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Editor’s Call for Submissions

Communication and Democracy


Billie Murray

Communication and Democracy

Billie Murray, Editor-Elect of Communication and Democracy, is now accepting submissions.

Communication and Democracy, a recently reimagined journal of the National Communication Association, welcomes submissions that engage the role of communication in democratic life. The updated name of the journal reflects an expansion in the aims and scope (outlined below) of the previously named First Amendment Studies. Although the journal will continue to accept manuscripts focused on the study of the First Amendment, its newly expanded focus takes into account the relevance of the study of communication and democracy in non-U.S. contexts and in non-legal contexts.

As the incoming editor of Communication and Democracy, I envision the journal as an increasingly important scholarly venue for work that explores the pressing issues facing our democracies. As I see it, there is much for Communication scholars to address in our current moment, especially at a time of heightened threats to both democratic institutions (e.g., the insurrection, voting restrictions) and to democratic life. For example, manuscripts might engage contemporary threats to academic freedom (e.g., attacks on Critical Race Theory), as well as other threats to our most cherished democratic freedoms, such as freedom of the press, free speech and assembly, and religious freedoms.

Recent calls in the Communication discipline, and from our various communities, to actively address intersectional discourses about racial justice, citizenship and immigration, white supremacy, misogyny, classism, LGBTQIA issues, (dis)ability, and post- and decoloniality, to name but a few, are of particular import to the study of communication and democracy. Therefore, I welcome those manuscripts that engage these current and evolving challenges and that work to enhance and strengthen our field’s contributions to the study of democratic life.

My overarching vision for Communication and Democracy, then, is that it will be a vital forum for scholars to address a wide range of social and political issues as they connect communication theories and practices to democratic institutions and democracy broadly defined. As the incoming editor, therefore, I welcome the submission of manuscripts that include, but are not limited to, the aims and scope below.

  • The study of values and practices connected to the “freedoms” typically associated with the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment: freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press, freedom of association, freedom of religion;

  • Communication-based analyses of the establishment and maintenance of democracies;

  • Rhetorical studies of political institutions, elections, political parties, legal and judicial discourse, and civil society;

  • Communication-based analyses of democratic practices, theory, and culture;

  • Communication-based studies of social justice activism that contribute to democracy and/or democratic life;

  • Examinations of democracy and democratic practice in varied contexts (e.g., the workplace, media institutions, the military).

Submission Guidelines

Communication and Democracy is a peer-reviewed publication of the National Communication Association. The full aims and scope of the journal, as well as submission instructions, are available here. Essays should be submitted in MS Word, be approximately 9,000 – 12,000 words long, and should adhere to the most recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style in bibliographical endnote format.

Manuscripts submitted to Communication and Democracy must not be under review elsewhere or have appeared in any other published forms. Upon notification of acceptance, authors must assign copyright to the National Communication Association and provide copyright clearance for any copyrighted materials.

Questions about the journal, its editorial policies, or the submission process can be directed to the editor-elect, Billie Murray at [email protected]

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