Well-known journal editors and Communication scholars Alison Alexander and W. James Potter provide an insider’s guide to getting published in scholarly communication journals. Alexander and Potter begin with a review of the manuscript submission process followed by coverage of writing traps that should be avoided. Additional chapters, written by eight other distinguished journal editors, tell prospective authors what editors and reviewers look for when deciding which articles should be published and which should not.

The Manuscript Submission Process

The manuscript submission process
Alison Alexander

The focus of this chapter is on the process of taking that newly written work through the submission and publication process. What should you expect and what can you do to make the process easier?

Select the Right Place to Send Your Manuscript

First, find the right place for your manuscript. A good place to begin is the Iowa Guide, which provides information on over 100 communication journals and is updated about every two years. There you can find the name of the current editor as well as information about the journal focus, style requirements, and page length. Then, look through some issues of a journal in which you would like to publish. Notice what types of articles

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