italicized, Bold Face
REQUIREMENTS FOR PUBLICATION
- The author(s) must strongly consider all grammatical, stylistic, and substantive changes suggested by the reviewers and the Editor.
- Title pages must be reformatted according to the official template. The rest of the text must begin on a new page and be single spaced within paragraphs and double spaced between them. Please block indent all quotations longer than three sentences.
- The author(s) must ensure that all information (including name, affiliation and contact addresses), hypertext format, and links are accurate. The editorial staff will not correct errors to a posted article unless they are related to converting the original document from Word to PDF.
- Neither the American Communication Association nor the American Communication Journal assume any liability for any information housed on its server. By agreeing to publish in the American Communication Journal, authors assume liability for all words, content, and meanings, regardless of context or third party involvement. The American Communication Journal will copyright all works on its site; however, authors retain the right to make use of their own work (with the exception of commercial publication).