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Author Guidelines

Solicited and contributed manuscripts must be single-spaced and submitted online via this site. Submission of an original manuscript to the Journal will be taken to mean that it represents original work not previously published, that it is not being considered elsewhere for publication; that the author is willing to licence the content to the journal by means of an exclusive license as per a contract that will be sent to the author just prior to publication and, if accepted for publication, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in any language, without the consent of the journal for a period of one year and without acknowledgment of its initial publication in the journal thereafter. Authors must take full responsibility for all figures, etc., and present them as print-ready copy.

Go to the registration page to register as a user of the online system if you do not yet have a username and password. Ensure that you register as an 'Author' when creating your account.

Once you have an online account, login and click on the 'Author' link. The 'Author' page will include a link to begin the online submission process.

When submitting online, please note that you need to click on 'Save/Continue' at the bottom of each page in order to proceed to the next step in the submission process. There are 5 steps to an online submission:

    * In Step 1, please ensure that:
          o You select a section from the 'Journal Section' menu.
          o You review, complete, and check off each item in the 'Submission Checklist'.
    * In Step 2, please ensure that:
          o You provide your personal information (name, email, etc.).
          o You provide the title of your article, media work, or reviewed book.
    * In Step 3, please ensure that:
o You upload a copy of your manuscript in Word (.doc) or RTF (.rtf) format, (not DOCX [.docx]); MP3 for audio files or MPEG for video files.
          o You remove all personal, identifying information from the submission file as per the provided instructions. Please note that this is not required for book reviews.
          o Tables and figures may be uploaded in their appropriate areas within the manuscript if they are .doc documents.
    * In Step 4, any figures or images that are not .doc should be uploaded as supplementary files.
        o Ensure all personal, identifying information is removed from the supplementary files as per the provided instructions. Please note that this is not required for book reviews.
          o Figures and images should be saved and uploaded using high quality image formats: BMP, TIFF, EPS, JPEG (uncompressed); not GIF or compressed JPEG.
          o Audio and video files should be saved and uploaded using MP3 for audio and MPEG for video.
    * In Step 5, finish your submission by reviewing your submission details and confirming that your submission is complete.

Reviews

Interested in doing a book or media review? Visit our Book and Media Review Editor to see a list of currently available titles. SRC is interested in commissioning reviews from a wide variety of scholars and students.

Book Review Guidelines

The book's contents should be concisely stated. Most of the review should be dedicated to the assessment of the book's strengths and weaknesses. Rather than listing in detail what is found in each of the book's chapters, the reviewer should emphasize what is most significant in the volume, the adequacy of the methods deployed, and the overall worth of the text. The issues addressed in the review could include some of the following:

    * What are the origins of the text? How did it come to be produced?
* What is the book generally about? What is the intent of the author in writing the book (e.g., scholarship, entertainment, political partisanship, etc.)?
    * What standpoint is taken (e.g., detached scholar, autobiographical, advocacy, etc.)?
    * What is the line of argument, if any?
    * What sort of evidence is used?
    * How is the material organized and structured?
    * To what extent does the author achieve his/her goals?
    * Is the standpoint appropriate to the intentions and the subject matter?
    * Do the steps in the argument follow logically?
    * Are there hidden assumptions?
    * Are the claims following from the argument well supported by evidence?
    * Is the work generally persuasive? Why or why not?
    * Is the work generally consistent (i.e., are there contradictions)?
    * Is the work generally coherent (i.e., do the various parts complement one another and go together well)?
    * Is the book well written?
    * To what extent does the book make a contribution to our understanding of the particular area of communication in question?

The length of the review should be around 1000 words and we would like to have it by three months from the current date. Reviews of other media should use the above book review guidelines as guidance.

Article Abstracts

For each article (but not the commentaries or the research in brief), the author must provide a 100-125 word abstract in English and French. These summaries should be placed immediately below the paper title, author and institutional affiliation. Each summary should be indented 2.5 cm (1/2") and single-spaced. For those who require the service, translations of abstracts can be undertaken by the Journal at a cost of 25 cents per word.

