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Publication Guidelines

Publication Guidelines



The Journal of Applied Communications is a refereed journal offering professional development for educational communicators who emphasize agriculture, natural resources, and life and human sciences.




The Journal of Applied Communications is a peer-reviewed journal. It welcomes original contributions from any author, although priority may be given to ACE members, should articles of comparable quality be available.

First consideration will be given to theoretical and applied articles of direct value to ACE members. Articles should be submitted to one of four categories.


Categories are as follows:


  • Research and Evaluation - These are the traditional, scholarly articles, using quantitative (e.g., statistical and survey methods) and/or qualitative (e.g., case studies) methods.

  • Professional Development - These articles take advantage of the author's particular expertise on a subject that will benefit career performance of ACE members.

  • Commentary - These are opinion pieces. They speak to trends in communication or other issues of importance to professional communicators.

  • Review - These are critiques of new books, journal articles, software/hardware, technologies or anything else that would be appropriate for the audience of the JAC.

All submitted articles are considered for publication. However, prospective contributors are encouraged to be aware of the focus of this journal and article requirements.


An article is accepted with the understanding that the Journal of Applied Communications has exclusive publication rights, which means that the article has not been submitted concurrently, accepted for publication, or published elsewhere.


While every effort is made to maintain an interval of no more than nine months from submission to publication, authors should be aware that publication dates are contingent on the number and scope of reviewer comments as well as response times during the review process.

All submissions are peer-reviewed (blind).




Authors should submit manuscripts online at:


Authors are to submit two files:


  1. A cover page. More details about the cover page are provided in “Submission Format.”

  2. The article itself. More details about the article writing guidelines are provided under “Submission Format” and “Article Organization.”

Both files must include the title.


All submitted files must be in Microsoft Word format. If the article is accepted, then the author will have to submit a final copy containing the revisions as electronic files (Word) that can be edited. These files will be reviewed one final time by the exectutive editor.



  • Cover page:

    • Separate title/cover page listing authors' names, titles, mailing and e-mail addresses, and a brief description of each author (one to three sentences for each author).

    • Acknowledgement of any funding source.

    • Acknowledgement if article is based on prior presentation, provided.

    • Include three to five keywords to describe the content of your article.

  • Article:

    • Double-spaced text in Times New Roman or similar font, 12-point, 1-inch margins.

    • Twenty pages limit for article submission. This twenty-page limit does NOT include the 250-word abstract, figures, tables, and the reference section.

    • Inside pages with no author identification.

    • 250-word abstract at the beginning of the article.

    • No more than six tables or figures.

    • Images, photos, and figures should be high resolution (300 dpi or higher). Tif format is best; jpg format is acceptable. A file size of 300 Kb or a pixel width of 1500 pixels is a good reference point for jpgs.



Every article (not reviews) must contain an abstract of no more than 250 words. If applicable, briefly list the purpose, methodology, population, major results, and conclusion.


Begin the article text as page 1. Use appropriate subheads to break up the body of the text. For research articles, such headings as Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion/Conclusions would be appropriate. List footnotes and literature citations on separate pages at the end of the text. ALL tables and figures should be incorporated within the body of the text.


For literature citations, follow the most recent style guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (currently the Sixth Edition). Within a paragraph, omit the year in subsequent references as long as the study cannot be confused with other studies cited in the article.




Copyright: In order for a submitted work to be accepted and published by the Journal of Applied Communications, the author(s) agree to transfer copyright of the work to ACE- this includes full and exclusive rights to the publication in all media now known or later developed, including but not limited to electronic databases, microfilm, and anthologies.


Author Warranties: The author(s) represent(s) and warrant(s) the following conditions: that the article submitted is his/her (their) own work; that the work has been submitted only to this journal and that it has not been previously published; that the article contains no libelous or unlawful statements and does not infringe upon the civil rights of others; that the author(s) is (are) not infringing upon anyone else's copyright. The authors agree that if there is a breach of any of the above representations and warranties that (s)he (they) will indemnify the Publisher and Editor and hold them blameless. If an earlier version of the paper was presented at a conference, the author must acknowledge that presentation and the conference.



The Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) encourages you to use and share the content in the Journal of Applied Communications, but please do so under the conditions of our Creative Commons license. You may copy, distribute, transmit, and adapt this work as long as you give full attribution, don’t use the work for commercial purposes, and share your resulting work similarly. Proper attribution of a work/article should include:

·         Title of the work/article
·         Journal of Applied Communications
·         Names of the author(s)
·         URL of the work

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