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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.
  • 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).
  • The manuscript follows APA style (7th edition) for manuscript, references, and figures; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The manuscript is fully anonymized.
  • The manuscript includes an abstract of up to 200 words.
  • During submission, in step 3 (Metadata) the field "In Browse Lists" should be checked for all authors

Author Guidelines

Please follow the instructions below when submitting yor manuscript. Feel free to contact us at for any questions about scope, format, or procedures around submissions.

  • For all submissions, follow APA style (7th edition) for manuscript, references, and figures.
  • If using Latex, please use the apa7 class set to manuscript mode.
  • Include an abstract that should generally not exceed 200 words.
  • Use American English.
  • Submissions should not contain information that identifies the author. Self-citations are permitted, but where obvious replace by (Author, 2017).   Latex users can also use the mask option of the apa6 class and use the \maskcite command. External links to identifiable resources such as authors’ github repositories should be removed from the initial submission. Please make sure the filename and file properties do not contain your name.
  • Research articles should be at most 9,000 words in length (including bibliography and tables)
  • Research notes should be at most 4,000 words and should focus on describing empirical results. They should contain a short theoretical introduction to link the research with the relevant communication science theory, but references and theoretical discussion should be kept to a minimum.
  • Descriptions of novel tools and data sets should be at most 4,000 words and describe a publicly accessible and novel (or major revision of a) tool or data set relevant to the communication science community. The manuscript should contain a link to the tool or data in question and describe the relevance and intended working and purpose of the tool or data. For tools, code examples or screenshots describing common use cases are encouraged.
  • For publishing software tools, please refer to the Nature editorial “Does your code stand up to scrutiny?” (Nature 555, 142, 2018) and checklist.
  • For publishing data, please archive the data in a repository that guarantees persistence.
  • For both tools and data, the repository or archive may be kept private until acceptance, but should be publicly accessible on publication of the description. If the tool or data cannot be made accessible due to business, legal, or ethical constraints, please contact the editor before submitting the manuscript.

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