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Global Media and China

Global Media and China

Published in Association with IAMCR
Published in Association with Communication University of China

eISSN: 20594372 | ISSN: 20594364 | Current volume: 9 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Quarterly

Global Media and China is a peer-reviewed, open access journal, which provides a dedicated, interdisciplinary forum for research. The journal welcomes articles on all aspects of international research in the field of communication and media studies and has a particular interest in how global media are impacting on, and are in turn being transformed by China, specifically Chinese institutions, industries and audiences. Research on digital platforms, social media and related policy is welcome. Please see the Aims and Scopes tab for further information.

This journal is the official journal of the Communication University of China.

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

Why publish in Global Media and China?

  • A dedicated, interdisciplinary forum for international research on communication and media with a focus on China
  • Rigorous peer review of your scholarly work
  • Rapid online publication

Open access article processing charge (APC) information

This journal is financially supported by the Communication University of China and therefore does not charge an article processing charge for open access publication.

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Global Media and China is a peer reviewed, open access, scholarly journal that provides a dedicated, interdisciplinary forum for international research on all aspects of communication and media. The journal has a special, but not exclusive, interest in China and Chinese media both from a global and a Chinese perspective. The journal also publishes new research on digital platforms, social media and related policy. The journal actively encourages both quantitative and qualitative approaches to media, communications, and society while seeking to advance the field by publishing innovative and thought-provoking papers, reviews, and discussions that open up new directions or shed new light on significant issues.

Anthony Fung The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Jeroen de Kloet University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Michael Keane Curtin University, Australia
Fran Martin University of Melbourne, Australia
Terry Flew University of Sydney, Australia
Stanley Rosen University of Southern California, USA
Editorial Directors
Peng Duan Beijing Language and Culture University, China
Lei Zhang Communication University of China, China
Managing Editors
Xiao Han Communication University of China, China
Tianwei Ren Communication University of China, China
Deqiang Ji Communication University of China, China
Xin Zeng Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China
Book Reviews Editor
Jie Gu Communication University of China, China
International Editorial Board Members
Crystal Abidin Curtin University, Australia
Stuart Allan Cardiff University, UK
Mark Andrejevic Pomona College, USA
Paul Bowman Cardiff University, UK
Nick Couldry London School of Economics, UK
Michael Curtin University of California, USA
Kingsley Edney University of Leeds, UK
John Ellis Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Christian Fuchs University of Westminster, UK
Tom Hollihan University of South California, USA
Karen Arriaza Ibarra Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Fei Jiang Beijing Foreign Studies University, China
Jianbin Jin Tsinghua University, China
Tim Jordan University College London, UK
Shin Dong Kim Hallym University, South Korea
Giselinde Kuipers KU Leuven University, Belgium
Benqian Li Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Maria M. Grajdian Hiroshima University, Japan
Giovanna Puppin University of Genoa, Italy
Anabel Quan-Haase Western University, Canada
Giuseppe Richeri Lugano University, Switzerland
Anthony de Ritis Northeastern University, USA
Ned Rossiter Western Sydney University, Australia
Jan Servaes University of Queensland , Australia
Colin Sparks University of Westminster, UK
Joseph Straubhaar University of Texas at Austin, USA
Wendy Su University of California - Riverside, USA
Daya Thussu Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
Ingrid Volkmer University of Melbourne, Australia
Janet Wasko University of Oregon, USA
Herman Wasserman University of Cape Town, South Africa
Lars Willnat Syracuse University, USA
Guobin Yang University of Pennsylvania
Guoming Yu Beijing Normal University, China
Haiqing Yu RMIT University, Australia
Xiaoling Zhang University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China
Yuezhi Zhao Tsinghua University, China
Editorial Administrative Assistants
Leifan Yan Communication University of China, China
Qin Song Communication University of China, China
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    1. Open Access
    2. Article processing charge (APC)
    3. Article Types
    4. Editorial policies
      4.1 Peer review policy
      4.2 Authorship
      4.3 Acknowledgements
      4.4 Funding
      4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
      4.6 Research ethics and patient consent
      4.7 Data
    5. Publishing policies
      5.1 Publication ethics
      5.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
    6. Preparing your manuscript
      6.1 Word processing formats
      6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      6.3 Supplementary material
      6.4 Reference style
      6.5 English language editing services
    7. Submitting your manuscript
      7.1 ORCID
      7.2 Information required for completing your submission
      7.3 Corresponding author contact details
      7.4 Permissions
    8. On acceptance and publication
      8.1 Sage Production
      8.2 Online publication
      8.3 Promoting your article
    9. Further information

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the journal’s submission site 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 Global Media and China will be reviewed.

    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.

    If you have any questions about publishing with Sage, please visit the Sage Journal Solutions Portal

    1. Open Access

    Global Media and China is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. Each article accepted by peer review is made freely available online immediately upon publication, is published under a Creative Commons license and will be hosted online in perpetuity. Publication costs of the journal are covered by the collection of article processing charges which are paid by the funder, institution or author of each manuscript upon acceptance. There is no charge for submitting a paper to the journal.

    For general information on open access at Sage please visit the Open Access page or view our Open Access FAQs.

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    2. Article processing charge (APC)

    There are no publication fees to publish in Global Media and China. Financial support is provided by the Communication University of China.

