CJC Policy Portal

The Policy Portal provides a space for publishing timely policy research and analysis. It is devoted to raising awareness of communication policy issues amongst Canadian communication studies scholars, students and policy makers, facilitating discussion, and analysis.

The Policy Portal issues calls for papers (CFPs) based on a pre-defined contemporary theme. Papers are peer-reviewed and published online. The Policy Portal accepts submissions written in either English or French.

The Founding Policy Portal Editor was Jeremy Shtern, School of Creative Industries, Ryerson University, who led discussions on planning the Policy Portal. Initial leadership was housed at Ryerson University in the School of Creative Industries and associated with the Communications Policy Working Group (CPWG) of the York/Ryerson Communication and Culture Graduate Program.

The current Policy Portal Editor is Leslie Regan Shade, Professor at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto.

Please contact the Policy Editor, Leslie Regan Shade at policy_editor@cjc-online.ca

Policy Portal articles must be submitted using the CJC online submission process and must conform to the CJC's article guidelines.

The portal aspires to create a turn-around time of approximately 6–10 months from submission to final online publication, including peer review and revision.

List of Policy Portals

Current: Policy Portal 4: Regulation

The Canadian Journal of Communication (CJC) Policy Portal seeks submissions for Policy Portal 4, focusing on the theme of “regulation.” 

Regulation of communication and “big tech” platforms is a pressing issue, with numerous government investigations in Canada, the United States, and the European Union deliberating how to regulate along several vectors: anti-trust law to break up the monopoly power of platform giants; development of robust and actionable privacy enforcement; content moderation to stem propaganda, hate speech and extremism; AI regulation; algorithmic accountability and transparency; digital literacy initiatives; and ethical design principles for platforms. 

With a focus on interdisciplinary and intersectional approaches to regulation, papers can be directed toward current Canadian or global initiatives or be comparative in scope. Papers can offer an analysis and critique of specific or proposed legislation, investigations, or case studies; provide an analysis and critique of structures of participation in policymaking; and/or provide an analysis of public interest and advocacy campaigns.

Specific topics may include, but are not limited to: 

  • access and digital inclusion (affordable broadband in urban, rural, and remote communities)
  • AI, algorithmic transparency
  • antitrust enforcement (digital monopolies, platform companies and capitalization)
  • content regulation (hate speech, online harms, mis/disinformation, production and distribution of Canadian cultural content, Canadian Broadcasting Reform Bill)
  • copyright and online intermediaries
  • data justice initiatives
  • net neutrality
  • privacy (modernization of legislation, consumer data privacy, facial recognition AI, “smart” cities)
  • technologically facilitated gender-based violence (TFGBV)
  • wireless competition and pricing

Authors are encouraged to contact Leslie Shade, CJC Policy Portal Editor (leslie.shade at utoronto.ca) if they have any questions. 

Submission Deadline and Guidelines 

Submission deadline: March 15, 2022 

Peer-review Process: Spring 2022 

Publication: Est. Fall 2022 

Submission Length: 5000–7,000 words, including references

CJC Submission Guidelines: https://cjc-online.ca/index.php/journal/about/submissions 

Submit to the CJC and indicate that your paper is for the Policy Portal.

Policy Portal 3 Platforms and Power. Vol. 45 No. 3.
https://cjc-online.ca/index.php/journal/article/view/3901

https://cjc-online.ca/index.php/journal/article/view/4199

Policy Portal 2 Canadian Digital and Data Strategy. Vol. 44 No. 2. Six papers and Introduction.
https://cjc-online.ca/index.php/journal/article/view/3601

Policy Portal I Let’s Talk TV and the Future of Television in Canada. Vol. 44 No. 2. Two papers and introducation.

https://cjc-online.ca/index.php/journal/article/view/3567