Aims & Scope
Literature Reviews and Meta-Analyses
Review of Communication Research publishes comprehensive and authoritative reviews of the current state of the main topics and the most significant developments in the field of Communication. These comprehensive critical reviews summarize the latest advances in the field, but also root out errors and will provoke intellectual discussions among scholars.
The journal seeks both evaluative (theoretical literature reviews, systematic reviews) and quantitative (meta-analyses) papers that make a state of the art of issues in scientific communication. Integrative review articles that connect different areas of research are of special interest. You can watch these videos to learn about the difference between literature insights and state-of-the-literature articles. We do not publish empirical articles.
The journal does not publish scope-local articles (e.g., focused on a specific country like Peru, Korea, or Australia). If a manuscript limits its focus geographically, it is expected to focus on a global region (e.g., South Asia, Europe, South America) or countries with a large population (e.g., USA, China).
We publish literature reviews in any subfield of Communication.
Review of Communication Research aims to present the best reviews in the discipline, written by the most talented scholars. The authors are scholars experienced in publishing in leading journals. If you are not an experienced scholar, please, find a colleague who can work on the manuscript with you.
Rigorous Peer-Review Processes
To assure the quality of the reviews, we run a double-blind peer review with a minimum of two experts on the topic. Also, the editor, or the section editor, reads and comments on the manuscript. In addition to the double-blind peer review, we run an innovative open-review process that allows any scholar to review the manuscripts.
The articles we publish are accessible for free. We want to allow access to knowledge to every scholar.
RCR publishes one volume a year in January. However, the journal implements a continuous publication model. This means that articles are being published as each individual article completes production. The articles are assigned to the present or the following volume according to the time of the year when they are accepted.
Optional and Fair Production Charges
Authors are invited to pay a processing charge when the article is accepted for publication to allow the journal to maintain its open-access policy. RCR is not focused on gaining money, and partial refunds, discounts and fee waivers may apply.