About the Journal

CUTN Journal of Media and Communication is a brand-new scholarly initiative to promote communication research in India. Perhaps, India is the largest democracy—accounting for about one sixth of the world population. It is the second most populous country in the world with over a billion-and-a-quarter people and the seventh largest by area. India is socially and culturally diverse. Traditionally, India had been seen as an agrarian society and predominantly rural. Its sheer size, dense and distinguished population, binding values, cross-cultures and other contradictions differentiate it from the rest of the world.

Traditionally, Indians had been concerned with very different social and political issues than those in more developed nations. India was also seen as a poor country until a while ago. Development, technological advancement and media exposure had brought about a remarkable change over the past few decades in the country, altering the lifestyle and thinking of an average Indian. Today, Indians are getting wealthier and spending more on media. Media options are aplenty with everything from television, mobiles, films, music, publishing, Internet and radio. India’s first newspaper was published in 1780. Since then, newspapers have served the people of the country as a main source of information. As of March 2013, the number of registered publications in India stood at 94,067 (RNI, 2013), the world’s largest. Of them, there were 12,511 newspapers and 81,556 periodicals.

India is home to the world’s largest English-language newspaper readership. Driven by wireless connections, the total number of telephone users in the country increased by one crore in February 2014, taking the subscriber base to 93.19 crore (931.95 million). As of June 2014, the count of Internet users across the world was estimated to be 2.9 billion, indicating an Internet penetration of around 40%. In India, the number of Internet users by June 2014 was 243 million.

Of the estimated 243 Indian Internet users, about 168 million were said to be using online social networks, the popularity of which is witnessing a steady rise in the country. Note that the circulation of print publications in India is around 405 million. Not surprisingly, India was also clocking the fastest Facebook growth in 2014. Now, India has the most number of Facebook users in the world.

Though India presents surplus opportunities for communication research, it remains mostly untapped. As traditional communication media are witnessing a positive climate in India, bucking the global trend of decline, the country becomes an ideal ground to test Western communication theories. Though research is practised with vigour in the Indian soil, the volume of published work is comparatively a notch under. To bridge this gap, this Journal of Media and Communication intends to publish and promote communication research activities in India. Apart from publishing, the media research group in CUTN also shows interest in undertaking surveys and media research for independent groups and government and private organizations. It is also a move to publicise Indian communication research in the world stage.

CUTN: Journal of Media and Communication

This journal is a peer-reviewed and open-access journal that publishes original research articles (between 6,000 and 9,000 words) and shorter commentaries (2,000-3,000 words). It aims to promote peer-reviewed media research in India. An open-access model of online publishing is adopted to maximize reach, access, readership and impact. Both theoretical papers and empirical studies are accepted. Manuscripts submitted to the journal for publication will be reviewed by at least two experts. Even though a rapid review and publishing process will be employed, care will be taken to ensure that quality is not compromised. Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to the submission guidelines.

Frequency: twice a year
Months of distribution: June and December

The journal provides an opportunity to Indian scholars to share academic knowledge and more importantly broaden the scope of communication research in India. Quality assurance is provided by an elect Editorial Board and a privileged peer-review system.