Submission Guidelines and Notes for Authors
NOTE: Effective August 1, 2007, inquiries regarding new manuscripts and proposals for special issues should be directed to Kevin Wright, JCMC Editor-Elect, at kbwright @ ou.edu.
All new and revised manuscripts should be submitted via Manuscript Central at:
http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcmc. See instructions below.
- Topics: The Journal of
Computer-Mediated Communication is a web-based journal that
publishes scholarship on computer-mediated communication. Broadly
interdisciplinary in scope, the JCMC publishes mostly empirical
research making use of social science methods, which should be
presented according to the accepted standards for each method. Although
the field of computer-mediated communication research is still young,
successful original research submissions are expected to include
comprehensive literature reviews, and to be theoretically grounded and
methodologically rigorous, in addition to advancing new knowledge in
innovative ways. Reviews, syntheses, and meta-analyses of prior
research are also welcome, as are proposals for special issues.
- When to submit: Articles may be submitted
to JCMC for publication at any time. Although we organize some of our
articles into special issues, we encourage your contributions and will
happily find a place for articles of high quality regardless of topic.
- Copyright: The submission of an article to
JCMC implies that neither the article nor any of its parts is
copyrighted or currently under review for any journal, edited
collection, or conference proceedings. If the article, any
portion of it, or any other version of it, has appeared, or is
scheduled to appear in another publication of any kind, the details of
such publication must be made known to the editors at
the time of submission. Authors are encouraged to consult the JCMC copyright form to see precisely
what sort of assurances they will be required to provide to the
JCMC copyright form
- Length: Full-length article submissions
should be roughly 7,000-9,500 words. This is the most common type of
article published in JCMC. In addition, we occasionally publish
Research Briefs (1,500-3,500 words) that focus on a single research
finding or issue.
- Citation Style: The academic citation
style used in JCMC follows the most recent American Psychological
Association (APA) Manual of Style. Manuscripts should be prepared in
accordance with the Publication Manual of the American
Psychological Association (currently, the 5th Ed.). In addition,
authors are encouraged to link their references to online sources,
where available. (Note that the copyright notice DOES NOT apply to the
incorporation of pointers to publicly available network sources.)
Please keep in mind that many networked resources may be ephemeral.
Authors should attempt to use "fresh" and long-lasting links.
- Formats: Authors are encouraged to take
advantage of the expressive possibilities afforded by JCMC's
multimodal, web-based format. Articles may contain any combination of
text, tables, graphics, animation, or audio components. Innovative
forms of expressing research, and/or linking members of the scientific
community, are welcome. The preferred format for article submissions is
MS-Word. Binary components (graphics, sound files, etc.) may also be
uploaded as supplementary files at the time of submission to Manuscript
Central. JCMC editors will make every possible effort to accommodate
Submissions to JCMC should be submitted to
http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcmc. Before accessing the online submission site, you should have the following ready to upload:
- Manuscript title (limit 50 words)
- Running head (limit 50 characters)
- Abstract (150-200 words)
- Email address(es) and institution(s) of co-authors, if any
- A cover letter, including:
- Manuscript title and a brief bio for each author
- The total number of words in the manuscript, including title,
abstract, main document, references, and appendices
- An anonymized version of the manuscript. Articles will be
reviewed in a double-blind fashion, shielding authors' and reviewers'
identities wherever possible. Authors should take care to remove all
pointers to their own identity or to that of their institution. For
example, when citing references to your own (co-)authored work(s) that
could identify you to reviewers, replace your name(s)
in the citation(s) with "Author," and in the References section,
replace your name(s) with "Author," delete all but the year of
publication, and list them under "A." Please do NOT separate figures and tables out from your
manuscript; position them where you would like them to appear in the
body of the manuscript.
- A title page, including author(s) name(s) and affiliation(s)
Instructions for Submitting through Manuscript Central:
Go to the JCMC Manuscript Central website at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcmc.
If you have not used the website before, you will need to create an
account. To do this, click on "create account" all the way in the upper
right-hand corner of the page, in the same bar as the JCMC logo.
Follow the instructions to create an account. Fields marked with "req" are required.
Note: the password you select must be at least 8 characters long.
After you have created your account, click "log in." You should see a
welcome screen with two options: Author Center and Reviewer Center.
To submit a manuscript, click on "Author Center," then "Click
here to submit a new manuscript" in the Author Resources column.
Provide all requested information and upload your document(s).
If you are resubmitting a revised manuscript that was originally submitted via email to the editors, follow the procedure for submitting a new manuscript, with the following exception: When you come to a question that asks if the manuscript has been submitted previously, check "yes", and where it asks for the manuscript ID, type in the date of the initial submission, if you know it. If not, leave that part blank.
Note: In Step 4 (Details and Comments), a "conflict of interest" may
exist when an author or the author's institution has a financial or
other relationship with other people or organizations that may
inappropriately influence the author's work. A conflict can be actual
or potential; full disclosure to the journal is the safest course.
Note: Manuscript Central allows you to upload figures and tables
separately; please do NOT choose this option. If you have tables and figures, they should be incorporated into the main manuscript in the places you would like them to appear.
Acknowledgment of receipt will be sent by email shortly
after your submission is processed by the online submission system. Submitted articles will not be returned. Authors
should retain an original copy.
- All articles will be reviewed by the editors and two
referees. The advice of a third referee will be sought as warranted.
The decision of the editors and the referees' reviews will be returned
by email unless the author requests response by surface mail at the
time of submission. The normal timeframe from acknowledgement of
receipt to notification of decision is three months.
- Criteria used by reviewers: Acceptable articles will most
frequently join theoretical analysis with empirical investigation,
and/or incorporate demonstration or simulation. The use of
introduction, background, methodology, results and conclusion sections
is encouraged, and the implications for future work should be
discussed. Reviews, synthesis, and meta-analyses of prior research
should clearly indicate their original contribution. Research Briefs
should make a single, interesting point in a concise manner. In all cases, rigorous
argumentation and clear, comprehensible, compact and considerate
presentation are expected.
Susan C. Herring, Editor
Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication
Email: jcmc @ indiana.edu