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Communicare : Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa

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Communicare: Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa facilitates scholarly discussion on communication phenomena in Southern Africa and how these are in conversation with other regions. Communicare aims to serve as a point of reference for local academic debate and geo-specific theorising, and invites articles that complement or counter global perspectives by amplifying and consolidating regional research and scholarship. The journal publishes original theoretical-conceptual and empirical articles regardless of paradigm, perspective or context, and welcomes a wide range of methodological approaches. Communicare publishes original articles in a wide range of communication sub- and related disciplines, including organisational communication, strategic communication, marketing communication, corporate communication, development communication, social change, political communication, gender communication, postcolonial studies, identity politics and politics of everyday life, celebrity studies, visual communication, internet studies, gaming, digital communication, new media, film studies, media studies, cultural studies, popular culture, and journalism.


Author Guidelines


  1. Email manuscripts to: communicare@uj.ac.za . 
  2. Only one submission per author is considered per issue.
  3. Manuscripts may be submitted on a rolling basis, except in the case of special/themed issues.
  4. Contributions should follow the spelling rules of South African (UK, not US) English.
  5. Manuscripts should not contain information that can identify the author/s – neither in the text nor the file tags.
  6. Only original, unpublished work of the author/s, not under consideration for publication elsewhere will be considered by Communicare.
  7. It is the responsibility of the author/s to obtain permission to use copyrighted material, and proof of such permission should be submitted with the initial manuscript.
  8. Submissions will be subjected to peer review, and possibly screening for plagiarism.
  9. Manuscripts accepted for publication should be accompanied by a letter confirming language editing. 
  10. Page fees are payable upon publication.
  11. In the case of errors, Communicare will publish a printed correction in next hard copy edition of the journal and correct the master copy of the relevant electronic version.


Technical specifications


1.  Length: average length of 7,500 words (all inclusive).

2.  Manuscripts should be prepared in MS Word.

3.  Text should be in Arial 11pt, not justified, with single spacing.

4.  Provide a title page with the article’s title, abstract and key words. Give up to 6 key words, which will be used for indexing and online search purposes.

5.  Abstracts should be a precis (150–200 words) of the research undertaken and the salient findings, and should not contain any references.

6.  Headings: The first section should have the heading “Introduction”. Later sections should have numbered headings up to only two levels: e.g. 1, 1.1, 1.2, etc. All headings should be in full capital letters, bold type.

7.  Notes: Please keep notes to a minimum and present them as footnotes or endnotes.

8.  Tables, figures and graphics should be included in the main body of the text and besent as separate attachments. Each should be numbered and have a concise descriptive caption. Indicate the source below the table, graphic or figure. Illustrations and photographs should have a minimum resolution of 300dpi.

9.  References: Use the Harvard method for in-text citations and the reference list. 

The following are examples of reference list entries according to the Harvard style:


Blake, N. (1998). Using the web in undergraduate education. Journal of Educational Computing, 5(2): 234-251.

Blake, N. (1999a). Higher education in the 21st century: A look forward. New York: University Press.

Blake, N. (1999b). The promise of mobile technologies for education. Edulink, 3(2): 27-34. Available from: http://www.joburg.ac.za/edtech/pubs/edulink/992/blake.html

Davis, K. (1987). Computer-based training for accountants. Unpublished doctoral thesis. Johannesburg: Rand Afrikaans University.

Education Trust. (1999). Using videos in your classroom (Brochure). Sandton: Eduprint.

Johnson, L. [n.d.]. Will technology save the education system? Available from: http://www.netscape.com/users/johnl/save.html

Mellers, A. (1998). Transform your classroom with technology (CD). Sacramento: Crunch Pod Media.

Tyson, T., Burke, R.L. & Jacobs, G.M. (1994). Preliminary findings regarding the use of computers in South African secondary schools. Paper presented at the meeting of the South African Association for Teachers: Bloemfontein, South Africa.




Communicare uses a double-blind peer review system and is accredited by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training. The journal is published biannually by the School of Communication, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. The journal is indexed by Sabinet, Ebscohost, OCLC, Google Scholar, and the Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers (Scientific Level 1). 



Authors retain ownership of the copyright for their articles, but grant Communicare and its publisher the non-exclusive right to publish and distribute their work in paper and electronic form. Authors (and not Communicare, the hosting institution, the publisher, the editors, the editorial board, the reviewers, or any collaborators) are thus responsible for content and arguments presented in the article. 


Subscriptions, enquiries and manuscript submissions: communicare@uj.ac.za 

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