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    3. Article types

    • Original articles

    Articles should not normally exceed 8,000 words including notes and references but excluding figures, tables and images or any supporting material that will appear as supplemental online appendices. Each article should be accompanied by an abstract, keywords and full references. Research articles can cover both traditional research fields such as journalism, television and film studies, new media, organizational communication, interpersonal communication and public relations studies, and newly emerged research approaches and interdisciplinary fields such as network analysis, data-based communication, and sub-culture studies. Theoretical essays, empirical studies and research articles are all encouraged. Studies on the history and reform of China’s society in relation to communication are welcome, as are contributions on the multi-dimensional linkages between China and the outside world through a communicative or comparative way in a complex broader political, economic, social and cultural background.

    • Thematic dialogues

    Thematic dialogues should not normally exceed 8,000 words including notes and references but excluding figures, tables and images or any supporting material that will appear as supplemental online appendices. Each dialogue should include an abstract, list of keywords and references. These pieces invite leading scholars (including at least one from China and one from overseas) as interviewees or panel discussions on topics key to the communication research community. Thematic dialogues will highlight the possible and “equal” interactions between Chinese scholars and the international academic community. They aim to develop the extent to which Chinese scholars can contribute to expanding the knowledge of communications studies. Indigenous perspectives and theoretical innovations on current or priority issues, based on solid research and empirical studies, are prioritized.

    • Commentaries

    Commentaries should be no longer than 5,000 words and aim to review the most significant and contemporary studies in the area. They should include abstracts, keywords and references. Commentaries can relate to either Chinese or overseas research on communication and media in China.

    • Translations

    Articles, research papers and reviews up to 8,000 words in length and written in Chinese, are also accepted but only if the work itself makes a significant contribution to the Chinese perspective and provides innovative research findings for the international academic community. They should include abstracts, keywords and references.

    • Book reviews

    Book reviews should be between 1,000-1,500 words in length. They are welcomed on both classic and contemporary works on communication and media studies in China and beyond, within the broad communication field. Book reviews can be either invited or submitted, and can be for Chinese or overseas works, with an aim to exchange knowledge between the East and the West.

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    4. Editorial policies

    4.1 Peer review policy

    Following a preliminary triage to eliminate submissions unsuitable for Global Media and China all papers are sent out for review. The covering letter is important. To help the Editor in his preliminary evaluation, please indicate why you think the paper suitable for publication. If your paper should be considered for fast-track publication, please explain why. The journal’s policy is to have manuscripts reviewed by two expert reviewers. Global Media and China utilizes a double-anonymize peer review process in which the reviewer and author’s names and information are withheld from the other. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, while maintaining rigor. Reviewers make comments to the author and recommendations to the Executive Editors who then makes the final decision.

    4.2 Authorship

    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.

    The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

    (i)       Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,

    (ii)     Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,

    (iii)    Approved the version to be published,

    (iv)    Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.

    Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

    Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools.

    4.3 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.

    4.3.1 Third party submissions
    Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:

    • Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
    • Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
    • Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.

    Where appropriate, Sage reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.

    4.4 Funding

    Global Media and China 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. 

    4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests 

    Global Media and China encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the Sage Journal Author Gateway.

    Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

    For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations.

    4.6 Research ethics and participant consent

    If applicable, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent.

    Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for participant information and images to be published was provided by the participant(s) or a legally authorized representative. Please do not submit the participant’s actual written informed consent with your article, as this in itself breaches the participant’s confidentiality. The Journal requests that you confirm to us, in writing, that you have obtained written informed consent but the written consent itself should be held by the authors/investigators themselves. The confirmatory letter may be uploaded with your submission as a separate file.

    Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants.

    4.7 Data

    Sage acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.

    Global Media and China requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility.

    Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. The editors can also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations.

    For further information, please contact the editorial office at

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    5. Publishing policies

    5.1 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.

    5.1.1 Plagiarism

    Global Media and China 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 plagiarized 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.

    5.1.2 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.

    5.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication Sage requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement.  Global Media and China publishes manuscripts under Creative Commons licenses. The standard  license for the journal is Creative Commons by Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC), which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced and the use is non-commercial. For more information, you are advised to visit Sage's OA licenses page.

    Alternative license arrangements are available, for example, to meet particular funder mandates, made at the author’s request.

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    6. Preparing your manuscript

    6.1 Word processing formats

    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.

    6.2 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 color will appear in color online.

    6.3 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.

    6.4 Reference style

    Global Media and China adheres to the APA reference style. Please review the guidelines on APA to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    6.5 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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    7. Submitting your manuscript

    Global Media and China is hosted on Sage Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit 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.

    7.1 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 unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, 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 recognized.

    The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

    7.2 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).

    7.3 Corresponding author contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    7.4 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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    8. On acceptance and publication

    If your paper is accepted for publication after peer review, you will first be asked to complete the contributor’s publishing agreement.

    8.1 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.

    8.2 Online publication

    One of the many benefits of publishing your research in an open access journal is the speed to publication. With no page count constraints, your article will be published online in a fully citable form with a DOI number as soon as it has completed the production process. At this time it will be completely free to view and download for all.

    8.3 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.

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    9. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Global Media and China editorial office as follows:

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