The peer-reviewed Journal of Magazine Media is currently an electronic-only publication hosted by the University of Arizona. Check out the current issue and the journal’s archives dating back to 1999.

Submission Guidelines
The Journal of Magazine Media is interested in articles that explore the fields of magazines and digital media. All areas of inquiry, theoretical approaches, and methodologies are welcome. Contributions should add new knowledge, challenge current opinion, or inform the readership about scholarship and research that would not otherwise be known by communication specialists.

Essays, Reports, & Reviews
We welcome submissions of non-refereed articles for our Essays, Reports, & Reviews section. These may include reports on conferences or special events, opinion pieces, or critical reviews of books and teaching materials that deal with magazines or new media. If in doubt about the suitability of a piece, send a query letter to the editor. If you would like to submit a book review, write to the book editor.

Research articles
The editors and editorial board make every effort to review research articles thoroughly and promptly. The process takes about three months from the date of receipt. Manuscripts judged to be outside the journal’s scope are returned immediately. All submissions are reviewed by three judges in a double-blind process. The judges do not know the name of the author(s) or the names of the other judges. The journal can accommodate monograph-length manuscripts, although articles between 2,000 and 5,000 words are preferred. Be sure to include a 100-word abstract.

All material submitted for publication must conform to the style and documentation requirements specified in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (sixth edition) or the Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition). Although we accept submissions in either of these two styles, the Magazine Division decided at its 2013 business meeting to ask the authors of all accepted manuscripts to reformat their work to Chicago style. This applies to all new manuscripts submitted after August 2013. When reformatting, please consult the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, and use end notes instead of footnotes.

Art, photos, audio, and video
The electronic format of the Journal of Magazine Media allows the use of art and photographs as well as audio and video where appropriate. The author(s) need not provide such materials when submitting the manuscript, but the cover letter should indicate the availability of such materials. Authors are responsible for securing copyright approval of all art, photographs, audio, and video.

Keep tables and figures to a minimum. Do not include a table or figure if the same information can be summarized in a few sentences.

Original material
Articles are accepted for consideration with the understanding that they are original and are not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. The Magazine Media Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication holds the copyright to all issues of the Journal of Magazine Media. Contact the editor or associate editor for permission to publish the content in any form.

We accept submissions year-round.

Editorial review
The editor and assistant editor reserve the right to make minor changes to an accepted manuscript that do not alter the substantial meaning or results of the article or the views of the author(s). The author(s) will have a chance to approve all such changes.

Please submit three items:

  1. A cover letter.
  2. A separate file with the title page. Include the full name, position, institution, phone number, and both snail-mail and e-mail addresses of the author(s).
  3. The manuscript. Make sure it doesn’t contain the name of the author(s) or any other identifying information. The manuscript should be double-spaced, with running heads, 12-point type, and one-inch borders.

E-mail these items to the editor. Here is the current staff of the journal:

Kevin Lerner, Marist College

Associate Editor
Joy Jenkins, University of Missouri

Book Review Editor
Miglena Sternadori, Texas Tech University

Carol Schwalbe, University of Arizona