Communication Research

Communication Research

2015 Impact Factor: 1.976
2015 Ranking: 11/79 in Communication
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick Ohio State University, USA
Jennifer Gibbs University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Former Editors
Steven H. Chaffee Stanford University, USA
Peter R. Monge University of Southern California, USA
Charles R. Berger University of California, Davis
Sandra J. Ball-Rokeach University of Southern California, USA
Michael E. Roloff Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA
Pamela Shoemaker Syracuse University, USA

eISSN: 15523810| ISSN: 00936502|Current volume: 43|Current issue: 6 Frequency: 8 Times/Year

For over three decades researchers and practitioners have depended on Communication Research for the most up-to-date, comprehensive and important research on communication and its related fields.

Important, In-Depth Research and Scholarship

Communication processes are a fundamental part of virtually every aspect of human social life. Communication Research publishes articles that explore the processes, antecedents, and consequences of communication in a broad range of societal systems. These include the following:

  • mass media
  • interpersonal
  • health
  • political
  • entertainment
  • advertising/persuasive communication
  • new technology, online, computer-mediated and mobile communication 
  • organizational
  • intercultural
  • group
  • family

Communication Research takes you to the cutting-edge of research and theory in all areas within the field of communication. It serves as the international forum aimed at the academic or professional interested in current research in communication and its related fields.

Why you need Communication Research

  • Research and theory presented in all areas of communication give you comprehensive coverage of the field
  • Rigorous, empirical analysis provides you with research that’s reliable and high in quality
  • The multi-disciplinary perspective contributes to a greater understanding of communication processes and outcomes
  • "Themed issues" bring you in-depth examinations of a specific area of importance, as thematically connected articles selected in the standard peer-review process are conveniently presented in a single issue
  • Expert editorial guidance represents a wide range of interests from inside and outside the traditional boundaries of the communication discipline


Empirical research in communication began in the 20th century, and there are more researchers pursuing answers to communication questions today than at any other time. The editorial goal of Communication Research is to offer a special opportunity for reflection and change in the new millennium. To qualify for publication, research should, first, be explicitly tied to some form of communication; second, be theoretically driven with results that inform theory; third, use the most rigorous empirical methods; and fourth, be directly linked to the most important problems and issues facing humankind. Criteria do not privilege any particular context; indeed, we believe that the key problems facing humankind occur in close relationships, groups, organizations, and cultures. Hence, we hope to publish research conducted across a wide variety of levels and units of analysis.

Editorial Assistants
Heewon Kim Rutgers University, USA
Melissa Robinson Ohio State University, USA
Editorial Board
Michael R. Allen University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Julie Andsager University of Iowa
Erica Austin Washington State University
Christopher Beaudoin Boston University, USA
Robert Bell University of California, Davis, USA
Charles R. Berger University of California, Davis
Hans-Bernd Brosius Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany
Judee K. Burgoon University of Arizona, Tucson, USA
Daniel J. Canary University of Utah, USA
Scott Caplan University of Delaware
Joseph N. Cappella University of Pennsylvania, USA
Michael X. Delli Carpini University of Pennsylvania, USA
John Caughlin University of Illinois, Urbana, USA
Stella C. Chia City University of Hong Kong
Hichang Cho National University of Singapore
Hyunyi Cho Purdue University, USA
Jaeho Cho University of California, Davis, USA
Akiba Cohen Tel Aviv University
Y. Connie Yuan Cornell University
W. Timothy Coombs University of Central Florida, USA
Michael Cruz University of Wisconsin, Madison
Prabu David Ohio State University
Claes de Vreese University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
James P. Dillard Pennsylvania State University, USA
Paul Joseph DiMaggio Princeton University
Travis L. Dixon University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, USA
Matthew S. Eastin University of Texas-Austin
Nicole Ellison Michigan State University, USA
William P. Eveland Jr. Ohio State University
David R. Ewoldsen The Ohio State University, USA
Yuki Fujioka Georgia State University
Darren Gergle Northwestern University, USA
Dennis Gouran Pennsylvania State University, USA
Albert Gunther University of Wisconsin, Madison
Jeff Hancock Cornell University, USA
Eszter Hargittai University of Zurich, Switzerland
Kristen Harrison University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
R. Lance Holbert Ohio State University
Craig Hullett University of Arizona
Susanne M. Jones University of Minnesota, USA
Young Y. Kim University of Oklahoma
Ascan Koerner University of Minnesota, USA
Chul-joo Lee The Ohio State University, USA
Eun-Ju Lee Seoul National University
Neil M. Malamuth University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Dana Mastro University of Arizona
Jorg Matthes University of Zurich
Dan McDonald Ohio State University
Douglas McLeod University of Wisconsin - Madison, Chile
Patrick C. Meirick University of Oklahoma
Peter Miller Northwestern University, USA
Peter R. Monge University of Southern California, USA
Steven Mortenson University of Delaware
Patricia Moy University of Washington, USA
Xiaoli Nan University of Maryland
Mary Beth Oliver Penn State University
Zhongdang Pan University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Sung-Yeon Park Bowling Green State University
Charles Pavitt University of Delaware
Jorge Peña University of California, Davis
Elizabeth M. Perse University of Delaware, USA
Jochen Peter University of Amsterdam
Randall S. Peterson London Business School, UK
Bruce E. Pinkleton Washington State University, USA
Marshall S. Poole University of Illinois, USA
Linda Putnam University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Brian Quick University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Steve Rains University of Arizona
Rajiv N. Rimal John Hopkins University
Donna Rouner Colorado State University
Erica Scharrer University of Massachusetts
Dietram A. Scheufele University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
Klaus Schonbach University of Amsterdam
Chris G. Segrin University of Arizona, USA
James Shanahan Boston University
Michael Shapiro University of Hawaii, USA
Lijiang Shen Pennsylvania State University, USA
Patricia Sias University of Arizona, USA
Alan L. Sillars University of Montana
Michael Slater The Ohio State University, USA
Denise H. Solomon Pennsylvania State University
Brian Southwell RTI International and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Michael Stephenson Texas A&M University, USA
S. Shyam Sundar Pennsylvania State University, USA
Alex Susskind Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, USA
David Tewksbury University of Illinois, USA
Catalina Toma University of Wisconsin–Madison
Sebastián Valenzuela Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Patti M. Valkenburg The Amsterdam School of Communications Research
Anita L. Vangelisti University of Texas at Austin, USA
K. Viswanath Harvard University
Vincent R. Waldron Arizona State University, USA
Joseph B. Walther Michigan State University, USA and Nayang University, Singapore
Zheng Joyce Wang Ohio State University
Wayne Wanta University of Florida, USA
Ran Wei University of South Carolina, USA
Steven Wilson Purdue University, USA
Courtney Wright Northwestern University, USA
Sung-Un Yang Indiana University, USA
Dannagal Goldthwaite Young University of Delaware
Jonathan J.H. Zhu City University of Hong Kong
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  • Manuscripts for consideration in Communication Research should be submitted electronically via Manuscript Central ( Authors will be required to set up an online account in the SAGETRACK system at this site. For general inquiries, please contact the Communication Research editorial office (email both and

