Preparing your manuscript

Before submitting your manuscript to Online Media and Global Communication, please ensure you have read the Objective to make sure that the topic of your contribution is relevant to this journal and follow the guideline below:

Author Submission Guideline:

1. Publication Ethics
The journal will follow the Committee on Publication Ethics guideline for both reviewers and the authors, see

2. Original Submissions
All unsolicited authors’ submissions must be original and have not been published in English or other languages, either in print or online publications. Manuscripts which have been posted online such as university web sites, in preprint servers or file-sharing sites must self-identify such posting in the cover letter and undergo single-masked review.

3. Submission procedure
Authors are welcome to submit abstracts to the editor to determine the appropriateness of the manuscript before submitting the full-length manuscript to our journal e-mail: Submit the full manuscript to our ScholarOne platform at:

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4. Cover Letter
All new submissions must include a cover letter explaining whether the manuscript is the first time the dataset was being used. If not, then the author should report previous articles or submissions to other journals using the same dataset and explaining the advancement of knowledge of the submitted manuscript over previous articles and other manuscripts under review in other journals.

5. Abstracts and keywords
Manuscripts must include a structured abstract no longer than 300 words in total (purpose, method, findings, implications, value) and proper keywords to help identify appropriate reviewers, see example. Citations in the abstract should be avoided; if essential, they must be listed in full in parentheses. Up to eight keywords can be accepted. The keywords must include country/region of study, research method, and the name of the online media platform being studied such as YouTube or category such as social media.

6. Dual Track Review
This journal adopts a dual track review system as the first in the field of communication. Two review tracks are offered to the authors and authors must choose either one before final submission: 1) double blind (masked) review track that both authors and reviewers do not know the identity of the author; 2) single blind (masked) review track that reviewers will know the identity of the author and the authors are free to cite their own works and refer to themselves in the manuscript. Submitters who have posted their manuscript or its earlier version elsewhere online or with more than five self-citations will undergo the review process using the single-blind review track. All original submissions are in English with reviews by two or more reviewers.

6. Citing your own works
When authors choose double-masked review track, excessive self-citations (more than 5) are discouraged and will be viewed as an attempt to identify the author. Such manuscript will undergo single-masked review automatically. Authors going through a double-masked review track who need to cite their own previous works should cite them in the same way as other authors. There is no need to specify the work is written by the author. The only exceptions are in press or forthcoming articles. In those cases, the in-text reference should be (Authors, in press/forthcoming). In single-masked review track, authors are free to cite and refer to their own works in the text of the manuscript and there is no limit on self-citations as long as they are appropriate.

7. Citation style
The journal follows the De Gruyter Mouton Journal Style Sheet and publishes in American English. This means that in the reference section, authors are required to provide the full name of each cited author such as Chen, Daiwen and Kaoqiu Lu (2020), instead of initials, to help identify authors in non-English speaking countries who have little differentiation by last name. For translated references, only retain the title in the original language, followed by the English title in square brackets, e.g.: Si, Ruo & Jingchao Zhao. 2019. 融媒时代纪实性视听作品创新模式 研究 [Research on the innovative mode of documentary audio-visual works in the era of media convergence]. Modern Communication (Journal of Communication University of China) 41(3). 116–121.

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Your benefits of publishing with us

  • High quality peer-reviewing

  • Open access publication under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

  • History of submission and acceptance listed in the published article

  • Every article easily discoverable because of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and comprehensive abstracting and indexing services

  • Multi-lingual abstracts for maximum worldwide visibility

  • Secure archiving by De Gruyter and the independent archiving service Portico

  • Professional sales and marketing activities

Please note

  • Before submitting your article, please have a look at our Publication Ethics Statement and our License to Publish, which must be agreed with before publication

  • Do not submit work that has been submitted elsewhere or has been published previously

  • All initial submissions are checked for plagiarism via Crossref Similarity Check

  • Manuscripts must be written in clear and concise English

  • A Research Article should normally be no more than 8,000 words in text in English

We look forward to receiving your manuscript!