Information for authors

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1. Formats

Communications publishes manuscripts in four different formats:
(1) Articles: manuscripts up to 8.000 words (incl. references) which represent original work,
(2) Research in brief: manuscripts up to 4.000 words (incl. references) which summarize original research work,
(3) Debate: manuscripts up to 4.000 words (incl. references) which contribute to or induce debates in communication research,
(4) Book Reviews: manuscripts not more than 800 to 1.000 words (incl. references) which review a publication not older than one year.

2. Submitting an article for publication

Communications invites submissions from a broad thematic field of communication research. Manuscripts have to represent original work.

Authors have to declare in a statement that the manuscript has not been published elsewhere or in another language, and has not been and will not be submitted to other journals simultaneously.

Manuscripts for consideration in Communications should be submitted via e-mail to the Editor: communications[at]

Submissions should be written in English. Contributors whose native language is not English should have their manuscripts read by a native speaker before submission. Examples not in English must have aligned interlinear glosses and an idiomatic translation.

3. Formatting and style

In general, manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the 5th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2001). Manuscripts that do not conform to the APA guidelines will be sent back to the authors without review.

Quotations should conform with the following example:
(Smart, 1974, p. 22)

References should conform with the following examples:

Gabennesh, H.(1972). Authoritarianism as world view. American Journal of Sociology, 77(5), 857−875.

Gifi, A. (1991). Nonlinear multivariate analysis. Chichester: Wiley.

Part of an nonperiodical:
Gray, A. (1996). Behind closed doors: Video recorders in the home. In H. Baehr, & A. Gray (Eds.), Turning it on: A reader in women and media (pp. 118−129). London: Arnold.

All pages of the manuscript should be numbered serially. Non-English words should appear in italics. Please do not use boldface type for emphasis. Use double quotation marks only, except for translations where single quotation marks should be used.

Please prepare two files for submission: One file (*.doc or *.rtf) for the title page that lists the names, affiliations and contact information for all authors. The second file (*.doc or *.rtf) should contain an abstract of 100-150 words, three to six keywords and the manuscript. Figures and diagrams must be reproducible originals and should appear at the end of the document clearly numbered and labeled. They should be referred to in the text and the approximate position indicated. Notes should be kept to an absolute minimum, be brief and contain no diagrams or tables.

4. Peer review

Article submissions received will first be screened by one of the Editors or Co-Editors to ensure thematic adequacy and sufficient quality. If a manuscript is considered appropriate for review, it will be sent out to a minimum of two reviewers. The review process is mutually anonymous: Reviewers are not disclosed to authors, and authors are not disclosed to reviewers. Usually, authors will receive the editorial decision within 120 days.

Submission for the section 'Research in brief' will be also anonymized and sent to one reviewer.

Revisions has to be accompanied by an Action Letter in which the author(s) explain the changes that were made according to the reviewers' comments.

The final decision about the acceptance or rejection of a submission is made by the editors.

5. Proofs

After final acceptance, authors will receive PDF proofs for correction, which must be returned by dates given in the production schedule.

6. Offprints

Upon publication, authors will receive electronic offprints (in PDF format) of their contribution. Guest editors of special issues will receive complimentary print copies of the issue.

7. Copyright policy

Information on the copyright policy of the publishing house Mouton/De Gruyter can be accessed via the two following links: (link checked April 2016)  (link checked April 2016)