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Impact factor issues 2/2: Announcing the winners

In academia, both academics and publications aim to acquire prestige. Taking prestige into consideration is to increase one’s own. Prestige in academic publishing is basically all about citations: whoever cites who, and in which journal. To put exact numbers on prestige-through-citations, four different calculations are commonly used: JCR-IF, SJR, SNIP and Eigenfactor.1

Measured with the aforementioned metrics, journals focused on journalism are usually way below the top, with Journalism peaking at 14th place of the SJR-scale. Averaging the four factors and applying it to journals relevant but not dedicated to journalism research yields the following shortlist:

1. New Media & Society
2. Communication Research
3. Journal of Communication
4. The International Journal of Press/Politics
5. Journalism
6. European Journal of Communication
7. Journalism Studies
8. Media Psychology
9. Mass Communication & Society
10. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly
11. International Journal of Communication

This list, however, is far from conclusive. Many relevant publications are simply absent from some of the datasets used to calculate these rankings. It is also worth mentioning that journalism research journals are a minority in the broad category that is “communication”. It’s no surprise they are left behind by more generalist journals, or even journals focused on a more popular field of study.

With this caveat in mind, Journalism Research News staff provides the following, non-conclusive and fully subjective addition of titles of interest to journalism scholars:

Journalism Practice
Digital Journalism
Media History
Convergence
Journalism & Mass Communication Educator
Journal of Media Innovations

 
Ville Manninen is a Journalism Research News employee and a doctoral student at the University of Jyväskylä.

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