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Focus and Scope

This is a bi-annual open access online journal of the Association of Communication Scholars & Professionals of Nigeria (ACSPN).  In consonance with the aims of the association, it is a unique publication that offers opportunities for dialogue between scholarship and practice.  The journal welcomes academic papers which will be held to the usual strict rules of scholarship, but it will also create space for sound contributions from industry practitioners whose reflections on work cultures will give insight into or challenge the adequacy of existing theories and principles.  To this end, the journal will address emerging challenges for scholarly consideration.  Whilst maintaining attention on perennial academic and professional issues it will establish the required synergy for knowledge advancement.   

Communication Cultures in Africa (CCA) offers an opportunity to engage with media and communication cultures and issues stemming from the global south.  The journal will focus on processes involved in the dissemination of information and communication practices – issues of production, reception practices, the impact of media messages on cultural contexts, and vice versa.  It will be concerned with the study of media representations, regulation and matters of identity.   Although its particular focus relates to the African continent, content will not be exclusive to this context: papers and views from other cultural contexts which have a bearing on its concerns are welcome.  Issues to be prioritised will be those which address challenges of cultural diversity, especially as affecting slowly evolving societies and struggles of emerging democracies exemplified by societies in African contexts.

Reflecting the broad interests and subject disciplines within the association, the journal which has a media and communication slant, will be multidisciplinary in approach.   Contributions are expected from scholarly disciplines including Media and Communication, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Sociolinguistics, Political Science, Marketing. 

The journal will cover the following:

  • Journalism Practice and News Cultures
  • Political Communication Cultures
  • Peace and Conflict Communication Cultures
  • Broadcast Media: Cultures in Practice and Regulation
  • Public Affairs & Public Relations Cultures & Practices
  • Health Communication and Cultures
  • Cultures in Advertising Theory & Practice
  • Film Industry and Cultures
  • Nollywood & Emerging Conventions in Film 
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Identities and Media Representations
  • Communication and Indigenous Languages
  • Media, Popular Cultures & Audiences
  • Gender, Culture and Communication
  • Children, Youth and Cultures
  • Media Law, Ethics and Cultures
  • Media, Communication & Emerging Cultures
  • Digital Natives and Digital Cultures
  • Social Media Cultures
  • Media Literacy

We encourage single authorship where possible but also welcome collaborative work.  In the event of multiple authorship, authors should be listed in order using degree of contribution to the paper, rather than order of seniority.  

Publication Frequency

There will be two editions each year consisting of a General edition which will rely on papers submitted in response to the general call for papers, and a Thematic edition to be guided by the interest of invited Guest editor/s.  Each edition will consist of Full length Articles, Book reviews, Comments - rejoinders to articles and reports to promote dialogue and Reflections on aspects of professional practice to court scholarly attention or prod academic scrutiny.  

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. There is no embargo on the journal’s publications. The dates each manuscript was submitted and accepted on are published on the PDF version.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

Authors are encouraged to publish their data in recommended repositories. For a list of generic and subject specific repositories that meet our peer review criteria, see here.

Archiving Policy

All content is indexed with CrossRef and assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI). As a consequence all of our references are made available so that citations can be tracked by the publishing community.


Association of Communication Scholars & Professionals of Nigeria (ACSPN) is based in Nigeria with members from across the world - Africa, Europe, the Americas and elsewhere.  The association by itself, or in partnership with similar minded organisation, seeks to shape scholarship, training and practice in media and communication especially in Nigeria.  This journal offers a space across the globe, for broader dialogues on communication cultures and issues stemming from the global south.


Communication Cultures in Africa (CCA) is new and proposes to be a bi-annual journal of the Association of Communication Scholars & Professionals of Nigeria (ACSPN).  Although it focuses on the African continent, it is expected that ideas will not be exclusively from there.  The journal welcomes papers and views from other cultural contexts if they have a bearing on its concerns.  This should be a meeting point for lessons from Africa and for African media and communication practices.

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