Author Bio

The author(s) must supply a brief (25-word) bio giving name, rank, institution, institutional address, and email address. Author information and bio should be entered in Step 2 of the online submission process, and not as part of the submission file itself. For example, Rowland Lorimer is Director of the Master of Publishing Program and Professor of Communication at Simon Fraser University, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3. Email: lorimer@sfu.ca .

General Formatting

Authors are advised to follow as closely as possible the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA Manual), with necessary variations to suit the field of Communication and Canadian spelling practices.

Layout

    * The text should be single-spaced.

    * Start each paragraph at the margin (no tabs to indent first line).   

* Dashes should be keyed in as em-dashes without a space at either end.

Please ensure that your submission manuscript does not exceed the length guidelines.

  • Article: max. of 6,000 words
  • Field Note:  max. of 5,000 words
  • Book Review: max. of 1,500 words

Heading Styles

Format each as per the following descriptions:

      * First level headings: (Boldface, first word capitalized, justified at left   margin, on a separate line)      

      * Second level headings: (Plain type, first word capitalized, justified at left margin, on a separate line)
       * Third level headings: (Italic type, first word capitalized, justified at left margin, on a separate line)

Citations in the Text

    * If the work has more than one author, give all the names the first time the work is referred to, then et al. thereafter.
    * When titles of journals or books are mentioned, they should be italicized, not underlined.
    * If the citation follows a quotation, place the parentheses after the quotation marks but before the end punctuation. For example: ''for the future of telecommunications'' (Smith, 1987, p. 42).

References

    * Following the Notes, list only those works actually cited in the text.
    * The heading for the references should be bold and left-justified, as References.
    * Single-space all entries.
    * Begin each entry at the margin and indent the subsequent lines by 1/2 inch; i.e., hanging indent.
    * Separate the main items in each entry by periods (i.e., name of author, publication date, title of book, etc.) Leave one space between a period and next part of the entry.
    * Publication date should be in parentheses following author name. Title of book should be in italics and only the first word and first word after a colon should be capitalized (see examples above).
    * For articles, the title should be in plain text, with only the first word capitalized; the title of the periodical or edited book should be in italics.
    * For journals the volume number of the periodical volume is in italics, with the issue number in plain text and parentheses. Page numbers are given at the end of the reference but without the requirement for 'page'' or 'p.' See examples below.
    * The formats must be strictly adhered to in terms of punctuation and order of the items within each entry:

Book: Amin, Ash & Cohendet, Patrick. (2004). Architectures of knowledge: Firms, capabilities and communities. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Article in a book: Longford, G. (2004). Rethinking the virtual state: A critical perspective on e-government. In Marita Moll & Leslie Regan Shade (Eds.), Seeking convergence in policy and practice (pp. 109-140). Ottawa, ON: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Article in a journal: Heyer, Paul. (2008). Live from the Met: Digial broadcast cinema, medium theory, and opera for the masses. Canadian Journal of Communication, 33(4), 591-604.

Government document: Royal Commission on newspapers. (1981). Report. Ottawa: Minister of Supply and Services Canada.

Website: Gurstein, Michael. (2000). Effective use: A community informatics strategy beyond the digitial divide. First Monday, 8(12). URL: http://www.firstmonday.dk/issues/issue8_12/ gurstein/index.html [March 4, 2005].

Use of Notes

    * Footnotes are not used in this format; only endnotes are used.
    * Do not use automatically formatted endnotes. Notes should appear at the end of the text and before the references (typed in a regular text). Endnote numbers in the text should be regular text formatted as eight-point superscript.
    * Use of notes should be very sparing. They should be used only where additional explanations are absolutely necessary and cannot be incorporated in the text. Maximum: 10.
    * Notes should be listed after the text and before the list of biographical references.
    * The heading for the notes should be bold and left-justified, as Notes.

