General information

Central European Journal of Communication (ISSN 1899-5101) – the official Journal of the Polish Communication Association is published twice a year by the University of Wrocław Press.

Central European Journal of Communication is an international forum for empirical, critical and interpretative, quantitative and qualitative research examining the role of communication in Central Europe and beyond. The journal welcomes high quality research and analysis from diverse theoretical and methodological approaches, as well as reviews of publications and publishes notes on a wide range of literature on media and communication studies. Submission of original articles is open to all researchers interested in media and communication.


Central European Journal of Communication was launched after the General Meeting of Founders of the Polish Communication Association (PCA) in April 2007. The idea was to create a referred journal to act as an international forum for contributions examining the role of communication from all theoretical, empirical and critical perspectives and using all forms of inquiry. The aim of Central European Journal of Communication is to emphasize the growing importance of media and communication science and research in Central and Eastern Europe. In line with this, it also aims at promoting research conducted in this part of the world and further building a `bridge` between media and communication scholars from West and East.

Guest Editors 

Eleven issues of Central European Journal of Communication have been published so far. Publications have been dedicated to different disciplines in contemporary media and communication studies and have been prepared with the help of experts, serving as Guest Editors. For instance, papers submitted for the volume entitled “Impact of European Integration and EU Entry on Media and Media Policy in New Europe” (Spring 2009) were selected and evaluated by Karol Jakubowicz – the Chairman of the Intergovernmental Council Information for All Programme at UNESCO. Moreover, Wayne Wanta (Oklahoma State University) and Bartłomiej Łódzki (University of Lower Silesia) – experts on empirical studies in contemporary media approaches served as Guest Editors for the issue related to development of Agenda-setting theory and research. In addition, Spring issues of 2010 and 2011 were created with the help from Lars Nord (Mid Sweden University) and Jerzy Olędzki (University of Warsaw) accordingly. The issue on the impact of new technologies to political communication and election campaigns (Fall 2011) was co-edited with Barbara Pfetsch (Free University of Berlin), while The Spring 2012 issue was developed with the help of Aukse Balcytiene (Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania). The Fall 2012 issue on media accountability and transparency was co-edited by Epp Lauk (University of Jyvaskyla, Finland) and Michał Kuś (University of Wrocław, Poland). Spring 2013 was edited by Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska (University of Wrocław, Poland) and Peter Gross (University of Tennessee, Knoxville). Michał Głowacki (University of Warsaw) served as the editor of the Fall 2013 collection. Issues published in 2014 were edited by Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska and Gianpietro Mazzoleni (Spring 2014) as well as Michał Głowacki, Norbert Merkovity, and Dominic Wring (Fall 2014) accordingly. The 8th Volume (Spring 2015) was edited by guest editor Romy Wölmert and Michał Głowacki (Warsaw University) and the next number was published under the supervision of Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska, Róża Smolak and Zrinjka Peruško (University of Zagreb) as a guest editor accordingly. David H. Weaver was invited to cooperation, and together with Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska and Adam Michel (University of Wroclaw) and worked on first number of Volume 9 (Spring 2016) of our journal. The next issue was a result of cooperation of Gunnar Nygren (Sodertorn University), Michał Głowacki and Jacek Nożewski. The newest issue was edited by Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska and Julia Trzcińska (University of Wroclaw).

One year after publication, each issue of Central European Journal of Communication is made freely accessible on the website.

