Submission Guidelines


Journal of Community, Citizen’s and Third Sector Media and Communication
ISSN 1832-6161

3CMedia welcomes submissions on a wide range of topics, and from a broad spectrum of disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches and research methods, including:

  • Ethnographic, sociological and critical cultural studies of the cultures and sub-cultures of community based, citizens' and third sector media
  • Critical political economies of media, and analyses of media policy, regulation and advocacy
  • Ethical and pedagogical approaches, issues and uses
  • Politics of media representation, social participation and inclusion, media democracy, equity and social justice
  • Intercultural, intergenerational and other communication and community building uses
  • Historical investigations and perspectives
  • Studies of technology adoption and diffusion
  • Volunteer/professional, consumer/citizen and market/civil society relations and transformations
  • Structured reflection upon creative and professional practice as research 
  • Social, human and cultural capital
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship 
  • International and comparative analysis

Submissions should be original and previously unpublished works, and should not be under consideration by another journal.

There is no word limit on submissions but most articles published in 3CMedia are about 5000 words.

Submission & Selection Process

The Editor of the 3CMedia e-journal receives and acknowledges submissions and then arranges for them to be reviewed. Reviewers are drawn from, but not limited to, the Editorial Committee and Editorial Advisory Board.

All articles are assessed via a process of blind peer review and normally within 3 months of an article being submitted.

Selection Criteria

An article will be suitable for publication if it is deemed by reviewers to:

  • Be relevant to the scope and purpose of the e-journal
  • Offer an important or engaging critical or analytical insight
  • Be clearly and succinctly argued
  • Have findings that are well supported
  • Demonstrate methodological soundness
  • Be situated in an appropriate field or tradition of scholarly work
  • Be stylistically consistent and submitted in a publishable form

Where an article fails to meet one or more of the above criteria, reviewers may recommend publication subject to major or minor revisions, or they may recommend rejection. Reviewers will generally provide authors with reasons for a rejection.

Formatting Your Submission

To facilitate the review process, article submissions should include a cover page with the following information:

  • Name(s) of author(s)
  • Institutional affiliation(s)
  • Email and postal address(es) of author(s)
  • Title of the article
  • Date of submission
  • An abstract of no more than 100 words
  • A short statement of the author’s biographical details
  • A short statement of acknowledgements, if necessary

Information that might identify the author(s) should not be contained within the body of the article submission.

Submissions should be formatted as Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format files and also comply with the PDF icon 3CMedia Style Guide.pdf.

Proposals for articles are also welcome. These should be submitted in the form of a 200-300 word abstract. The Editor will advise on the prospective suitability of a full article for publication.

Journal contacts

Enquiries and article submissions should be directed to the journal Editor, Dr Christina Spurgeon, Media & Communication, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
Email (including ‘3CMedia’ in the subject line) or phone +61 7 3138 8184.