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Pepperdine Journal of Communication Research


The Pepperdine Journal of Communication Research seeks to pursue truth and academic excellence in the field of communication by recognizing outstanding student scholarship that explores interpersonal, organizational, rhetoric and leadership, and intercultural communication. Through rigorous peer-review, the Journal strives to contribute to ongoing discussions in communication studies by publishing student papers that investigate a variety of contemporary topics and issues.

Submissions explore the many contexts of personal and professional communication, unveiling the shifting goals, strategies, and relationships that define interactions in our society. Papers may take the form of book reviews, research articles, or essays. We encourage application from students throughout the public relations, advertising, integrated marketing communication, journalism, communication studies, and sports administration programs.


  • Maggie Bennett

Associate Editors

  • Stephanie Chan
  • Alice Grosu
  • Alice Han
  • Adriana Hebert
  • Charlie Markham
  • Morgan Purdy

Faculty Advisor

  • Dr. Diana Martínez

Call for Papers

The theme for this year’s journal is release. A submission exploring release could follow the theme in a range of ways, from focusing on the release of interpersonal or organizational patterns to the release of problematic perspectives in the media. Explore more about the Call for Papers.

Benefits of Contributing

Students who take a position on our team are empowered to open a number of doors for themselves, in both career preparation and civic participation.  As a diverse group of undergraduates pursuing a variety of paths, you stand to experience different benefits in each of your fields from working with the journal.  Editing and submitting papers will give you an edge in competitive writing skills, experience providing feedback, and the quality of future graduate school and job applications. Further, the broad set of topics you will take on as reviewers and editors are not hypothetical or strictly academic.  The submissions you will work on are about high profile issues in communication that you will face in your own field.  For this reason, the journal is an invaluable resource for understanding how to evaluate communication processes before you reach the workplace. 

General Guidelines for Authors

With respect to the variety of majors involved in the journal, your submission can adopt many different focuses.  All majors should aim to reflect the theme of the journal and use the theories of their area of study to analyze communication approaches.  The ultimate goal of your paper and the journal as a whole is to uncover whether these approaches were effective and ethical.  Some general prompts for the majors include:

  • Communication Studies: Choose from among the subdisciplines to identify the effects and strategies of communication practices in advancing certain interests or relationship patterns
  • Advertising: Examine what values, agendas, and lifestyles are promoted in commercials, ads, social media, and other forms of advertising
  • Journalism: Analyze how the media and reporting approaches affect audiences’ views and behavior professionally and personally
  • Public relations: Identify the motives, means, and ethics of PR campaigns in creating an image; Explore any conflicts of interest

All majors have multiple options for the communication text of interest, including films, books, commercials, documentaries, shows, news segments, personal experiences, videos, songs, or radio broadcasts.  As a separate option, students submitting reviews of journal articles can choose any article, not excluding those read for classes.

Contact Us

Editor-in-Chief: margaret.k.bennett@pepperdine.edu