Communication Law Review

Call For Papers

Call For Papers: Special Issue on Cancel Culture 

Communication Law Review invites submissions for the December 2023 issue. Along with submissions of research at the intersection of communication and law, this issue will feature selected essays on Cancel Culture.  

Scholars who explore communication and law often examine who has the right to say what. Cancel culture is at the very heart of that question. It affects many different audiences, from celebrities and professors to politicians and CEOs.  Some see cancel culture as censorship and erosion of free speech, and some see it as long-awaited accountability. The goal of this call is to interrogate cancel culture’s relationship to freedom of expression from legal, societal, and theoretical perspectives.

Submitted essays on cancel culture may contain up to 4,000 words, will be competitive and peer-reviewed, and may use first-person voice.  Essays on this topic may address real or hypothetical cases of communicative and legal practice, be commentaries offering insight on current events and suggested legal frameworks or other forms of expression and insight. Essays should contain some citations but are not expected to contain a complete literature review. 

Research article submissions are also encouraged, on any topic within the scope communication and law.  We accept multiple styles and do not enforce a word limit, further encouraging a variety of work.  All submissions should be in a Word file. Questions about the journal and submissions should be sent to Dr. Pamela Morris,

Cancel Culture Essay Submissions open through September 30, 2023
Research Submissions open through August 30, 2023

The editorial board encourages submissions of scholarly articles to the Communication Law Review. We welcome manuscripts from faculty, graduate students, independent scholars, and working professionals

The primary focus of the Communication Law Review is on freedom of expression issues, including but not limited to research that considers such areas as legal communication education, the study of legal rhetoric, emerging concepts in internet law, copyright concerns, communication in the practice of law, censorship issues, private constraints on communication behavior, free speech and culture, and related topics.

Authors should submit their manuscript electronically as a Word file to the editor. Submissions should be sent to Dr. Pamela Morris,

Acceptable style guides include APA, MLA, Bluebook, or Chicago Manual of Style. We ask you to indicate which style guide you used when submitting your manuscript. 

There is no firm minimum or maximum limits on word count or the number of pages.

All submissions will undergo evaluation by anonymous reviewers. Manuscripts should not be under review by another publication.

We ask that all approved manuscripts include an abstract and 5-7 keywords.

All authors will retain the copyright of their own work published in the journal. If authors republish their essays elsewhere, we ask that you acknowledge the journal.

The Communication Law Review is published annually.