About This Journal

The Journal of Communication Pedagogy (JCP) is a peer-reviewed open access journal published by the Central States Communication Association (CSCA). JCP is open to submissions on the pedagogy of teaching K-12, undergraduate, and graduate communication. In a yearly volume, the journal aims at publishing the best research conducted on communication pedagogy. JCP publishes three types of articles: Original Research Studies, Reflection Essays, and Best Practices. Please note that the Journal of Communication Pedagogy will not publish teaching activities.

Submission Types and Detials

Submissions may not have been published elsewhere or be currently under consideration for any other publication. All submissions to the journal must be in English and will undergo a rigorous double blind peer review process. Manuscripts must adhere to the most recent APA format guidelines. Please see the instructions for authors to ensure you have included all required components of a manuscript before submitting. Manuscripts that are incomplete or do not follow the required guidelines will be returned to the author.

Original Research Studies

Original Research Studies are articles that focus on the teaching, the assessment, or the scholarship of teaching and learning of a specific communication course, extra-curricular activity (e.g., forensics), or curriculum (e.g., internships, concentrations/areas of emphases, undergraduate programs). Each article must be data-driven; utilize a quantitative, qualitative, rhetorical, or critical research methodology; and contain a separate implications section in which authors offer 2-5 implications that can assist instructors with teaching the specific course based directly on the results obtained in their study. Original Research Studies should be between 5000-6500 words, including the abstract and all tables, notes, references, and appendices.

Original research studies should resemble the traditional research study format and include six parts: (1) a literature review, including a rationale for the study and the inclusion of research questions/hypotheses; (2) method; (3) results; (4) discussion; (5) implications; and (6) references. All submissions must indicate that Institutional Review Board approval was obtained. Submissions either not centered on the teaching of a particular communication course, activity, or curriculum OR lacking an implications section will be desk-rejected.

Reflection Essays

Reflection Essays are articles that center on a pedagogical problem or issue encountered by instructors when teaching a specific communication course. Each essay must clearly identify the pedagogical problem or issue and identify the solution(s) implemented to address the problem or issue. Reflection Essays should be as data-driven as possible and must contain evidence of the problem/issue as experienced in the course, may be written in first person throughout the essay, and should be between 1500-2500 words, including the abstract and all tables, notes, references, and appendices. Any submission that includes student feedback, quotations, or data must indicate that Institutional Review Board approval was obtained.

Best Practices

Best Practices are articles that offer tips for teaching or assessing a specific communication course, extra-curricular activity, or curriculum. Each article should contain 10 tips, with each tip accompanied by specific advice, directions, or suggestions to assist instructors in implementing the tip. These tips can focus on, among other topics, offering recommendations about course content, policies and procedures, readings, assignments, or projects; creating a conducive learning environment; conducting informal or formal assignment or course assessment; fostering student learning; providing student feedback; and communicating generally with students. Best practices articles also can focus on the development and administration of program-related services (e.g., GTA training, communication centers/labs/studios) or addressing student behaviors or issues in a particular course (e.g., decreasing public speaking anxiety in a performance course). Best Practices articles must be grounded in research and practice, and should be between 3000-4500 words, including the abstract and all tables, notes, references, and appendices. Best Practices should have (1) a 3-5 sentence introductory paragraph, (2) a paragraph for each tip for a total of 10 paragraphs, (3) a 3-5 sentence conclusion paragraph, and (4) a list of 7-15 references.

Sponsoring Association

Central States Communication Association (CSCA) is an academic organization of communication professionals including college and university professors, students, and K-12 educators. CSCA was founded in 1931 to promote the communication discipline in educational, scholarly, and professional endeavors.

The association, which consists of the 13 Midwestern states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio, is governed by an Executive Committee and is legislated by its constitution and bylaws. The organization has grown to become the largest regional communication in the United States and the fourth largest academic communication association in the world.

The association hosts a yearly convention within the 13 states, publishes a newsletter three times yearly, and in addition to the Journal of Communication Pedadogy publishes the journal Communication Studies.

Any questions, comments or inquiries about the Journal of Communication Pedadogy may be sent to the current editor.

Questions comments or inquuires about the Central States Communication Association may be directed to the Execuitve Director (CSCA).

The mailing address is:

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