As the repositories for new information in the field, journals serve as a central and highly regarded written forum through which scholars of communication studies can share their research findings with one another. Academicians publish their work in journals not only as part of their responsibility to share research findings with the public, but also for personal career development (i.e., to achieve tenure and promotion). As they provide a forum through which scholars can discover, critique, and build upon each other’s work, communication journals play a central role in the vitality and [Page 203]development of the field of communication studies. This entry provides an overview of the characteristics that are shared among the journals published in communication studies, followed by a discussion of ...
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