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General:  We do not charge authors to publish in PRism.  However all work must meet PRism's relevancy and rigor standards before it is accepted, as determined by the editor and editorial board, and work published in the refereed section must successfully pass double-blind peer refereeing.

Topic: We primarily publish works on public relations, but will also consider research from organisational communication, intercultural communication, media, journalism, interpersonal communication, organisational psychology, political science, marketing communication, social marketing, change communication, or any other relevant perspectives on the practice and study of public communication.  We often have special issues devoted to particular aspects of the communication process and we are particularly keen to publish new and interdisciplinary approaches. 

Style: Articles should be academically rigorous (e.g. methodologically and theoretically sound, and thoroughly researched and referenced) but written in a style that is accessible to anyone interested in communication and its implications. Use plain English and, if you must use jargon, clearly explain its meaning.  Ensure that all claims are supported with relevant evidence, and please ensure that you write in a manner that is factual rather than emotive.  Please see the PRism House Style Guide for details of grammatical style. We reserve the right to edit your work before publication.

Referencing: Please adhere STRICTLY to APA style in preparing your manuscript and references. Articles which do not fulfill this criteria will not be sent to referees. Check your referencing scrupulously.  If any article is found at any time before, during, or after publication to have insufficiently referenced its sources, it will immediately be withdrawn from the journal and will be ineligible for further consideration.  We reserve the right to use a reference checking software programme to assess the thoroughness of a submission's citations: however, ensuring complete and accurate referencing is at all times entirely authors' responsibility.

Useful APA style links

The American Psychological Association's style guide

The American Psychological Association's Citing Electronic Sources Guide

Purdue Universitys Online Writing Laboratorys Using APA Format guide

Bedford St. Martin's online Using APA Style to Cite and Document Sources guide

Dr. Mary Ellen Guffey's APA Style Electronic Formats guide

Submission Procedures: Submit your final article as a word document attached to an email.  DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ANYWHERE IN THE ARTICLE ATTACHMENT.  In the body of the same email, please send a 150 word biography that tells us your name, background, qualifications, and a few facts about you and your interests.

IMPORTANT: Please remove all authorial identifying information from the actual article attachment, including from headers, footers, and document file names.  Failure to make your article anonymous can compromise the blind refereeing process.

Please submit abstracts and articles via e-mail to Elspeth Tilley (for general issues) or to any specified special issue guest editor/s (for special issues).  (The special issue Call For Papers will provide the special issue editor/s' details -- if in any doubt send to Elspeth who will ensure it reaches the correct editor.)

All articles submitted to PRism must be original, unpublished work, and should not be under simultaneous consideration by any other publishing outlet. If an article is accepted for publication, the author agrees that it will then be published online, and permanently archived on the PRaxis website. All authors will be given the option as to whether they also wish to grant full open access to their work in accordance with the principles of the Budapest Open Access Initiative.  Authors who choose to do so will have this noted on their work.

Acceptance of an abstract does not guarantee acceptance of the full article. No contributions will be accepted that have been published elsewhere, unless expressly invited or agreed by the editor. Articles first published in PRism may appear elsewhere provided they acknowledge the original publication.

Disclaimer: Whilst all care is taken to ensure quality during the editing process, it is authors' responsibility to ensure that articles and accompanying materials are accurate, and are not offensive, defamatory, or otherwise injurious to any person or organisation. It is a condition of submission that authors agree to indemnify PRism and its staff and publisher against any and all claims arising from publication of their article. In particular, authors should ensure that all ideas and work not their own are fully referenced. Authors are also responsible for ensuring that articles and accompanying charts, graphs, photographs, illustrations, trade literature, data, etc., are free of copyright or ownership restrictions and may be published without encumbrance. Authors should check the final published version of their work as it appears online, as PRism, its publisher, and its associated staff, including referees and editors, will not be responsible for editorial or typographical mistakes, nor for consequences resulting from them. PRism and its publisher and staff take no responsibility and accept no liability whatsoever for the accuracy or impact of any article, whether refereed or not. Articles reflect the authors opinions, not those of the journal, its publisher, its editorial board, or its staff.

Copyright: The default copyright position of this journal is that articles and contributions published remain the copyright of the author, but authors by virtue of submission agree to grant PRism a copyright license to permanently display the article online for public viewing, and to grant the National Library of Australia a copyright licence to include PRism in the PANDORA Archive for permanent public access and online viewing. 

However, authors may elect to adopt the broader principles of open access publishing if they so choose.  Authors who are successful in being chosen for publication will be asked at time of publication to choose between the default or open access copyright positions.  You can click here to view more information on the copyright positions.




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