Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Professional Communication is supported by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

The Journal of Professional Communication is housed in the Department of Communication Studies & Multimedia, in the Faculty of Humanities at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

JPC is an international journal launched to explore the intersections between public relations practice, communication and new media theory, communications management, as well as digital arts and design.

JPC publishes case studies, interviews, peer-reviewed academic articles, works of digital media art and design, and commentary on current trends in the field.

JPC is inclusive and exciting. JPC aims to capture the zeitgeist of professional communication in Canada and internationally.

JPC's scope is purposefully very broad, and its readership international, reflecting the broad, global nature of practice and research in field of professional communication. We invite you to become part of the JPC community.

Please contact either Alex Sévigny or Terry Flynn for more information, guidance or help concerning submitting a manuscript. We welcome your comments, your participation and your enthusiasm. We also welcome any ideas about how to improve JPC - it's your journal, after all.

 

Section Policies

Articles

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Editorial

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Commentary

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Lecture

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Research Articles

A scholarly manuscript should investigate an idea or set of ideas or set of circumstances. Manuscripts may be of an empirical, critical or theoretical nature.

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Case Studies

Case 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.

 

  • Situational Analysis
  • Review of Existing Research and Theory
  • Outline the case study problem(s)
  • Methodology
  • Collect Data
  • Interviews (6 minimum) – original research!
  • Documentation
  • Archival records
  • Data analysis and interpretation
  • Presentation of Results
  • Conclusions and Limitations

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Book Reviews

Reviews of resources (books, documentaries, websites, learning tools, gadgets such as the Playbook, iPad, the Kindle, etc.) that would be valuable to professional communicators may be submitted.

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Policy Document

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Editorial Advisory Board

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Practical Papers

Addressing the issues confronting communications practitioners in industry, consultancy and government.

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Interview

These are in-depth interviews, usually concerning a specific topic or event, or investigating a professional experience or case. Potential interview submissions must be approved by the Editor-in-Chief before submission.

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Editorials

Short, topical pieces by either academics or practitioners exploring a point of view on matters of contemporary professional or scholarly interest. These manuscripts are encouraged to be controversial and provocative.

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Junior Practioners & Reverse Mentoring

This category will be a place for junior practitioners (less than five years of professional experience) to explain their point of view on the changing landscape of the professional communication practice. This will be a place to hear fresh perspectives so that the experiences of juniors can be of benefit to senior practitioners.

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Personal Histories

This category is where practitioners and academics can tell their stories. Almost everyone who has entered the field has followed a unique and interesting path. We want to share those paths with others so that they may be inspired to find examples and mentors.

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Original Works of Sound

Pieces of music that has been used in an effective communications campaign may be submitted.

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Original Works of Art or Design

Original works of art or design, with commentary describing their role in a communications campaign in which they were used.

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Features

In-depth journalistic articles investigating a topic of contemporary interest to academics and practitioners of professional communication.

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Peer Review Process

All research articles, case studies and practical papers are strictly peer reviewed using a double blind process by at least two reviewers.

 

Publication Frequency

The JPC is published twice year, once in June and once in December.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...