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Public Relations Inquiry

Public Relations Inquiry


Books Editor
Jenny Hou Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Editors
Jacquie L'Etang Queen Margaret University
Magda Pieczka Queen Margaret University
Damion M. Waymer North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, USA
Regional Editors
Kate Fitch Monash University, Australia
Vince Hazleton Radford University, USA
Oyvind Ihlen University of Oslo, Norway
Jairo Lugo-Ocando Northwestern University, Qatar
David McKie University of Waikato, New Zealand
Editorial Assistant
Alison Sammut Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK


eISSN: 20461488 | ISSN: 2046147X | Current volume: 8 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: 3 Times/Year

Public Relations Inquiry is an international, peer-reviewed journal for conceptual, reflexive and critical discussion on public relations, supporting debates on new ways of thinking about public relations in social, cultural and political contexts, in order to improve understanding of its work and effects beyond the purely organisational realm. We interpret public relations in a broad sense, recognising the influence of public relations practices on the many forms of contemporary strategic, promotional communication initiated by organisations, institutions and individuals.

The practice of public relations arises at points of societal and organisational change and transformation, affecting many aspects of political, economic, social and cultural life. Reflecting this, we aim to mobilize research that speaks to a scholars in diverse fields and welcome submissions from any area that speak to the purpose of the journal, including (but not only) public relations, organizational communication, media and journalism studies, cultural studies, anthropology, political communication, sociology, organizational studies, development communication, migration studies, visual communication, management and marketing, digital media and data studies.

We actively seek contributions that can extend the range of perspectives used to understand public relations, its role in societal change and continuity, and its impact on cultural and political life. We particularly welcome multi-disciplinary debate about the communication practices that shape major human concerns, including:

  • globalisation, politics, and public relations in international communication
  • migration, refugees, displaced populations
  • terrorism, public diplomacy
  • public and corporate governance
  • diversity and cultural impacts of PR
  • the natural and built environments
  • Communication, space and place
  • The development and practices of major industries such as health, food, sport, tourism, technology
  • The cultural industries (theatre, film, music, and the arts
  • the history and politics of public relations as a discipline, promotional occupation and professional field

Public Relations Inquiry provides a unified space to facilitate reflection on such topics and others of global concern and local relevance. Submissions should be conceptually innovative and theoretically robust. They must be rigorous in their approach, detailed and precise in their argument. Theoretical and empirical papers are equally welcome. Interdisciplinary work is especially important to the journal, particularly if it extends the relevance of public relations theory and practice to new contexts and academic fields.

In line with our desire to encourage innovative and creative research in the field, a wide range of methodologies are acceptable to Public Relations Inquiry. Traditional qualitative methods, critical applications of quantitative methods, and marginalised empirical and analytical approaches, are all welcomed.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Public Relations Inquiry is an international, peer-reviewed journal for conceptual, reflexive and critical discussion on public relations, supporting debates on new ways of thinking about public relations in social, cultural and political contexts, in order to improve understanding of its work and effects beyond the purely organisational realm. We interpret public relations in a broad sense, recognising the influence of public relations practices on the many forms of contemporary strategic, promotional communication initiated by organisations, institutions and individuals.

The practice of public relations arises at points of societal and organisational change and transformation, affecting many aspects of political, economic, social and cultural life. Reflecting this, we aim to mobilize research that speaks to a scholars in diverse fields and welcome submissions from any area that speak to the purpose of the journal, including (but not only) public relations, organizational communication, media and journalism studies, cultural studies, anthropology, political communication, sociology, organizational studies, development communication, migration studies, visual communication, management and marketing, digital media and data studies.

We actively seek contributions that can extend the range of perspectives used to understand public relations, its role in societal change and continuity, and its impact on cultural and political life. We particularly welcome multi-disciplinary debate about the communication practices that shape major human concerns, including:

