Instructions for Authors

Manuscripts
Communication Management Forum welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence. It considers all manuscripts on the strict condition that the manuscript is your own original work, and does not duplicate any other previously published work; the manuscript has been submitted only to Communication Management Forum; it is not under consideration or peer review or accepted for publication or in press or published elsewhere. The manuscript must not contain any libellous or unlawful statements or in any way infringe the rights of others. 

 

Ethical Guidelines
All authors must declare they have read and agreed to the content of the submitted manuscript. Authors must declare all potential competing interests involving people or organisations that might reasonably be perceived as relevant. Plagiarism in any form constitutes a serious violation of the most basic principles of scholarship and cannot be tolerated.

 

Review Policy
All manuscripts shall undergo a double blind reviewing policy, where both the referee and author remain anonymous throughout the process.

 

Language
Manuscripts should be written in English. Both American and British English are accepted, but not the mixture of these. 


Article structure 
Manuscripts should be between 5000 and 6000 words in length (including references, tables and figures). Manuscripts should be written in Times New Roman font; size 12; 1.5 line spacing; all pages should be numbered appropriately. The text of the article should include the following: title page, abstract, keywords, main text; acknowledgements, references, appendices, tables with captions; figure captions (as a list). Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2, ...), 1.2, etc. Any subsection may be given a brief heading. Each heading should appear on its own separate line.

Title
The title phrase should be brief. 
List authors’ full names, affiliations of authors (position, department, name of institution, full postal address), e-mails and phone numbers of all authors. One author should be identified as the corresponding author. 
Please supply a short biographical note for each author (approximately 100 words per author).

Abstract
The abstract should be less than 150 words. It should have approximately six key words.

Tables and figures
Tables should have a short descriptive title above the table. 
Figures / graphics should have a short descriptive title below the figures / graphics.
The unit of measurement used in a table should be stated. 
Tables, figures / graphics should be numbered consecutively.
Figures/graphics should be prepared in GIF, TIFF or JPEG.
Tables and figures /graphics should be appropriately cited in the manuscript.


Reference style 
Manuscripts should be prepared according to the style of American Psychological Association (APA). References must be incorporated into the text (not in end note format).

 

Quoting
Direct quotation – use quotation marks around the quote and include page numbers 
Example: Michelson and Stacks (2007, 3) contended “it has long been held by public relations practitioners that public relations media placements have a relative value advantage over advertising when the message is employed by both or similar" in a multiplier effect.

Indirect quotation/paraphrasing – no quotation marks. Page numbers are optional when paraphrasing, although it is useful to include them.
Example: Wright and Hinson (2009) categorize social media tools to include the following: blogs,
forums or message boards, micro-blogging sites, photo sharing sites, podcasts, RSS
(really simple syndication), search engine marketing/results, social bookmarking, social
networking sites, video sharing sites, and Wikis.

Citations from a secondary source
Example: As Hall (1977) asserts, “culture also defines boundaries of different groups” (as cited in Samovar & Porter, 1997, 14).

Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa).

 

Reference list
References should be listed in an alphabetical order at the end of the paper. 


Examples: 

Book: Tomić, Z. (2008). Public relations: theory and practice. Zagreb, Sarajevo: Synopsis.

Book with two or more authors: Heath, R. & Coombs, T. (2006). Today's Public Relations – An 
Introduction. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

Book chapter in edited book: Grunig, James. E. (2008). Conceptualizing Quantitative Research in PublicRelations. In: Van Ruler, B., Tkalac Vercic, A. & Vercic, D. (Eds.), Public Relations Metrics, Research and Evaluation (pp. 88-119). New York, London: Routledge.

Journal article - academic/scholarly: Stohl, C. & Cheney, G. (2001). Participatory Processes/Paradoxical Practices: Communication and the Dilemmas of Organizational Democracy. Management Communication Quarterly, 14(3), 349-407.