Mass Communicator is an international quarterly communication journal to come out from India since 2007. The journal is a fully referred and is in its eleventh years of publication. Mass Communicator invites contributions from academics, consultants, and communication practitioners in both theory and its application from areas of mass communication and media. The journal explores ideas / issues in the contemporary Indian and Global context/scenario. It has an international focus and provides platform/space to different perspectives, opinions, case studies and research papers.
The subscribers to Mass Communicator are colleges and universities, media and management institutes, corporate houses and media organisations, libraries, mass communication practitioners, consultants, research scholars and students.
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Mass Communicator has been conceived as an international journal of communication studies with the avowed objectives of stimulating research in communication studies in Indian academia of international level as also to publish research carried out abroad to serve as a window on the multi-dimensional aspects of media and communication research in countries beyond the Indian borders.
To this end, the journal is a platform for the publication of outcomes of new and innovative thinking in the subject/profession that follow not only the rigours of academic research methodology but also non-conventional modes of expression such as perspectives and opinion, which often come from media and communication practitioners, be those journalists or development communicators self-interrogating their profession. The scope of research published in the journal is deliberately kept open-ended to facilitate an osmotic interchange of ideas across disciplines with a bearing on media and communication theory.
PUBLISHER & EDITOR
Dr. Amit Gupta, Chairman JIMS, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, India
Dr. Ravi. K. Dhar, Director, JIMS, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, India
DDr. Neeru Johri, Prof. & Head Of Deptt. Of Media & Comm. Studies, JIMS, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD
Editorial Office Address :
The Editorial Advisory Board has been purposely diversified geographically to let in new streams of thought from the top-ranking centres of media and communication research in the world. Under their overall advisory guidelines, the journal has been able to gain visibility among media and communication researchers in different parts of the world.
Editorial Advisory Board Policy
Roles and Responsibilities
Mass Communicator solicits original articles and papers on contemporary media and communication issues by academicians, communication practitioners and researchers, working in any part of the world. The journal lays strong emphasis on publishing papers which make contribution to theory building or theory interrogation. As the paper has to go for blind peer review, authors are advised not to mention their identity on the body of the paper, but on a separate sheet. Every paper is vetted for original content with the plagiarism check software before it may be sent for blind peer review to reviewers. The original content in a paper must not be less than 75%, excluding the references.
Guidelines for Authors
Articles must be sent by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Every submission should adopt the following format:
Title: The Title should be precise and relevant. It should give a brief idea of the manuscript.
Authors: Authors should give details of institution's name and address with designation, email id, mobile number and postal address for sending hard copy of the journal.
Abstract: The abstract should not exceed 200 words. The abstract should give a brief idea of the objectives, research questions raised, findings and implications. Abstracts of manuscript can be viewed at www.indianjournals.com
Keywords: The number of keywords should be between 6 and 10 words.
Review of Literature: It should cover the work done by previous authors and project the gaps in literature and the reasons for taking up the research study.
Research Design and Methods: This section should provide the theoretical framework of the research and the research design and methods used to achieve the objectives of the study.
Results and Discussion: This section should present the findings of the study and also interpret and evaluate them in the context of the theory.
Conclusion: The conclusion should summarize the research findings in the context of the objectives of the study and also give, if need be, suggestions for further research in the area.
Tables and Figures: Tables and Figures should be self-explanatory and serially numbered according to the text. There should be a title above the Tables and Figures and sources should be clearly written below the table. If a figure has already been published elsewhere, then the original source has to be mentioned along with the written permission from the copyright holder.
Plagiarism: Authors should contribute their original work. To verify the originality of the research paper submissions, we use plagiarism software and the authors are bound to adhere to it.
About the Reviewers
Mass Communicator has a panel of experts on its Board of Reviewers, who evaluate research contributions in different areas of media and communication. They are responsible for maintaining the reliability, validity and quality of research contribution of authors through effective blind peer-review process. The whole process depends on the trust and involvement of the participating reviewers. We appreciate the contribution of reviewers in terms of their valuable comments and suggestions adding value to the research papers.
Check List for the Reviewers
Reviewer(s) review the manuscripts sent to them on the basis of the following parameters:
Reviewers' Final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of the manuscript should be in one of the three categories:
In the case of, ''accepted with revision category'', reviewers need to clearly identify and highlight what revision is required to the editor and as well as provide their acceptance for further reviewing the same manuscript.
Peer Review is a collaborative process that allows manuscripts submitted to a journal to be evaluated and commented upon by independent experts within the same field of research. The evaluation and critique generated from peer review process provide authors with feedback to improve their work and critically allows the editors to assess the manuscript's suitability for publication in the journal. Peer review helps to ensure that the published research is accurate, trustworthy and meets the highest standards of research within a given field. The practice of peer review is to ensure that good research articles are published. It is an objective process for good scholarly publishing and is carried out for Mass Communicator also. Our reviewers play a vital role in maintaining the highest standards of quality control and all manuscripts are peer reviewed following the procedure below:
Initial manuscript evaluation
The Executive and Managing Editors first evaluate all manuscripts. The exceptional manuscripts are accepted at this stage itself. Those rejected at this stage have either serious flaws or are outside the aims and scope of the journal. Those meeting the minimum criteria are passed on to an expert for review.
Authors of manuscripts rejected at this stage are normally informed within 2 weeks of receipt.
Ethical issues are taken care of by the editorial team before sending the manuscript to the panel of reviewers
Type of Peer Review
The journal employs blind reviewing where both the reviewer and the author remain anonymous throughout the process.
Selection of Reviewers
The reviewers have been selected to achieve the objective of improving the manuscripts by providing a deeper insight into the research topics and content. The reviewers give inputs that help to make the author aware about the shortcomings in the research and provide clarifications about the subject.
Peer Review Process and Reviewer reports
The reviewers are given full autonomy to appraise and provide significant criticism with the intention that the researcher can revise and incorporate the suggested changes to enhance their research contribution.
The reviewers evaluate whether the manuscript:
Reviewers are not expected to correct or copyedit the manuscripts. Language correction is not a part of the peer review process.
How long does the review process take?
The manuscript is to be reviewed within 30 days. All our reviewers also sign a conflict of interest statement. Revised manuscripts received from the authors are usually returned to the initial reviewers. Reviewers, if required, may ask for more than one revision of a manuscript.
Executive Editor's Decision is final
The Executive Editor is responsible for the final decision to accept or reject the article.
Every article submitted to the journal is subjected to strict plagiarism check.
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