  • globalisation, politics, and public relations in international communication
  • migration, refugees, displaced populations
  • terrorism, public diplomacy
  • public and corporate governance
  • diversity and cultural impacts of PR
  • the natural and built environments
  • Communication, space and place
  • The development and practices of major industries such as health, food, sport, tourism, technology
  • The cultural industries (theatre, film, music, and the arts
  • the history and politics of public relations as a discipline, promotional occupation and professional field
Editorial Board
Mats Alvesson Lund University, Sweden
Nilanjana Bardhan South Illinois University at Carbondale, USA
Carl H. Botan George Mason University, USA
Rob Brown Salem State College, USA
Douglas Brownlie University of Dundee, UK
Valerie Carayol University of Bordeaux 3, France
Craig E. Carroll New York University, USA
Antonio Castillo University of Malaga, Spain
George Cheney University of Colorado, Colarado Springs, USA
Yang (Alice) Cheng North Carolina State University, USA
Patricia A. Curtin University of Oregon, USA
Bernard Dagenais Laval University, Quebec
Scott Davidson University of Leicester, UK
Aeron Davis Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
Christine Daymon Murdoch University, Australia
Luiz-Alberto de Farias University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Alina Dolea University of Bucharest, Romania
Jesper Falkheimer Lund University, Sweden
Jo Fawkes University of Huddersfield, UK
Bob Franklin Cardiff University, UK
Magnus Frederikson University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Romy Fröhlich Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, Germany
Owen Hargie University of Ulster, UK
Gerard Hastings University of Stirling, UK
Robert Heath University of Houston, USA
Mats Heide Lund University, Sweden
Jamilah Hj Ahmad Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
Carrie Hodges Bournemouth University, UK
Sherry J. Holladay Texas A&M University, USA
Derina Holtzhausen Lamar University, USA
Linda Hon University of Florida, USA
Octavio Islas Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico
Alenka Jelen-Sanchez University of Stirling, UK
Inger Jensen Roskilde University, Denmark
Mònika Jimenez Pompeu Fabra University, Spain
Jane Johnston Bond University, Australia
Richard Keeble University of Lincoln, UK
Ferran Lalueza Open University of Catalonia, Spain
Larsake Larsson Orebro University, Sweden
Ryszard Lawnczak Poznan University of Economics, Poland
Thierry Libaert University of Louvain, Belgium
Darren Lilleker Bournemouth University, UK
Steve Mackey Deakin University, Australia
Judy M. Motion The University of New South Wales, Australia
Debashish Munshi University of Waikato, New Zealand
Paulo Nassar University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Mahuya Pal University of South Florida, USA
Michael J. Palenchar University of Tennessee, USA
Gregory Payne Emerson College, USA
Donnalyn Pompper University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, USA
Oliver Raaz Ernst-Moritz Arndt University, Germany
Yanyn Rincón Universidad Belloso Chacín, Venezuela
Juliet P. Roper University of Waikato, New Zealand
Philip Schlesinger University of Glasgow, UK
Nancy Snow Kyoto University of Foreign Studies
Ian Somerville University of Leicester, UK
Anne Surma Murdoch University, Australia
Donn Tilson University of Miami, USA
Margalit Toledano Monmouth University, USA
Marina Vujnovic University of Waikato, New Zealand
Kay Weaver University of Waikato, New Zealand
Ted Zorn Massey University, New Zealand
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Public Relations Inquiry

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/PUBRI to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Public Relations Inquiry will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information

     

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Public Relations Inquiry, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    Public Relations Inquiry mobilizes research that speaks to a range of scholars in diverse fields and welcomes submissions from public relations, media, communications and cultural studies, anthropology, political communication, sociology, political science, strategic studies, law, organizational studies, management and marketing, literature, philosophy and history. Given that public relations as a practice arises at points of societal and organizational change and transformation the journal encourages multi-disciplinary debate on public relations and public communication practices through foci on major human concerns such as migration, diversity, poverty, environmental issues. While Public Relations Inquiry embraces submissions across a range of research perspectives and methodological orientations, it especially encourages work that develops social, cultural, critical and qualitative understandings of public relations theory and practice. Public Relations Inquiry seeks innovative, creative perspectives and forms of writing, and welcomes new challenges. On this basis, while Public Relations Inquiry does not reject quantitative studies, it does require that statistical analysis be substantiated by, and situated within, theoretically informed engagement with the subject matter.

    The journal welcomes the following types of submissions.

    (1) Full research articles incorporating substantive findings and promoting critical scholarship. Public Relations Inquiry is especially open to articles that encourage or incorporate new ways of thinking about theory, research policy and practice in public relations and organizational communication. While we expect most articles to be around the 7,500 word length including all elements (title page, abstract, notes, references, tables, etc.) the editors recognise that some forms of research will require more space to incorporate theory and empirical evidence.

    (2) Full length conceptual essays and diverse literary forms of writing in the liberal arts tradition around the 7,000 word range.

    (2) Short theoretical essays or polemical pieces in the range of 2,000-4,000 words, addressing current issues, topics and debates.

    (3) Review Articles. The Editors wish to encourage the following types of review, but request that authors contact them in advance:

    (a) general reviews that provide a synthesis of an area of public relations research;

    (b) perspectives - brief overviews, which are 4-6 printed pages in length including references, that address important new areas of general interest;

    (c) critiques - focused and provocative reviews that are followed by a number of invited commentaries, with a concluding reply from the main author.

    (4) Book Reviews. A list of up-to-date books for review is available from the Journal's Editorial Manager.

    The journal will also publish occasional special issues devoted to a particular theme or topic.
    Papers should be written in English and should not have been published already, nor be currently under consideration elsewhere.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Public Relations Inquiry operates a conventional double-blind reviewing policy in which the reviewer’s and the submitting author’s names are always concealed from each other.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    2.3.1 Writing assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance”).

    It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.4 Funding

    Public Relations Inquiry requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Public Relations Inquiry encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Public Relations Inquiry and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Public Relations Inquiry offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.

    4.4 Reference style

    Public Relations Inquiry adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard EndNote output file.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Public Relations Inquiry is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/PUBRI to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.

    We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Public Relations Inquiry editorial office as follows:

    Jacquie L’Etang
    publicrelationsinquiry@gmail.com

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