Communication Research Reports


Nicholas D. Bowman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication Studies
West Virginia University
108 Armstrong Hall
Morgantown, WV 26505
NOTE: Dr. Bowman is now accepting manuscripts for CRR, Vol. 34 (2017)

Communication Research Reports publishes original research in the form of brief empirical articles (approximately 3,500 words maximum, and no more than two tables or figures; accepted papers are usually edited to 10 double-spaced pages prior to press) on a variety of topics of human communication.  Empirical studies in the general contexts of interpersonal, organizational, communication traits, intercultural, nonverbal, small group, health, persuasion, mass, political, relational, computer mediated, life-span, and instructional communication are appropriate for submission.  Consistent with the mission of the journal, the main portion of submitted manuscripts should focus on the method, results, and interpretation of the results.  However, manuscripts must contain a concise theoretical rationale and relevant literature review. All data analyses should report relevant effect size statistics, and we recommend reporting other diagnostics (such as, but not limited to: observed power, tests of significance inflation, and test of insufficient variance, among others) at the Author’s discretion. Papers that do not adhere to the required guidelines may be rejected by the editorial office.

Select manuscripts that have gone through the review process and been received favorably by both reviewers and the Editor may be designated as Brief Reports. Brief Reports will be approximately 2000 words maximum, (with limited space for tables and figures; Brief Reports are usually edited to 5 double-spaced pages prior to press), with the focus highlighting a specific finding and its implications for the discipline. All sections traditionally included in a manuscript will be required, but must be brief and to the point. Authors interested in submitting Brief Reports as their original submission should contact the journal Editor prior to submission.

CRR also encourage the submission of articles designates as a Spotlight on Method or Analysis. These articles will be solicited by the Editor and will take the form of either a Brief Report or Empirical Article (based on consultation with the Editor) highlighting topics that will range from novel methodological approaches and/or statistical techniques to common misconceptions/issues of contemporary controversy related to method/analysis. Such articles are prepared in close collaboration with the Editor, and may be peer reviewed. The Editor reserves the right to include one such manuscript in each issue of CRR. Authors interested in submitting method or analysis spotlights should contact the journal Editor prior to submission.

Review Policy.  Manuscripts will be blind-reviewed by at least two experts in the relevant subject matter.  These evaluations will constitute the basis for the Editor’s decision.  Communication Research Reports is committed to completing the review process as efficiently and quickly as possible.  Manuscripts that do not conform to submission guidelines will not be reviewed.  No manuscript submitted for review can be previously published or be under consideration by any other journal at the time of submission.

Submission of Full-Length Manuscripts.  Communication Research Reports will accept all manuscript submissions electronically via the ScholarOne Manuscripts website located at technical support regarding the ScholarOne Manuscripts system, you may contact them at  For all other inquiries, please contact Communication Research Reports at   Submitted manuscripts must be the original work of the author(s) and have all identifiers removed from the document.  Authors should submit their files per the submission protocol found on ScholarOne.  Manuscripts should be prepared using MS WORD and must conform to the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.  All general inquiries about the journal, it policies, or procedures should be directed to Annette M. Holba, Editor. 

Proofs.  One set of page proofs will be sent to the designated corresponding author.  Proofs should be checked and returned promptly as directed. 

Complimentary Policy/Reprints.  Each corresponding author will receive 50 complimentary reprints of their article upon registration with Rightslink, our authorized reprint provider.  Authors will need to create a unique account and register with Rightslink for this free service.  Complimentary reprints are not available past publication.  Each corresponding author will also receive one complimentary copy of the issue in which their article appears.