About the Journal

Communicare: Journal for Communication Studies in Africa facilitates scholarly discussion on communication phenomena in Africa and how these are in conversation with other regions. Communicare is a non-profit, open-access journal, in existence since 1980, published biannually by the School of Communication, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Communicare uses a double-blind peer review system and is accredited by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training.

Communicare aims to serve as a point of reference for continental academic debate and geo-specific theorising. It thus invites articles that complement, test, refine or counter global theoretical perspectives by amplifying and consolidating African research and scholarship. The journal publishes original theoretical-conceptual and empirical articles regardless of paradigm, perspective or context and welcomes a wide range of methodological approaches. Communicare publishes articles in a broad spectrum of communication sub- and related disciplines, including organisational communication, strategic communication, marketing communication, corporate communication, development communication, social change, political communication, gender communication, postcolonial studies, identity politics and politics of everyday life, celebrity studies, visual communication, internet studies, gaming, digital communication, digital media, film studies, media studies, cultural studies, popular culture, and journalism. Communicare also publishes generic (non-region specific) research articles on topics relevant to scholarly conversations on communication in Africa.


Cover page design and template design courtesy of Given Dube.


Communicare is committed to upholding the integrity of the scholarly record. The journal editors, peer reviewers and authors are expected to follow the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines on professional publishing standards available from


Manuscripts submitted to Communicare will be scanned for potential plagiarism, which occurs when a person uses someone else's words, concepts, ideas, data or other work, whether written or visual, as their own original intellectual work, without adequately acknowledging the original author.


Communicare accepts a variety of articles that contribute to contemporary scholarly debates on communication studies in Africa.

Full-length theoretical, conceptual and empirical research articles (5000-8000 words, all-inclusive).

Emerging scholars’ articles (3000-4500 words).

Practice-based case studies (3000-4500 words).

Editorials and commentaries (750-2500 words).


Research articles and review articles are subject to double peer review, whereby the authors' and reviewers' identities are concealed.


Communicare articles are published with open access under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) licence.

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.


Communicare is preserved using LOCKSS, CLOCKSS and PKP PN.


Communicare bills article processing charges (APCs) to cover the production costs and ensure the journal’s sustainability. APCs apply only to articles accepted for publication.

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