Call for Papers

Call for Papers: Media Watch Journal

Sexual Harassment and the Communication Conundrum

Sexual harassment, a weapon in the arsenal of men to control the communicational interactions with women, is being challenged by its targets.  ‘Media Watch Journal of Communication ( believes communication scholars should join this public discuss.  Therefore, the editors are inviting scholars to submit articles for our May, 2018 issue.  The topics are wide ranging across the discipline:

  • Sexual harassment charges have occurred in the film industry, journalism, and television. Men long in charge now are under criminal investigation.  Female stars are providing times and details.  The mass media hierarchies are being challenged.
  • Much mediated communication would seem to place sexual harassment into the public agenda: pornographic, magazines that glorify fashion, beauty, and sexuality; advertisements; plot lines of movies and television shows, and lyrics from songs.
  • Definitions are unclear. Rape and physical force are generally agreed upon as means of ascertaining sexual harassment.  However, are all hugs, kisses, touches, and sexual repartee inherently harassment?  How about looks, behaviors, body language?  When does a communication become sexual harassment?
  • The allegations have focused on men sexually harassing women, but do men sexually harass other men? Can women sexually harass men and how would that be different?
  • No doubt, culturally understood signifiers contribute to sexual harassment. How much of what we understand to be sexual harassment or not interpret as sexual harassment is contextual or based on our individual past experiences as we all play out gender roles and assumptions in our daily discourses with others?

No doubt, communication scholars can contribute on these topics and many more communicative aspects of sexual harassment.  As a journal that seeks to bring the scholarship of communication to important topics, we invite a full range of interdisciplinary, communication theoretical approaches to the topic of sexual harassment.

Dr. Mark Goodman
Special Issue Guest Editor
Professor of Communication
Mississippi State University, USA

Last date of Abstract submission: 31 December 2017

Last date of Full Paper submission: 15 February 2018

Contributors are encouraged to query the editors (; in a short e-mail describing their paper to determine suitability for publication. Journal of Media Watch will only accept true, original and pure fundamental and empirical research papers which were not published before in any publications.

Abstract: The abstracts should define objectives, theoretical framework and methodological approach, as well as possible contributions for the advancement of knowledge in the field. As a length measure, each submission should have an abstract of 100-150 words. Authors should provide five or six keywords for their abstract to facilitate online searching.

Length: As the journal is primarily print-based, we encourage articles or manuscripts, including references, tables, and charts, should range between 20-30 pages (7000-8000 words).

Style: References should also follow APA style (6th Edition).

Guidelines for submission are available in the journal website:

TitleMaximum 12 words

Review Process: Authors are informed when manuscripts are received. Each manuscript is pre-viewed prior to distribution to appropriate reviewers. Manuscripts are anonymously reviewed. Once all reviews are returned, a decision is made and the author is notified. Manuscripts should consist of original material, and not currently under consideration by other journals. Author(s) have to submit the copyrights declaration permission to Media Watch before final consideration of the paper.

Cover Page: (for review purposes): Include title of manuscript, date of submission, author’s name, title, mailing address, business and home phone number, and email address. Please provide a brief biographical sketch and acknowledge if the article was presented as a paper or if it reports a funded research project.

Software Format: Submit papers in both Word (.doc) and Pdf.

Indexing & Citations: Journal of Media Watch is indexed and citied in 25 international database, citation and indexing agencies including SCOPUS, CrossRef, EBSCOS, Ulrich, Ebscos, J-Gate, Proquest, Google Scholar, ResearchBib, MIAR etc. Journal of Media Watch is subscribed in major university library data base in Asia, Europe and USA. Journal of Media Watch is considered for inclusion by the famous database such as ISI, Thomson Reuters and Nature.

Plagiarism Check: All the submitted papers will undergo mandatory online plagiarism check through plagiarism software’s such as Turnitin and Safe Assign. Contributors are encouraged to do plagiarism check before they submit for the publication. Any submitted paper with more than 10 % match will be rejected without any feedback from the editorial board.

Submission & Acceptance: Paper published in any journals, book chapters, monograms or abstracts presented in any conference or published in any conference proceedings will not be considered for publication. We strongly discourage on the submission of any such.

We strongly recommend you share this call for papers among researchers who you think may be interested in submitting papers for the issue of the journal.

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