The Journal of Intercultural Communication

Policy statement

The world today is characterized by an ever growing number of contacts resulting in communication between people of different linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Those contacts are channelled through business transactions, military cooperation, scientific endeavors, educational exchanges, mass media, entertainment, tourism — and via immigration brought about by labor shortages or political conflicts.

Throughout all these engagements, communication needs to be as constructive as possible, without misunderstandings or breakdowns wherever possible. It is here that research into the nature of linguistic and cultural similarities and differences can play a constructive, even critical, role.

The goal of the journal is to promote research along with education and training in the area of intercultural communication. The journal is an outgrowth of the activities of NIC: the Nordic Network for Intercultural Communication. The great interest shown in NIC activities pointed to a need for more peer-reviewed journals within the area of intercultural communication. By starting and continuing this journal, we hope to foster research and facilitate contacts between interested researchers as well as provide better possibilities for peer-reviewed publication.

We welcome contributions, both original research and reviews, concerning all areas of intercultural communication.

Submission guidelines

An MSWord (Office 2010-present) template will be available here shortly (April 2020). A template for older versions of MSWord can be made available on request, as can a LaTeX template. Please follow the template closely, including all directions therein, the most important of which are summarized below. Please avoid modifying the template. Please use MSWord for composing the submission, as other word processors (WordPerfect, Open Office) may interpret the template in unpredictable ways. Papers that do not conform to the template and guidelines may be rejected for publication. The template is intended for making this process as smooth and painless as possible for everyone.

Submissions are normally expected to be in English, of maximum length 8,000 words including abstract (100-120 words), citations, bibliography, and appendices (if any). For submissions in other languages, along with any questions, please contact managing editor Beatriz Dorriots.

Submissions should be sent to Beatriz Dorriots. All papers received will be submitted to peer review by members of the board of editors. This process is normally expected to take between two and four months.

To keep reviews anonymous, all authors are kindly requested to replace references to their own work in the bibliography and running text with the text ”to be inserted after review”.

Appendices should be kept at a minimum, both in terms of number and length.

All sections, subsections, and sub-subsections should be numbered as follows: 1. Introduction, 1.1 First subsection, 1.1.1 First sub-subsection and so on. If a given section has a subsection, it must have at minimum two; likewise, if a given subsection has a sub-subsection, it must have at minimum two.

The first line of any new section, subsection, or sub-subsection should not be indented. Any subsequent paragraphs should be indented a uniform 1cm. There should be no additional space between paragraphs. Please do not do a double return between paragraphs.

The typeface in the template is set to Times New Roman throughout. Please do not change this. Italics should be reserved for foreign words and phrases as well as specialized terms and phrases on first reference. Boldface may be used in moderation for emphasis.

Long quotations (four lines or more) should be indented 1cm and separated from the main text (see template). Shorter quotations should be incorporated into the main text.

Do not add headers or footers, and do not paginate the paper. This will be done in the final formatting process prior to publication. All papers accepted for publication will be published both in HTML and PDF format.

Tables and figures should be placed in the correct position in the text, referenced in the main text, and numbered consecutively. Figures should, additionally, be submitted in a standard graphical format, preferably JPG/JPEG. Tables should be preceded by an explanatory caption; figures should be followed by a caption (for examples, see template). Avoid use of shading in tables. Figures may be full color, if desired. All figures and tables should be in portrait rather than landscape mode.

Use footnotes rather than endnotes. The footnotes will be converted to endnotes for the HTML publication of the papers.

In-text citations should look like this: (Kennedy 2003), (Kennedy 2003,2005), Kennedy 2003, James 2017), (Kennedy 2003, 2005; James 2017). If page numbers are indicated, they should appear like this: (Kennedy 2003: 14-17). The template includes examples of all common types of entries for the bibliography at the end: for example,

Broeder, P. (1991). Learning to understand in interethnic communication. Issues in Applied Linguistics, 4(1): 57-84.
Clyne, M. (1994). Intercultural Communication at Work: Cultural Values in Discourse. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

All submissions should include: