- Category: Documents for Authors
• Use APA style, 6th edition.
• The manuscript should be in the range of 12,000 to 30,000 words, written in standard Times New Roman, font size 12, double spaced. However, the number of words and pages should not be regarded as strict lower or upper limits. We urge you to present and discuss your claims in depth, but to be as concise as possible.
• Your writing should be precise and clear, and give the impression of being objective and impersonal, like your flow of thoughts.
• Use short sentences as often as you can.
• Submit manuscripts electronically via an MS Word attachment (.doc or .docx) or an RTF file through the Editorial Manager:
• Highlight any word that could lead to your identification. For example, expressions such as “my own work,” or “in press” followed by a citation.
• Write on a document the title.
• Name of the author/s and affiliations, full academic address, institutional email.
• A running head.
• Title: It can be up to 150 characters in length. The title should reflect the content and be comprehensible to readers outside the field.
• It is highly recommended (but not compulsory) to identify a literature-insights article in some way as a systematic review. You might use the word review, literature, past research, summary, integrative, synthesis, systematic, overview, or similar expressions. Use the term meta-analysis in case you have used that procedure to gather insights.
• In the case of state-of-the-literature articles, you must add “state of the literature at (date).” We will add it to the first page. The date refers to the latest search for literature.
• Add one interest group where the review essay would best fit, such as “Mass Communication” or “Video Games.”
• The quality of the articles and the talent of its authors are the most relevant assets of RCR. Therefore, the journal would like other scholars to know you a little better. To give you more projection, we would like to include in the journal website a brief text about you, or your brief CV, or the link to your web page. We will give diffusion of it on our social media too. Please, add a link or the information you would like to appear about you.
• Include a second page with the title and running head, but erase your name and affiliations for blind peer review.
• Abstract: It should have no more than 200-250 words. As a general suggestion (but not compulsory) it can include a statement of the paper’s purpose, a statement of why it is necessary to undertake this review, and a conclusion/significance, that concisely summarizes the implications of the study. It is strongly suggested to include the main conclusions. Avoid specialist abbreviations.
• Keywords: Provide the subfield and a maximum of 10 keywords. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes, for matching with other reviews, and as metadata. It would be nice (but not compulsory) if you could search for some or all the keywords in the Communications Thesaurus, within the Communication & Mass Media Complete (CMMC).
• Highlights: Write 4-8 bullet sentences of no more than 20 words to highlight the most important messages of your article. Highlights are similar to titles. They are sentences that should be able to stand on their own and transmit meaningful information. Some scholars prefer to read these short sentences when looking for information about an article.
• Table of Contents: Include a two or three level Table of Contents. Word processors can create this Table of Contents automatically.
LEVELS AND SECTIONS
• Use as many levels and sections as necessary. Levels and sections will help the reader to do selective readings.
Level of Heading 1
Centered, Boldface, Uppercase and Lowercase Heading
Level of Heading 2
Flush Left, Boldface, Uppercase and Lowercase Heading
Level of heading 3.
Indented, boldface, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period.
Level of heading 4.
Indented, boldface, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period.
Level of heading 5.
Indented, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period.
• For the State-of-the-Literature article format is compulsory to have a section that explains how authors have located the primary studies (e.g., keywords, search settings and restrictions, databases), and the inclusion/exclusion criteria they have used.
• This section is not compulsory for literature-insight reviews at present, but it is strongly suggested.
TABLES & FIGURES
• We invite you to use as many tables and figures as necessary to summarize the information, and to make them as clear and useful as possible. Even though APA rules disagree quite firmly, use a table and a figure with the same information if you believe that the table and the figure will give different and complementary perspectives of the same information, provided it is explicitly clear that they refer to the same information.
• Embed the tables and images into the text where you want them to appear. Tables and figures may be moved slightly during the production process.
• If you create the table in an Excel sheet, you might be requested to send the Excel file during the reviewing process.
