Review of Communication Research

Choose between Literature Insights and SoL format


Our New and Second Article Format: State of the Literature

Review of Communication Research is going to publish a second format which is similar but not equal to the standard literature reviews we are publishing (which we call “literature insights”). It will be presented in a different section of the journal. We keep publishing our standard literature reviews, therefore you can choose which format you want to write.

Click here and watch the video we have prepared to explain to you the differences between the two formats.


Which format should you choose to write?


In our standard literature reviews (i.e., literature insights), authors a) revise all the relevant literature written on a topic, b) structure it by a relevant categorization criterion, c) evaluate the literature critically, and d) offer a strong input to the literature. This input could be clarifying a problem, identifying relations unnoticed before, finding contradictions between theories, pointing out inconsistencies in findings presented in the literature, or summarizing published literature into a new definition or a new theory. It is not easy to push forward the literature in this way. That is the reason why Review of Communication Research requires authors of literature insights to be experienced. We would not follow this editorial policy if we published empirical research articles.

The state-of-the-literature articles (SoL) follow the same steps literature insights do, but they do not need to give any relevant theoretical push to published literature (step d). Therefore, SoL articles are less demanding than our literature-insights articles. Both experienced and less experienced authors can write and publish an SoL article.
In SoL articles, authors have to a) revise all the relevant literature written on a topic, b) structure it by a relevant categorization criterion, c) evaluate the literature critically, therefore understand and explain the relations between the different variables, and d) suggest future research.


Click here to watch a two-minutes video that will explain to you the process to publish an SoL article. You can also read here about the process to publish a literature-insights or an SoL article.


Why do we want to publish SoL articles?

The reason is straightforward: SoL articles are useful for the advancement of the Communication field. SoL articles explain what is known about a topic at a specific moment in time, and do it critically. Therefore, SoL articles help the scholars who start a research on a specific topic. For example, a scholar who starts a research on media effects and Facebook should search and read an SoL article to apprehend what is known about that topic at a specific moment in time. The article would work like a map and would give scholars a general vision to decide from which point to start. Book chapters have this function often. However, book chapters are unavailable in many libraries.



Ethical Standards for Authors

Ethical Standards for Authors


Review of Communication Research expects that all authors submitting a manuscript adhere to the ethical guidelines set by the International Communication Association (ICA) in the Publication Policies and Procedures. In this sense, all manuscripts submitted to RCR must be original works that:

(a) credit all authors,

(b) acknowledge sources and supporting material, and

(c) identify previous publication of the manuscript in an earlier form. The place, time, and form of the previous publication, and whether the present material duplicates or is substantially different than the earlier presentation, must be made explicit in a cover letter accompanying the manuscript submission. RCR does not publish articles that have been previously published in substantially the same form.

According to ICA policies and procedures, any manuscript submitted to RCR must not be simultaneously considered by another publication. If extraordinary circumstances call for simultaneous submission, RCR editor should be informed by the author(s). Decisions regarding the originality of and/or appropriateness of a submitted manuscript will be rendered by the editor. Submitting a manuscript to two journals at once duplicates the efforts of editors and peer reviewers to review the manuscript and any subsequent revisions that they request. If the manuscript is accepted in one journal the author will have to withdraw the paper from the second journal, wasting the time of the editors and peer reviewers who reviewed the manuscript.

The editorial office will provide no information regarding the status of a submission to anyone other than the author (or a person the author designates in writing) of a manuscript, book review, or other material submitted to RCR for publication.

Moreover, authors submitting a manuscript to RCR for publication adhere to the following ethical guidelines mostly copied from or inspired by APA Manual 6th Ed., Taylor and Francis Publisher ethical code, Elsevier’s Publishing Ethics Resource Kit (PERK), and from Code of conduct and best practice guidelines for journal editors by COPE :

- Ethical Reporting of Research Results. Scholars do not fabricate or falsify data because science is build on previous research. Sometimes scientists make mistakes that are not identified during the reviewing process. It takes time and effort to correct a wrong result. It is not acceptable that a scholar misleads others on purpose, for personal benefit. In this sense, “omitting troublesome observations from reports to present a more convincing story is also prohibited” and “authors are responsible for making such errors public if the errors are discovered after publication” (APA, 6th: 12).

