Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Alternative and Community Media is an online, academic journal for the publication of high-quality, peer-reviewed international research.

The journal aims to highlight and promote the study of alternative and community media and communication, which includes citizens′ media, participatory media, activist and radical media and the broader forms of communication that these groups might undertake. The Journal locates this scholarship within the media and cultural research disciplines.

This field of study continues to grow and demonstrates increasing relevance in the digital age. The Journal of Alternative and Community Media recognises the need for strong empirical and theoretical advances which help explain the shifting media environment, and the ways in which people use alternative forms of media and communication. Issues of concern to the journal include but are not limited to the nature and distribution of media power; access to and participation in media; media practices of communities and social movements; diverse objectives, practices and structures within alternative and community media; state support and media regulation; and the possibilities of emerging technologies and new media.

The Journal of Alternative and Community Media will define the field, present exciting, new research and advance the study of alternative and community media around the world.

All articles are subject to the highest standards of peer review under the guidance of an international Editorial Advisory Board comprised of leaders in the field.

From 2020 the Journal will be published by Intellect. For subscription and other details visit http://www.intellectbooks.com/journal-of-alternative-community-media. Volumes 1-4 will remain available Open Access at this site.


Section Policies


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Book Reviews

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Peer Review Process

  • Please see the Author Guidelines for length, style and formatting.
  • Separate Book Review Guidelines are here.
  • Double-blind peer review.
  • All articles received will be reviewed by The Editor for suitability; and if suitable will be distributed to TWO blind peer reviewers.
  • Please allow six weeks for peer reviews to be completed, following which time authors will be notified of the outcome of their paper.
  • If revisions are required, an additional 6 weeks will be given to complete revisions or a longer period of revision time can be negotiated with the Editor.
  • All peer reviews are conducted strictly in confidence and anonymously. Peer reviewers will be recruited based on their expertise in the field covered by the submitted article, with members of the journal′s Editorial Advisory Board acting regularly as peer reviewers.


Publication Frequency

The Journal of Alternative and Community Media publishes one volume per year. Articles are published on a rolling basis throughout the year.


Open Access Policy

The Journal of Alternative and Community Media 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...



Chris Atton
Edinburgh Napier University

Chris Atton is a Professor of Media and Culture in the School of Arts and Creative Industries at
Edinburgh Napier University. He was awarded his PhD in 1999 with a study of the British
alternative press. He also holds an MA in Latin Studies from the University of Edinburgh and an
MA in Mass Communications from the University of Leicester. His teaching includes cultural theory,
genre theory, audience studies and research methods. His research is primarily interested in
popular culture that is produced by 'ordinary', non-professional writers and editors. He has written
four books as well as numerous articles and book chapters. His most recent book is Alternative
Journalism (Sage, 2008, with James F. Hamilton).



Susan Forde
Griffith University

Susan Forde is an Associate Professor of journalism at Griffith University and worked as a print
journalist before entering academia in 1998. She is the former editor of Land Rights Queensland
and was the Brisbane correspondent for the national Indigenous newspaper, The Koori Mail, for
five years. Her research focuses on alternative and community media forms, and media policy. She
currently leads the Media, Journalism & the Public Sphere research program at the Griffith Centre
for Cultural Research. Her most recent book is Challenging the News: The Journalism of
Alternative and Independent Media (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).



Managing Editor
Griffith University
Book Review Editors
Heather Anderson
University of South Australia

Arne Hintz
Cardiff University 

Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla


Editorial Advisory Board

University of Toronto

Adilson Cabral
Fluminense Federal University

Bart Cammaerts
London School of Economics

Nico Carpentier
Charles University in Prague, Vrije Universiteit Brussel & Uppsala University

Nick Couldry
London School of Economics and Political Science

Kate Coyer
Central European University

Alfonso Gumucio Dagron
Universidad Mayor de San Andrés

John D. H. Downing
Southern Illinois University

Natalie Fenton
Goldsmiths, University of London

Kerrie Foxwell-Norton
Griffith University

Bruce Girard
Executive Director, International Association for Media and Communication Research

Robert Hackett
Simon Fraser University

James F. Hamilton
University of Georgia

Tony Harcup
University of Sheffield

Arne Hintz
Cardiff University

Kevin Howley
DePauw University

Dorothy Kidd
University of San Francisco

Eun-Ju Lee
Seoul National University

Hayes Mabweazara
Falmouth University

Winston Mano
University of Westminster

Michael Meadows
Griffith University

Stefania Milan
University of Amsterdam

Claudia Padovani
University of Padova

Mojca Pajnik
University of Ljubljana

Vinod Pavarala
University of Hyderabad

Ellie Rennie
Swinburne University of Technology

Clemencia Rodriguez
University of Oklahoma

Salvatore Scifo
Maltepe University

Jo Tacchi
RMIT Europe

Pradip Thomas
University of Queensland