Emerald Studies in Media and Communications

ESMC Series Aims and Scope

​Given the breadth of the fields contributing to the study of media and communication, the parameters are set as broadly as possible. As long as the research speaks to the theme(s) identified in each call for submissions, the series aims to encompass research on emergent phenomena, as well as studies with a historical or longitudinal dimension. Although the submissions must be written in English, we particularly welcome submissions with an international, comparative, and/or global angle of vision. Submissions may be empirical, theoretical, or methodological--using any method or approach. Within the themes set by each volume's editors, contributions on a wide variety of topics on [digital] media, ICTs, and communication are welcome from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Potential areas of inquiry include but are not limited to any of the following:

Activism and social movements 
Big data
Big ideas and big debates
Communication practices
Digital inequalities and inclusion
Economic activities, production, markets, commerce, virtual currencies, etc.
eJournalism and citizen journalism
Emergent methods and transformation of traditional methods
Emergent or “older” social networks 
Empirical studies
Empowerment, social change, etc.
Future(s) of media research
Globalization, glocalization, etc.
Illicit activities, identity theft, cyberterrorism, scams, etc.
Identity work
Media Histories
Methods and methodological innovation
Life enhancement, social benefit, and health
Privacy, sousveillance, surveillance, etc.
Smartphones and mobile devices
Social categories: race, class, gender, nationality, religion, etc.
Social theory 
The body and embodiment 
The lifecourse
Web 3.0
And others, etc.............

Initial Submission Guidelines 

Unless otherwise indicated in the call or by the lead volume editor, submissions should follow the guidelines below for initial manuscript submission.

Before submitting a manuscript, authors should review Emerald Publishing's Chapter Transfer Agreement form here and the Permissions Guidelines here.

Manuscripts should be approximately 7,000-10,000 in length inclusive of abstract, references, and notes. American or British spelling may be used. All submissions must include 1) title of manuscript, 2) abstract up to 250 words, and 3) up to 6 keywords, 4)  main text with headings, 5) references, and 6) as appropriate to the submission appendices, images, figures, and/or tables. 

While no special formatting is requested at the outset, upon acceptance authors must sign and submit the CTA form, follow permissions guidelines, (if needed) submit permissions forms, and format their manuscripts in accordance with Emerald Publishing's guidelines (see below or here).

For initial submissions, we do not require special formatting but do ask that authors follow these four steps for their submissions to be considered:

1. Prepare two versions of the submission: 1) PDF for anonymous review and 2) Word with author info.
2. Use the title of your submission when naming your copies of your submissions in both Word and PDF.
3. ​Put the title of your submission and your volume preference in the subject line of your email.
4. Email both copies of your submission in a single email to editorial@emeraldmediastudies.com 

Anonymized Review Copy in PDF
Title of your submission + Anonymized (example: "Submission Title Anonymized")
Remove any author information and affiliations and save doc as PDF

Editorial Copy in Word
Title of your submission + Editorial (example: "Submission Title Editorial")
In a Word document, include all elements above, as well as a title page with all author names, emails, and bios of up to 250 words.

Please send submissions or questions to the editor of the volume or general questions may be addressed to: editorial@emeraldmediastudies.com

Publication Guidelines

Upon acceptance of manuscripts, authors must ensure that their submissions follow Emerald Publishing's Guidelines.

Chapter Order: 
Title page (Title, Author(s), Affiliations)
Running head (up to 65 characters in length)
Main text
Try to subdivide into sections using headings/subheadings
Headings of sections and subsections must be short, clearly defined and not numbered
Acknowledgements (if applicable)
Appendix (if applicable)
References: APA 6th Edition is used. Please see the references section below for more detail
Figures (if applicable)
Tables (if applicable)

Abstract and keywords
Authors must supply an abstract of 250 words maximum. Please also provide up to six keywords which encapsulate the principal topics of the chapter.

Direct quotations
When quoting, always provide the author, year, and specific page citation or paragraph number for non-paginated material. Cite the quote source and the page or paragraph number in parentheses at the end of the quotation.

Appendices will be placed at the end of the reference section. The numbering of the figures and tables in the Appendix should be named as A1, A2, A3, etc., even if there is only one Appendix. If a chapter contains 2 appendices, the first appendix should be named as Appendix A and the second appendix should be named as Appendix B. Further, if Appendix A has 3 equations, the equations should be named as A.1, A.2 and A.3.

References to other publications must be in APA 6th Edition reference style.

All references should be supplied as a reference list.

Citations: for two-authors references, cite both names at every citation in the text. For three to five-author references, cite all authors at the first citation and at subsequent citations, include only the surname of the first author followed by et al. For 6 or more authors, include the surname of the first author followed by et al. for all the citations. (See below for exception rules). All parenthetical citations should be in alphabetical order as per the reference list.

Reference list
Invert all authors' names; give surnames and initials for up to and including seven authors. When authors number eight or more, include the first six authors’ names, then insert three ellipsis points, and add the last author’s name. 

Please provide the references with all the author names as shown in the reference below: Cooper, M.C., Lambert, D.M., Mooper, A., Pagh, J., Koper, K., Bert, M., Asper, D. & Lagh, T. (1997). Supply Chain Management: More Than a New Name for Logistics. The International Journal of Logistics Management, 8, 1–14.

In the page proofs, the above reference will appear as: Cooper, M.C., Lambert, D.M., Mooper, A., Pagh, J., Koper, K., Bert, M., . . . Lagh, T. (1997). Supply Chain Management: More Than a New Name for Logistics. The International Journal of Logistics Management, 8, 1–14.

For references with the same surname and initials but different first name please provide the first name also as follows: Janet, P. [Paul]. (1876). La notion de la personnalite [The notion of personality]. Revue Scientifique, 10, 574–575.

