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Volume 31, Issue 4


Are national communication journals still necessary? A case study and some suggestions

Klaus Schönbach
  • Professor and Chair of Media Science at the Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen, Germany, and Chair of the Amsterdam School of Communication Research, University of Amsterdam, Kloveniersburgwal 48, 1012 CX Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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Published Online: 2006-11-27 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/COMMUN.2006.028


The number of journals in the field of communication is increasing. Above all, new, and more specialized journals geared to an international market, and therefore published in English, have appeared. In contrast to those journals, most national journals are still published in languages not accessible to the majority of communication scholars. How could national journals position themselves to survive? Our case study of 48 years of the leading German communication journal ‘Publizistik’ provides first insights into possible USPs of national communication journals.

Keywords: national communication journals; international communication journals; internationalization; ‘Publizistik’

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Published Online: 2006-11-27

Published in Print: 2006-12-01

Citation Information: Communications, Volume 31, Issue 4, Pages 447–454, ISSN (Online) 1613-4087, ISSN (Print) 0341-2059, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/COMMUN.2006.028.

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