AMCAP Journal of Media and Communication Studies - Lahore

Journal of Media and Communication Studies

Association of Media and Communication Academic Professionals (AMCAP)
ISSN (online): 2789-9756

About the Journal

AMCAP Journal of Media and Communication Studies (AMCAP-JMCS) - ISSN 2789-9756 - is an online-double-blind-peer-reviewed journal which is based on the philosophy of applying theoretical perspectives to find new explanations and alternatives in the field of Media and Communication. Its objective is to encourage scholars to examine contributions in media theories and research from local perspectives. Emerging media ecosystems and patterns pose new challenges in the field of media and communication which necessitate investigation and interpretation. AMCAP-JMCS aims to bring into conversation the diverse perspectives of the academic community around the globe to promote a more collaborative exploration of the ever-changing media ecosystems. AMCAP-JMCS seeks empirical and conceptual papers that push the conversations in the field of media and communications further by extending the implications of current findings and exploring alternative frameworks. It is published biannually. It is open to the work of scholars from all fields working on any aspect of Media and Communication.


JMCS seeks to reflect a variety of intellectual traditions in the communication field to promote debate and dialogue. We encourage empirical, theoretical and methodological research papers contributing to the advancement of communication sciences as an interdisciplinary field. Original papers based on systematic reviews, meta-analysis and synthesis from diverse sources are welcomed.  JMCS accepts papers in English language only.

We suggest the following broad areas of research:

  • Development & communication
  • Gender & communication
  • International communication
  • Media, religion & identity
  • Media, culture and society
  • Digital Humanities
  • War, conflict and communication
  • Media, democracy and peace studies
  • Media and Political Economy 



 Open Submissions




This journal uses double-blind review, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process. 


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.

Editorial and Publishing Process

This journal uses double-blind review, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process.


After receiving a manuscript (online submission only) author will receive an automated acknowledge email. 

Each submission is checked for plagiarism (criteria > 16% further consult author guidelines) and relevance to the journal’s subject, aim, and scope. Manuscript preview as follows:

1: Each editorial board member will preview the manuscript to ensure the quality of the article and research and decide the manuscript whether the manuscript is suitable for the journal’s publication. 

2: If the editorial board deemed the manuscript suitable for publication then it is will be sent directly to the 2nd blind-review phase.

3: If the editorial board deemed the manuscript suitable but requires minor changes then the author will be given a one-week deadline to incorporate minor revisions as suggested by the editorial board, before accepting an article for 2nd phase of blind-review.


If the submitted manuscript failed to comply with the journal’s criteria and editorial suggestions will result in the following three possibilities:

1. The manuscript will be rejected without any blind-review.

2. The manuscript will be sent back to comply with acceptable plagiarism criteria 

3. The manuscript will be sent back to make minor and major changes before blind-review.

4. The journal editorial board will send the manuscripts clearing 1st phase of the peer-review process to the 2nd phase of blind-review to international and national reviewers.


For the 2nd phase, blind-reviewers will be selected randomly from the journal reviewer’s database based on subject expertise and reviewers’ interest.

After receiving at least two external reviewers’ reports with recommendations, an email will be sent to the author containing the reviewers' comments on the manuscript.

The author will be given a maximum of 2 to 3 weeks with clearly mentioned deadlines e.g. The deadline to submit the revised article is, to incorporate reviewers’ comments and suggestions.

The author had to provide a review report along with the revised manuscript, indicating how and where the changes are made in the manuscript. 

Keeping in view the other academic/professional/personal commitments, authors can request extra time of one week to send back the revised manuscript.

After receiving the revised manuscript, the articles will be reevaluated by the editorial board on the bases of the blind-review suggestions incorporation and author review report.

Keeping in view the blind review suggestion and author's revised manuscript, chief editor and editor will make a decision:

(1) accept* (2) accept with minor revision** (3) decide after major revision** (4) reject***

The reasons for the decision will be communicated to the authors via email and the online submission system.


*email correspondence and letter of acceptance (until final publication journal reserve the right to disclose article acceptance)

** minor/major revision is made, and the authors do not revise their articles satisfactorily after receiving reviewer reports. In the case of failing to comply with the quality criteria, submission deadline and revision requested will result in article rejection.

***the journal editorial board reserve the right to reject the article, if the author fails to incorporate suggestion after the blind-reviewers.


Note: book review is internally reviewed and the editor-in-chief decides to publish depending on the quality and relevance to the review to journal’s subjects.



Estimated timeline to complete peer review process




Estimated time


Submission of paper

Acknowledge email

Editorial preview of manuscript and plagiarism test

1-2 weeks

Editorial preview the submitted manuscript for

Plagiarism report/minor/major revision*

1 week


Submitted manuscript send to external blind-reviewer

2 international and 1 national

(2-3 reviewers)

6-8 weeks

Communication of blind-reviewer reports to author for minor/major revision **

1 week

Author resubmission of revised paper along with review report

2-3 weeks


Editorial board decision on author’s resubmitted manuscript after blind-review

(to assess whether blind-reviewers’ suggestion have been incorporated accurately into the manuscript) ***

2 weeks


Acceptance of paper

(author will be requested to provide picture, table and research data for publication)

2 weeks


Online publication

1 week



*paper is returned to authors, either if it does not meet the basic criteria of the journal or plagiarism exceed the acceptance criteria of 16%

** blind-review reports will be emailed to author containing minor or major revision.


*** authors are requested for further revision, if editors find that reviewers’ suggestions have not been incorporated reasonably or might result in article rejection