    The co-editors and editorial board make every effort to review manuscripts thoroughly and promptly. One of the co-editors initially determines whether the content of the manuscript is appropriate for the journal and whether there is sufficient publication potential to proceed with anonymous reviews. Manuscripts that do not pass this initial screening are returned immediately. If a manuscript is sent out for the review process it is typically completed in eight to ten weeks. Authors are encouraged to obtain and incorporate editorial advice of their colleagues prior to submitting their work to Communication Research.

    Submissions should consist of a cover file and separate manuscript file.

    The cover file should include:

    • The manuscript title.
    • Author(s), affiliation, contact information, and e-mail address.
    • Any acknowledgments.
    • Author biographies (100 words maximum for all authors).

    The manuscript file should:

    • Include an abstract of no more than 150 words.
    • List 4 to 5 keywords.
    • Be de-identified: It is important that authors’ names do not appear anywhere other than on the cover file (if questions arise in specific circumstances, when de-identification might be more revealing than including the authors’ names, please contact the editorial office).
    • Be submitted as MS Word files (Windows Vista users, please save files down to the pre-2007, “.doc” versions).
    • Be prepared in accordance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition.
    • In particular, the entire manuscript should be double spaced, and manuscripts should have 1 inch margins on all four sides.
    • References should be carefully edited to ensure consistency with APA guidelines.
    • Statistics and statistical analyses should be reported in line with APA guidelines.
    • Figures and tables should be placed at the end of the manuscript file and numbered in the order they appear in text. Tables should be editable, formatted in line with APA guidelines, and have a clear title.
    • An in-text callout (example: “[Figure 1 here]”) should be inserted on a separate line just after the paragraph where each figure or table appears.
    • All figures should be submitted in the original program in which they were created (JPG, TIFF, or EPS; Microsoft Application Files are acceptable for line art).
    • Any scanned images should be set at 1200 dpi for line art and 300 dpi for color or grayscale.
    • Appendices should be used sparingly and should be lettered to set them apart from numbered tables/figures.

    Previously copyrighted material:

    • Authors are responsible for gaining permission to reproduce any copyrighted material in their submissions, including images and quotations of more than 300 words.
    • If another manuscript drawing on the same dataset has been submitted or published previously, please explain how it differs from this manuscript in your cover letter.
    • Permission in email format is acceptable.
    • Authors may also submit a Copyright Permission Request Form completed by the copyright holder.
    • Payment of any fees the copyright holder may request is the author’s responsibility.
    • Because obtaining reprint permission can be time consuming, it is recommended that authors begin this process as soon as possible.

    Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in the journal:

    • Authors submitting manuscripts to the journal should not simultaneously submit them to another journal.
    • Authors should not submit manuscripts that have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content.
    • If another manuscript drawing on the same dataset has been submitted or published previously, please explain how it differs from this manuscript in your cover letter.
    • Authors in doubt about what constitutes prior publication should consult the Communication Research editorial office (email both and

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