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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Journal of Public Relations Research

For a Special Issue on
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Public Relations

Manuscript deadline
01 October 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Dean Mundy, University of Oregon
[email protected]

Nilanjana Bardhan, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
[email protected]

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Public Relations

The Journal of Public Relations Research invites submissions for a special issue on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in public relations. The events of 2020, including but not limited to the murder of George Floyd, brought long overdue attention to ongoing issues of pervasive racism and systems of structural inequality, pressuring individuals and organizations to confront their own values regarding DEI. Beyond simply making statements, today’s discourse demands substantive, long-term action that clearly moves the needle and results in measurable change. Simultaneously, while issues of DEI certainly were investigated in public relations scholarship prior to 2020, there has been a recent, heightened focus on DEI-related research, particularly on how public relations can advance the conversation on DEI issues, help implement organizational culture change, and authentically convey organizational values regarding DEI to its publics.

This issue therefore aims to capture the latest research regarding DEI in public relations. Approaches from varied disciplines and methodologies are welcomed. A range of topics are also welcome, including but not limited to the following topics:
DEI and public relations leadership

  • Markers of diversity beyond issues of race and gender
  • Moving from merely expressing value to taking action
  • Organizational DEI training tailored for public relations
  • DEI as corporate social responsibility (CSR)
  • Public relations’ DEI role as related to ethics
  • DEI measurement; intersectional approaches to DEI in public relations
  • Intercultural/global context and theory as they relate to DEI
  • Internal communication and DEI
  • The business case vs. the moral case for DEI in public relations
  • Moving beyond diversity and into true equity and inclusion.

Submission Instructions

Manuscript and Technical Requirements:

  • Content shall further JPRR’s primary purpose, which is to create, test, refine, critique, or expand theory in public relations. Authors should explicitly articulate how their scholarship serves the purpose of the journal.
  • Content shall reflect the highest standards of scholarship, regardless of the methods used.
  • Manuscripts shall be submitted in APA 7 style and edited to the highest standards of English-language grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, word usage, etc.
  • Manuscripts shall conform to the Journal’s standard limit of 30 pages of text (not including references, figures, tables). Manuscripts that exceed the standard page limit may be considered if the authors (a) justify the manuscript length in their cover letter and (b) keep to a reasonable length appropriate for the nature of the research method and the subject studied.
  • Authors shall take care to indicate in the online manuscript submission system that their submission is, in fact, intended for the special issue on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Public Relations. Failure to make this indication (in the cover letter AND in the appropriate selection box) will lead to the manuscript being entered into the Journal’s regular review process, rather than the special issue process.

Important Dates

  • September 16, 2022: Initial manuscript submissions due from authors
  • February 2023: Publication of special issue

Questions? Contact Guest Editors Dean Mundy ([email protected]) or Nilanjana Bardhan ([email protected])

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