Review Policy

Information for Authors

  • What We Look For
  • How to Submit a Work
  • Submission Format
  • Other Policies

    Peer Review Process

    Scholarly manuscripts submitted to this journal undergo rigorous double-blind peer review.

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    Information for Authors


    The Journal of Applied Communications is a peer-reviewed journal. It welcomes original contributions from any author, although priority may be given to ACE members, should articles of comparable quality be available.

    First consideration will be given to theoretical and applied articles of direct value to ACE members. Articles should be submitted to one of four categories.

    Categories are as follows:.

    • Research and Evaluation - These are the traditional, scholarly articles, using quantitative (e.g., statistical and survey methods) and/or qualitative (e.g., case studies) methods.
    • Professional Development - These articles take advantage of the author's particular expertise on a subject that will benefit career performance of ACE members.
    • Commentary - These are opinion pieces. They speak to trends in communication or other issues of importance to professional communicators.
    • Review - These are critiques of new books, journal articles, software/hardware, technologies or anything else that would be appropriate for the audience of the JAC.

    All submitted articles are considered for publication. However, prospective contributors are encouraged to be aware of the focus of this journal and article requirements.

    An article is accepted with the understanding that the Journal of Applied Communications has exclusive publication rights, which means that the article has not been submitted concurrently, accepted for publication, or published elsewhere.

    While every effort is made to maintain an interval of no more than nine months from submission to publication, authors should be aware that publication dates are contingent on the number and scope of reviewer comments as well as response times during the review process.

    Please note Journal of Applied Communications has no article processing or submission charges.


    Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Journal of Applied Communications, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Journal of Applied Communications. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Journal of Applied Communications, please contact the editors.

    Authors should submit manuscripts online. Use the Submit Article link on the sidebar. You will be prompted to create an account (unless you have previously submitted to this journal or others on the Digital Commons platform). New users will be asked to confirm their account via the email notification, and proceed to the submission form.

    All submitted files must be in Microsoft Word or RTF format. If the article is accepted, then the author will have to submit a final copy (using the Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines) containing the revisions as electronic files (Word or RTF) that can be edited. These files will be reviewed one final time by the exectutive editor.

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    • Double-spaced text in Times New Roman or similar font, 12-point, 1-inch margins.
    • Twenty pages limit for article submission. This twenty-page limit does NOT include the 250-word abstract (which is entered in a separate field on the submission form), figures, tables, and the reference section.
    • Inside pages with no author identification.
    • No more than six tables or figures.
    • Images, photos, and figures should be high resolution (300 dpi or higher). Tif format is best; jpg format is acceptable. A file size of 300 Kb or a pixel width of 1500 pixels is a good reference point for jpgs. ALL images, tables and figures should be incorporated within the body of the text.

    NOTE: Where available, DOIs (digital object identifiers) for citations must be provided and hotlinked in the Word document. As a member of CrossRef, our publisher, New Prairie Press, is required to include DOIs. Use the free DOI lookup on CrossRef's website to check your citations.

    Additional information for the submission form:

    Use the applicable field on the form to note:

    • All author names, emails, and institutional affiliations
    • A 250 word abstract
    • Three to five keywords separated by commas to describe the content of your article
    • Acknowledgement of any funding source
    • Acknowledgement if article is based on prior presentation, provided

    Use the Cover Letter field to:

    • State the purpose of the paper and its expected contribution
    • List authors' names, titles, mailing and e-mail addresses, and a brief description of each author (one to three sentences for each author)
    • Note the type of submission (research and evaluation, commentary, review, etc.)

    Journal of Applied Communications has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. There are, however, rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details.


    Every article (not reviews) must contain an abstract of no more than 250 words. If applicable, briefly list the purpose, methodology, population, major results, and conclusion.

    Begin the article text as page 1. Use appropriate subheads to break up the body of the text. For research articles, such headings as Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion/Conclusions would be appropriate. List footnotes and literature citations on separate pages at the end of the text. ALL tables and figures should be incorporated within the body of the text.

    For literature citations, follow the most recent style guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (currently the Sixth Edition). Within a paragraph, omit the year in subsequent references as long as the study cannot be confused with other studies cited in the article.

    Where available, DOIs (digital object identifiers) for citations must be provided and hotlinked in the Word document. As a member of CrossRef, our publisher, New Prairie Press, is required to include DOIs. Use the free DOI lookup on CrossRef's website to check your citations.

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    Copyright: In order for a submitted work to be accepted and published by the Journal of Applied Communications, the author(s) agree to transfer copyright of the work to ACE- this includes full and exclusive rights to the publication in all media now known or later developed, including but not limited to electronic databases, microfilm, and anthologies.

    Author Warranties: The author(s) represent(s) and warrant(s) the following conditions: that the article submitted is his/her (their) own work; that the work has been submitted only to this journal and that it has not been previously published; that the article contains no libelous or unlawful statements and does not infringe upon the civil rights of others; that the author(s) is (are) not infringing upon anyone else's copyright. The authors agree that if there is a breach of any of the above representations and warranties that (s)he (they) will indemnify the Publisher and Editor and hold them blameless. If an earlier version of the paper was presented at a conference, the author must acknowledge that presentation and the conference.

    The Journal of Applied Communications requires authors to agree to Creative Commons Attribution and Non-commercial licenses. Authors who publish with the Journal of Applied Communications agree to the following terms:

    The journal retains the right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

    The Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) encourages you to use and share the content in the Journal of Applied Communications, but please do so under the conditions of our Creative Commons license. You may copy, distribute, transmit, and adapt this work as long as you give full attribution, don’t use the work for commercial purposes, and share your resulting work similarly. Proper attribution of a work/article should include:

    · Title of the work/article · Journal of Applied Communications · Names of the author(s) · URL of the work

    This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/). To request additional rights, contact the JAC Executive Editor, editor@journalofappliedcommunications.org.

    Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.

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    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.

    Archival Policy

    Contents of the Journal are archived for perpetual access through New Prairie Press' participation in CLOCKSS (Controlled Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) and Portico and managed through the Digital Commons Publishing platform. New Prairie Press also participates in LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe). Once published, the contents are never changed.

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    General Terms and Conditions of Use

    Users of the New Prairie Press website and/or software agree not to misuse the New Prairie Press service or software in any way.

    The failure of New Prairie Press to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between New Prairie Press and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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