Focus and Scope

The International Journal of Communication is an online, multi-media, academic journal that adheres to the highest standards of peer review and engages established and emerging scholars from anywhere in the world. The International Journal of Communication is an interdisciplinary journal that, while centered in communication, is open and welcoming to contributions from the many disciplines and approaches that meet at the crossroads that is communication study. We are interested in scholarship that crosses disciplinary lines and speaks to readers from a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives. In other words, the International Journal of Communication will be a forum for scholars when they address the wider audiences of our many sub-fields and specialties, rather than the location for the narrower conversations more appropriately conducted within more specialized journals. USC Annenberg Press USC Annenberg Press is committed to excellence in communication scholarship, journalism, media research, and application. To advance this goal, we edit and publish prominent scholarly publications that are both innovative and influential, and that chart new courses in their respective fields of study. Annenberg Press is among the first to deliver journal content online free of charge, and devoted to the wide dissemination of its content. Annenberg Press continues to offer scholars and readers a forum that meets the highest standards of peer review and engages established and emerging scholars from anywhere in the world.

 

Section Policies

Articles

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Special Sections

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Features

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Book Reviews

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Open Access Policy

Open Access enables authors to obtain the maximum possible exposure for their work. Freely available papers are read more, cited more, and have more impact than ones available only to paid subscribers. As an experiment, enter a research topic into a search engine like Google and see how many links you obtain to papers published in traditional journals. You will find that most references are to working papers, not to published papers, because working papers are freely available. The advent of the web has made free dissemination of research feasible and financially viable. Because existing specialty journals obtain revenues from selling subscriptions, primarily to libraries, access to the research they publish is limited. The attractive revenue stream that such subscriptions provide makes it unlikely that these journals will convert to Open Access. Thus a need exists for new refereed Open Access journals to replace existing journals. We believe that the establishment of a major Open Access journal in communication study will lead others to establish Open Access journals for many sub-fields and specialities in communcation, reclaiming full control for the profession of its research output. We hope that this will lead the profession to a new norm in which all research is freely available.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

USC Annenberg Press

USC Annenberg Press is committed to excellence in communication scholarship, journalism, media research, and application. To advance this goal, we edit and publish prominent scholarly publications that are both innovative and influential, and that chart new courses in their respective fields of study. Annenberg Press is among the first to deliver journal content online free of charge, and devoted to the wide dissemination of its content. Annenberg Press continues to offer scholars and readers a forum that meets the highest standards of peer review and engages established and emerging scholars from anywhere in the world.

 

Indexing Sources for IJoC

The International Journal of Communication is proud to be indexed on the following indexing sources: —Thompson Reuters Social Sciences Indexing to include — SSCI — SCI — ISI — EBSCOhost (EBSCO) — Elsevier — Genamics Journal Seek (GJS) — Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) — Google Scholar — International Association for Media & Communication Research (IAMCR) — IGT Knowledge Center — Scholarly Exchange — Univerciencia — ERIH PLUS — International Institute of Organized Research (I2OR).

According to the latest statistics from Google Scholar, IJoC ranks 5th among all Humanities, Literature & Arts journals, and 7th among Communication journals. The ranking is by H-index, which incorporates both the number of highly-cited articles and the number of citations to each article. IJoC's H-index of 34 means that over the last five years, there are at least 34 articles that have 34 or more citations. It’s important to note that all the other journals in these categories have been in publication for at least 40 years in comparison to IJoC’s nine. 

HUMANITIES JOURNALS:

1.    Journal of Communication  (Est. 1951)
2.    Journal of Pragmatics (Est. 1977)
3.    Language Learning (Est. 1948)
4.    Journalism  (Est. 2000)
5.    International Journal of Communication  (Est. 2007)
6.    Public Opinion Quarterly  (Est. 1937)
7.    Ethnic and Racial Studies  (Est. 1978)
8.    Media, Culture & Society  (Est. 1999)
9.    Bilingualism: Language and Cognition  (Est. 1998)
10.  Natural Language & Linguistic Theory  (Est. 1983)

COMMUNICATION JOURNALS:

1.    New Media & Society (Est. 1999)
2.    Journal of Communication (Est. 1951)
3.    Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (Est. 1995)
4.    Public Opinion Quarterly (Est. 1937)
5.    Public Relations Review (Est. 1975)
6.    Communication Research (Est. 1974)
7.    International Journal of Communication (Est. 2007)

8.    Public Opinion Quarterly  (Est. 1937)
9.    Communication Research  (Est. 1974)
10.  Media Culture & Society  (Est. 1979


 

Turnaround Time

An important goal of IJoC is to speed the review process. In particular, we aim to have papers go through at most two rounds of refereeing. In light of this goal, a paper judged to be unlikely to be acceptable by a second round will be rejected, either without consultation with referees or in response to referee reports. We aim to turn around papers as quickly as is consistent with a thorough evaluation of their contribution. We aim to adhere to the following standards for turnaround time.

 

Code of Ethics

The International Journal of Communication (IJoC) aspires to select and publish, through peer review, the highest quality research in communication studies. In order to achieve this goal, the entire peer review and publication process should be thorough, objective and fair. Journal reputation depends heavily on the trust by all stakeholders in the fairness of the peer review and publication process. An important role of the publisher is to support the extensive efforts of the journal editors, and often unsung volunteer work undertaken by peer reviewers in maintaining the integrity of the scholarly record. It is a tribute to scholarly practice that the system works well and problems are comparatively rare. The publisher has a supporting, investing and nurturing role in the scholarly communication process and is also ultimately responsible for ensuring that best practices are followed. IJoC subscribes to the principes of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). See http://publicationethics.org

 

Disseminating

We are making efforts to disseminate the journal content as widely as possible. The journal is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals, maintained by Lund University Libraries. This listing may mean that the journal is listed also in the catalog of your institution's library. If the journal is not listed in the catalog of your institution's library, we encourage you to request that it be listed. The journal is listed also in NewJour, a resource used by librarians, and on Registry of Embedded Multimedia Electronic Journals.

 

Archiving in D-Space

Papers published in International Journal of Communication are stored on the Annenberg Press server of the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, currently located at the University of Southern California. We take the preservation of the papers very seriously. We are working to permanently archive the content of the journal in D-Space.

 

Mission Statement

USC Annenberg Press is committed to excellence in communication scholarship, journalism, media research, and application. To advance this goal, we edit and publish prominent scholarly publications that are both innovative and influential, and that chart new courses in their respective fields of study. Annenberg Press is among the first to deliver journal content online free of charge, and devoted to the wide dissemination of its content. Annenberg Press continues to offer scholars and readers a forum that meets the highest standards of peer review and engages established and emerging scholars from anywhere in the world.



ISSN: 1932-8036