Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Democratic Communiqué, a publication of Union for Democratic Communications, is available online through a partnership with the Digtal Library at Florida Atlantic University. Democratic Communiqué is a North American-based peer-reviewed journal dedicated to examining all forms of mediated and communicative phenomena and issues from critical materialist perspectives that foreground their historical, political, and institutional underpinnings. Potential topics may include, but are not limited to, alternative, community, or public media, the internationalization of capital and information flows, media and imperialism, telecommunication and media industry ownership and consolidation, information technology and surveillance, feminist political economy, the communicative dimensions of race, social class, labor and social movements, and cultural artifacts or practices.



Section Policies


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Book Reviews

Democratic Communiqué 

Guidelines for Reviewers

Introduction/themes: Reviews are informative critiques that are likely to be of general interest to readers of Democratic Communique (DC). Review items have been chosen because they respond  to or are to be analyzed from the DC perspectives:

  • Political Economy of Communication
  • Critical Media Analysis
  • Critical Cultural Studies
  • Critical analysis of class/gender/race/labor and communication
  • Alternative Media/Cultural practice

Technical: Reviews should be, on average, 1000 words – no less than 750 and no longer than 1500. Reviews must be submitted within 12 weeks of receipt of the item. Any longer and the review should be cancelled and the item (if hard copy) returned.

The review is titled by all the information about the item(s). In the case of books information should be in the following order: Title of book; author/editor/compiler name(s); number of pages; presence of figures and/or tables; ISBN/ISSN (hardback or paperback); price; city of publisher; name of publisher; year of publication. Here is an example:


Appropriating New Media

Edited by Erskin L. Bowles and Karen J. Walker

Xii+394 pp. 53 figs., ISBN 0 501 33728 3 paperback,

US$ 49.95, Roman and Littlefield, Lanham, MD, 2010.

Content Guidelines

1. Briefly describe the contents

2. Indicate the intended audience

3. Evaluate the item on its own terms: how well have the authors/editors achieved their stated aims.

4.You may wish to evaluate those aims and the way  the subject has been handled using all or a few of the following questions:

  • Is the material well selected and well organized?
  • Are the statements of fact accurate?
  • Are the arguments clear and logically presented?
  • Are the conclusions convincing, original and/or important to the discipline and to the themes addressed by DC (see above)?
  • Is the style clear, concise and readable?

5. Comment, if necessary, on the presentation of the item: typography, illustrations, references, index.

6. Conclusion: your name and affiliation.


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Back Matter

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Front Matter

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Course File

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Critical Concepts

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Peer Review Process


Scholarly peer-reviewed.

Peer review will consist of 2 blind reviews in favor of acceptance with a third reviewer to consider cases with discrepancies over content quality.




Publication Frequency

The journal will be scheduled for publication twice annually.


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.