About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Global Media Journal, a publication of the Global Communication Association, is sponsored by the Department of Communication and Creative Arts, Purdue University, Calumet, Hammond, Indiana, USA. Besides the American edition the following global editions have been established: African, Arabic, Australian, Brazilian, Canadian, Chinese, German, Indian, Malaysian, Mediterranean, PakistanPersian, Polish, Portuguese, RussianMexican, and Turkish.

The African Edition of Global Media Journal is maintained by the Journalism Department of Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It was launched in October 2007. It is advised by an editorial board of prominent International Communication scholars from throughout the world and publishes peer-reviewed research papers, professional articles, and book reviews.

Global Media Journal African Edition also offers an opportunity to graduate students to publish their work.

Global Media Journal African Edition is published bi-annually.

Peer Review Process

Global Media Journal - African Edition publishes works that assess existing media structures and practices, such as global media concentration, globalization of TV genres, global media and consumer culture, the role of media in democratic governance and global justice, propaganda, media reception and cultural practice, commercialization of news, new media technologies, media regulations, regional media, alternative media, and other timely issues.

The review process is double-blind; that is, the reviewer does not know who the manuscript author(s) is and the author(s) does not know who has reviewed the manuscript.

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

Global Media Journal - African Edition is committed to ethical publication practices and quality. Ethical behavior is therefore expected of authors, editors, reviewers, and the publisher.
In particular,
Authors should present the significance of  research  and sufficient detail to permit  others to replicate the project. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate  statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable. Review  articles should also be unbiased, comprehensive, and accurate accounts of the state of the field. The authors should ensure that their work is  entirely original, and if the work and/or words of others have  been used, this has been appropriately acknowledged. Plagiarism in  all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is  unacceptable. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal  concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Authors should not submit articles describing essentially  the same research to more than one journal. The corresponding author should ensure that there is a full consensus of all co-authors in  approving the final version of the paper and its submission for publication.
Editors should evaluate manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic merit. An editor must not use unpublished information in the  editor's own research without the express written consent of the author. Editors should take reasonable responsive measures when ethical  complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper.
Reviewers: Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential  documents. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review  must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviews  should be conducted unbiased, and observations should be formulated  clearly with supporting arguments, so that authors can use them for  improving the paper. Any selected referee who feels unqualified to  review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt  review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself  from the review process. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in  which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive,  collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the  authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Digital Preservation

Global Media Journal African Edition. This journal is in the process of migrating from the Stellenbosch University preservation platform to the PKP PN (Preservation Network) platform.


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Journal History

Global Media Journal - The Global Network of Communication Scholars.

The consistent goal of Global Media Journal is to address diverse interests of media and journalism scholars, researchers, teachers, students, and institutions engaged in international activities, particularly communication. As of 2013, there are 18 established and confirmed editions--other editions are under consideration.

Global Media Journal - African Edition, is sponsored by Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

The goal is to establish an edition of the journal in every major language and region of the world, thereby creating a global research and communication network for scholars, students, teachers, journalists, interested individuals, and institutions around the globe. Ultimately, such a network will facilitate exchange of information and knowledge in a timely and efficient manner. Global Media Journal is an effective
communication channel for enhancing and promoting intercultural communication, international relations, and global cooperation among diverse cultures and