Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

CJOC is an open access, peer-reviewed and research-based journal, published twice yearly June and December) by the Department of Mass Communication, Covenant University. The journal aims to be a leading and preferred voice for scholars, academics, researchers, authors and students of communication. CJOC also aims to be a credible outlet for scholars from Nigeria, Africa and indeed the world to share knowledge on how communication contributes to development.

 

Section Policies

Articles

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Peer Review Process

CJOC has a strict publication schedule and a rigorous peer review regime. All articles must be submitted online while the peer review is electronically managed. At least two of three reviews must vouch for the author on the originality and substance of research article before it is accepted to be published. Authors whose articles are highly novel will be asked to recommend three experts in the area of subject matter. Authors can follow manuscript progress by logging into a personalized (author’s) section of the journal’s site. Two versions of an issue are published – online and hard copy. However, the hard copy edition is only available by special order.

 

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.

 

Editor-in-Editor

Dr. Oladokun Omojola

 

Editorial Assistants

Dr. Odion Odiboh

Darlynton Yartey

 

Editorial Board

  • Chairman:   Idowu Sobowale, Professor of Mass Communication, McPherson University, Seriki Sotayo, Nigeria
  • Vice Chairman: Editor-in-Chief
  • Secretary: Editorial Assistant (ii)
  • Members

1)            Andrew  Moemeka, Emeritus Professor, Central Connecticut University, USA.

2)            Todd Frobish, Professor, Chair and Head, School of Communication, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina, USA.

3)            Yusuf Kalyango, Professor, Director, Institute of International Journalism, Scripps College of Communication, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, USA.

4)            Lai Oso, Professor, former Dean, School of Communication, Lagos State University, Ojo, Nigeria.

5)            Stella C. Okunna, Professor, Department of Mass Communications, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria.

6)            Kate Omenugha, Professor, Department of Mass Communication, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria.

7)            Levi Obijiofor, Senior Lecturer, School of Journalism and Communication, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, Australia.

8)            Des Wilson, Professor, School of Social Sciences, University of Uyo, Nigeria.

9)            Ike Ndolo, Professor, Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu, Nigeria

10)        Ebenezer Soola, Professor, Department of Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.

11)        Abiodun Salawu, Professor, Department of Communication, North-West University, South Africa.

12)        Nnamdi Ekeanyanwu, Associate Professor, Department of Mass Communication, University of Uyo, Uyo, Nigeria.

13)        Olatunji Rotimi, Professor and Dean, School of Communication, Lagos State University, Ojo Lagos, Nigeria.

 

Ethics and Misconduct

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Ethics: The Editors of Covenant University Journals (CUJ) strictly ensure that all research must have been carried out within an appropriate ethical framework. If there is suspicion that the work has not taken place within an appropriate ethical framework, Editors will follow the Misconduct policy and may reject the manuscript, and/or contact the author(s), institution or ethics committee. On rare occasions, if the Editor has serious concerns about the ethics of a study, the manuscript may be rejected on ethical grounds.

Confidentiality: Editors will treat all manuscripts submitted to all CU Journals in confidence. Reviewers are also required to treat manuscripts confidentially. CUJ will not share manuscripts with third parties outside of CUJ, except in cases of suspected misconduct. Manuscripts may be shared with other Editors of CUJ, unless authors indicate on submission that they do not wish their manuscript to be passed on beyond the journal they submitted to.

Consent: For all research involving human subjects, informed consent to participate in the study should be obtained from participants (or their parent or guardian in the case of children under 18) and a statement to this effect should appear in the manuscript.

Misconduct: CUJ takes seriously all allegations of potential misconduct. As members of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics), all CU Journals will follow COPE guidelines outlining how to deal with cases of suspected misconduct. In cases of suspected research or publication misconduct, it may be necessary for Editors to contact and share manuscripts with third parties, for example, author(s)’ institution(s) and ethics Committee(s). CUJ may also seek advice from COPE and discuss anonymized cases in the COPE forum.

Research Misconduct: All research must be carried out within an appropriate ethical framework. If there is suspicion that research has not taken place within an appropriate ethical framework, Editors may reject a manuscript and may inform third parties, for example, author(s)’ institution(s) and ethics Committee(s). In cases of proven research misconduct involving published articles, such articles may be retracted.

Publication misconduct: As members of COPE, all CU journals will follow COPE guidelines outlining how to deal with cases of potential publication misconduct.

Plagiarism: CUJ is a member of Crosscheck’s plagiarism detection initiative and uses plagiarism detection software. If plagiarism is identified, COPE guidelines on plagiarism will be followed.

 

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