Focus and Scope
Communications publishes research articles from various topics in communication sciences. The journal is an interdisciplinary space that accommodates this research related to communication science; which includes, but is not limited to, interpersonal communication, mass communication, advertising, communication business, media studies, and beyond. Communications strives to serve as a major vehicle for the exchange of ideas and research among communication scholars.
Peer Review Process
The journal employs peer-review mechanism where each submited article should be anonimously reviewed by expert peers appointed by the editor. All manuscript submissions will be initially screened whether the manuscript has follow journal scope and author guidelines. All submitted manuscript will be screened for plagiarism checking before being sent to reviewers. Manuscript exceeding 30% in a plagiarism check will be automatically rejected.
The manuscript will be sent to section editor and will be reviewed by at least two anonymous reviewers. Every manuscript submitted to the JKI will go through an Editorial Review and Double Blind Peer Reviews. The decision on one manuscript is made by the Editorial Board meeting. The decision would be based on the advice from the reviewers and could categorized into: (1) Acceptable for publication without changes; (2) Acceptable for publications after minor revisions; (3) Acceptable for publication after major revisions; (4) Not acceptable for publication, but author(s) should be encouraged to resubmit; and (5) Reject.
This journal is scheduled for publication two times a year, January and July. Communications is electronically published via the journal website (www.journal.ui.ac.id/unj/index.php/communications/)
Open Access Policy
This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. All articles published Open Access are immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download.
This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...
Communications adopted the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) guidelines in order to take all possible measures against malpractice and ensure best practices in publication ethics. Publication ethics and best practices to prevent malpractices are implemented with the regard to the editorial team, authors and peer-reviewers.
DUTIES OF THE EDITORIAL
The editors of a peer-reviewed journal are accountable and responsible for deciding which articles submitted to the journal should be published. The decision shall be guided by the policies of the journal's Editorial Board, and should be based exclusively on the academic merit and the recommendations of the reviewers.
Editors should evaluate manuscripts for those intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors. Editors should make fair and unbiased decisions independent of commercial considerations, and should ensure a fair and appropriate peer review process.
All manuscripts submitted for peer-review are kept strictly confidential. The editors and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.
Disclosure and conflicts of interest
The editor of the Journal will not use unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript for his own research without written consent of the author. Editors should not be involved in decisions about papers in which they have a conflict of interest.
Dealing with fundamental errors
When a substantial error or inaccuracy has been discovered in a published work (with or without the author notifying it), the Editorial Team will cooperate with the author to withdraw or correct the paper accordingly. If appropriate, the editors will correct the published material and include a dated erratum
DUTIES OF AUTHORS
Authors should present an accurate account of the original research performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Researchers should present their results honestly and without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate data manipulation. A manuscript should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable. Manuscripts should follow the submission guidelines of the journal.
Author should not in general submit the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently. It is also expected that the author will not publish redundant manuscripts or manuscripts describing same research in more than one journal. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.
Plagiarism and originality
The authors must ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted. Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
Participation in peer review process
Authors should be obliged to participate in peer review process. Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.
Fundamental errors in published works
If the author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in the submitted manuscript, then the author should promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.
Disclosure and conflicts of interest
Authors should clearly disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.
DUTIES OF REVIEWERS
Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editors.
Standards of objectivity
Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process. Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. The reviewers should be constructive in their reviews and provide feedback that will help the authors to improve their manuscript.
Reviewers should respond in a reasonable time-frame. The reviewers only agree to review a manuscript if they are fairly confident they can return a review within the proposed or mutually agreed time-frame, informing the journal promptly if they require an extension. In the event that a reviewer feels it is not possible for him/her to complete review of manuscript within stipulated time then this information must be communicated to the editor, so that the manuscript could be sent to another reviewer.
Acknowledgement of sources
Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor & attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper.
Disclosure and conflict of interest
Privileged information obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.
Communications are no charges for the submission of a manuscript and no charges for article processing, the publication of manuscripts or the color reproduction of photographs, and the Journal does not charge readers or institutions for access. However, printed or reprinted materials are supplied at cost.