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.
WJC Instructions for Authors:
Manuscripts must conform to the current edition of either the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, or the MLA Style Manual. Manuscripts also must conform to the guidelines for avoiding ethnic biases and sexist language.
Research involving the use of human subjects must be approved by an institutional review board to be published in WJC.
Manuscripts must not be under consideration by another publication. Along with the manuscript prepare a separate file a as a cover letter. In this file include a history of the manuscript, whether it is derived from an M.A. or Ph.D. thesis with the advisor's name, whether it has been presented at a convention, or other pertinent information about its development. On submission you will also be asked to provide an abstract of 100 words or less with a list of five suggested key words.
WJC follows a policy of blind, peer review; please ensure that the main body of the manuscript contains no identification of authors. All comments by reviewers are confidential and shall not be published.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.
WJC prefers to receive all manuscript submission electronically via Manuscript Central at the following address: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rwjc. Manuscript Central 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. If you do not have access to the Internet, please contact the Editorial Office at 480-965-5147.
Authors are urged to submit manuscripts as MS Word files. Authors are responsible for verifying all files have uploaded correctly. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources and must sign an agreement for transfer of copyright to the publisher upon acceptance. All accepted manuscripts, artwork, and photographs become property of the publisher. Authors may log on or create an account by providing the corresponding author’s complete address, telephone number, fax number, and email address.
Creating an Account
1. Launch your web browser and go to the Manuscript Central homepage.
2. Log-in or click the “Create Account” option if you are a first-time user of Manuscript Central. If you are creating a new account:
After clicking on “Create Account” enter your name and e-mail information and click “Next”. Your e-mail information is very important.
Enter your institution and address information as prompted then click “Next.”
Enter a user ID and password of your choice (we recommend using your e-mail address as your user ID) and then select your area of expertise. Click “Finish” when done.
To submit a manuscript, log-in and select “Author Center.” Then follow the online instructions.
Direct inquiries to:
William Eadie, Western Journal of Communication,William Eadie, School of Journalism and Media Studies, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-4561 firstname.lastname@example.org
Subscriptions: Domestic, retail rate is $188.00 per calendar year and includes a subscription to both Western Journal of Communication and Communication Reports; the rate is discounted only through subscription services. Back issues and individual copies may be ordered for $15.00 each. Subscriptions and orders for back issues and individual copies should be addressed to Routledge Journals, Taylor & Francis Ltd, 325 Chestnut Street, 8th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19106, Telephone: 800 354 1420, Fax: 215 625 8914, E-mail: email@example.com.
Photocopy, Reprint, and Digital/Electronic Reserve Policy: WSCA is the sole copyright holder of all articles published in the Western Journal of Communication. Photocopies of all material published by WSCA may be made for classroom use free of charge if the following criteria are fulfilled: (1) no fees above the actual duplicating costs are charged, (2) the materials are photocopies and not reprints or republications, and (3) the material includes a full bibliographic citation and the following statement: “Copyrighted by the Western States Communication Association. Photocopied by permission of the publisher.” A photocopy of this statement serves as WSCA’s official permission for using materials in this way. This free permission is not applicable when an additional fee is charged for the material or when the material is reprinted in a commercial publication; WSCA charges a fee when its publications are included in a commercial publication or when an additional fee is charged.
WSCA requires permission and a fee for reprinting all or part of any article in its journals in both print and electronic publications. Full acknowledgment must be given to the author, title, and publisher. Reprint permission is granted for the current edition of a work only, not for revision, future editions, and ancillaries. When both print and electronic outlets are used, a separate fee for each applies. Reprint permission does not restrict republication of material by WSCA or by others granted reprint permission by WSCA. The Executive Director of the Association has the sole right to grant reprint permission.
Digital/electronic reserve use of all material published by WSCA may be made for classroom use free of charge if the following criteria are fulfilled: (1) no fees above the actual costs are charged, and (2) the material includes a full bibliographic citation and the following statement: “Copyrighted by the Western States Communication Association. Photocopied by permission of the publisher.” A photocopy of this statement serves as WSCA’s official permission for using materials in this way. This free permission is not applicable when an additional fee is charged for the material; WSCA charges a fee when an additional fee is charged for its publications.
For photocopy, reprint, or digital/electronic reserve permission, contact Routledge Journals, Taylor &Francis Ltd, 325 Chestnut Street, 8th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19106, Telephone: 800 354 1420, Fax: 215 625 8914.
Abstract Data Bases: WJC is abstracted in the following data bases available to researchers in print, on CD-ROM, and online: Communication Abstracts, e-psyche, PSYCHINFO, Scopus, Social Planning/Policy and Development Abstracts (SOPODA), Social Sciences Citation Index, Sociological Abstracts (LLBA), and Violence and Abuse Abstracts.
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