Texas Speech Communication Association

Texas Speech Communication Journal

Current issues of the Texas Speech Communication Journal are available for purchase. Cost is $50.00 per issue for non-members and $20.00 per issue for members. Members may purchase their journal when registering for yearly convention.

Contact Journal Editor Amanda Jo Ratcliff to order copies. In your email request, include date, quantity desired, name, and mailing address to which journals are to be sent.

Send payment (checks should be made payable to the Texas Speech Communication Association) to:

TSCA Executive Secretary
5600 Bell Street, Suite 105 # 278
Amarillo, TX 79109

Texas Speech Communication Journal

Call for Manuscripts and Teaching Activities

Deadline: December 31, 2023

Texas Speech Communication Journal

Volume 48, Issue 1

The Texas Speech Communication Journal issues a call for papers that focus on research in human communication. Contributors may approach topics from multiple perspectives, contexts, and methodologies supported within the discipline. Manuscripts should be received no later than December 31, 2023. Texas Speech Communication Journal (TSCJ) follows a policy of blind review so no author identification should appear in the abstract and body of the manuscript.

Manuscripts should not exceed 30 pages, including references and figures, and should be written according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition). The manuscript should be emailed to the editor at the address listed below divided into the following two (Microsoft Word) documents:

1. Title Page - should include the author's name(s), academic position, institutional affiliation, full mailing address, telephone number, email address, brief author biography, and a history of the manuscript (presentation at conferences).

Title page should also indicate the following:

  1. Methodology/Analysis Technique: (include all that apply)
    Content Analysis
    Cultural Criticism
    Qualitative analysis
    Quantitative analysis
    Rhetorical criticism

  2. Communication Context (keywords that describe your manuscript's area of study)

2. Abstract and Manuscript - An abstract of not more than 150 words should accompany the manuscript. The author should also include keywords for the articles. No author identification should appear in this document. Incomplete manuscripts will be automatically rejects. Include all tables, graphs, appendices, etc.

Call for Teaching Activities

A portion of Volume 48, Issue 1 of the Texas Speech Communication Journal will be dedicated to highlighting selected teaching activities in the context of speech and communication courses. Submissions can include activities used to teach speech and communication in the middle school, high school, or college and university levels. Teaching activity submissions will follow a blind review process much like the one for original research.

Submissions for teaching activities should include:

  1. Title page - should include the author's name(s), academic position, institutional affiliation, full mailing address, telephone number, email address, brief author biography, communication context of the activity (what concept does the activity reinforce?), and the academic level of the activity (freshmen-level college public speaking courses, high school communication course, or a graduate-level rhetoric course, for example).
  2. Teaching activity - include an introduction of the activity, communication context, academic level, and synopsis of activity. Teaching activity submissions should not exceed 5 pages including references and figures.

The Texas Speech Communication Journal (TSCJ) is a state journal published by the Texas Speech Communication Association. The TSCJ produces one print issue per academic year, which seeks to publish original scholarship that makes a contribution to the studies of human communication. An external committee blind reviews all submissions. The journal has a 24% acceptance rate.

Acceptance/Rejection Notices: Sent out early to mid April 2024.

Queries and manuscript submissions should be sent via email to:

TSCJ Editor, Amanda Jo Ratcliff, Ph.D.
Tyler Junior College
email: tscjeditor@gmail.com

Deadline: December 31, 2023


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The call for manuscripts and teaching activities has been issued for Volume 48, Issue 1 of the Texas Speech Communication Journal. Deadline for submissions is December 31, 2023. Read the full journal call here.
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