Top Journals in Communication According to Google Scholar in 2014

Google Scholar recommendations

If you are a lover of Google Scholar like me (I’ve written a few posts on becoming a G Scholar power user, in case you’ve missed them) you may have seen that the 2014 Google Scholar Metrics are out.

Here are the top 5 journals in Communication according to the ranking:

  1. New Media & Society
  2. Journal of Communication
  3. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication
  4. Public Opinion Quarterly
  5. Public Relations Review

 

A complete list is here.

So how is it ranked? According to their site, Google uses h5 scores for h-index and h-medians. An h-index is described on the Google Scholar Metrics page as: “the largest number h such that at least h articles in that publication were cited at least h times each. For example, a publication with five articles cited by, respectively, 17, 9, 6, 3, and 2, has the h-index of 3.” They describe an h-median score as “the median of the citation counts in its h-core. For example, the h-median of the publication above is 9. The h-median is a measure of the distribution of citations to the articles in the h-core.” The h5, what they use, is that score for only articles published in the last 5 complete calendar years.

What’s covered in 2014’s list? Articles published between 2009 and 2013, indexed in Google Scholar in June 2014.  Here’s more detail on what is included.

There you have it. According to Google’s ranking system (that is, based on citation numbers as described above), those are the top journals in Comm. You can see all the different fields, browse, and search the Google Scholar Metric here.

For more information on G Scholar Metrics, here’s a release on the Google Scholar blog.

Cheers!

Matt

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2 thoughts on “Top Journals in Communication According to Google Scholar in 2014

  1. Site. Not sight. Otherwise very interesting stuff, though I’m baffled as to how Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly isn’t even in the top 20. Makes me wonder about the methodology.

    • Thanks for finding the misspelling. Will correct. 🙂

      Yes, it really comes down to the method for ranking these journals used by Google. It is also interesting to see how it changes from year to year. If I recall, JCMC was #1 last year. That makes me think about how placing something in one of these journals today doesn’t necessarily mean our study will perform well as of course rankings are based on past performance (5 years). And “past performance isn’t necessarily a predictor of future performance” as investment advisors would say. 🙂
      Thanks so much for the comment!

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