- All authors must declare that the article they submit to RCR is their own original work, which does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any other person or entity, and cannot be considered as plagiarizing any other published work. If an author is submitting a manuscript which includes his or her own previously published work, new content has to be more than 50% of the manuscript.

- If the manuscript incorporates any previously copyrighted material (e.g. graphs, images) which is not in the public domain, author/s shall obtain written permission from the copyright owner of such material to be published in RCR, and shall deliver such written permission to RCR prior to the submission of the Article Proposal if the copyrighted material is their own writing, or prior to the publication if the copyrighted material is a graph, image, table or text with more than 400 words.

- All authors named on the paper are equally held accountable for the content of a submitted manuscript or published paper.

- The corresponding author must ensure all named co-authors consent to publication and to being named as a co-author. All persons who have made significant scientific or literary contributions and who shares responsibility and accountability for the results to the work reported should be named as co-authors.

- Authors must appropriately cite all relevant publications. Information obtained privately, as in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, should not be used or reported in the author's work unless fully cited, and with the permission of that third party.

- Authors must avoid making defamatory statements in submitted articles which could be construed as impugning any person's reputation.

- Authors must declare any potential conflict of interest – be it professional or financial – which could be held to arise with respect to the article.

- Authors must disclose all sources of funding for the research reported in the paper.



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Approved, April 2014


Call for Proposals


The Review of Communication Research is calling for proposals for its next issue (Vol. 6, 2018). Manuscripts will be published online with a doi number and a suggested reference as soon as they are accepted (i.e., at any time of the year 2017).

Please, fill in and send a proposal even if you have already written a draft. If that is the case, please, add a comment on the proposal to notify it.


We are the fist academic journal specialized in LITERATURE REVIEWS in the field of communication, and we accept proposals in any subfield.


You can know more about us below.



Why should you publish with us?








  • RCR has an excellent Editorial Board, Associate Editors, and Editor.

  • You can be part of the selected group of authors who have published with us (W. James Potter, Timothy Levine, James D. Ivory, Maxwell McCombs, Talia Stroud, James P. Dillard, Lijiang Shen, Kory Floyd, Scott W Campbell, Robert Abelman, John Sherry, Daniel McDonald, Rajiv Rimal, Douglas McLeod, and a long etcetera).

  • The double-blind peer-review process plus the open-peer review assure the best standards of editorial quality.

  • One of the fist articles we published was awarded by the Distinguished Article Award of NCA's Communication and Social Cognition Division. Our published articles have, at least, the same high quality since then.









  • The articles we publish are downloadable by anybody in the world. The articles we have published have been downloaded by scholars from the USA, China, Europe, but also from most countries around the globe. Name it, from A to Z. Albania? Yes; Algeria? Yes; Bahrain? Yes; Bangladesh? Yes; (...); Uganda? Yes; Uzbekistan? Yes; Venezuela? Yes; Zambia? Yes; Zimbabwe? Yes.

  • Scholars will reach your article (e.g., McCombs and Stroud's article has been downloaded almost 9,000 times, W. James Potter's article has been seen almost 3,500 times from RCR website and more than 4,200 times from

  • Our articles are listed in Web of Science.

  • Your article will be available online and citable as soon as it is accepted.

  • The articles we publish have an impact on the international scientific community.

    We have an unofficial impact factor of 1.57 for 2016, according the Journal of Citation Report definition. 

    The impact factor for 2016 has been calculated by the following formula:

    A= cites to articles published in 2014 and 2015 by RCR. Only articles published in journals listed in JCR are considered.

    B= number of articles published in 2014-2015 by RCR.

