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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission contains your name, designation & affiliation, and contact details.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines

Community Communication rigorously follows a blind peer review policy.

Submitted manuscripts should be free from any identifying tags or features including names or institutional affiliations.

Please include the following details in the cover letter while submitting a manuscript:

  1. Your full name
  2. Designation & Current Affiliation
  3. Contact details (email id and phone number)


Article Types
The journal welcomes high-quality contributions from scholars and practitioners in the field of communication and social change with a clear focus on South Asia, while being open to theoretical explorations that have implications for the region.  We specifically invite:

Research ArticlesArticles must be no more than 8,000 words long, including figures, tables, endnotes and references. Articles should be accompanied by an abstract of a maximum of 200 words.

Theoretical/Review EssaysTheoretical/Review Essays must be no more than 5000 words long, including endnotes and references. Theoretical/Review Essays should be accompanied by an abstract of a maximum of 200 words.

Book/Media ReviewsBook/Media Reviews must be no more than 1500 words long including endnotes and references. Media sources may include such things as documentaries, podcasts, and radio/television shows that are related to social change issues pertaining to the region.

Commentary and CriticismCommentary and Criticism must be no more than 3500 words long including endnotes and references.

In-depth interviewsIn-depth interviews must be no more than 2000 words long and must be prefaced with a biographical introduction of the interviewee.

Field reflectionsField reflections (from researchers and practitioners) must be no more than 1500 words long.



Manuscripts should contain the following without fail:
(i) Title page with full title and subtitle (if any);
(ii) Abstract of 200 words in case of articles, theoretical essays, and review essays;
(iii) Up to 10 key words;
(iv) Main text with each new paragraph indented;
(v) Numbered end notes (only as required);
(vi) Alphabetical references section using the APA stylesheet (see examples below);


Specific style requirements:
(i) Manuscripts should be submitted in 12pt Times New Roman font, 1.5 line spacing, all paragraphs justified, with a  line break in between paragraphs;
(ii) UK English spelling (e.g. “colour”);
(iii) In-text references in APA style (see examples below);
(iv) Quotations exceeding 40 words in indented block form (both right & left);
(v) Technical terms and acronyms to be defined/ expanded when first used;
(vi) Acronyms and abbreviations without points (e.g. USA, Dr);
(vii) Gender-neutral pronouns (“they” instead of “he/she”) unless the intention is to refer to a
specific gender;
(viii) Single quotations marks for all in-text quotes, with double quotes inside if required;
(ix) Dates:  January 01, 2015;
(x) Zero to nine written alphabetically, 10 and above written numerically.

Tables: All tables should have short descriptive captions at the head of the table and sources indicated beneath. Number each table (e.g. Table 01, 02...10)
Figures: All graphs, diagrams, photographs and illustrations should be referred to as figures and numbered consecutively (e.g. “Figure 1”). Photographs and illustrations should be provided separately in JPEG/ PNG format. Short descriptive captions and sources should be provided beneath the figures. 

Authors are responsible for obtaining permissions from copyright holders where required and permission letters must be supplied.


Examples of referencing

Please use the APA Style of referencing.  You may want to use a Citation Generator for your submissions.

In-text:
Author (year: page*)
*Page numbers must be provided for all quotes and where paraphrasing an idea from a
particular page.
Howley (2005: 17) asserts that…
…or so it has been asserted (Howley, 2005: 17).


References section:

Book:
Rennie, E (2006). Community Media: A Global Introduction. Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
Book chapter:
Rath, L. (2007) (re)Colouring Public Broadcasting  System in Canada: A Case Study of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, In: Linda K. Fuller (eds) Community Media: International Perspectives , Palgrave MacMillan, 21-30.
Journal article:
Paranjape, N. (2007). 'Community media: local is focal’, Community Development Journal, 42(4): 459–469.

Website:
Sainsbury, M (2020) War in Wuhan: inside the world’s biggest quarantine centre. Crikey, January 24. Available at: https://www.crikey.com.au/2020/01/24/wuhan-coronavirus-quarantine/

Copyright and proofs
Authors are responsible for obtaining permissions from copyright holders where required and permission letters must be supplied.

Authors will receive proofs of their articles after acceptance and before publication. Prompt attention to final proof checks will ensure timely publication.

 

Peer review process

Please see the Author Guidelines for length, style and formatting.

  • Double-blind peer review process will be followed for all the articles.
  • At first, all articles received will be reviewed by The Editor for suitability; and if suitable will be sent to TWO peer reviewers for blind review.
  • Please allow six to eight weeks for peer reviews to be completed, following which the authors will be notified about the decision on their paper.
  • If revisions are required and suggested, an additional four to six weeks will be given to the author to complete revisions; or if in need of longer periods of revision time, it may be negotiated with the Editor.

All peer reviews are conducted strictly in confidence and anonymously. Peer reviewers will be recruited based on their research expertise in the field covered by the submitted article, with members of the journal’s Editorial Advisory Board also acting as peer reviewers.

Research Articles

Articles must be no more than 8,000 words long, including figures, tables, endnotes and references. Articles should be accompanied by an abstract of a maximum of 200 words.

Theoretical Essays

Theoretical Essays must be no more than 5000 words long, including endnotes and references. Theoretical Essays should be accompanied by an abstract of a maximum of 200 words.

Review Essays

Review Essays must be no more than 5000 words long, including endnotes and references. Review Essays should be accompanied by an abstract of a maximum of 200 words.

Commentary and Criticism

Commentary and Criticism must be no more than 3500 words long including endnotes and references.

In-depth Interviews

In-depth interviews must be no more than 2000 words long and must be prefaced with a biographical introduction of the interviewee.

Field Reflections

Field reflections (from researchers and practitioners) must be no more than 1500 words long.

Book / Media Reviews

Book/Media Reviews must be no more than 1500 words long including endnotes and references. Media sources may include such things as documentaries, podcasts, and radio/television shows that are related to social change issues pertaining to the region.

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