Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The objective of the Canadian Journal of Communication is to publish Canadian research and scholarship in the field of communication studies. In pursuing this objective, particular attention is paid to research that has a distinctive Canadian flavour by virtue of choice of topic or by drawing on the legacy of Canadian theory and research. The purview of the journal is the entire field of communication studies as practiced in Canada or with relevance to Canada.

The Canadian Journal of Communication is a online quarterly. Back issues are accessible with a 12 month delay as Open Access with a CC-BY-NC-ND license. Access to the most recent year's issues, including the current issue, requires a subscription. Subscribers now have access to all issues online from Volume 1, Issue 1 (1974) to the most recently published issue.

Section Policies


  • New research, knowledge, and/or theory advancement
  • 7000-9000 words
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Research in Brief

  • New research and knowledge
  • Not necessarily theory advancement
  • max. of 5000 words
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Policy in Brief

  • contribution to or analysis of communication and/or cultural policy issues, debates, or legislation processes
  • 3000-4000 words
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Policy Portal

  • short analyses of communication and/or cultural policy issues, debates or legislation processes
  • responds to Policy Portal CFPs <provide link>
  • published online only
  • peer-reviewed
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


  • Engagement with a current issue
  • 3000-4000 words
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Research in Brief / Interview

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Review Essays

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Letter to the Editor

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed


Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Each submitted manuscript is evaluated on the following basis:

  • the originality of its contribution to the field of communication;
  • the soundness of its theory and methodology given the topic;
  • the coherence of its analysis;
  • its ability to communicate to readers (grammar and style).

Normal turn-around time for evaluation of manuscripts is four to six months from the date of receipt.

Subscription and Access Policies

The first purpose of the Canadian Journal of Communication (CJC) is to place the best research relevant to the mandate of the journal on the official record of research of communication inquiry. Its second purpose is to disseminate that information to all possible beneficiaries while maintaining sufficient operating revenue to conduct its affairs professionally and to lead the way in publishing innovation.

Beginning in 1994, the CJC embraced online publishing and open access to back issues under the implicit understanding that is now formalized by the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 Licence. This license, which the CJC embraces, allows readers to download an article and share it with others as long as authorship 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.

The CJC sells online access to both individuals and institutions at different rates. Individual subscribers may access the journal at any time by logging into the journal website. Members of institutions may also access the journal at no surcharge beyond the institutional subscription. By accessing the journal through the institution’s website, access is unencumbered.

The Canadian Journal of Communication is a subscription-based journal. Its aim is to contribute to maintaining an active community of researchers focused on Canadian communication. It employs a subscription-based model augmented by a grant from SSHRC so that it can sustain an operation capable of attracting the best research and continue to play a leading role in disseminating that research by taking advantage of ever-developing digital technology. On the content/editorial side, CJC articles are attracting a growing readership in over 200 countries and the launch of both our Policy Portal and Playlists has expanded the journal's purview. On the publishing/technology side, in recent years annual online article views have reached 750,000. 

While the CJC would like nothing better than to open access to its articles completely — currently all articles are OA after 12 months — without the subscription funds CJC is able to attract, a healthy percentage of which is provided by researchers, the journals excellence and development would be undermined. 

Institutional Subscriptions

At this time, the CJC has not found it necessary to implement differential institutional subscription fees based on the number of potential and/or likely users.

The purchase of a single institutional subscription allows an institution to make the journal available to its members. Purchase does not include the right to make the journal available to other institutions such as those that may join the subscribing institution in a consortium.

Policy for Multi-Campus Universities (Online Subscriptions)

Multi-campus universities, under a single administration and within the same national boundary, may purchase a single CJC online subscription for all campuses. Multi-campus universities, with a single administration, but where some campuses are located outside of the national boundary of the administering campus, must purchase more than 1 online subscription. However, these universities will be offered a discount for the campuses outside of the national boundary of the administering campus.

Policy for Inter-Library Loan (ILL)

Authorized subscribing libraries may engage in ILL of embargoed CJC content by providing a hard copy to an end user for non-commercial research or private study with a non-commercial purpose. There is no permission granted for onward transmission or distribution beyond this individual end user. The CJC database may be used in this way by authorized subscribing libraries to print out and post, or fax, hard copy text, or to scan and transmit an article by secure electronic transmission to an individual end user. The downloaded electronic file must be deleted immediately after printing or transmitting. The CJC website (www.cjc-online.ca) provides open access for non-commercial use to all non-embargoed issues.

