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Submission of Research to a Journal

Even though there are hundreds of academic journals related to communication studies and its many subdisciplines, getting a research manuscript published in a journal is a highly competitive process. According to American Psychology Association (APA) guidelines, scholarly journals are described as “original, primary publications”—they feature previously unpublished articles representing quality research verified through a process called peer review. After careful review by scholars in a subfield of a discipline, only those articles deemed original, valid, and significant become published. Scholars interested in publishing work in an academic journal must not only produce quality work, they also must attend to some procedural issues before and after submission. This entry offers some suggestions for submitting a research manuscript to a journal as well as communicating with editors ...

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