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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

Submission Process

Journal of Intercultural Communication only accepts online submissions. We use the open journals system (OJS) to overcome the timely results. The corresponding author is responsible for the submission, ensures that the coauthors are eligible, and adds all of them during the submission process. We encourage you to integrate your ORCID with your profile during registration. By logging into the OJS portal, only the assigned or corresponding author can see and check the updates. The paper should have focused on intercultural communication or cross-cultural comparison. All the papers received will be submitted for peer review by members of the board of editors. This process is normally expected to take between two and four months.

Steps Guide to Make Online Submission

Accepted File Formats [Download]

An MS Word (Office 2010-present) template is available here. You are strongly advised to consult it! A template for older versions of MSWord can be made available upon request, as can a LaTeX template. Please follow the template closely, including all directions therein, the most important of which are summarized below. Please avoid modifying the template. Please use MSWord for composing the submission, as other word processors (WordPerfect, Open Office) may interpret the template in unpredictable ways. Papers that do not conform to the template and guidelines may be rejected for publication. The template is intended to make this process as smooth and painless as possible for everyone.

Please note that the manuscript must contain the required sections, such as Title, Abstrac, Keywords, Introduction, Literature Review, Methodology, Data Analysis, Results and Discussion, Future research and Recommendations, Conclusions, and Reference. All the Figures and Tables must be added with Captions, Funding Information(if any), Author Contributions, Conflict of Interest, and other Ethics Statements.

Supplementary files: This may be any format, but it is recommended that you use common, non-proprietary formats where possible.

Cover Letter and Authorship Disclosure Statements [click here]

Please download the Authorship Disclosure Statements form and submit it as a supplementary document during manuscript submission. If you feel any difficulty filling out this form, please contact our editorial office (editorialoffice.jic@gmail.com) for your help. The submission will be considered unsuccessful or incomplete if the editorial office has not found this form attached as a supplementary document. 

Supplementary files: This may be any format, but it is recommended that you use common, non-proprietary formats where possible.

Ethical clearance letter/certificate or ethics waiver certificate

If you have any funding or Human research participants in your research, then please attach an Ethical clearance letter/certificate or ethics waiver from the ethics committee of your institution on the official letterhead, including contact details of the ethics committee.

What is an incomplete Submission?

An incomplete submission refers to a manuscript submission that is missing required files or has not been filled out properly. In the context you provided, an incomplete submission would mean that the following files and forms have not been submitted or filled out correctly:

  • Manuscript Original File: The main document or manuscript file that contains the actual content of the submission.¬†
  • Cover Letter and Authorship, Disclosure Statements, Copyright, and License Agreement Form: A document or form that typically includes a cover letter introducing the manuscript, information about the authors' contributions and affiliations, any disclosure statements, and agreements related to copyright and licensing. All the compulsory sections need to be filled in properly.¬†

To ensure a complete submission, it is important to provide all the required files and properly fill out any necessary forms as specified by the journal's submission guidelines. Failing to include any of these required elements may result in the submission being considered incomplete and potentially removed from the system.

Manuscript Preparation

Manuscript guidelines: Submissions are expected to be in English, with a preference for American English spelling. They should include an abstract of 180-220 words. They should have a maximum length of 9000 words, including abstract, citations, bibliography, and appendices (if any). For any questions, please contact the Editorial Office at editorialoffice.jic@gmail.com.

All submissions should include:

  • A title: The article‚Äôs full title should contain a maximum of 95 characters (including spaces).
    If there is a subtitle, a colon (:) should follow the main title, and the subtitle should be on the following line. This should be followed on another line by the authors' or authors' names.
  • Author's Details: Name and Affiliation, including email address and ORCID. The mailing address and email address of all authors, with separate footnotes for each author.


  • The abstract, written in English, should be no more than 180-220 words long and in the past tense. The abstract should concisely summarise the topic's objectives, methods, results, and significance. The unstructured abstract for an Original Research article should be six paragraphs long, with no headings: Background, Aim, Setting, Methods, Results, Conclusion, and Contributions. The latter is the abstract's only labelled heading.
  • Background: Summarise the social value (importance, relevance) and scientific value (knowledge gap) that your study addresses.
  • Aim: State the overall aim of the study.
  • Setting: State the setting for the study.
  • Methods: Clearly express the basic design of the study and name or briefly describe the methods used without going into excessive detail.
  • Results: State the main findings.
  • Conclusion: State your conclusion and any key implications or recommendations.
  • Contribution: What key insights into the research results and its future function are revealed? How do these insights link to the focus and scope of the journal? It should be a concise statement of the primary contribution of the manuscript; and how it fits within the journal's scope.