Policy for Course Packs

Multiple copies of both embargoed and non-embargoed CJC articles may be made for instructional use by obtaining permission through Access Copyright, the Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency, and making payment to this agency for this content use (www.accesscopyright.ca; email permissions@accesscopyright.ca).

Corporations and Professional Offices

The purchase of a single subscription allows multi-office organizations integrated into a single administration to provide access to all its members. Organizations with offices in more than one country must purchase multiple subscriptions. Please contact the CJC subscriptions managers at subscriptions@cjc-online.ca to discuss your particular circumstances and the available options.

Board of Directors

Name Position
Penelope Ironstone, Wilfrid Laurier University President
  Vice President
Terry Flynn, McMaster University Treasurer
Benoît Cordelier, UQAM Secretary
Chris Russill, Carleton University Editor & Member-at-Large
Rowland Lorimer, Simon Fraser University Publisher & Member-at-Large
Mary Francoli, Carleton University Member-at-Large
Boulou Ebanda de B'beri, University of Ottawa Member-at-Large
Michael Dorland, Carleton University Member-at-Large
Michael Darrock, York University Member-at-Large
Mireille Lalancette, UQàTR Review editor & Member-at-Large
Daniel Paré, University of Ottawa Review editor & Member-at-Large
Rena Bivens, Carleton University Member-at-Large
Sibo Chen, Ryerson University Member-at-Large
Andrea Zeffiro, McMaster University Member-at-Large
Marilyn Bittman, Simon Fraser University Managing Editor & Member-at-Large
Philip David Savage, McMaster University Member-at-Large
Leslie Shade, University of Toronto Member-at-Large
Nathan Rambukkana, Wilfrid Laurier University Member-at-Large

Editorial Board Members

Robert Babe, University of Western Ontario (Jean Monty/BCE Chair in Media Studies)
Jackson Banda, Rhodes University, South Africa
Darin Barney, McGill University (CRC)
Sandra Braman, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Susan Bryant, University of Windsor
Bill Buxton, Concordia University

Wendy Chun, Simon Fraser University
Debra Clarke, Trent University
Richard Collins, Open University, UK
Barbara Crow, York University
Aziz Douai, Ontario Tech University

Zoë Druick, Simon Fraser University

Edna Einsiedel, University of Calgary
Greg Elmer, Ryerson (Global Media Chair)
Paula Gardner, Ontario College of Art and Design
Mike Gasher, Concordia University
Gordon Gow, University of Alberta
Josh Greenberg, Carleton University

Line Grenier, Université de Montréal

Sheryl Hamilton, Carleton University (CRC)
Faiza Hirji, McMaster University

Brendan Hokowhitu, University of Queensland, NZ

Penelope Ironstone, Wilfrid Laurier University
Yasmin Jiwani, Concordia University

Aleks Kaminska, Université de Montréal
Karim Karim, Carleton University

Andreas Kitzmann, York University

Ganaele Langlois, York University
Janine Marchessault, York University (CRC)
Tracey McIntosh, University of Auckland, NZ

Tanner Mirrlees, Ontario Tech University

Vincent Mosco, Queens University (CRC)
Catherine Murray, Simon Fraser University
Stuart J. Murray, Carleton University

Judith Nicholson, Wilfrid Laurier University
Manon Niquette, Université Laval
Susan O'Donnell, National Research Council/University of New Brunswick
Jeremy Packer, University of Toronto

Lisa Parks, MIT

John Durham Peters, Yale University
Amit Pinchevski, Hebrew University
Marc Raboy, McGill University (Chair in Ethics, Media and Communications)

Daniel Robinson, University of Western Ontario

Sandra Robinson, Carleton University
Shirley Roburn,York University

Yukari Seko, Ryerson University

Leslie Shade, University of Toronto
Sarah Sharma, University of Toronto

Jeannette Sloniowski, Brock University

Miguel Sioui, Wilfrid Laurier University

Sandra Smeltzer, University of Western Ontario

Richard Smith, Simon Fraser University

Sarah Smith, University of Western Ontario
Eric Spalding, University of the Fraser Valley

Matthew Soar, Concordia University
Will Straw, McGill University
Rebecca Sullivan, University of Calgary

Ghislain Thibault, Université de Montréal
Armond Towns, University of Richmond

Dominique Trudel, Audencia Nantes School of Management, France

Ira Wagman, Carleton University

Dwayne Winseck, Carleton University

Editors Emeriti

Michael Dorland, Carleton University

Kim Sawchuk, Concordia University
David Mitchell, University of Calgary
Rowland Lorimer, Simon Fraser University
Gertrude J. Robinson, McGill University
Eugene Tate, University of Saskatchewan


Publication Ethics

The following are the operational guidelines of the Canadian Journal of Communication with respect to publication ethics.

