Philosophy of Concordia Journal of Communication Research

The Concordia Journal of Communication Research primarily showcases outstanding undergraduate student scholarship in the field of communication studies, with special issues accepting submissions from professional and graduate work.

The Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University, Saint Paul is the creator and publisher of this online journal. Currently, the journal is published twice a year with fall and spring issues, under the editorship of Dr. Kim Flottemesch, Associate Professor of Communication Studies. Submissions are primarily collected from all participating communication departments in the Concordia University System (CUS), though submissions are accepted from any institution outside of the CUS. All submissions are put through a blind review process before being accepted.

The purposes of this journal are:

  • To publish the exceptional communication research of undergraduate students within the Concordia University System as a means to showcase student's talents and achievement. This journal primarily focuses on undergraduate research in the communication discipline, though work from graduate students is also welcomed.
  • To highlight the exemplary academic communication faculty, students, and programs within the context of the Lutheran faith.
  • To promote CSP's goal of strengthening partnerships with colleagues and students at other Concordia colleges and universities; facilitate networking across the discipline of communication.
  • Assist students in their academic growth through faculty-student mentoring as we celebrate their accomplished work!

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Concordia Journal of Communication Research provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Concordia Journal of Communication Research, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Concordia Journal of Communication Research. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Concordia Journal of Communication Research, please contact the editors.

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Formatting Requirements

Concordia Journal of Communication Research has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. There are, however, rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) file, or a Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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Rights for Authors and DigitalCommons@CSP

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to DigitalCommons@CSP all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal--use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of DigitalCommons@CSP, requires credit to DigitalCommons@CSP as copyright holder (e.g., DigitalCommons@CSP © 2023).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from DigitalCommons@CSP provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the DigitalCommons@CSP website and/or software agree not to misuse the DigitalCommons@CSP service or software in any way.

The failure of DigitalCommons@CSP to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between DigitalCommons@CSP and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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