Critical Studies in Media Communication
Rachel Alicia Griffin, PhD, University of Utah
Kimberly R. Moffitt, PhD, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Since its founding in 1984, Critical Studies in Media Communication (CSMC) has become the foremost journal in our discipline to feature innovative critical, cultural, and Cultural Studies research that theorizes the complex nuances of media in all its myriad forms. We look forward to facilitating CSMC’s continuance as an academic home for invigorating and heuristic conversations that simultaneously center communication and prioritize interdisciplinarity. Living amidst a technological revolution—wherein change in media often outpaces, for instance, popularity, audience investment, and the development of law and policy—scholars’ arguments must actively attend to being timely and timeless.
We are interested in featuring research that expands CSMC’s intellectual footprint and deepens our field’s conversations about ideology, hegemony, discourse, power, and normativity. As they relate to media, such topics may include analyses of:
All articles will be made permanently and freely available online immediately after acceptance, and publication is free of charge for the authors and their institutions.
biomedical politics, public health, and safety (e.g., law enforcement’s use of wearable media, social media, and genetic ancestry databases)
cryptocurrency and blockchain as a Big Data ledger to confront global inequities (e.g., wealth concentration and distribution, financing, governance)
media policy, nation-state censorship, and the increasingly notorious role of Big Tech and its corporatized influence on audience access, elections, and public policy (e.g., 1966 Freedom of Information Act, 1996 Telecommunications Act, internet shutdowns, industry and mass audience implications of monopoly power, Section 230 reform and media conglomerate liability, present-day freedom of the press, etc.)
critical interpersonal and family communication (e.g., addiction, families of choice, assisted/suicide, ethical non-monogamy, etc.).
The entirety of our editorial term (2023–2025) will be anchored by our commitment to embedding inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) throughout our editorial praxis. At the outset of our tenure, our priorities include building infrastructure that: demystifies publication processes for emergent scholars; renders our editorial decision-making more transparent; and partners the ethos and tone of peer review with respect for our many scholarly differences (e.g., paradigms, academic writing experience, positionality, access to mentorship, etc.). Aligning with Mohan J. Dutta’s (2006) “Ten Commandments of Reviewing,” we believe that peer review can be unapologetically rigorous and humanizing. Should we encounter dehumanization in a peer review, we will initiate a dialogic process with the author(s) to decide if or how to engage the potential of harm. We also align with Nancy Evelyn Day’s (2011) caution in “The Silent Majority” against being silent about the impact of rejection. Therefore, our rejection email template includes guidance for processing academic rejection and our rationale for desk rejections is publicly available.
We also aim to be responsive to scholars who have rightfully called out our discipline for perpetuating exclusion via our academic journals. Take for instance those who have drawn our attention to the discipline’s over reliance on ethnocentric, Western, U.S. American, and Eurocentric logics. In response—as a first step—we are expanding our Editorial Board to include more diverse international representation, including scholars with faculty, administrative, and/or scholar–activist profiles. Doing so will help increase the journal’s global profile in terms of submissions, for which we aim to be prepared with a reviewer pool of scholars whose expertise resides in not only their research profiles but also where they are located, the borders they cross, and the homeland(s) they identify with.
As Black women academics, we are amply familiar with what it means to live a politics of intervention and determinedly sustain our IDEA praxis. We are committed to reflexivity about the power of gatekeeping that our position as Editors entails alongside learning, unlearning, and relearning with respect to new areas, new knowledges, and the particular ways we are structurally and systemically privileged. We are also fortunate to have been mentored and sometimes schooled by those who have served in this role before us. In order to “lift as we climb,” we know that we must remain open to feedback, process improvement, and the potential of failure that accompanies piloting new IDEA strategies. We look forward to working alongside you during our editorial term.
Manuscripts should be prepared in Microsoft Word using a 12-point common font, double-spaced, and no more than 7,000 words (including references/tables/etc.).
Manuscripts should adhere to APA 7th edition.
Critical Studies in Media Communication
Critical Studies in Media Communication (CSMC) is a peer-reviewed publication of the National Communication Association. CSMC publishes original scholarship in mediated and mass communication from a cultural studies and/or critical perspective. It particularly welcomes submissions that enrich debates among various critical traditions, methodological and analytical approaches, and theoretical standpoints.
CSMC takes an inclusive view of media and welcomes scholarship on topics such as
• media audiences
• digital technologies
• social media
• professional practices and ethics
• production studies
• media history
• political economy
For more details about how to submit your research to CSMC, please review our Instructions for Authors.
Unless specifically indicated otherwise, articles in this journal have undergone rigorous peer review, including screening by the editor and review by at least two anonymous referees.
Authors can choose to publish gold open access in this journal.
Read the Instructions for Authors for information on how to submit your article.