Special Topics Section: Call for Papers
Volume 7.1: Communication Center Journal (CCJ), November 2021

Communication Center Journal (CCJ) 2021 Special Section Theme:
Crossing Communication Center Boundaries: External Approaches to Communication Center Work

The November 2021 special topical section of CCJ invites authors to consider how their academic discipline(s) or professional specialization(s) can contribute to communication centers. How might external approaches change and/or provide a different understanding of the missions, methods, approaches, and perspectives across communication center communities?

This call for outside knowledge or viewpoints to be brought to the communication center discipline allows for important explaining, questioning, and shaping of the work that centers do. Authors from any disciplinary perspectives are encouraged to contribute best practices, theories, or epistemologies developed within their disciplines.

Each manuscript submitted must provide one or more clear takeaways that contribute to or improve upon the work of communication centers.

This should allow for different methods of doing and understanding the work of communication centers.

Framing questions can include but are not limited to:

  • What might communication center communities learn from outside disciplines (e. g. social work, business, nutrition, dance, museum studies, chemistry, visual arts, disabilities studies, education, argumentation, rhetoric, intercultural communication, etc.)?
  • What critical approaches are missing from communication center literature and practices (postcolonial, anti-racist, queer, auto-ethnography, etc.)?
  • What might communication centers learn from community, non-profit, and/or corporate practices?
  • What roles can communication centers play in applying or advancing theories that are external to communication center communities?
  • How does external or outside research apply to communication centers?
  • How might communication centers connect with institutional researchers across disciplines to share knowledge and collaborate on research?
  • How might communication centers connect with researchers for knowledge development across institutions?
  • What might communication centers learn from writing centers and other learning spaces across campus?
  • What are the opportunities to extend external or outside research into the work of communication centers?

Authors are welcome to pursue other threads of inquiry related to this theme as well. This special section encourages practical, specific solutions as well as data-driven research.

July 15, 2021: Special section submissions due

August 15, 2021: Results sent to authors

November 2021: CCJ issue released at NCA conference in Seattle

Manuscript Details
CCJ manuscripts submitted for consideration in a thematic special section are limited to 8,000 words, but shorter submissions are welcome.

All manuscripts should follow conventions of APA 7th edition.

Authors must register for the online submission site before submitting full manuscripts: Register Here

Questions and inquiries can be emailed to Co-Editors Paul Mabrey or Kim Cuny

CCJ Book Review Call
The Communication Center Journal, a peer-reviewed online journal published by the National Association of Communication Centers, is seeking contributions for our book review section.

Book reviews of interest to communication centers, general communication center research and praxis manuscripts, plus communication center student essays are accepted throughout the year.

Book reviews range between 750-1000 words and usually include the following:

  • A brief description of the book’s contents.
  • A scholarly evaluation of the book–including its contribution to existing literature and trends in the field of communication centers, its strengths and weaknesses, and its unique qualities.
  • A brief description of the appropriate audience for the book.

Previous book reviews may be accessed in the journal archives at:

CCJ Distinguished Reviewer Award (modeled off of Journal of General Education)
The Reviewer of the Year Award recognizes one reviewer who:

  1. Provides quality feedback to the authors and editors,
  2. Provides feedback that has a strong, positive impact on the publication(s), and
  3. Completes reviews in a timely fashion.

The award winner will be selected by the CCJ editorial leadership team prior to March 1st and consider reviewers who reviewed manuscripts for the volume published the year before. The winner will receive a certificate, letter of award, and recognition in the next published issue. The first award year will be 2021, with the publication of volume 6. The award will be announced annually at the NACC Excellence at the Center national conference.