    Impact Factor for 2016= A/B = 11/7 = 1.57

    You can check the statement of our impact factor by confirming the data with Google ScholarIn the same page, you can check our impact trend.The final impact may be slightly different because some articles prepublished in 2016 could be published in 2017. The definitive impact factor should be calculated in June 2017.





Long-Term Availability


  • We assure the long-term permanence in open-access repositories (e.g., Internet Archive; Academia; Social Science Open Access Repository, SSOAR).

  • The articles have an assigned DOI number for permanent location.

  • Authors and scholars are free to save the article in any repository they wish and to distribute the articles as they wish, as long as it is not for commercial use.



No Fee, Totally Open Acess


  • We do not charge any fee to authors.







Procedure to Publish an Article

You can contribute to the advancement of the field of Communication by submitting a proposal for possible dissemination through the Review of Communication Research.

We are looking forward to receiving it!


The procedures to present and publish a literature-insights and a state-of-the-literature article are the following:


Literature Insights (this is the name we give to the traditional literature reviews.)

1.- Download the ARTICLE PROPOSAL FORM .

2.- Fill it with your proposal.

3.- Post it to the editor ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

4.- You get an email from the editor with a decision regarding your proposal.

5.- If accepted, you write the article ( AUTHOR GUIDELINES ).

6.- When finished, upload it on to the EDITORIAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM .

7.- The paper starts a traditional peer-review and an innovative open-review process.

8.- As soon as the article is accepted, it receives a doi number and it published online as a "pre-published" manuscript. The international community will have access to your work, and can cite it.

9.- Your article will be formally published the following January.



A  two-stages process for publishing a state-of-the-literature (SoL) article

1.- Propose a topic using our standard proposal application form, and send it to the editor (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Mark that you present the proposal for a state-of-the-literature article.

Remember that the topic must be relevant. To successfully demonstrate the relevance of the topic is a critic reason for acceptance of the proposal. Therefore, we would like you to demonstrate the editor or associate editor that there is abundance of recent literature published on the topic you want to review during the last two years. Please, add those references when submitting your proposal. The topic should be mentioned in the title, in the abstract or keywords of the literature you cite.

Alternatively, you can propose an old topic. Again, you should demonstrate the relevance of the topic. In this case, you should show the relevance of the topic. Then, you should explain the reasons to review the topic and make it regain the academic communication community’s attention.

2.- If the editor or associate editor accepts your proposal, you write a draft and submit it to the journal in our Editorial Management System.

3.- After reception of the draft, the article will receive a suggested citation format. It will then start the open-review process until it receives the positive review of two scholars.

The access to the open-access draft is restricted to registered users to protect our authors’ copyright. The only requirement is to REGISTER on the website with an institutional email address.

You may invite any scholar to review your manuscript. Reviewers must indicate their relation to the author in their review in the case that it exists. Their name and positive evaluation of the manuscript will appear in the article. We would prefer you not to invite any friend or collaborator, but it is not forbidden at present.

We will add the names of those scholars who offer useful suggestions in the published paper. In this way, we want to give credits to all of those scholars who help our authors to publish an excellent paper. You can invite Ph.D. and master students to participate in this innovative process. Students cannot endorse the draft, but their comments can be awarded by adding their name in the paper.

4.- After the article has received the acceptance of at least two scholars, the editor or associate editor will run a standard peer-review process.

5.- As soon as the draft is accepted, the manuscript will receive a DOI number and will be officially published open access in the state-of-the-literature-articles section of the journal.

The first working draft is saved to protect our authors’ copyright.




Audience of the Articles

The journal is interested in articles that can reach a wide audience. For example, both scholars and Ph.D. students who start a new research on a specific field can use the reviews we publish to get some guidance to find a relevant or ‘hot’ topic.

Scholars with experience on a specific subfield can get insights from a macro picture of the sub-field and the identification of contradictions.

Furthermore, these literature reviews are for an audience whose members may not have access to journals that are not open access, or to book chapters that are not available at their University library. The journal has an international audience, therefore the proposed topics should be attractive to scholars in many different countries and the focus should not be too local.