  1. Publication and authorship: All articles will contain a complete list of references in citation style of the journal; financial support that the author(s) has received will be noted; there will be no plagiarism of the work of others or the work of the author(s); no data will be included that is fraudulent in any way; the research reported will not have been reported in, nor will it have been submitted during its time of consideration to, any other journal.
  2. Author’s(s’) responsibilities: All submitted articles to the journal, including articles-in-brief and commentaries, will be peer reviewed. All researchers or students who have contributed significantly to the research and no others will be included in the list of authors. In submitting research for evaluation to the journal, the author(s) attest that the data reported are real and authentic. All author(s) must be willing to provide retraction statements to the journal should the journal request such a statement. Any such request will be based on clear evidence of transgression of normal research reporting and the policies of the journal.
  3. Peer review responsibilities: It is the responsibility of peer reviewers, along with the Canadian Journal of Communication, to make and ensure judgments that are fair and “objective.” Peer reviewers ideally will have no conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors and/or the research funders. If a peer reviewer has what he or she considers a perceived or actual conflict of interest they will make that known to the editor and the editor will decide whether the reviewer should decline or accept the request to review. Peer reviewers should make known to the author and the editor relevant published work that is not cited. Reviewed articles will be treated as confidential by the journal and its peer reviewers until they are published.
  4. Editorial responsibilities: The editor of the Canadian Journal of Communication has complete responsibility and authority to accept or reject an article. The editor will only accept papers for the journal when he or she is reasonably certain that it qualifies to be published in the journal and reflects the policies within the journal’s ethical guidelines. The editor should have no conflict of interest with respect to articles they accept or reject. If they do have a conflict of interest, the editor will turn over the administration of the peer review process, including the final decision to publish (or not) to a member of the journal’s editorial board who does not have a conflict of interest. If an article must be retracted or corrected, the editor will promote the publication of correction or retraction. The editor and staff of the Canadian Journal of Communication will work to preserve the anonymity of reviewers as long as it is using a blind peer review process, which it currently does.
  5. Publishing ethics issues: Within the framework of publication ethics, it is the purpose of the Canadian Journal of Communication to contribute to and maintain the integrity of the knowledge record in the defined areas in which the journal publishes. Please see “Focus and Scope” with “Editorial Policies” on this site. Both the editorial and publication offices of the Canadian Journal of Communication monitor all submissions. This includes identifying and preventing the publication of papers where research misconduct inclusive of fraud and errors has occurred. Research misconduct also comprises, but is not limited to falsification and fabrication of data, including, by selection, giving a false impression, plagiarism, false attribution of authorship, lack of ethical approval where required, undeclared conflicts of interest, and the submission and representation of content that has previously been published as original. In no case does it condone misconduct or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place. In the event that CJC’s publisher or editor(s) are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct, the publisher or editor shall deal with allegations appropriately including investigating the matter, treating the investigation confidentially, contacting and corresponding with the relevant author(s), followed by a published retraction, correction, clarification, and/or apology. If deemed warranted, an article may be removed from the Canadian Journal of Communication’s website, and a notice of misconduct may be published. In extreme cases, CJC may contact an author’s institution.

For more information on publication ethics in general please visit http://publicationethics.org. While we respect their efforts, the Canadian Journal of Communication is NOT a member of COPE.

Book/Media for Review?

Please contact one of our book review editors, Daniel Paré for English language books/media) or Dominique Trudel (French language books/media), if you have a book or media that you believe may be suitable for review.

English Books/Media

Daniel Paré

Associate Professor, Department of Communication,

Faculty of Arts
University of Ottawa,

550 Cumberland Street,
Ottawa ON K1N 6N5
Email: review_editor@cjc-online.ca

French Books/Media

Mireille Lalancette
Département de lettres et communication sociale
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
3351, boul. des Forges
Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada
G9A 5H7
Email: redacteur_revue@cjc-online.ca

Advertising Information/Indexing

The Journal accepts most advertisements. Rates are: $100 for a half page; $250 for a full page; $300 for the back cover.

All correspondence regarding advertising should be sent to:

Marilyn Bittman, Managing Editor
Canadian Journal of Communication
c/o Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing
515 West Hastings
Vancouver, BC
V6B 5K3
Email: managing_editor@cjc-online.ca

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