Statement of Editorial Philosophy
Mass Communication and Society
Submissions to MCS must make contributions to understanding how media content, processes, or practices inform our understanding of society. Such contribution can be of a cultivation or effects nature, but it can also be about the public's interaction with, use of, or contribution to the media landscape. Ultimately, the journal must be an outlet for scholarship that advances our understanding of how mass communication and its audiences interact or have interacted in important ways.
The editorial process at MCS will be humane. This includes reasonable turnaround time on submissions and firm but polite critiques on the nature of work reviewed. Manuscripts will be reviewed by those with expertise in evaluating a particular manuscript's subject, method, and/or theoretical stance. Various methodological approaches will be valued and accepted, still recognizing that social scientific research has more commonly addressed questions pertinent to this journal's purview than have humanities or critically based lines of scholarship.
I hope to publish manuscripts that can be referenced in order to trumpet our discipline’s potential contributions to society. Thus, scholars are encouraged to invest their research energy on questions that are arguably "important" over those that are merely "interesting."