By providing digital space for work that could not be published in traditional print journals, ACJ has become the premier journal for media rich scholarship during the nine years of publishing. The American Communication Association issues a call for scholarship that focus on human communication and technology. Submissions may come from a variety of perspectives: critical/rhetorical, qualitative, and quantitative.
Manuscripts should be web-rich, at a minimum this would include bookmarks within the submission itself that leads both to any relevant endnote and/or citation and to other resources available on the web at the time of submission. Authors may also elect to include professional graphics (no blinking text or moving letters), photos, video clips, audio clips, animations, including interactive elements all of which will be stored on the ACJ’s server space or YouTube page. However, not all worthy scholarship does, should or can be written in such a way that “cyberspace” can contribute usefully to it. So this journal will also accept more traditional scholarship.
ACJ publishes issues four times a year (spring, summer, fall and winter) according to the schedule below.
Issue Month posted Submission deadline
Winter March December 31
Spring June March 31
Summer September June 30
Fall December September 31
ARTICLE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
The journal follows a method of blind, peer review. All submitted manuscripts must be free of any reference to author or institution. ACJ reserves the right to return any manuscript without review should it be deemed outside the scope of human communication, be available elsewhere online, or technically, methodologically, or theoretically flawed. Final submissions of accepted manuscripts should be formatted in APA or MLA, following the latest edition guidelines. Please refrain from using racist, sexist, or discriminatory language. Typically the length of manuscripts submitted to the journal range from 3,000-5,000 words in length.
Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org as an email attachment, formatted in Word. Large media rich submissions should be sent on a PC formatted CD to Anita McDaniel, Dept. of Communication Studies, University of North Carolina Wilmington, 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403-5933. The author should retain a copy, because manuscripts will not be returned.
Submissions should include: A cover letter stating the following information 1) the manuscript title, 2) name(s) of the author(s), 3) keywords for the article to be used for electronic search engines, 4) an abstract, 5) author(s) biographical information – name(s), titles, and affiliations of the author(s), address, email address of the corresponding author only, a history of the manuscript- previous publishing’s, presentations, or if it is whole or part of a thesis or dissertation, and the number of characters and words in the manuscript. The article’s manuscript should be submitted as a separate document. Both documents should be identified either as “title of the submission – cover letter” or “title of the submission – manuscript.”
For information about the review process or more submission instructions, please refer to the Submission Tips for Articles page.
BOOK REVIEW SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
The American Communication Journal solicits reviews of books that reflect emerging trends within communication theory and praxis and/or those which illuminate provocative intersections between the field of communication and other disciplines and endeavors. Each review shall consist of a thoughtful analysis and/or critique of a contemporary text (or current translation, revision, or editing, including textbooks.)
The review should include a statement about the significance of the book, information about the author, the reviewer’s interest in the text/subject and a critical review of the text’s central themes. Reviews should be no longer than 750 words. The deadlines are the same as for article manuscripts and are subject to blind peer reviewed.
Following ACA tradition, we invite you to make use of the audio and visual potential of the World Wide Web as you organize your review. At a minimum we suggest that you construct hyperlinks to other authors or pages that might offer insight to your arguments. However, we also ask that you keep formatting to a minimum (no excessive use of colors, blinking text, etc.).
Publishers and authors are encouraged to send new books (copyright date within 5 years of ACJ posting date) and to inquire about reviews for forthcoming books to the book review editor at the address below.
John N. Malala
University of Central Florida
P.O. Box 161344
Orlando, FL 32816-1344