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The European Journal of Communication Research

Edited by: Stefanie Averbeck-Lietz and Leen d'Haenens

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  • European perspective on communication research
  • Specialized expertise on communication processes
  • Societal references of the research
  • Broad topics
  • Interdisciplinary approach to journal’s subject matter

Communications: The European Journal of Communication Research is an established forum for scholarship and academic debate in the field of communication science and research from a European perspective. Communication science is concerned with the investigation of the structure and function of communication processes and their impact on society, social groups and individuals. Communications highlights the concerns of this discipline through the publication of articles, research reports, review essays and book reviews on theoretical and methodological developments considered from a European perspective. The journal encompasses the entire field of communication science as its domain of interest. The contributions published in the journal cover a wide range of subfields in communication science.

  • Communication reseach
  • Structure and function of communication
  • Impact on society, social groups and individuals
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Intercultural communication
  • Mass communication
  • Communication theory
  • Philosophy of communication
  • Media history
  • Media development and communication technology

Article formats
Original articles, research reports, review essays, and book reviews

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Communications was founded in 1975 by Alphons Silbermann in cooperation with the German Society for Communication Research (DGKF). The journal has been published by De Gruyter Mouton since 2002.

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Communications invites submissions from a broad thematic field of communication research. Manuscripts should represent original work, should not be published elsewhere or in another language, and should not be submitted to other journals simultaneously. Manuscripts for consideration in Communications should be submitted via the online submission system.

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Submission process
  • Submit your paper via the online submission system following the Instructions for Authors
  • Double blind peer reviewing process
  • Decision on your manuscript within 120 days from submission
  • You will receive PDF proofs for correction
  • In case of any problems the editorial staff will make its best to answer all your queries

Please note
  • 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
  • Before submitting your article please have a look at our copyright agreement, as well as Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement
  • Once your article is accepted you have the option to publish it open access
  • Our repository policy allows you to distribute 30 PDF copies of your published article to colleagues (the PDF has to include the information that it is an author's copy). Please also feel free to distribute the link to the online abstract. Detailed information can be found at Public Repositories tab
  • If you have any general questions please visit our FAQ page for authors

We look forward to receiving your manuscript!

Hybrid Open Access

For complete details on hybrid open access publishing at De Gruyter please see: https://www.degruyter.com/page/560

Effective 1st January 2016, authors from an institution affiliated with either the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU), the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries or some UK libraries participating in the Jisc Collections SMP may publish primary research and review articles open access in any of De Gruyter's OnlineOpen journals at a discount of 90% of the APC price. For more information and to confirm whether your institution is eligible please see the following:

The Netherlands: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1461
The UK: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1462
Switzerland: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1463


Stefanie Averbeck-Lietz
ZeMKI, Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research, University of Bremen, Germany

Leen d'Haenens
Centre for Media Culture and Communication Technology, K. U. Leuven, Belgium

Associate Editors
Philippe J. Maarek, Université Paris Est-UPEC, CECCOPOP, France
Tristan Mattelart, Université Paris-2, France
Hillel Nossek, Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee, Israel
Christian Pentzold, Universität Leipzig, Germany
Cristina Ponte, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

Book Review Editors
Stijn Joye, University of Ghent, Belgium
Heidi Vandebosch, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Olivier Driessens, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Editorial Management
Viviane Harkort, ZeMKI, Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research, University of Bremen, Germany

Editorial Board

Hanna Adoni, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, Israel
Akiba Cohen, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Andreas Hepp, University of Bremen, Gemany
John L. Hochheimer, Southern Illinois University, USA
Klaus Bruhn Jensen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Leif Kramp, Universität Bremen, ZeMKI
Klaus Krippendorff, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Friedrich Krotz, University of Bremen, Germany
Ivan Lacasa, International University of Catalonia, Spain
Ekkehard Mochmann, German Society for Communication Research (DGKF), Cologne, Germany
Beata Ociepka, University of Wrocław, Poland
Irena Reifová, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republich
Keith Roe, K. U. Leuven, Belgium
Jan Servaes, City University of Hong Kong, China
Laura Vandenbosch, K. U. Leuven, Belgium
Katrin Voltmer, School of Media and Communications, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, Cardiff University, UK

Editorial Assistance
Annalena Oeffner Ferreira,
ZeMKI, Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research, University of Bremen, Germany

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