Submission Preparation ChecklistAs 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 file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
- 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, rather than at the end.
- The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
- If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
Research ArticlesA scholarly manuscript should investigate an idea or set of ideas or set of circumstances. Manuscripts may be of an empirical, critical or theoretical nature.
Case StudiesCase studies will be in-depth examinations of a professional communication event. These should provide a systematic insight into an event (e.g. Toyota’s handling of PR during their acceleration crisis; Government handling of Wikileaks situation). Case studies are not simply journalistic exercises or an exercise in fiction writing, but rather research papers that follow a distinct outline/approach: Here’s one method for writing this type of case study. It is a more traditional, academic approach that focuses on theoretical and empirical analysis. Variations on this model are acceptable, but should be discussed with the Editor-in-Chief before submission.