The Kentucky Journal of Communication

The Kentucky Journal of Communication is committed to publishing high quality scholarship that focuses centrally on communication.

The KCA Journal

About the Journal

The Kentucky Journal of Communication (ISSN:1533-3140) was first published in the fall of 1969 and is the official journal of the Kentucky Communication Association. The journal is published by the association bi-annually in the Spring and Fall. The KJC is one of only six state journals published in the Southern States Communication Association. Special Issues of the journal feature topics which range from pertinent social issues to the state of communication education in Kentucky. Additionally, there is an ongoing commitment by the editorial board to publish exceptional undergraduate and graduate research; either in a special issue or in a regular edition. Suggestions and comments regarding special issues or feedback about articles are always welcome.

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Editorial Policy

The Kentucky Journal of Communication is committed to publishing high quality scholarship that focuses centrally on communication.  Manuscripts published in the journal represent the diversity of scholarship that comprises communication. This journal is not restricted to specific theoretical or methodological perspectives. The KJC follows a policy of blind peer review and welcomes submissions regardless of their type, orientation or geographical origin. The editor reserves the right to return without benefit of review manuscripts that are outside the mission of the journal, are deeply flawed, or do not conform to the guidelines of the KJC.

An electronic cover letter must accompany each submitted manuscript that assures the editor that the manuscript is original, verified, unpublished, and not under editorial review for other journals or has appeared in any other published form. To insure blind review, no author-identifying information should be included in the text or references. Author identifying information should appear on a separate title page. The Kentucky Journal of Communication will not publish any material for which the assignment of copyright is withheld. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of all material submitted, including charts, graphs, references and quotations, etc. All manuscripts accepted for publication must be edited to the latest APA style manual and conform to space limitations. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the editor, the board, the Kentucky Communication Association, or its officers.

Call for Manuscripts

The Kentucky Journal of Communication invites papers related to all aspects of communication. Areas of interest may include (but are not limited to) Rhetoric and Public Address, Organizational Communication, Instructional Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Intercultural Communication, Health Communication, Mass Communication, Cultural Studies, Critical Studies, Performance Studies, Advertising and Public Relations, and Small Group Communication. Papers may be critical, empirical, interpretive, or theoretical in nature.  The Kentucky Journal of Communication invites submissions that fit within the following forums:  Research, Instructional, Position Papers/Essays, Book Reviews, and Undergraduate Research.    

Research manuscripts should be empirical pieces that are conceptually meaningful and methodologically sound.  Manuscripts addressing the instructional forum should address some pedagogical idea that is of direct use to readers. These may be lesson plans, syllabi, classroom exercises, videos, etc. that report the nature and development of innovations in the teaching of communication. Position papers or essays should focus on issues of a general concern to educators in secondary and post-secondary arenas. Opinion pieces may be on teaching, teaching and politics, the nature of the profession, future direction of the discipline, or any other relevant subject as it relates to communication and our audience.  Book reviews should be evaluative in nature and content-specific to the book chosen to review.  For book reviews, authors should submit a text of approximately 5-7, double-spaced pages, which may or may not have references other than the book under review.

Manuscript Submission

One electronic copy should be submitted to for review before January 1 for the Spring issue and July 1 for the Fall issuePapers should be typed, double spaced, and less than 25 pages in length (excluding references, charts, figures); they should conform to the latest edition of the APA style manual. Papers should also include a 150-250 word abstract. No author identification should appear in the text except on the title page, which includes author name(s), address, phone, e-mail, institutional affiliation, and a brief history of the paper. Student authors should place “graduate student” or “undergraduate student” in the upper right hand corner of the title page. All papers should be submitted via email as Microsoft Word attachments. 

All submissions are assumed to be original. They should not be published elsewhere or concurrently under review. Previously presented papers should be noted on the title page as to where, under what circumstance (organization, date of presentation, section). The title page should also indicate if the research was funded through any grant program, if any paper is co-authored, or if the author received assistance from others.

Send inquiries to:

Eric Meiners, Ph.D. (Editor)

Department of Communication
317 Combs
Eastern Kentucky University
521 Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, KY 40475

Editorial Board

Ann Andaloro
Morehead State University

Margaret D’Silva
University of Louisville

Donna Elkins
Spalding University

Stuart Esrock
University of Louisville

Joy Hart
University of Louisville

Zachary Hart
Northern Kentucky University

Leigh Anne Howard
University of Southern Indiana

James Kauffman
Indiana University Southeast

Zachary Johnson
California State University, Fullerton

Jennifer Mize Smith
Western Kentucky University

Deanna Sellnow
University of Kentucky

Blair Thompson
Western Kentucky University