About OCJ & Submission Guidelines

The Ohio Communication Journal (OCJ) is an annual peer-reviewed online publication that publishes original scholarship bearing on the breadth of the field of communication studies. Within this broad purview, it welcomes diverse disciplinary, conceptual, and methodological perspectives, especially scholarship covering a wide variety of topics from every facet of the field and debut papers from undergraduate and graduate students.

Full-Length Manuscripts The Ohio Communication Journal publishes extended, complete studies that generally do not exceed 30 double-spaced pages (including references), except in cases where “thick description” of qualitative/ rhetorical data may require a slightly extended length. The Ohio Communication Journal is committed to an eclectic approach and to the publication of high quality articles from a variety of different areas within the field of communication. Manuscripts may be philosophical, theoretical, methodological, critical, applied, pedagogical, or empirical in nature.

Book Reviews The Ohio Communication Journal publishes reviews of books and non-print media on a broad range of topics related to communication. Reviews should not exceed 1000 words, although longer essay reviews of several related works may be considered.

The following criteria must be met for submission to the Ohio Communication Journal

  1. The manuscript is original work and proper publication credit is accorded to all authors.
  2. Simultaneous editorial consideration of the manuscript at another publication venue is prohibited.
  3. Any publication history of the manuscript is disclosed, indicating in particular whether the manuscript or another version of it has been presented at a conference, or published electronically, or whether portions of the manuscript have been published previously.
  4. Duplicate publication of data is avoided; or if parts of the data have already been reported, then that fact is acknowledged.
  5. All legal, institutional, and professional obligations for obtaining informed consent from research participants and for limiting their risk are honored.
  6. Manuscripts must follow the latest edition of the American Psychological Association.
  7. Manuscripts must follow the National Communication Association Code of Professional Ethics for Authors (see http://www.natcom.org/Default.aspx?id=135&terms=ethics). These guidelines enjoin authors to use inclusive and non-defamatory language.
  8. Manuscripts will be submitted for blind review; therefore all identifying information must be removed. References that might identify the author(s) should be removed from the manuscript.

Peer Review Policy All articles in this journal have undergone rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymous review by at least two referees. 

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