Communication Studies

Communication Studies is a refereed journal publishing articles on a wide range of communication research. The goal of the journal is to publish the best communication scholarship representative of the range of research within the discipline. All methods of scholarly inquiry into communication are welcome, including but not limited to rhetorical analysis, cultural studies, content analysis, media studies, health communication, family communication, critical studies, survey research, etc.

Manuscripts may be philosophical, theoretical, methodological, critical, applied, pedagogical, or empirical in nature. Manuscripts should be conceptually meaningful, methodologically sound, interesting, clearly written, and thoughtfully argued. Manuscripts must not have been published elsewhere or be currently under consideration for any other publication.

Manuscripts will typically be reviewed by two members of the Editorial Board. The recommendations of the reviewers provide the foundation for final judgment regarding publication. Authors can normally expect an initial editorial decision within two months following the date of receipt by the editor. 

Manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Submissions should be no more than 7500 words (including tables, references, endnotes, and appendices).

Authors should submit manuscripts at

The current editor of Communication Studies is Patric Spence. 


Subscription Information

Communication Studies (Print ISSN 0008-9575, Online ISSN 1745-1035) publishes five (5) issues per year.

To receive Communication Studies, you must subscribe to the journal as a member of CSCA or belong to another regional association and participate in the Journal Exchange program.

Journal claims may be sent to the Taylor & Francis Claims Team directly at Remember to note that you receive the journal as an association member.

Communication Studies is published by Taylor & Francis. All library subscriptions and remittances should be addressed through Taylor & Francis or a subscription agency.  Please contact Taylor & Francis directly at:

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New and Renewed orders are charged at the same rate. The subscription year runs January through December.

Instiutional Rate:
$185.00 per volume beginning with Volume 57
Online Only: $176.00

To order a back issue, or if you are having a problem with your subscription, contact Taylor & Francis directly.

Journal Policies

Editorial Policy

Communication Studies is committed to publishing high-quality original scholarship focused centrally on human communication processes. Articles published in Communication Studies should represent the diversity of scholarship that composes the study of human communication, regardless of philosophical, theoretical, or methodological underpinnings. Published essays and reports of studies should make important and noteworthy contributions to the advancement of human communication scholarship. Communication Studies supports research and writing free of sexism and other biases.

The Editor assumes that manuscripts submitted to Communication Studies are original, unpublished, and not under consideration by other publication outlets. Communication Studies follows a policy of masked peer review. To ensure such a masked review, include no author-identifying information beyond the title page.

Communication Studies (Print ISSN 0008-9575; Online ISSN 1745-1035) (formerly the Central States Speech Journal) is a quarterly publication of the Central States Communication Association. The journal is published five times per year.

CSCA Permission Policy

Communication Studies is published by Taylor & Francis.

For copyright permission for an article published in Communication Studies, CLICK HERE to complete the request form.