Focus and Scope

The Journal of Public Interest Communications is an open-access, interdisciplinary journal that publishes peer-reviewed research in the emerging field of public interest communications. JPIC does not require a fee for publication and is free for readers. We welcome submissions from all disciplines and utilizing a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods. Although our primary focus is expanding the empirical and theoretical underpinnings of public interest communications, we also seek submissions with a strong applied element.

Public interest communications is an academic discipline that seeks to help communicators working on social, political, and environmental issues impacting society. It draws from multiple disciplines such as public relations, political science, sociology, social psychology, and marketing--among others--to conduct research that contributes to the best practices for those seeking to create positive change. It embraces all social science research methods including quantitative, qualitative, historical, critical, and legal.

To this end, JPIC publishes four types of articles:

Original research: Research findings are written primarily by academic researchers working in fields relevant to public interest communications. These articles are designed to offer empirically-based suggestions for communicators and activists working on campaigns or to contribute substantially to the theoretical basis of the field.

Practitioner reports: These articles are written primarily by practitioners of public interest communications and analyze strategies and tactics used by the field. Practitioner reports can take the form of best practices, approaches to avoid, and calls for additional analysis of a particular aspect of public interest communications.

Campaign reviews: Campaign reviews are analyses of specific public interest communications campaigns either past or in progress. These articles are designed to analyze the constituent components of campaigns and offer a critical look at what worked and what did not work within the campaign.

Commentary: Commentary pieces offer a place for practitioners, researchers, activists, and others invested in public interest communications to engage in a dialogue with one another, offer constructive criticism, and suggestions for future research. 

Peer Review Process

All scholarly submissions to the Journal of Public Interest Communications undergo an initial screening by the journal editor as to fitness for publication. Submissions that pass this initial screening are then subject to double-blind peer review by two or three reviewers. The editor of the Journal of Public Interest Communications then takes into consideration recommendations by the reviewers in deciding whether to publish the article.

Our goal is to provide reviewer feedback within three months of submission. However, contingencies may arrive that necessitate the extension of this period. All communication with the Journal is conducted through the OJS site. We do not accept manuscripts submitted through other means. 

Publication Frequency

The Journal of Public Interest Communications is published biannually. The Journal occasionally publishes special issues in partnership with various scholarly organizations.

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.

Journal History

The Journal of Public Interest Communications is a project of the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida. It was launched in 2017.