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Author Guidelines

Focus and Scope

Public Communication Review is a peer-reviewed e-journal published by the Australian
Centre for Public Communication at the University of Technology Sydney through UTS ePress. The journal publishes:

1. Scholarly articles,
2. High standard professional practice papers, and
3. Case studies in its ‘Speaking Practically’ section

that deal with topical issues in relation to advertising, public relations, organisational communication, corporate communication, political communication and media in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. While not focussing specifically on journalism, research and discussion in relation to the interrelationships between these public communication practices and journalism are welcome. The journal’s focus on ‘public communication’ reflects the increasingly interconnected nature of a range of communication practices and a blurring of boundaries between various types of production, distribution and consumption. This holistic view brings a new perspective and vantage point for exploring inter-relationships and interdependencies across key practices of public communication.

Themes

Articles that reflect and explore particular themes are announced for some editions and authors should note these in submitting articles.

General Guidelines

Acceptance of an article for publication in Public Communication Review is made on condition that authors accept the terms and conditions described in this document and in the ‘About the Journal’ section online. Submitted articles must be unpublished and must not be under consideration by another publication.

Copyright for articles published in Public Communication Review is retained by the authors, with first publication rights granted to the journal. By virtue of their appearance in this open
access journal, articles are free to use, with proper attribution, in educational and other non-commercial settings.

Authors should submit articles online after registering and logging in at
http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/ojs/index.php/pcr. (See further details under ‘Submissions Details’
below.)

After an assessment of the paper’s suitability for publication in Public Communication Review, the editors will send it for ‘double blind’ peer review to two referees who will decide whether to recommend rejection or publication with or without changes. This process is tracked electronically, including communication with the author.

Authors and reviewers remain anonymous. Authors should not identify themselves in any way in their article.

Accepted articles, when in final form, are assigned to an issue of Public Communication
Review, copy edited and formatted for publication. On the date of publication, the issue will be announced and subscribers notified. Subscribers can read articles as published, or retrieve them later through searches.

Articles must be in English.

Australian, British or American spelling is acceptable, but the format should be consistent throughout each article.

Articles must comply with length, format and referencing guidelines as listed in the following ‘Submission Details’.

Submission Details

Authors should note the following length, format, referencing style, and submission requirements:

1. All articles should be submitted online after registering and logging in at http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/ojs/index.php/pcr/information/authors. No hard copy submissions will be accepted.
2. Authors’ names should not appear on articles submitted. Author details are provided separately in submission screens online – follow instructions online.
3. No headers or footers should appear in documents.
4. Illustrations should be provided in line in text to show positioning and as separate files.
5. For academic articles, an abstract of no more than 200 words should be provided at the beginning of the document.
6. Up to six key words should be provided following the abstract.
7. Academic articles for peer review should be 4,000-6,000 words excluding references.
8. Professional practice papers can be from 1,000-2,500 words.
9. Case studies for the ‘Practically Speaking’ section should be 1,000-1,500 words.
10. All articles, papers and case studies must be submitted as Microsoft Word documents, except for illustrations (see below) and all documents should be 1.5 spaced with no more than two levels of sub-headings. Body text should be 12 point Times New Roman font. Sub-heading should be 14 point Times bold. Sub-sub headings should be 12 point Times bold italics, as follows

Main heading (18 point Times bold)

Author name (12 point Times bold)
Affiliation (12 point Times italics)

Abstract (14 point Times bold)
Body text (12 point Times normal)

Sub-heading (14 point Times bold)
Body text (12 point Times normal)

Sub-sub-heading (12 point Times bold italics – no space following)
Body text (12 point Times normal)

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Referencing Style

Public Communication Review uses the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style in accordance with the 5th or 6th edition. This style manual is available in printed form and in many online references. Two sites for information on the latest version of the APA style courtesy of the International Communication Association are:

http://www.icahdq.org/publications/apastyle.asp
http://www.icahdq.org/publications/apacrib.pdf

Also, an online tutorial in the 6th edition of APA is available at:
http://www.apastyle.org/learn/tutorials/brief-guide.aspx

See samples following.

Book with single author:
Gans, H. (1979). Deciding what’s news. New York: Pantheon.

Book with multiple authors:
Grunig, L., Grunig J., & Dozier D. (2002). Excellent organisations and effective organizations: A study of communication management in three countries. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Book with multiple editions:
Johannesen, R. (2001). Ethics in human communication (5th ed.). Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press.

Edited book:
Devereux, E. (Ed.). (2007). Media studies: Key issues and debates. London: Sage.

Chapter in a book:
Carpentier, N. (2007). Participation, access and interaction: Changing perspectives. In V. Nightingale & T. Dwyer (Eds.). New media worlds: Challenges for convergence (pp. 214–230). South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Journal article:
Couldry, N. (2004). Theorising media as practice. Social Semiotics, 14(2), 115–132.

Conference paper:
Kissane, D. (2008). Chasing the youth vote: Kevin07, Web 2.0 and the 2007 Australian federal Election. Paper presented at Politics: Web 2.0 – An International Conference, University of London.


Web content viewed online (no individual author):
Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI. (2008). German Propaganda Archive. Retrieved from Calvin College Website: http://www.calvin.edu/academic/cas/gpa/.

Media article with byline:
Hutcheon, S. (2009, January 23). DIY Britannica to give wiki a run for its money. Sydney Morning Herald, p. 3.

Media article with byline from online source:
Hutcheon, S. (2009, January 23). DIY Britannica to give wiki a run for its money. Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved from http://www.smh.com.au/news/technology/diy-britannica-to-give-wiki-a-run-for-its-money/2009/01/22/1232471495715.html

Media article with no author:
Great firewall of China. (2008, August 1) Sydney Morning Herald, p. 14.
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Privacy Policy
The names and e-mail addresses entered in the Public Communication Review site will be
used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any
other purpose or to any other party.

 

Submission Preparation Checklist

As 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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. All URL addresses in the text (e.g., http://pkp.sfu.ca) are activated and ready to click.
  4. 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. The text, if submitted to a peer-reviewed section (e.g., Articles), has had the authors' names removed. If an author is cited, "Author" and year are used in the bibliography and footnotes, instead of author's name, paper title, etc. The author's name has also been removed from the document's Properties, which in Microsoft Word is found in the File menu.
 

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Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.