Publication Policy

Academic and practitioner research submitted for publication on the Institute for Public Relations (IPR) website must provide insights that are immediately applicable to the practice of public relations and must undergo one of several established review processes for IPR papers.

Volunteer bodies such as the IPR Measurement Commission, the Commission on Organizational Communication, and the Coalition for Public Relations Research Standards each have their own review and decision processes.  Research that has won an IPR award or that previously went through a formal peer-review process (e.g., papers accepted for the International Public Relations Research Conference) also qualify for publication on our website if the topic and results are relevant to the IPR mission.  In situations where none of the above applies, submitted research will be reviewed by the IPR Research Fellows.

Typically, research reviewers want to see details of the methodology, questions asked, raw data and analysis, and how the research and findings impact the profession.  The Fellows may, as part of the peer-review process, reject the submission or request changes to the paper before publication.

Articles (essays, commentaries or editorials) submitted for the IPR blog, Research Conversations, do not undergo any academic peer-review but are reviewed by the IPR staff.  In addition, you may post comments on most pages of the website at any time.  We welcome your engagement and we encourage both practitioners and academics to submit their work to IPR.