Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly Reviewer Trainee Program

Call for Applications

Based on doctoral students’ interest in learning the journal review process in the AEJMC Research Committee’s 2018 session of “Manuscript Reviews: Is this the Best We Can do” and to promote best practices in reviewing, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly is launching a Reviewer Trainee Program for 30 doctoral students worldwide. The Reviewer Trainee Program will last two semesters in which the trainee will review one manuscript in each semester.  If there is a revised and resubmitted decision within the trainee period, the trainee will review the revised and resubmitted version as well.  Each trainee will be assigned to the editor or an associate editor based on the research expertise of the trainee. The editor or associate editor will provide feedback to the review written by the trainee. Not all manuscripts submitted to JMCQ will have a trainee reviewer. The trainee’s publication recommendation will not affect the editorial decision.  However, if the trainee’s review is of good quality, it will be sent along with the other reviews for the author’s reference. The trainee will be sent the author blinded editorial decision letter which all other reviewers received. Upon successful completion of the program, each trainee will receive a digital certificate of program completion.

Application materials include a one-page cover letter explaining why you are interested in and what you want to achieve in the program, and a CV containing your full contact information, university affiliation, advisor name, AEJMC membership status (including divisional membership if any), research expertise, education background, accepted paper titles and conference names and publications. Recommendation letter by the applicant’s dissertation advisor is optional.

The application deadline of the program is October 1, 2018. All application materials should be combined into one PDF file and e-mail to Preference will be given to AEJMC student members who are in their third or fourth year with at least one refereed conference paper acceptance in English. Applicants will be notified by latest on October 15 the application result. Accepted trainees will be provided with training materials and take a quiz on the Reviewer Guideline of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and JMCQ’s Information for Contributors and pledge manuscript confidentiality and compliance to the Guideline. Those who scored 90% or above will be placed in the reviewer trainee pool and be assigned manuscripts based on the expertise of the trainees. The trainee will receive the same deadline and instructions as other regular reviewers. Questions about the program can be directed to editor Louisa Ha at


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