Instructions for authors

You are expected to prepare your manuscript according to our Journal’s guidelines and requirements as detailed in these instructions. Papers that fail to conform in major ways will be returned before they are processed.


TYPES OF CONTRIBUTION

We welcome manuscripts presenting significant contributions that extend our understanding of communication phenomena and processes.
Note!: During the process of submitting your manuscript online, please indicate the type of contribution you are submitting.

  • Original Articles: up to 3000 words
  • Research Studies: up to 4000 words
  • General Articles: up to 3500 words
  • Case Studies: up to 2000 words
  • Outlook on Communication: up to 1700 words
  • Position Papers: up to 1500 words

SHORT CONTRIBUTIONS

  • Brevia: up to 1200 words
  • Perspectives: up to 1000 words

ARTICLES IN SPECIFIC FORMATS

  • Interviews: up to 2500 words
  • Comments: up to 800 words
  • Books et al.: up to 700 words
  • Conference Reports: up to 600 words
  • Biographies, Tributes or Obituaries: up to 400 words
  • Letters to the Editor: up to 500 words

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

GENERAL STYLE AND LAYOUT
Any word-processing package may be used to prepare your manuscript, but files in Microsoft Word are preferred. The articles due to be sent should be saved either in Microsoft Word (.doc) or in Rich Text Format (.rtf). Do not “lock” or “page protect” documents. Please send only one manuscript text file. Do not upload .pdf files, Excel files, or zipped files. Figures are to be uploaded individually as separate files.
Break the text into mainly brief paragraphs of up to 7 sentences. Provide frequent section headings that alert readers to the content of the paragraphs that follow. For paragraph indents use the TAB key once.
Authors should comply with the following editing requirements:

GENERAL FORMAT
Page setup:

  • Paper Size: A4 (metric) paper (29.7 cm x 21 cm)
  • Paper Orientation: Portrait
  • Margins: Top & Bottom: 4.8 cm, Left & Right: 4 cm
  • Do not use headers or footers in your paper.

Fonts: use Times New Roman and follow the sizes specified below:

  • 9 pt for Footnotes
  • 10 pt Table captions
  • 11 pt (italic) for Abstract
  • 12 pt for the Main text
  • 12 pt (bold) for Author(s) name and section titles
  • 14 pt (bold), Small Caps, for the Title of the paper.

All texts should be typed double-spaced, with justified margins, excluding acknowledgements, tables, legends and references, witch should be single-spaced. The text on the title page should be center aligned. All pages should be numbered consecutively starting with the title page.

SPELLING

While the editors encourage contributions from diverse cultures, papers must be submitted using good quality English, having been carefully checked for errors and inconsistencies before submission. English, American or Australian spelling is acceptable provided usage is consistent. If English is not your first language, please get the paper proof-read by a native speaker prior to submission. Exceptionally we accept papers written in Romanian, French or Italian.

SECTIONS OF THE ARTICLE

Manuscripts must be assembled in the precise order listed below:
Title page: On the first page, identify the journal section your submitting manuscript corresponds. Give the paper’s full title. Provide the full names of all authors (with the first name preceding the second name and with one forename in full for each author, other forenames being given as initials), their position titles/ academic degree(s) and current institutional affiliations, city and country. Indicate the name and full contact information (email address, postal address as well as fax and phone numbers) of the corresponding author. The e-mail address of the corresponding author will be published, unless requested otherwise. Please note that only one corresponding author per manuscript should be provided.
Abstract: Provide an informative and completely self-explanatory abstract that reflects the content of the text clearly and accurately. Abstracts can have up to 200 words, except for Brevia and Perspectives papers, for which the abstracts are limited to 100 words. References should not be cited and any abbreviations and acronyms used must be defined at its first use in parentheses.
Keywords: Assign up to 5 keywords, in italics, for indexing purposes. The keywords should be listed alphabetically.
Main text: Within the text, make headings and subheadings following the journal pattern. The preferred format is for headings to be presented in bold format, with consecutive numbering.
References within the text: Citation of references in the text should be listed alphabetically by first author. Use only full size Arabic numerals. They should be listed in the order of citation in the text with consecutive number at the end of the article. Footnotes should be avoided; use instead, and as sparingly as possible, parenthesis. Endnotes are to be used according to the order of in-text citation. For all references authors must use the Humanities style, as it is presented in The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, at http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html.
Tables and figures: Figures are to be formatted to GIF, TIFF, EPS, BMP and JPG files with high resolution file (preferably 300 dpi for color figures and 900 dpi for line art and graphs). Each figure should also be saved as a separate electronic file. Tables should be typed and included as part of the manuscript. They should not be submitted as graphic elements. Please remember that tables prepared with Excel are not accepted unless embedded within your text document. The figures and tables will be mentioned in text in parenthesis. Arabic numerals should be used to number the tables and figures, according to their sequence of citation (Fig. 1), (Tab. 1). Typically tables and figures belong after the paragraph where they are first cited. Provide a short, self-explanatory title for each table and figure. Text used in tables/figures should be Arial font and 9 pt in size. Headings should be bold. Text should have single spacing. Tables and figures should be generally comprehensible without reference to the text. Tables should supplement, not duplicate, the text. All illustrations (photographs, graphs, and diagrams) should be called ‘Figures’. Tables and figures should be professionally drawn, of publication quality, and capable of proportional reduction. Keep in mind that figures should be meaningful, rather than decorative. There is no fee for the publication of color figures. Our editors encourage authors to submit figures in color, as we feel it improves the clarity and visual impact of the images. If previously published tables or figures are used, written permission from the original publisher and author is required. Cite the source of the table in the figure legend as follows: Figure reproduced from [source]. References to the source should be included in the reference list.
Acknowledgements (if applicable): Immediately after the text, provide the names of people who have made a significant contribution to the project but do not qualify as authors. Also, if applicable, cite sources of funding or other resources for the reported work. Promotional statements are not permitted.
Individuals listed in the Acknowledgements section should be informed before the publication of any such acknowledgements and given the opportunity to decline the recognition.
As a separate section following the acknowledgements, cite any conflicts of interest, if applicable.
List of references: In the References section, papers should be listed alphabetically by first author; papers with three or more authors should be listed in chronological order after any other papers by the first author. Only papers that have been accepted for publication but not yet published can be cited as ‘in press’ in the References list, and they must be accompanied by the name of the journal. Papers not yet accepted are not legitimate references and must be cited in the text only, as unpublished results, giving the initials and surnames of all authors. References to ‘manuscript submitted’ or ‘manuscript in preparation’ are not permitted. For all references authors must use the Humanities style, as it is presented in The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, at http://www.chicagomanualof style.org/tools_citationguide.html.

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