Tuesday, 15 July 2008

News from SAGE on 2007 Impact Factors - Communication and Mass Media Studies

The latest Newsletter from SAGE uses the 2007 Journal Citation Reports to assess the impact of their current journals in Communication and Mass Media Studies. Its interesting for a number of reasons. The subject area, one important for Bournemouth University, is not often analysed in terms of Impact Factors IF's. Note that the IF's are quite low compared to those in other discipline areas, but this reflects the trend in many areas of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The highest ranking journal from SAGE, fifth in the subject group, has an IF of 1.481. Of the 45 titles in Communication subject group, SAGE publish roughly a quarter (27%).

IF's are increasingly important in journal publisher marketing, with many providing similar information to SAGE on their websites. Having and IF, even if it is pending as in the case of Management Communication Quarterly is more important than ever in assessing a journals titles credibility. It is still true, however, that more scholarly titles don't have an IF than have one.