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Communicatio:Southern African Journal for Theory and Research

The Department is renowned for its academic prominence and issues the bi-annual accredited subject journal (South African Journal for Communication Theory and Research), since 1974. Click here for information on the latest edition - as well as a subscription form.

Communicatio: Notes for Contributors

How and where to submit an article

All submissions should be made online at the Communicatio ScholarOne site. You can access the site by clicking on the link or copying and pasting the following:

New users should first create an account. Once logged onto the site submissions should be made via the Author Centre. Please follow the onsite instructions for submissions carefully to avoid unnecessary delays with your submission. 

Communicatio accepts for consideration original articles which are not under consideration by another publication at the time of submission.
Articles emailed to the editor or editorial staff will not be considered for publication.
Please remember that the main body of your text must not contain any reference to yourself, otherwise it will not be a blind review.

Authors should confirm that their article is original work and not under consideration elsewhere.


Please follow the instructions on ScholarOne.  Most importantly, please ensure that all biographical and contact details are removed from the main document.  These should be filled in in the allotted spaces on ScholarOne.  

All notes (endnotes – not footnotes) must be kept to a minimum and appear at the end of the article before the list of references. 

An ABSTRACT of 200 words in length, covering the main purpose and topics and findings addressed in the article should accompany an article plus a list of at least six KEYWORDS for abstracting and indexing services.

Consulted and referred to sources must be listed at the end of the article under the heading REFERENCES.

All articles are peer reviewed by at least two subject specialists.

Authors will be asked to complete the copyright form and submit it once the article has been accepted for publication, as well as a form containing biographical and their contact details.


Excluding the title, biographical and abstract pages, the article should not exceed 6250 words or 25 pages (250 words per page) including all tables, figures, photo’s, references and endnotes. 


Referencing Style

The Chicago Manual of Style author–date system is used, that is, references are cited in the text by the author(s) name(s), the year of publication and the page number(s) in brackets, for example, (Apollonia 1973, 370), as a key to the full list of all references that appears at the end of the article. The list of references should include every work cited in the text. Ensure that dates, spelling and titles used in the text are accurate and consistent with those listed in the references.

In text: 
(Sturkin 1997, 20–30) book
(Schellinger, Hudson and Rijsberman 1998) three-author book
(Secher et al. 1996, 243) (Note: et al. is not italicised) multiple-author book
(Michelangelo 1999, 122B134) a translated book
(UNDP 2003, 14) organisation as author
(Anon. 1547).
(Garcia 1987, vol. 2) book volume
(Johnson 1979, sec. 24) section
(Wiens 1983) chapter in a multi-author book
(Weber, Burlet and Abel 1928) edition
(Allison 1999, 26) journal
(Wright 1968–1978, 2:241) multivolume work
(Barnes 1998, 2:244B255, 3:29) journal volume number with page reference
(Tulchin and Garland 2000) series
(H. J. Brody, pers. comm.) personal communication
(Kurland & Lerner 2000, chap. 9, doc. 3) part of a document
(Fischer & Siple 1990, 212n3) note.

In reference list:
Allison, G. W. 1999. The implication s of experimental design for biodiversity manipulations. American Naturalist 153 (1):26–45.
Anon. 1547 Stanze in lode della donna brutta. Florence.
Kurland, P. B. and L. Lerner, eds. 2000. The founder’s constitution. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (accessed 2 April 2004).
Michelangelo, 1999. The complete poems of Michelangelo. Trans. J. F. Nims. Chicago: Chicago University Press. 
Schellinger, P., C. Hudson and M. Rijsberman, eds. 1998. Encyclopedia of the novel. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Secher, J. A., S. M. Pfaffilin, F. L. Denmark, A. Griffen and S. J. Blumenthal, eds. 1996. Women and mental health. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Sturkin, M. 1997. Tangled memories. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.
Swidler, A. 1986. Culture in action. American Sociological Review 51:273–286.
Tulchin, J. S. and A. M. Garland, eds. 2000. Social development in Latin America: The politics of reform. Woodrow Wilson Center Current Studies on Latin America. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner.
UNDP see United Nations Development Programme.
United Nations Development Programme. 2003. The economic cost of AIDS. Pretoria: University of South Africa Press.
Weber, M. H. M. de Burlet and O. Abel. 1928. Die Saugetiere. 2nd ed. 2 vols. Jena: Gustav Fischer.
Wiens, J. A. 1983. Avian ecology: An iconoclastic view. In Prespectives in ornithology, ed. A. H. Brush and G. A. Clark Jr, 355–403. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Wright, S. 1968–1978. Evolution and the genetics of Poplations. 4 vols. Chicago University of Chicago Press.


PROF viola c milton
Executive Editor

Ms Hannelie Marx
Administrative Editor