Public Relations Journal is a free, web-based, open-access, quarterly academic journal presented by the Public Relations Society of America and the Institute for Public Relations dedicated to offering the latest public relations and communication-based research. Users have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of its articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose.
This includes the online “publishing” of articles by academics or practitioners who examine public relations in depth and/or create, test or expand public relations theory. We accept all appropriate methodologies including social-scientific, case studies, philosophical, legal/historical and critical. All submissions should be focused on “research that matters to the profession,” and should include a section that outlines that both in the paper and executive summary. Implications for the discipline are required. The Journal provides vital insights that professionals can incorporate into daily practice, and if of interest, explore rich academic studies and resources for a fuller perspective.
Information to Request Academic Access to Membership Lists
If you are applying for an Academic Research Request to Use PRSA/IPR/PRSSA Membership List, please note the Public Relations Journal receives right of first refusal of the resulting study. Please ensure your research proposal aligns with the editorial scope of the Journal before submitting.
Academic Research Request to Use Membership Lists (PDF)
All articles considered for publication in the Public Relations Journal will be initially screened by editors in an attempt to determine relevance, and then submitted to a rigorous objective academic, blind, peer-review.
PR Journal Rubric (PDF)
To submit an article, please review the Editorial Scope of the Journal to ensure your article fits the requirements. The PR Journal uses Scholastica to peer review manuscript submissions. By submitting your article, you are agreeing to any necessary originality checks to screen papers for unoriginal material.
The PR Journal does not charge any fees for article submission or processing.
Articles submitted to PR Journal should only be submitted to PR Journal and not published, in press, or submitted elsewhere.
• Authors are responsible for all statements made in their articles and for obtaining copyright permission to reprint tables, figures or quotations of 500 words or more.
• Authors should write to original author(s) and publishers to request nonexclusive worldwide rights in all languages to publish in all formats and future editions the material in the article.
• Authors must provide copies of all permissions at the same time they submit the article for consideration by Public Relations Journal.
All submissions must include a two-page Executive Summary that makes clear the impact to the discipline and the public relations profession. This should be included before the Introduction. The Journal only accepts electronically submitted manuscripts. Please submit your paper with contact information in the email and not in the paper itself. Authors should remove all identifying information from the paper. Manuscripts should be prepared using Microsoft Word and must conform to the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
Once you submit your article, you will receive a confirmation email from Scholastica.