Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Radio, Sound & Society is the scientific journal of the ECREA Radio Research section. It is an online semiannual publication (two issues per year), aimed to publish the outstanding work and research of scholars dedicated to radio studies. Focused on the role of audio media and sound language in everyday life and contemporary society, this journal is meant to encourage interdisciplinary approaches which may interconnect contributions from Sociology, Semiotics, History, Political Economy, Journalism or Technology.

Each volume is dedicated to a specific thematic within this general scope (e.g. Community radio in Europe; Sound art and acoustic language; Radio and Internet…) Three main sections define the structure of the journal: the thematic section (with 4-6 papers); the varia section (with 2-4 papers); the review section (with no more than 2 reviews). Some volumes may also include commentaries, interviews and/or multimedia content.

The journal is based on the open access system and all the articles will be published under the Creative Commons license.

The official language of the journal is English, but Spanish will also be accepted if accompanied by an English version.


Section Policies


Peer Review Process

Radio, Sound & Society Journal operates a strictly anonymous peer review process in which the reviewer's name is withheld from the author and the author's name from the reviewer. Each article is submitted to two referees, selected from a wide group of acknowledged researchers in the field of radio and sound studies.

Radio, Sound & Society is committed to speed up the review process and will make all its efforts to reply to the authors within three months from the submission.


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.


Citing references

TheRadio, Sound & Societyjournal follows the APA style (6th edition), according to these guidelines:

Citing and references in the text

- Quotations should always be translated into English. The original version of the quotation is not placed as footnote.

- Quotations of less than 40 words should be incorporated in the text and enclosed with double quotation marks (“ ”), in normal text, not italic. Quotations of 40 or more words should be highlighted in a free-standing block quotation on a new line, indented, smaller font and without quotation marks.   

- Citation references in the text should follow this format: (Kovarick, 2010, p. 134). In quotations incorporated in the text, the punctuation (full stop or comma) is placed after the reference. The indented quotations end with full stop before the reference.

- Do not use expressions such as idem, ibidem, apud, op. cit… For indirect quotations: (quoted in Kovarick, 2010, p. 134).

Reference list

The three main types of references used in academic works include books, chapters, and articles in scientific journals:

Street, S. (2013).The poetry of radio. The colour of sound. London: Routledge.

Föllmer, G. (2015). Redefining co-prodution in German radio: incorporating the listener in German radio plays. In T. Bonini & B. Monclús (Eds.), Radio audiences and participation in the age of network society (pp. 154-174)

Berry, R. (2015). A golden age of podcasting? Evaluating Serial in the context of podcasting histories. Journal of Radio & Audio Media, 22 (2), 170-178. doi:10.1080/19376529.2015.1083363.

References reporting websites are preceeded by the expression “Retrieved from”. No mention to the date of consultation.

Other style aspects

- Quotation marks: use double quotation marks (“ ”): for ironic expressions or words, jargon or figurative language; for quotations or the title of an article of book chapter.

- Italic: use italic, not bold, in the text: to indicate titles of books; to introduce new words or foreign phrases; to mention words or expressions which should be semantically highlighted.

- Initialisms: write the initialisms in capital letters when all the letters correspond to the initials of the words composing them (ex. FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia) and use only inicial capital letter, in case of letters that do not result from the initials of the words composing them (ex. Sopcom – Associação Portuguesa de Ciências da Comunicação). Initialisms do not have plural form (ex. the NGO and not the NGOs).

- Numbers: use the extensive form for numbers between zero and nine. From 10 on, use the numeral. Regardless this rule, always use numeral in graphs, tables and/or figures, in measurement units (ex. 5km), in mathematic functions, statistics, fractions, decimal numbers, ratios and percentages, numbers representing time, dates, points in a scale and exact amounts of money. Always use the extensive form for any number at the beginning of a sentence and in common fractions (ex. one fifth of the German people).

- Graphic elements: three types: tables (all kind of presentation of double entry data), graphs (all kind of graphic representation of statistic data) and figures (all kind of visual representations – images, diagrams, drawings, pictures, infographics). In the text, graphic elements are mentioned extensively (ex. in Table 1). All graphic elements have legend, not title. Legends do not have full stop. All graphic elements should be placed in the text as image (not as automatic forms of the text editor).

- Titles: titles never end with full stop (despite they may have other punctuation marks – question or exclamation mark). All titles have only capital letter in the first word. Other titles within the text may be numbered if numbering benefits text structure.

- Footnotes: use footnotes, not endnotes.

Other specifications should be consulted at the APA Style book.


Journal sections

Radio, Sound & Society journal is organized in seven categories of publication:

Articles: papers on topics related to the issue's theme. These papers may be focused on research results or more theoretical approaches.

Editorials: editorials are written only by the editors of the journal, both the permanent editors and the invited editors per issue.

Invited Essays: essays are written by invited authors. Although submitted to peer-review, these essays are not submitted spontaneously by the authors. Editors choose them according to the theme of the issue.

Commentaries: this section is meant to publish possible formal comments on topics strongly debated in particular moments.

Interviews: texts reporting an interview with an expert in the field of the issue's theme are also accepted.

Reviews: book reviews are also welcom in this journal. They should refer to books recently published (no older than one year).

Multimedia: this section includes mainly the possibility of publishing sound performances. It can also accept videos, but priority will be given to sound productions.


Editorial procedure

The editorial procedure consists in the following phases:

- call for papers: two call for papers are issued every year, specifically regarding the theme of each issue.