Keyword Index (in development)

SRC requests that potential authors assign appropriate keywords to their article. Below is a short list of keyword examples:

Access rights

Authority

Business models

Conflicts of interest

Content management

Cyberinfrastructure

Data acquisition

Data mining

Data repositories

Data storage

Data visualization

Digital scholarship

Digitization

Editorial process

Economics

Impact measures

Intellectual property rights

Internet publishing models

Knowledge dissemination

Knowledge production

Peer review

Plagiarism

Public knowledge

Open access

Open review

Open data

Publishing platforms

Representation

Research impact

Software development

Sustainability models

Tools and practices

Trust metrics

Virtual research and learning environments

Visualization

Workflow management 

 

Removal of Identifying Information

To enable blind peer review for articles, the author(s) must ensure that all personal, identifying information is removed from all submitted files. This includes all identifying information in the actual text of the manuscript as well as all identifying information saved internally by software such as Microsoft Word as part of each file's attributes and properties.

To remove all identifying information saved as part of the file's attributes and properties, please complete the following steps, depending on your operating system and software, prior to uploading your submission files.

Word 2007 for Windows:

    * Use the Document Inspector to remove personal data.

Word 2003 for Windows:

    * Download, install, and use the Remove Hidden Data tool.

Or

    * Open the file in Word
    * In the menu, go to 'Tools' => 'Options'
    * Select the 'Security' tab
    * Under Privacy options, enable 'Remove personal information from file properties on save'
    * Click on 'Ok' to save the preference settings
    * Save the document

Word 2002 for Windows:

    * Open the file in Word
    * In the menu, go to 'Tools' => 'Options'
    * Select the 'Security' tab
    * Under Privacy options, enable 'Remove personal information from file properties on save'
    * Click on 'Ok' to save the preference settings
    * Save the document

Word 2000 for Windows:

    * Open the file in Word
    * In the menu, go to 'Tools' => 'Options'
    * Select the 'User Information' tab
    * Under Privacy options, select 'Remove personal information from file properties on save'
    * Click on 'Ok' to save the preference settings
    * Save the document

Word 2008 for Apple/Mac:

    * Open the file in Word
    * In the menu, go to 'Word' => 'Preferences' => 'Personal Settings'
    * Select the 'Security' tab
    * Under Privacy options, enable 'Remove personal information from this file on save'
    * Click on 'Ok' to save the preference settings
    * Save the document

Word 2004 for Apple/Mac:

    * Open the file in Word
    * In the menu, go to 'Word' => 'Preferences' => 'Security'
    * Enable 'Remove personal information from this file on save'
    * Click on 'Ok' to save the preference settings
    * Save the document

NeoOffice for Apple/Mac:

    * Open the file in NeoOffice
    * In the menu, go to 'NeoOffice' => 'Preferences'
    * Under the left-hand, 'NeoOffice' menu, select 'Security'
    * Enable 'Remove personal information on saving'
    * Click on 'Ok' to save the preference settings
    * In the menu, go to 'File' => 'Properties'
    * Disable 'Apply user data' and click on the 'Reset' button
    * Save the document

OpenOffice, all platforms:

    * Open the file in OpenOffice
    * In the menu, go to 'Tools' => 'Options...'
    * Under the left-hand, 'OpenOffice' menu, select 'Security'
    * Click on the 'Options...' button for 'Security options and warnings'
    * Enable 'Remove personal information on saving'
    * Click on 'Ok' to save the preference settings
    * In the menu, go to 'File' => 'Properties'
    * Disable 'Apply user data' and click on the 'Reset' button
    * Save the document

 

 

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, or RTF file format; audio files in MP3 format; video files in MPEG format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
 

Copyright Notice

SRC embraces online publishing and open access to back issues under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 Licence. This license allows users to download an article and share it with others as long as authorship and original publication is acknowledged and a link is made (in electronic media) to the original article. The article can be quoted but not changed and presented differently.

 

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