The Journal of Intercultural Communication


The paper should have a focus on intercultural communication or cross-cultural comparison.

An MSWord (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 on 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 for making this process as smooth and painless as possible for everyone.

Submissions are expected to be in English, with a preference for American English spelling. They should include an abstract of 100-150 words. They should have a maximum length of 8,000 words including abstract, citations, bibliography, and appendices (if any). For any questions, please contact managing editor Joel Parthemore.

Submissions should be sent to the editor-in-chief Jens Allwood. All papers received will be submitted to peer review by members of the board of editors. This process is normally expected to take between two and four months.

To keep reviews anonymous, all authors are kindly requested to replace references to their own work in the bibliography and running text with the text ”to be inserted after review”.

All submissions should include:

Appendices should be kept at a minimum, both in terms of number and length.

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

The first line of any new section, subsection, or sub-subsection 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 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.

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.

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

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 examples, see template). Avoid use of shading in tables. Figures may be full color, if desired. All figures and tables should be in portrait rather than landscape mode.

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,

Broeder, P. (1991). Learning to understand in interethnic communication. Issues in Applied Linguistics, 4(1): 57-84.
Clyne, M. (1994). Intercultural Communication at Work: Cultural Values in Discourse. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.