Call for papers, special issue of Journal of Public Relations Research

Call for Manuscripts

Special Issue: Political Public Relations

Editor-in-Chief: Bey-Ling Sha
Senior Associate Editor: Hilary Fussell Sisco Associate Editor: Sung-Un Yang

Political public relations has been defined as “the management process by which an organization or individual actor for political purposes, through purposeful communication and action, seeks to influence and to establish, build, and maintain beneficial relationships and reputations with its key publics to help support its mission and achieve its goals” (Strömbäck & Kiousis, 2011, p. 8).

With the 2016 political elections in the United States and timeless, recurrent political issues around the globe, the Journal of Public Relations Research welcomes manuscript submissions that report original research findings related to political public relations, as defined above. In addition to election-related research, manuscripts may deal with such political challenges as the rise in violent extremism, the marketing of political candidates, the promotion of immigration reform, government dealings with humanitarian crises, etc.

We welcome manuscripts that advance the theoretical conceptualization and/or methodological operationalization of political public relations and its related constructs/issues. Approaches from all research methodologies are welcomed, as are theoretical perspectives originating from other disciplines.

Manuscript and Technical Requirements

  •   Content shall further the Journal’s primary purpose, which is to create, test, refine or expand theory in public relations. Authors should explicitly articulate how their scholarship serves the purpose of the journal.
  •   Content shall reflect the highest standards of scholarship, regardless of the research methods used.
  •   Manuscripts shall be submitted in APA style and edited to the highest standards of English-language grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, etc.
  •   Manuscripts shall conform to the Journal’s standard limit of 20 pages of text (not including references, figures, tables). Manuscripts that exceed the standard page limit may be considered if the authors (a) justify the manuscript length in their cover letter; (b) report qualitative and/or historical data; and (c) keep to a reasonable length appropriate for the nature of the research method and the subject studied.
  •   Authors shall take care to indicate in the online manuscript submission system that their submission is, in fact, intended for the special issue on political public relations. Failure to make this indication (in the cover letter AND in the appropriate selection box) will lead to the manuscript being entered into the Journal’s regular review process, rather than the special issue process.

Important Dates

  •   February 15, 2017
  •   April 15, 2017
  •   May 15, 2017
  •   July 2017
  •   October 2017

Initial manuscript submissions due from authors Initial decisions announced to authors
Final manuscripts due from authors for publication Accepted manuscripts published online first Publication of special issue in hard copy

 Contact Hilary Fussell Sisco at

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