For Authors


In JMCS we to focus on various aspects of multimodality in interpersonal and man-machine communication, with special attention paid to its interactional aspects and to the human factor as investigated by disciplines such as linguistics, communication sciences, psychology and sociology, and supported by modern technological resources. We are open to technology-inspired studies as long as their main concern is human behaviour and its analysis. Priority is given to original empirical cross-disciplinary texts based on new data and innovative research methods and techniques.

Our understanding of multimodal communication is very flexible, but above all we see it as a process that involves a set of communicative display and channel modalities (visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory or gustatory), used directly or mediated (supported) by various kinds of technological means. Modalities, defined here as bound to the respective senses, are regarded as mutually interdependent. All of the phenomena involved in these extremely complex, interactive mechanisms are of interest to us as long as they significantly influence the process of communication.

The list of suggested topics comprises – but it is not limited to – the following:

  • multimodality, language and speech;
  • multimodality and the affective component of communication;
  • multimodality and culture and culture-related factors;
  • entrainment, alignment, synchrony within and between modalities, within and between conversational partners;
  • human-machine interface and interaction;
  • new research methods and techniques.

We also invite project reports and conference reports that can be published as announcements or communications rather than regular articles. We are also eager to publish older and newer posters that have been presented at conferences or workshops but have never been published.

Please submit your text in accordance with the guidelines for authors. 

Guidelines for Authors

  1. Make sure that the topic of your work matches the profile of the Journal. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.
  2. Articles should be in English. Please take care to have them proof-read by a native speaker of English or by your colleagues who are proficient writers of English scientific texts. Our reviewers will be asked to judge the linguistic quality of the writing, but not to find and correct typos and other mistakes. In clearly justified cases, the editors may accept of a text in a different major language.
  3. We accept only original texts that present new results, preferably empirical research based on new data and/or new procedures.
  4. Empirical studies should be described in a very transparent way, including:
  • brief motivation – reasons for undertaking the study in question;
  • background – what has been done in the area so far;
  • problems and hypotheses – precisely formulated and clearly explained;
  • methods and procedures – including explanation of the choice, clear description, and – wherever relevant – a brief discussion of their strong and weak points;
  • steps of the empirical study – what has been done, step by step;
  • results – brief description of raw results and observations related to the experimental procedure;
  • analysis and discussion of the results; for quantitative studies, special care should be taken to explain the process of statistical analysis and to present results in as transparent a way as possible.

5. The text should not exceed 16 pages in the suggested format, including an abstract of no more than 200 words, a list of key words (no more than 5), and other data as suggested in the stylesheet.

6. Provide us with an editable version of your file (DOC, ODT, TeX) and a PDF, DJV or PS (unprotected) version.

Please use our stylesheets:





We’ve got also TeX and OpenOffice templates. Contact us for details.

Please note that besides regular scientific articles we are willing to publish various kinds of texts and materials related to the studies of mulitmodality. For example, we publish conference posters. They are published “as are” provided they have been accepted for presentation at a regular scientific conference. While they do not have the status of peer-reviewed scientific publications, we make them available to wide public who may be interested in your work.

Please send your contribution to or to Deputy Editors.


Reviewing Rules:

  1. Each submission is reviewed by two independent reviewers of affiliations different from the Author’s.
  2. Reviewing is double-blind.
  3. Review is based on the Reviewer’s Form (as above) and includes both answers to a range of questions regarding the submission as well as a descriptive part in which suggestions to the Author
  4. In case of one one negative review, Editors may decide to involve one or more additional reviewers.
  5. Reviewers are recruited from the members of the Scientific Board or choosen by the Editors. The list of Editorial Board members is available on the web page of the journal.

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