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Western Journal of Communication


Sharon D. Downey

Western Journal of Communication, EditorDepartment of Communication Studies
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840-2407
Phone: 562-985-4301




 Robin Rowland

Western Journal of Communication, Editor Select

Department of Communication Studies

University of Kansas

1440 Jayhawk Boulevard

Lawrence, KS 66045

Phone: 785-864-9868


NOTE: Dr. Rowland will begin reviewing manuscripts September 1, 2016

 Editorial Policy

Published quarterly since 1937, the Western Journal of Communication is one of two scholarly journals of the Western States Communication Association (WSCA). The journal is dedicated to the publication of original scholarship that enhances our understanding of human communication. Diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives are welcome. WJC's longstanding commitment to multiple approaches, perspectives, and issues is reflected by its history of publishing research across rhetorical and media studies, interpersonal and intercultural communication, critical and cultural studies, language behavior, performance studies, small group and organizational communication, freedom of speech, and health and family communication. Research accessible to both scholarly audiences and the learned public is strongly encouraged. The Western Journal of Communication typically does not publish manuscripts over 9,000 words, and submissions that exceed 11,000 words will be returned to the author without review.


Manuscripts must not be under consideration by another publication. Western Journal of Communication follows a policy of blind, peer review, and each manuscript typically is read by two or three reviewers with expertise in the study's subject matter and methodology. All comments by reviewers are confidential and shall not be published. Based on the recommendations of the reviewers, the editor will make the final judgment with regard to publication. The editor will make every effort to insure that authors are informed as to the disposition of their manuscript within three months of receipt of the submission.

 WJC receives all manuscript submission electronically via ScholarOne Manuscripts. ScholarOne Manuscripts allows for rapid and easy submission of original and revised manuscripts, as well as reviewing and internal communication between authors, editors and reviewers via a web-based platform.


Accessing WJC Electronically 

As a member of Western States Communication Association, you are eligible to access Western Journal of Communication and Communication Reports online. Upon joining or renewing your membership, you should receive an email from the publisher of the journal, Taylor & Francis, with instructions for journal access and with your subscription activation code. The email will come from
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2.       Return to the email from that contains your subscription activation code link, and click that link. That link contains a one-time activation code which will add access to the journals to your account.
Once you have claimed access, you will be able to access journal content from any computer by clicking on the following links and entering your email address and password.
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Communication Reports:
Western Journal of Communication Reports
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