Newspaper Research Journal
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Submission Information

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As of June 1, 2007, all manuscripts must be submitted electronically. Do not send hard copies in the mail. Manuscripts are accepted with the understanding that they are original material and are not considered for publication elsewhere. A rewrite of previously accepted work will not be acceptable.

All submitted files must be Microsoft Word documents (rich-text files are acceptable).

Title Page

The title page should be submitted as a separate document from the manuscript and should include the following information for all authors:
  • name
  • institutional affiliation
  • rank (professor, associate professor, etc.)
  • complete mailing address
  • phone number
  • e-mail addresses


Manuscripts should not exceed 4,500 words in length, not including references, tables or figures. The manuscript should not include any personal identifying information, as it will be sent to reviewers electronically. Please include the title at the beginning of the manuscript. Abstracts of no more than 75 words summarizing why the research is important and what the critical findings are should be included at the beginning of the manuscript. Do not submit separate abstracts.

Manuscript Review

The editors and the Editorial Board make every effort to review manuscripts thoroughly and promptly. The editorial process takes approximately 75 to 90 days. A reviewer often recommends changes and suggests areas of revision. Manuscripts that are determined to be outside the journalís scope are returned immediately.

Manuscript Acceptance

Upon acceptance, authors are required to submit final versions as an e-mail attachment. Submissions must be in Microsoft Word. The article will appear in publication up to one year after the manuscript is accepted and the revised manuscript is received.

NRJ Writing Style

Because the purpose of NRJ is to provide a bridge between educators and professionals, the writing style should be clear, lucid and direct. Short sentences and paragraphs enhance the quality of NRJ. Traditional Associated Press style is used for text. Authors should consult the AP Stylebook for their writing style. Authors should also avoid first-person writing.


Authors should use the Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition. Do not use in-text references. Sample endnotes. Authors should use Bluebook style for all legal papers. Authors should also ensure that all quotations in the manuscript have endnote citations.


Authors should keep tables, graphs and figures to a minimum. Up to five additional figures may be submitted. If tables are included, they must be constructed in a manner that can be easily understood by a wide and diverse audience. All tables and figures should be separate from the text. They must be placed after the text in the same computer file or they may be identified separately in different files. If graphs are included, do not use color for the lines. Use different types of rules in black and white. If figures are images, only .jpg or .gif files are acceptable. We do not accept appendices.


Authors and reviewers should know that we now use a new set of keyword categories in NRJ. The nine keyword categories are (1) Topic, (2) Approach (Quantitative, Qualitative, Mixed, Conceptual only), (3) Method, (4) Statistics (common statistical techniques, quantitative research only), (5) Medium, (6) Country of study or expertise, (7) Theory, (8) Research interests related to any of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) division/interest group, and (9) authorís own keywords (other than those keywords given in the eight categories).


Some readers of NRJ have strong statistical backgrounds. Others do not. Studies that depend solely on statistics are discouraged. If statistics are needed in the article, they should be explained so the application is clear.

Book Reviews

Every issue of NRJ critically reviews books of interest. Book review submissions should be sent to:

Dr. Matthew Haught
Newspaper Research Journal
Department of Journalism
University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152

Sample book review.


NRJ is available on 35 mm microfilm, 16 mm microfilm and 105 mm microfiche through

University Microfilms Inc.
300 North Zeeb Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

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