Report 2007–2016: Our First 10 Years — “We have always depended on the kindness of reviewers…”
When we began the International Journal of Communication 10 years ago we believed, but of course, couldn’t be sure that our experiment in open-access, online-only, multi-media, free [to authors and readers] and copyright-free [under Creative Commons Licensing] scholarly publication would succeed. But, it is fair to say that we have succeeded beyond reasonable expectations, as evidenced by our inclusion in the ISI and other important citation systems after only five years, our high ranking by Google Scholar, and our steadily growing number of submissions and registered users. In 2016, we received 866 submissions in total, and our community of registered users grew to nearly 15,000. All of this is impressive, we hope you agree. But we couldn’t have done it without the dedicated, unpaid volunteer labor provided by the more than 1800 reviewers in the past two years who have provided thoughtful and helpful reviews to our authors and thus enabled us to edit and publish a truly international 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.