Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Journal Communication Spectrum: Capturing New Perspectives in Communication (JCS) is a blind peer-reviewed journal devoted to publishing research papers(fieldwork or textual studies), conceptual papers, and information concerning all aspects of communication, media studies, and cultural studies. It is a channel for discussing issues such as social media and online communication activities, public participatory communication, hospitality communication, gender and technologies, social, political, and sub-cultural movement, together with behavioural foundations of specific-interest communications, media engagement, and many other issues which provoke new perspectives in communication. The Journal will also consider papers in creativity studies, creativity ethics, creative design, creative media, creative industry, and creative economy in relation to both production, distribution and consumption of culture in the communications domain.

Published twice a year (in February and August), Journal Communication Spectrum follows a rigorous blind review process, in which reviewers and authors do not know each other, to ensure the objectivity of the assessment. Journal Communication Spectrum accepts manuscripts throughout the year in various fields and sub-fields of study for topics (but not limited to):

Communication Studies

  • corporate communication, CSR, and public relations
  • advertising, design, and creative communications
  • journalism, broadcasting, and media management
  • organizational, institutional, and industrial communication
  • social and inter/cross-cultural communication
  • governmental and political communication
  • religion and spiritual communication
  • health and family communication
  • new media, cyberculture, and technological communication
  • tourism, place, and environmental communication
  • educational and developmental communication
  • psychology of communication and love/intimacy studies

Media and Cultural Studies

  • semiotics of communication, representation, and discourse studies
  • political economy of communication, media, and sign
  • law/ethics and the corruption of communication
  • lifestyle, consumer culture, and brand studies
  • media reception and audience studies
  • gender communication, feminism, and queer studies
  • fashion, food, game, and sports communication
  • critical communication studies
  • youth, film, visual culture, and music studies
  • creative industry and creativity studies
... and other interesting topics related to communication, media and cultural studies


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

All papers in Journal Communication Spectrum: Capturing New Perspectives in Communication have undergone rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening, and double blind review by two anonymous reviewers.

In the review process, reviewers consider the correspondence of title, abstract, findings, discussion, and conclusions. In addition, reviewers also consider the novelty, scientific impact and references used in the paper.


All manuscripts sent to the Journal Communication Spectrum: Capturing New Perspectives in Communication will go through an initial review process by the Section Editor. The editor will check whether or not according to the scope of the journal, meet the author guidelines and academic quality standards. If not, the editor will ask the authors to refine the manuscript and resubmit. If appropriate, the article will go through the Double-Blind Review process, either by the internal or external peer reviewer. As soon as two or more anonymous peer reviewers complete their review, the editor decides to accept without revision, reject, or invite the author to submit revisions (major or minor) based on reviewers' recommendations. After the revision, the manuscript review process entered the second round. Editorial team members, according to their expertise, will do final review and decide whether to accept manuscript or not to begin the editing process. After going through copy and layout editing, as soon as possible, the manuscript is published (at least if there is a delay, we will announce the table of contents and metadata with the status "in-press").

If a Section Editor or Editorial Board member is the author or co-author of the manuscript submitted, the manuscript will be handled by other Section Editor or Editorial Board members without the author or co-author of the manuscript knowing. This rule is vital to ensure the objectivity of the review process. If there is a problem regarding the review process, chief editor will take over the editorial work and give the final decision.

Meanwhile, the time required for the review process varies depending on the time for reviewers to submit their review, the author's revisions, and the editor's decision. The editors can make decision at any time and will tell the author(s) whether the manuscript is required to make some revisions, accepted, or rejected. But usually, if the manuscript needs revisions, the authors are asked to send the change within two weeks. We also ask our reviewers to complete their review no later than two weeks. However, we give the possibility of additional time for authors and reviewers. For information regarding article submission and requirements, please see the JCS Author Guidelines.


Publication Frequency

Journal Communication Spectrum is published twice a year every February and August. Authors can submit their article anytime throughout the year. Submission Deadline on November 30 for the February-July issue, and May 31 for the August-January issue. Exceptional for the special issue.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...


