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Academic Journals in Communication Studies

For the journals below, enter the title into our Journal Finder resource to check availability and submit an interlibrary loan request if needed.

International Communication Association

     Communication, Culture, & Critique

     Communication Theory

      Journal of Communication *top journal in comm.

     Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication

     Human Communication Research

National Communication Association

     Communication Education

     Communication Monographs

     Communication Teacher

     Critical/Cultural Studies

     Critical Studies in Media Communication

     Journal of Applied Communication Research

     Journal of International and Intercultural Communication

     Quarterly Journal of Speech *top journal in rhetoric

     Text and Performance Quarterly *performance studies research can be found here

Regional Associations

     Western Journal of Communication

     Communication Reports

     Southern Communication Journal

     Communication Studies

     Communication Research Reports

     Communication Quarterly

     Qualitative Research Reports in Communication

Other widely-cited, (inter)disciplinary journals:

     Communication Research

     Discourse & Society

     Health Communication

     Journal of Health Communication

     Management Communication Quarterly

     Howard Journal of Communications *top journal for race research in comm.

     Mass Communication & Society

     New Media & Society

     Media Psychology

     Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media

     Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly

     Journal of Family Communication

     Television & New Media

     Feminist Media Studies

     Sex Roles

     Gender & Society *top journal in Sociology for gender research

     Women’s Studies in Communication

     Women & Language

     Journal of Communication and Religion

     International Journal of Sport Communication

     Communication & Sport

     Environmental Communication  

     Management Communication Quarterly

     Organization Studies

     Environmental Communication

     International Journal of Strategic Communication

     Journal of Risk Research 

     International Journal of Human-Computer Studies

     Journal of Communication Management

     Public Relations Review

     Health, Risk, & Society

Please note: This list is not exhaustive; there are many specialized journals that are also widely used by communication scholars in topics like conflict management, crisis management, family and relationship communication, group dynamics, media studies, and more.  Communication Studies also borrows from and contributes to the disciplines of anthropology, psychology, sociology, political science, philosophy, business, education, and more.

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