ISSN: 14764504
Online ISSN: 20401388
First published in 2003
2 issues per volume
Current Issue:
Volume 14 / Issue 1 Free Issue
Volume: 13 | Issue: 1&2
Call for Papers

Download the RJ Notes for Contributors

The Radio Journal publishes critical analyses of radio and sound media across a variety of platforms, from broadcast to podcast and all in between.  We define ‘radio’ broadly to include not only traditional broadcasting, but any form of creative or factual expression that takes place primarily through sound.
We look for articles that explore the production, circulation and reception of radio and creative soundwork, and encourage a wide range of international and interdisciplinary perspectives on both historical and contemporary issues in sound-based journalism and media studies. The Radio Journal welcomes scholarship from early career researchers as well as internationally renowned scholars.
The Radio Journal is an English-language journal with a strong international editorial board. It is a refereed publication; all research articles undergo rigorous double-blind peer review. The editors will review other contributions. The process normally takes three months to complete, from submission to decision.
Scholars around the world are invited to submit original articles of 4–6,000 words, following Intellect style guidelines.  The Radio Journal also publishes book reviews, conference reports, viewpoint essays on current debates, translations, and news of digital and archival sources for research.
Subjects the journal covers include:
  • The history of sound media, from radio to the MP3
  • Radio drama, documentary, features, news, and discussion
  • Music and/on radio
  • Digital sound forms, such as podcasts, streaming audio, audiobooks, and apps
  • Community, local, regional, national, and international broadcasting
  • Theories and methods of radio and radio studies
  • Sound theory and aesthetics
  • Radio and sound interfaces, services, and technologies
  • Listening as a cultural practice
  • Sound audiences and fan practices
  • Radio and soundwork criticism
  • Broadcasting institutions, industries, policies, and professional practices
  • Policy and rights issues affecting radio and sound media
  • Gender, race, class, sexuality and sound
  • Archival issues and audio preservation
  • Radio and sound studies pedagogy
Articles should be submitted to Please include a separate cover page with: article title; author’s name and affiliation; brief abstract (100–200 words); keywords (6–8); author’s biography (100–200 words); author’s institutional postal and email address. No identifying information should appear on any other pages of the article, to aid in the blind review process.

Notes, References and Bibliography

The Radio Journal's main system of referencing is by the Harvard system of included or (name, date) references. There can in addition be numbered endnotes which will appear at the side of the appropriate page (although the numerical sequence runs throughout the article), but these should be kept to an absolute minimum, and normally only used for reference to sources not in the published or public domain (such as personal interviews and archives), or for further brief context or necessary comment. However, if radio broadcasts under discussion in your contribution have been published commercially, or remain permanently available on a broadcaster's web-based online archive, please include them in your included references and end list of references, referenced in the text in the usual Harvard manner (i.e. title of show italicised, date). But, to confirm, if any radio broadcasts you wish to cite are: not available in any of these ways; lost in the past; or were transmitted live and never recorded; or exist in recorded form only in an archive, please do not include them in your references, but reference by numbered notes only. If a recording exists only in your personal archive, please say so ('personal archive'). All numbered endnotes should be identified by a superscript numeral. See practice employed in this number for detailed guidance on referencing types of sources. Marginal note or end list of references citation of radio broadcasts should adhere wherever possible to the following format: title of programme as printed in schedules or listings [italicised] (year of broadcast), name of broadcasting organisation, area the broadcast covered, day and date of broadcast, local time of broadcast [for example: Letter from America (2002), BBC Radio 4, UK, Friday 22 November, 8.45-9pm]. For subsequent references to the same broadcast in the numbered notes, title and 'op. cit' are sufficient; for further editions of the same programme in the numbered notes, title, op. cit, and the different date of broadcast. A list of references must be included with all main article contributions.

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