SYMPOSIUM ON MASS AND INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION

Citation Patterns of Core Communication Journals An Assessment of the Developmental Status of Communication

Authors

  • CLEMENT Y. K. SO

    1. Clement Y. K. So (Ph.D. candidate, University of Pennsylvania) is assistant lecturer of journalism and communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He wishes to thank, among others, Drs. Klaus Krippendorff, George Gerbner, and Leonard Chu for their suggestions. An earlier version of this article was presented at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Norman, OK, August 3–6, 1986.
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Abstract

This study employs the 1983–1985 data from Social Sciences Citation Index's Journal Citation Reports to examine citation linkages of 10 communication journals. Some newly developed citation indices, together with existing ones, are used to examine the citation characteristics of these journals. The citation patterns found in this study are consistent with Reeves and Borgman's findings. There are some indications of gradual development in the field. However, in comparison with other social science fields, communication is still less developed and occupies only a peripheral position in the ecology of knowledge. The relative lack of interflow within the field and between communication and other fields is quite prominent.

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