- submission period: the call for papers will be open for four months.

- submissions: full paper proposals are submitted online through the journal's plattform.

- peer-review: all proposals are submitted to a double blind review. This process take, normally, no more than one month. Authors are then informed of the editorial decision, in one of the following categories:

-- Unconditionally accepted: when the article is accepted requiring no revisions;

-- Accepted with minor revisions: when the article is accepted but authors are asked to introduce some revisions mentioned by the reviewers;

-- Accepted major revisions - ressubmission required: when the article can be accepted if the authors revise it deeply and ressubmite it for a second review in no more than two weeks;

-- Rejected: in this case, papers will not be published and there are no revision recommendations.

- publication: the issue with the accepted articles is published no later than 6-8 weeks after the notification of acceptance.


Author guidelines

Authors pretending to submitted a proposal for Radio, Sound & Society journal should first register themselves in the journal's platform. Register is required only once and not for each submission. This means when an author has already submitted a proposal for a previous issue, he/she only has to log in without registering a new profile.

Full paper proposals are submitted electronically through the journal's platform after registering / login. 

Format: manuscripts should be submitted in Word format, according to the following instructions:

- Font: Arial
- Page: A4 standard page
- Title: Arial 14, centred
- no mention to authors' identification (please certificate that Word's properties do not identificate the author)
- Abstract: Arial 10, justified (about 150 words)
- Keywords: Arial 10, separeted by ; (maximum 5 words)
- Text body: Arial 11
- Graphic elements: tables, figures and graphs should be incorporated in the text and also sent in separated files
- Titles within the text body are recommended to separate different sections of the manuscript.

Lengh: manuscripts' extension depends on the journal section which they are submitted to:

- Articles: 5.000-6.000 words;
- Invited essays: should not exceed 8.000 words;
- Commentaries: should not exceed 2.000 words;
- Interviews: should not exceed 4.000 words;
- Reviews: 1.500-2000 words

Language: manuscripts should be submitted in English. Spanish is also accepted but only when as a second version of the English submission.

Multimedia: multimedia content should be submitted in mp3 (for audio) or mp4 (for video) productions. Multimedia content also require the submission of a Word file containing title, abstract and keywords.

Only original, not published before, proposals are accepted for publication in Radio, Sound & Society journal. When submitting a proposal, authors are tacitly declaring the originality of the manuscripts. 


How to register and submit a proposal

If you are accessing the Radio, Sound & Society Journal platform for the first time, you should register your profile, going through the following steps:


- on the right hand of the page, click on Login button without entering username and password. 

- the information on the main page return the following message in red: "Invalid username or password. Please try again". Ignore it and click below on "Not a user? Register with this site".

- fullfil then the fields on your Profile.

- at the end of the Profile items, just before clicking Register, you may choose how you are registering. To be able to submit a proposal, you have to click the item 'Author'. And if you want to be consider as a potential 'Reviewer' for future issues, you can also click this item and specify your reviewing interests).

- after registering your profile, you will be introduced to the User Home page.


- being at the User Home page, click on 'New Submission".

Step 1: Starting the submission

- choose the journal section appropriate for your submission.

- check off all the items of the Submission Checklist.

Step 2: Uploading the submission

- upload the file of your submission (choose the file first and then do not forget to click on 'Upload').

- in case of submissions for the Multimedia section, please upload here the report/scientific comment file. The Multimedia file should be uploaded at step 4.

Step 3: Entering the submission's metadata

- fullfil the information on your submission. If your paper has more than one author, please do not forget to 'Add author'.

Step 4: Upload suplementary files

- this step is specially for those submitting proposals for the Multimedia journal section. After the upload of the report / scientific comment file at step 2, here you are expected to upload the audio or video file (please use mp3 or mp4 format).

- if you are not submitting for the Multimedia section, you may save and continue without uploading any file.

Step 5: Confirmation

- please do not forget to click on 'Finish submission' to confirm your submission.

You will receive an email "Submission acknowledgement" automatically.



Editorial board

Angeliki Gazi, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus

Antonio Adami, Universidade Paulista, Brazil

Belén Monclùs, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain

Brian O'Neill, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland

Carolyn Birdsall, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

David J. Hendy, Sussex University, UK

Eduardo Vicente, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

Elena Razlogova, Concordia University, Canada

Emili Prado, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain

Enrico Menduni, Università di Roma Tre, Italy

Golo Föllmer, Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

Grazyna Stachyra, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland

Guy Starkey, Sunderland University, UK

Ignacio Gallego Perez, Universidad Carlos Tercero de Madrid, Spain

Jean Jacques Cheval, Université Bourdeaux Montaigne, France

Jeremy Morris, UW Madison, USA

Jonathan Sterne, McGill University, Canada

Kate Lacey, Sussex University, UK

Lars Nyre, University of Bergen, Norway

Luis Albornoz, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Madalena Oliveira, Universidade do Minho, Portugal

Manuel Fernandez-Sande, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

Marko Ala Fossi, Tampere University, Finland

Marta Perrotta, Università di Roma Tre, Italy

Mia Lindgren, Monash University, Australia

Micael Herschmann, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rosa Franquet, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain

Salvatore Scifo, Bournemouth University, UK

Stanislaw Jędrzejewski, Kozminski University, Warsaw, Poland

Tanja Bosch, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Tiziano Bonini, IULM University of Milan, Italy

Vinod Pavarala, University of Hyderabad, India