• The table title should be no more than one sentence and should be placed above the table.
• The table legend and footnotes to explain abbreviations should be placed below the table.
• The legend of an image will be placed below and should be succinct, while still explaining all symbols and abbreviations.
• Images should be summited with a minimum of 300 pixels per inch (dpi) images, preferably in TIFF or JPG with maximum quality.
• Colour illustrations are permitted.
• Produce images close to the size of the version you want to be inserted into the article.
• Try to avoid using footnotes, but if you use footnotes, they should be short.
• Please, add footnotes at the end of the page, not at the end of the article.
• People who contributed to the manuscript but are not authors should be listed in the Acknowledgments, along with their contributions.
• Entities that finance the research have to be acknowledged.
• Use APA 6th edition style to cite the references.
• Please, include issue number, if it exists.
• It is required to add doi number whenever available.
• Only published or accepted manuscripts should be included in the reference list.
• It is not recommended to include unpublished results and personal communications in the reference list. If these references are incorporated, they should include 'Unpublished results' or 'Personal communication' instead of the publication date. Citation of a reference as 'In press' or “pre-published” means that the manuscript has already been accepted for publication.
WRITING THE REVIEW
Your paper will review and discuss recent literature on a problem or a topic relevant to Communication. There is no unique formula for writing a review essay. Here there are some suggestions. They are meant to inspire you.
• When writing a literature-insight article, you should a) revise all the relevant literature written on a topic, b) structure it on the basis of a relevant categorization criterion; c) evaluate the literature critically and, d) as a consequence offer a strong input to the literature. This input could be clarifying a problem, identifying relations unnoticed before, finding contradictions between theories, pointing out inconsistencies in findings presented in the literature, or summarizing published literature into a new definition or a new theory.
• When writing a State-of-the-Literature article, you should follow the same steps as before, but the last, offer a strong input to the literature. The article should emphasize making a thorough search of the literature, analyze the state of the knowledge critically, and offer ideas for future research.
These are some questions that can be used as a quick checklist. Reviewers will be asked to value these issues of your article:
• Is the focus of the topic too narrowly conceived, so that few scholars will find the article interesting?
• Do you clearly define the problem or issue you are trying to clarify or review?
• Do you summarize and discuss the most relevant and the most recent research to inform the reader of the state of knowledge on the specific issue?
• Do you review the key theories related to the problem/issue?
• Do you evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the articles, theories and literature essays you review?
• Do you identify and comment on the relations, controversies, gaps, and inconsistencies in the literature?
• Do you point out and comment on the latest trends and ongoing debates related to the problem or the issue?
• Have you clarified the problem you defined at the beginning of the article?
• Does the review offer a substantially novel and useful advance to the literature? There is no unique formula to do this. You can add value to the literature, for example, by identifying inconsistencies, gaps and opportunities, or by presenting the problem from a new perspective.
• Is it there a “take-home message” that integrates the review?
• Do you suggest the next step or steps in solving old or new unresolved issues? Therefore, do you direct future research?
Other questions worth taking into account, and that are more related to style than to content:
• Has the information been presented in a logical sequence?
• Is the manuscript written clearly enough that it is understandable to non-specialists? If not, how could it be improved?
• Have you provided proof for your claims without overselling them?
• Have you treated the previous literature fairly?
• Is it there any critical infringement of the APA 6th ed. style?
Ideally, your review essay will address all these ideas, but it is not necessary to do so to write a good paper. Often, it depends upon the wide or narrow focus on the issue you have chosen.
• During the publication process, you will receive comments from different reviewers. Take those criticisms into consideration to improve your manuscript. You will be requested to send a response for the reviewers with the full list of comments with your rebuttal against each point which is being raised. Please, add your reply under each review.
• Highlight the changes to your manuscript within the document by using colored text, or highlight it in yellow.
• Your revised manuscript should be uploaded as soon as possible. Please, write to the editor or associate editor to inform about revisions that may take more than three months.