Publication Ethics Statement

This is the statement of ethical consideration for Journal Communication Spectrum (JSC) published by the Department of Communication Science, Faculty of Economic and Social Studies, Bakrie University.  This statement was adapted from the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and covers the code of ethics for editors, reviewers, and authors.


Duties of Authors

  1. Reporting Standards: Authors should present an accurate account of the original research performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Researchers should present their results honestly and without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate data manipulation. A manuscript should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable. Manuscripts should follow the submission guidelines of the journal.
  2. Originality and Plagiarism: Authors must ensure that they have written entirely original work. The manuscript should not be submitted concurrently to more than one publication unless the editors have agreed to co-publication. Relevant previous work and publications, both by other researchers and the authors’ own, should be properly acknowledged and referenced. The primary literature should be cited where possible. Original wording taken directly from publications by other researchers should appear in quotation marks with the appropriate citations.
  3. Multiple, Redundant, or Concurrent Publications: Author should not in general submit the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently. It is also expected that the author will not publish redundant manuscripts or manuscripts describing same research in more than one journal. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Multiple publications arising from a single research project should be clearly identified as such and the primary publication should be referenced
  4. Acknowledgement of Sources: Authors should acknowledge all sources of data used in the research and cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work. Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given.
  5. Authorship of the Paper: The authorship of research publications should accurately reflect individuals’ contributions to the work and its reporting. Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to conception, design, execution or interpretation of the reported study. Others who have made significant contribution must be listed as co-authors. In cases where major contributors are listed as authors while those who made less substantial, or purely technical, contributions to the research or to the publication are listed in an acknowledgement section. Authors also ensure that all the authors have seen and agreed to the submitted version of the manuscript and their inclusion of names as co-authors.
  6. Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest: All authors should clearly disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.
  7. Fundamental Errors in Published Works: If the author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in the submitted manuscript, then the author should promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.
  8. Hazards and Human or Animal Subjects: The author should clearly identify in the manuscript if the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use.


Duties of Reviewers

  1. Confidentiality: Information regarding manuscripts submitted by authors should be kept confidential and be treated as privileged information. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.
  2. Acknowledgement of Sources: Reviewers must ensure that authors have acknowledged all sources of data used in the research. Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. The reviewers should notify the journal immediately if they come across any irregularities, have concerns about ethical aspects of the work, are aware of substantial similarity between the manuscript and a concurrent submission to another journal or a published article, or suspect that misconduct may have occurred during either the research or the writing and submission of the manuscript; reviewers should, however, keep their concerns confidential and not personally investigate further unless the journal asks for further information or advice.
  3. Standards of Objectivity: Review of submitted manuscripts must be done objectively and the reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments. The reviewers should follow journals’ instructions on the specific feedback that is required of them and, unless there are good reasons not to. The reviewers should be constructive in their reviews and provide feedback that will help the authors to improve their manuscript. The reviewer should make clear which suggested additional investigations are essential to support claims made in the manuscript under consideration and which will just strengthen or extend the work
  4. Disclosure and Conflict of Interest: Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers. In the case of double-blind review, if they suspect the identity of the author(s) notify the journal if this knowledge raises any potential conflict of interest.
  5. Promptness: The reviewers should respond in a reasonable time-frame. The reviewers only agree to review a manuscript if they are fairly confident they can return a review within the proposed or mutually agreed time-frame, informing the journal promptly if they require an extension. In the event that a reviewer feels it is not possible for him/her to complete review of manuscript within stipulated time then this information must be communicated to the editor, so that the manuscript could be sent to another reviewer.