Janet, P. [Pierre]. (1906). The pathogenesis of some impulsions. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 1, 1–17.
Text citation to be given as follows: (Paul Janet, 1876) (Pierre Janet, 1906)

For references of two or more primary authors with the same surname, include the first author's initials in all text citations, even if the year of publication differs.

Light, I. (2006). Deflecting immigration: Networks, markets, and regulation in Los Angeles. New York, NY: Russell Sage Foundation.

Light, M. A., & Light, I. H. (2008). The geographic expansion of Mexican immigration in the United States and its implications for local law enforcement. Law Enforcement Executive Forum Journal, 8, 73–82.

Examples of text citation:
Among studies, we review M.A. Light and Light (2008). I. Light (2006) studies this concept.

If two references of more than three surnames with the same year shorten to the same form, e.g. both Ireys, Chernoff, DeVet, & Kim, 2001, and Ireys, Chernoff, Stein, DeVet, & Silver, 2001 shorten to Ireys et al., 2001). Then cite the surnames of the first authors and of as many of the subsequent authors as necessary to distinguish the two references, followed by a comma and et al.: Ireys, Chernoff, DeVet, et al. (2001) and Ireys, Chernoff, Stein, et al. (2001).


Each reference should include four elements:

Publication Information

For example:
Smith, M. (2004). Wrestling with the angel: A life of Janet Frame. Auckland, New Zealand: Viking.

N.B. If the book is available online, a retrieval statement or DOI is required after (3) Title. Exclude (4) Publication Information. For example:
Schiraldi, G. R. (2001). The post-traumatic stress disorder sourcebook: A guide to healing, recovery, and growth [Adobe Digital Editions version]. doi:10.1036/0071393722

Freud, S. (1953). The method of interpreting dreams: An analysis of a specimen dream. In J. Strachey (Ed. & Trans.), The standard edition of the complete psychological works of Sigmund Freud (Vol. 4, pp. 96-121). Retrieved from http://books.google.com/books (Original work published 1900)


Items published on a regular basis, such as journals, magazines and newspapers, are known as serials or periodicals. For these include the same elements as for a book, but exclude the publication information and add the volume, issue and page number(s) instead:
Title of article
Title of Periodical
Volume, Issue and Page numbers

For example:
Sainaghi, R. (2003).Strategic position and performance of winter destinations. Tourism Review, 63(4), 40–57.

N.B. If the article is available online, a retrieval statement or DOI is required after the page numbers. For example:
Herbst-Damm, K. L., & Kulik, J. A. (2005).Volunteer support, marital status, and the survival times of terminally ill patients. Health Psychology, 24, 225– 229. doi:10.1037/0278-6133.24.2.225

Sillick, T. J., & Schutte, N. S. (2006). Emotional intelligence and self-esteem mediate between perceived early parental love and adult happiness. EJournal of Applied Psychology, 2(2), 38-48. Retrieved from http://ojs.lib.swin.edu.au/index.php/ejap

Webpages (unpublished and informally published work)

Include the same elements as for a book, but exclude the publication information and add a retrieval statement in its place:
Retrieval statement

For example:
Statistics New Zealand. (2007).New Zealand in profile 2007. Retrieved from http://www.stats.govt.nz

N.B. Include a retrieval date if the source material is likely to change over time (Publication Manual, p. 192). For example: 
Van Nuys, D. (Producer). (2007, December 19). Shrink rap radio [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from http://www.shrinkrapradio.com/

Please also refer to Emerald’s Books Publishing Permissions Guidelines, which gives comprehensive information on permission clearance. 

Prior to article submission, authors should clear permission to use any content that has not been created by them. Failure to do so will lead to lengthy delays in publication or removal of content from the chapter. Emerald is unable to publish any copy which has permission pending. 

The rights Emerald require are:
Non-exclusive rights to reproduce the material in the article or book chapter.
Print and electronic rights.
Worldwide English language rights.
To use the material for the life of the work 
(i.e. there should be no time restrictions on the re-use of material e.g. a one-year licence).

When reproducing tables, figures or excerpts from another source, it is expected that:
Authors obtain the necessary written permission in advance from any third party owners of copyright for the use in print and electronic formats of any of their text, illustrations, graphics, or other material, in their manuscript. Authors obtain any proof of consent statements

If an author adapts significantly any material, the author must inform the copyright holder of the original work. Authors must always acknowledge the source in figure captions and refer to the source in the reference list. Authors should not assume that any content which is freely available on the web is free to use. Authors should check the website for details of the copyright holder to seek permission for re-use.

Upon submission, authors should review Emerald Publishing's guidelines to permissions, complete the Permissions Checklist form and attach any needed permissions forms to the Chapter Transfer Agreement form

Figures, tables and illustrations

Ensure that tables/figures/illustrations are complete with necessary superscripts shown, both next to the relevant items and with the corresponding explanations or levels of significance shown as footnotes in the tables and figures.

All Figures (charts, diagrams and line drawings) should be submitted electronically.

Figures should be of clear quality, and numbered consecutively e.g. Fig. 1, Fig. 2

If any figure has sub-parts please label as Fig.1a, Fig.1b

Tables should be numbered consecutively e.g. Table 1, Table 2

Illustrations should also be submitted electronically. Do not use screen dumps since their resolution is too low.

Make sure illustrations are clearly labelled (label the illustration with the chapter and figure number).
Supply succinct and clear captions for all tables, figures and plates.

Graphics may be supplied in colour to facilitate their appearance in colour if hosted online but will be printed in black and white.

In the text of the chapter the preferred position of all figures/illustrations should be indicated by typing on a separate line the words “Take in Figure (No.)” or “Take in Plate (No.)”. Tables should be typed and included as part of the manuscript. They should not be submitted as graphic elements.