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Showcasing Research Methods Employed in Communication Studies

Deadline: 28 March 2019

Innovative, and at times not so innovative, technological advances may be reconstituting our academic practices, our workplaces, and the media we study but communication scholars still remain ideally positioned to engage empirically with both the challenges and the opportunities these advances present in insightful, critical, and highly meaningful ways. To do this, though, requires enlisting ‘fit for purpose’ research methodologies. With this in mind, in the 2019  issue 5-04 of Communication Research and Practice (CRP) will be a special issue dedicated to showcasing methodologies that can be relied upon to link communication, journalism and media studies scholars’ research objectives to defensible and robust findings that can be confidently used to understand the communication and associated technologies that are constituting our realities.

The objective of the special issue is to publish a selection of articles that can serve as reliable models for a selection of popular and perhaps not so well-known research methodologies that are employed in communication studies. With this objective in mind, this special issue will contain a set of instructive cases that allow readers to understand not only how particular methods can be applied in communication, media, or journalism research but how to do this in an academically defensible manner that elucidates the ontological and epistemological foundations upon which each method sits.

Submission Instructions

Submissions will close on March 28 2019. Please check the website (https://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rcrp20) for APA style (edition 6) guidelines , paper length details and submission details. An article should be between 6000-8000 words including abstract, references, figures and tables, captions and footnotes and endnotes. It should present an empirical study that is located in the discipline of communication studies (i.e., addresses a topic in interpersonal, intercultural, organisational, business or mass communication, journalism or media studies). 


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This study should be presented as an exemplar for the application a specific research method (e.g., conversation analysis, content analysis, ethnography, critical discourse analysis, narrative, case study method, inductive method, hermeneutic phenomenology etc). The research method needs to be presented in detail in an instructive manner that highlights key aspects that a researcher should appreciate in order to apply the method appropriately. This means that while a paper will present the results of an empirical study, the methodology needs to be well articulated, incorporating references to seminal texts and current thinking, including relevant critique, that endorse the various aspects of the research design (e.g., relationship of the literature, sampling protocol, data collection and analysis techniques, role of the researcher). Manuscripts are to be submitted online at: https://www.editorialmanager.com/rcrp/default.aspx

Professor Colleen E. Mills
Communication Research and Practice
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Colleen Mills,
University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Editorial Advisory Group:
Diana Bossio,
Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Tama Leaver, Curtin University, Australia
Terence Lee, Murdoch University, Australia

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