Communication works for those who work at it.- John Powell
The Journal of Advances in Communication Theory and Research exemplifies Kansas State University’s perpetual endeavor to produce high-quality research. Although the journal had to reduce the frequency from semi-annual to annual, like past editions of the journal, the Fall 2010 volume showcases originative works from a multitude of communication topics in an effort to celebrate undergraduate and graduate student research and encourage its efflorescence. This collection of articles covers a variety of topics, with age-relevant issues being dominant.
As an undergraduate, I was unaware any of the channels for submitting the research I conducted. Arduous semesters of original, critical, and comparative research by thousands of students remains in the ‘documents’ section of hard drives the nation over. I am fortunate to be involved in ACTR during a time of rising popularity for online communication journals disseminating ideas and giving credence to the earnest works of students. Through submission, student authors discover the difficulty and importance of formulating a systematic method and seeing research through to analyses and implications. Submission and editing standards forACTR serve as a model to help students identify tone, format, and style of papers that can qualify for journals and conferences in their academic future. Though students may not yet be experts in their area of research and may not be submitting papers without flaw, they also feel encouraged by learning that a student can write a paper with merit within a semester.
All of the articles in this issue feature a sophisticated awareness by the student authors–utilizing fresh, contemporary applications of communication research. These diverse journal articles are united by a constant theme of constructive written discourse regarding communication topics that interest and directly affect the current university-age demographic. Topics are quite diverse, ranging from Carr’s article on Starbucks as a ‘third place environment’ to Shumaker’s analysis of date initiation preferences. Personality constructs are assessed via suspect interrogation by Heuback. Many of the original rhetorical philosophers are summoned in Koehle’s paper on modern sophists, McGuire’s “Yes We Can” and Pennington’s “healthcare” presidential rhetoric analyses, and Shelbourne’s wonderful synthesis of feminism and classical Greek literature. The beauty of each work is the undoubtedly direct insight into the lens of “Generation Y”.
I see my editorial position for ACTR as a guidance mechanism. The limitations in each paper are apparent, but in keeping with the mission of ACTR–advancing topically significant, unique, and methodologically innovative communication research that is relevant to our time–each paper surmounted my expectations. My hope for this issue is to inspire students to value their creativity, standpoint, and potential as the vanguards of new communication research. Of course, I further hope that this inspiration results in a record number of submissions for Volume Four.
Extant challenges facing ACTR include increasing journal circulation and technological applications. As the “face” of the website continues to be developed, so will our interactivity. By the next volume, the editorial staff plans to include a section for comments and discussion for each paper, as well as biographies and contact information for each article author.
To conclude, I appreciate the effort of Dr. Young Ok Yum, the sage behind the fruition of ACTR. Former editor, Natalie Pennington (MA, Communication Studies, 2010; currently, doctoral student, Communication Studies, University of Kansas), deserves great thanks for acting as the submissions evaluator, accepting the research you are receiving in the current volume. This online volume also reflects the work of Yugang Zhou, who revamped and vastly improved the journal web page this fall– developing a clean new space to post all of the fine articles in Volume Three for your amelioration and enjoyment.
Editor in Chief
Graduate Student in Journalism and Mass Communications
Kansas State University
Advances in Communication Theory & Research
Volume 3, Fall 2010