Central European Journal of Communication Guest Editor(s)/Editor(s) Area(s) of study
Volume 10, No 1 (18) Spring 2017 Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska, Julia Trzcińska
Volume 9, No 2 (17) Fall 2016 Gunnar Nygren / Michał Głowacki, Jacek Nożewski
Volume 9, No 1 (16) Spring 2016 David H.Weaver / Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska, Adam Michel
  Volume 8, No 2 (15) Fall 2015 Zrinjka Peruško / Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska & Róża Smolak
Volume 8, No 1 (14) Spring 2015 Romy Wölmert / Michał Głowacki
Volume 7, No 2 (13) Fall 2014 Norbert Merkovity & Dominic Wring / Michał Głowacki
Volume 7, No 1 (12) Spring 2014 Gianpietro Mazzoleni  / Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska
Volume 6, No 2 (11) Fall 2013 Michał Głowacki
Volume 6, No 1 (10) Spring 2013 Peter Gross / Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska
Volume 5, No 2 (9) Fall 2012  Epp Lauk & Michał Kuś  / Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska Special issue: “Media Accountability: Between Tradition and Innovation”
Volume 5, No 1 (8) Spring 2012  Aukse Balčytiene / Michał Głowacki Open Call: How to Approach Change in Modern Communications
Volume 4, No 2 (7) Fall 2011 Barbara Pfetsch / Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska Special Issue: “Political Communication in the Era of New Technologies”
Volume 4, No 1 (6) Spring 2011 Jerzy Olędzki / Michał Głowacki Special Issue: “The Role and Function of Public Relations in Contemporary Society. Public Relations Between Service for an Organization and the Public”
Volume 3, No 2 (5) Fall 2010 Wayne Wanta & Bartłomiej Łódzki / Bogusława Dobek- Ostrowska Special Issue: “Development of Agenda-Setting Theory and Research: Between West and East”
Volume 3, No 1 (4) Spring 2010 Lars Nord / Michał Głowacki Special Issue: “Public Service Media on the Baltic: The Role of the State in Central and Northern European Media Systems”
Volume 2, No 2 (3) Fall 2009 Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska Special Issue: “Political Campaigns Communication in Different Media Systems”
Volume 2, No 1 (2) Spring 2009 Karol Jakubowicz / Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska Special Issue: “Impact of European Integration and EU Entry on the Media and Media Policy in “New Europe”
Volume 1, No 1 (1) Fall 2008 Michał Jacuński / Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska Open Call: Comparative Media Systems

Each article that appears in Central European Journal of Communication is peer reviewed by independent referees – specialists in a given research area. Manuscripts are accepted to publication prior to the positive opinion on the paper from the Editors and Guest Editors of particular collection. A total of 152 articles prepared by 222 authors from 32 different countries have published in Central European Journal of Communication so far (2008-2017). Additionally, there are 52 books reviews in our journal and 10 interviews with researchers such as Maxwell McCombs, Peter Gross, Jane Curry, Stephan Russ-Mohl, Walery Pisarek, Daniel C. Hallin, Paolo Mancini, Andrei Richter, David Weaver and  Jesper Strömbäck.


The popularity of certain issues of Central European Journal of Communication has often grown due to prominent media scholars, who widely contributed to specific research areas in media and communication studies. For instance, the Fall issue of 2010 contained one of the most currents empirical studies conducted by Maxwell McCombs (University of Texas at Austin) and Donald Shaw (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) – the founders of Agenda-setting theory. In addition, concept of political campaigns discourse was developed by William Benoit (Ohio University), while  models of media systems in new democracies were redefined by Katrin Voltmer (University of Leeds). The role of supranational regulation in the process of post-Soviet media systems was widely discussed by Andrei Richter -Director of the Office of the Representative on Freedom of the Media at OSCE. In 2011, James E. Grunig (University of Maryland) – one of the founding co-editors of the Journal of Public Relations Research – contributed to the issue on the role and function of public relations, emphasizing the role of public relations in contemporary society.

The role of promotion

Editorial team of Central European Journal of Communication has undertaken different kinds of activities to promote and advertise the publication during several meetings and conferences in Europe and beyond. In addition, information related to publications are published on the official Central European Journal of Communication account created on Facebook. Call for papers and information on the forthcoming issues are also circulated among the members of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), the International Communication Association (ICA) as well as the Polish Communication Association (PCA).

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