The Public Relations Journal, published quarterly by the Public Relations Society of America, is an open-access peer-reviewed, electronic academic journal covering topics having to do with public relations and communication studies. The editor-in-chief is Donald K. Wright (Boston University).
The Public Relations Journal was founded in 1945 by Rex F. Harlow of the American Council on Public Relations. After this council and the National Association of Public Relations Counsel merged to form the Public Relations Society of America in 1947, it became a monthly publication of the latter society. It was published until 1994, after which it was superseded by two publications, the monthly PR Tactics and the quarterly The Strategist. However, the original Public Relations Journal had an editorial focus towards news, trends, and how-to information about the practice of public relations. The new journal is dedicated to the online publishing of research articles that examine public relations in depth and/or create, test, or expand public relations theory.
The journal’s main audience are practitioners, scholars, and students of public relations and other aspects of applied organizational communication.
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