Do not cite references or use abbreviations excessively in the abstract.

  • Separate methods and results sections, followed by a discussion section, for papers reporting original empirical work.
  • A conclusions section.
  • A short biographical note at the end, just before the bibliography, in the section titled¬†About the author(s). This should be accompanied, where possible, by a small photo of the author (150x200 pixels is fine).
  • A bibliography.

-Appendices should be kept at a minimum and preferably be short.

All sections, subsections, and subsubsections should be numbered as follows: 1. Introduction, 1.1. First subsection, 1.1.1 First subsubsection, and so on. If a given section has a subsection, it must have a minimum of two; likewise, if a given subsection has a subsubsection, it must have a minimum of two.

The first line of any new section, subsection, or subsubsection should not be indented. Any subsequent paragraphs should be indented a uniform 1cm. There should be no additional space between paragraphs. Please do not do a double return between paragraphs.

The typeface in the template is set to Times New Roman throughout. Please do not change this. Italics should be reserved for foreign words and phrases as well as specialized terms and phrases on the first reference. Boldface may be used in moderation for emphasis.

Long quotations (four lines or more) should be indented 1cm and separated from the main text (see template). Shorter quotations should be incorporated into the main text.

Headers or footers: Do not add headers or footers, and do not paginate the paper. This will be done in the final formatting process prior to publication. All papers accepted for publication will be published both in HTML and PDF format.

Footnotes: Use footnotes rather than endnotes. The footnotes will be converted to endnotes for the HTML publication of the papers.

Tables and figures: Tables and figures should be placed in the correct position in the text, referenced in the main text, and numbered consecutively. Figures should, additionally, be submitted in a standard graphical format, preferably JPG/JPEG. Tables should be preceded by an explanatory caption; figures should be followed by a caption (for example, see template). Avoid the use of shading in tables. Figures may be in full colour if desired. All figures and tables should be in portrait rather than landscape mode.

Citations: In-text citations should look like this: (Kennedy 2003), (Kennedy 2003,2005), Kennedy 2003, James 2017), (Kennedy 2003, 2005; James 2017). If page numbers are indicated, they should appear like this: (Kennedy 2003: 14-17). The template includes examples of all common types of entries for the bibliography at the end: for example,

References: All references will appear at the end of the article. Please follow the examples below.

  1. Form Online Journal with DOI: Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication). Title of article. Title of Journal, volume number, page range. https://doi.org/10.0000/0000 Volume no, Issue no, page no, and DOI are important to add.


  • Alpers, L. M., & Hanssen, I. (2022). Culturally Congruent And Linguistically Correct Translations Of Proms As A Basis For Communication In Healthcare. Journal of Intercultural Communication,¬†22(4), 14‚Äď21. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v22i3.83.
  1. Form Online Journal with URL: Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication). Title of article. Title of Online Periodical, volume number(issue number if available). Retrieved from http://www.someaddress.com/full/url/

Example: Abosede, A. J., Obasan, K. A., & Alese, O. J. (2016). Strategic Management and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Development: A Review of Literature. International Review of Management and Business Research, 5(1), 315-335. Retrieved from http://www.irmbrjournal.com/paper_details.php?id=528

  1. From Newspaper Articles: Author, A. A. (Year, Month Day). Title of the article. Title of Newspaper. Retrieved from http://www.someaddress.com/full/url/

Example: Gendron & B. Burlingham (1989, April). The Entrepreneur of the Decade: An interview with Steve Jobs, Inc., 114-128.

  1. Form Books: Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Location: Publisher. (visit here for more information on how to cite a book.)

Example: Carland, J.W. & J.A. Carland (1999).  Small Business Management: Tools for Success (Second Edition)  Houston, TX: Dame Publishing.

JICC is accepting APA 6th reference format. So, it's essential to include the author(s) name(s), publication year, paper title, journal name, volume number, issue number, page numbers, and DOI. We recommend the authors add the bibliography using the software package EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley, or Reference Manager.

The review process for a first review normally takes about 2 - 4 months. The process's total length depends on how much of an article needs to be revised and how long an author needs to make the revisions.