The Journal of Media Research is a scientific research journal focusing on the field of media and communication. It is a peer review academic publication for interdisciplinary social sciences quantitative and qualitative research. In addition, the journal has a section that includes book reviews and scientific event presentations.


The Journal of Media Research is interested in the following topics: old media, new media, advertising, and public relations. The journal aims to publish and promote innovative research presenting new approaches and insights in the respective fields. We expect that the published works will make a substantial contribution to the field, be it on a theoretical, analytical, methodological or practical level. The journal is aimed at a broad readership of scholars, lecturers, communication and media practitioners, and students.


All articles submitted for publication are peer-reviewed. The authors should submit the articles in electronic format to the issue coordinators and to the senior editor at the following e-mail addresses: and


By sending the material, it is understood that it contains original information that has never been published before and that the material has not been submitted for publication elsewhere.


All articles submitted need to meet the rules of citation listed bellow. This represents a requirement for the acceptance of the article.


JMR papers must be readable, jargon-free and understood by readers with varied backgrounds. Please adhere to the following guidelines and to the Template Manuscript:


  • Submissions ideally should be no longer than 8000 words (font Times New Roman, font size 12, single-spaced). Longer papers may be sent back to authors for reduction prior to the review process. Authors will not be penalized for succinct papers.
  • Manuscripts can be written in English (US spelling) or in German.
  • Write in an interesting, readable manner. Short simple sentences and paragraphs, clear logical flow, and ample use of subheadings reduce the reader’s workload and improve readability. Minimize the passive voice, and avoid first-person narrative (e.g., we/I); refer to yourself as “the author” or “the author of the current study”.
  • Background and literature reviews should be focused on issues of direct relevance only. 
  • Do separate out the results and discussion sections, so the distinction between the findings and the interpretation of these findings is obvious to the reader.

Title and authors:

  • Use short, impactful titles to attract the attention of readers—a combination of a short title and a subtitle help advertise the most important content.
  • The title page must list the full title, names, academic or professional affiliations and complete email addresses of all authors.
  • In case of multiple authors of one article, all authors should be displayed on a new line, followed by organization details, separated by commas. 

 Abstracts and key words:

  • Each paper should be summarized by an abstract of approximately 200 words.
  • The abstract will encapsulate the principal subjects covered by the paper which will be used for indexing.
  • The summary should be understandable to readers who have not read the rest of the paper. 
  • It should not contain any citations of other published work.
  • With the abstract should also be sent the article's key words. There should be a number of 5 key words.


  • Tables/Figures should have titles and be numbered consecutively, and be placed in the main body of the text. 
  • We discourage heavily detailed charts and ask you to be selective in your use of graphics altogether: up to 3 in each paper.


Text notes: 

  • Do not use footnotes.
  • Please use text notes.
  • Reference cites in the text of a manuscript should be in parentheses, by author's last name and year of publication [e.g., (Smith, 1980)]. 
  • If an author's name is used within a sentence, the name should be followed by the year of publication [e.g., by Smith (1983)]. 
  • If a page is cited, it should be noted within the parentheses [e.g., (Smith, 1985, 35)]. 
  • For multiple-authored publications, up to three authors, all should be cited. 
  • Publications with four or more authors should be cited by the first author's name, followed by "et al." [e.g., (Smith et al., 1985)].
  • Acknowledgments may be used and are encouraged.


  • All references should be included and listed alphabetically by first author’s last name at the end of the paper in the reference section.
  • Here are some examples of specific kinds of references (based on APA Style
    • Shipley, W. C. (1986). Shipley Institute of Living Scale. Los Angeles, CA: Western Psychological Services.
    • Anderson, A. K. (2005). Affective influences on the attentional dynamics supporting awareness. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 134(5), 258–281. doi: 10.1037/0096-3445.134.2.258.
    • Uchter, L. (2007, July 6). Ipsos: Social Networking Becoming Dominant Web Activity Worldwide. Media Post. Retrieved on July 15, 2009, from;s=63603&Nid=32046&p=204029.
  • Please use ZOTERO tool for the references!

Final submission and ethics for authors:

  • Once the manuscript has been accepted for publication, the author must provide a final version incorporating the referees’ comments. Moreover, the author should fill in and sign the Copyright Agreement.
  • Journal of Media Research fully supports research integrity and professional ethics and has zero tolerance for dishonest publication and scientific misconduct. It enforces a strict policy regarding plagiarism and will screen all submitted papers through an anti-plagiarism software (Turnitin). The cases of alleged unethical behavior are going to be further investigated by the editors and peer-reviewers. In case of proven misconduct, the authors will be contacted and a justification for the overlapping material will be requested. Appropriate measures to amend the situation will be taken. If the similarity degree is small, the manuscript will be returned to the authors with a request that they address the issues through proper citation, use of quote marks, or re-writing. If the similarity degree is too extensive, the manuscript will be rejected.
  • When submitting a manuscript, the authors should be clear on authorship (have included all the contributors to the article and acknowledgements, if necessary), avoid plagiarism and self-plagiarism (citing in a correct manner others and personal work) and declare any conflict of interest.
  • Journal of Media Research is committed to peer-review integrity and supporting the highest standards of review. Every manuscript is double blind peer reviewed by independent expert referees.
  • Copyright law prohibits a manuscript from appearing in more than one copyrighted publication. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to use any copyrighted material in their manuscripts.

Each submission must adhere to the guidelines; those that do not follow the guidelines will be returned to the author for correction. If you have any questions, please contact us at or


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