Duties of Editor

  1. Publication Decisions: Based on the review report of the editorial board, the editor can accept, reject, or request modifications to the manuscript. The validation of the work in question and its importance to researchers and readers must always drive such decisions. The editors may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editors may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision. Editors have to take responsibility for everything they publish and should have procedures and policies in place to ensure the quality of the material they publish and maintain the integrity of the published record.
  2. Review of Manuscripts: Editor must ensure that each manuscript is initially evaluated by the editor for originality. The editor should organize and use peer review fairly and wisely. Editors should explain their peer review processes in the information for authors and also indicate which parts of the journal are peer reviewed. Editor should use appropriate peer reviewers for papers that are considered for publication by selecting people with sufficient expertise and avoiding those with conflicts of interest.
  3. Fair Play: The editor must ensure that each manuscript received by the journal is reviewed for its intellectual content without regard to sex, gender, race, religion, citizenship, etc. of the authors. An important part of the responsibility to make fair and unbiased decisions is the upholding of the principle of editorial independence and integrity. Editors are in a powerful position by making decisions on publications, which makes it very important that this process is as fair and unbiased as possible.
  4. Confidentiality: The editor must ensure that information regarding manuscripts submitted by the authors is kept confidential. Editors should critically assess any potential breaches of data protection and patient confidentiality. This includes requiring properly informed consent for the actual research presented, consent for publication where applicable.
  5. Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest: The editor of the Journal will not use unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript for his own research without written consent of the author. Editors should not be involved in decisions about papers in which they have a conflict of interest


Article Processing Charge

This journal is open access with an international scope. There is an APC of IDR 700,000 (USD 50) for an article with the accepted and ready-to-publish status. For articles submitted in Indonesian language, an additional fee of IDR 1,000,000 is charged for translation and proofreading services.

Please send your payment to:

Account Name: Universitas Bakrie

Account Number: 070.162.7415

Bank Name: Bank Permata Cabang Rasuna Epicentrum Jakarta

SWIFT Code Bank Permata: BBBAIDJA


>> Make your note: APC JCS [Your Lastname]


And send your payment proof to:

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Abstracting and Indexing

Journal Communication Spectrum: Capturing New Perspectives in Communication (JCS) is indexed in:

JCS is also listed as one of the open access journals of:

  • IAMCR (The International Association for Media and Communication)

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Citedness in Scopus

  1. Handayani, B. (2011). An Examination of Media Convergence and Its Implication on Mass Communication Notion. Journal Communication Spectrum, 1(2): 171-183

Cited in Scopus by: Gabriel Weimann, Nirit Weiss-Blatt, Germaw Mengistu, Maya Mazor Tregerman & Ravid Oren (2014). Reevaluating “The End of Mass Communication?”, Mass Communication and Society, 17(6): 803-829

  1. Primawati, A. (2011), Strategi Penggunaan E-Tki Sebagai Wahana Dalam Mengatasi Kesenjangan Informasi. Journal Communication Spectrum, 1(2): 185-202

Cited in Scopus by: Rayudaswati Budi, Haedar Akib, Jasruddin and Gufran Darma Dirawan (2015). Public Information Management Service in South Sulawesi, International Journal of Applied Business and Economic Research, 13(4): 1803-1813

  1. Wijaya, B. S. (2013). Korupsi Komunikasi dalam Dimensi Pesan, Media, Konteks dan Perilaku: Sebuah Proposisi Teoretis untuk Riset. Journal Communication Spectrum3(1): 1-13
  2. Eddyono, A. S. (2013). Twitter, Kawan Sekaligus Lawan bagi Redaksi Berita. Journal Communication Spectrum, 3(1): 47-65

Cited in Scopus by:

Bambang Sukma Wijaya (2019). Dancing with the Impropriety of Media: How Indonesian Consumers Think and Behave towards the Unethical and Illogical Online News. Malaysian Journal of Communication, 35(1): 187-205

Bambang Sukma Wijaya (2022). On the Corruption of Communication: A Theory of Deception. Studies in Media and Communication 10(2): 129-144

Bambang Sukma Wijaya and Asri Annisa Nasution (2022). Social Media, Persona Branding, and the Hypoesthesia of Communication Corruption. Cogent Arts and Humanities 9(1): 2095095.

  1. Wijaya, B. S. (2015). Komunikasih: Komunikasi Positif Berbasis Empati. Journal Communication Spectrum, 5(2): 147-161

Cited in Scopus by: Bambang Sukma Wijaya and Muhammad Taufiq Amir (2022). Communication with Compassion in Positive Leadership Pactices: The Case of Nutrifood Indonesia. Studies in Media and Communication, 10(1): 63-73,


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