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International Journal of Strategic Communication takes the lead - 25.11.2016
SCOPOS Ranking shows highest highest impact factor in the field

The International Journal of Strategic Communication (IJSC), a peer-reviewed journal published by Routledge (Philadelphia, USA) and edited by Ansgar Zerfass (University of Leipzig, Germany) and Kelly P. Werder (University of South Florida, USA) has strengthen its impact. According to the renowned SCOPOS ranking of academic journals, its SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) is now 0.950, equaling rank 33 in the overall list of communication journals.

This means IJSC took the pole position in the broader field of communication management. It is followed by Management Communication Quarterly (SJR 0.877; Rank 38), Public Relations Review (SJR 0.799; Rank 44), Journal of Communication Management (SJR 0.735; Rank 52), and Corporate Communications – An International Journal (SJR 0.700; not ranked in the communication list). Public Relations Inquiry is not listed in the SCOPOS ranks.

As a comparison, top communication journals like New Media and Society and Public Opinion Quarterly have an SJR of about 2.5. The German-based journal Studies in Communication Science is ranked number 134 with an SJR of 0.228.

The SJR indicator expresses the average number of weighted citations received in the selected year by the documents published in the selected journal in the three previous years, i.e. weighted citations received in year X to documents published in the journal in years X-1, X-2 and X-3.

The International Journal of Strategic Communication has been published since 2007. Currently five issues are published per year; one of them is usually a special issue covering key aspects like strategic communication campaigns, governmental communication, financial communication, communication consulting etc. The acceptance rate for submitted manuscripts was 21.3 per cent in the period 2013-2016.

The journal aims to advance the theoretical and practical development of strategic communication globally. It represents a multi-national effort to integrate various communication disciplines into a coherent body of knowledge and facilitate the emergence of strategic communication as a domain of study. It espouses a truly international perspective that gives voice to cross-cultural research and scholars in all regions of the world. Specifically, the journal examines the philosophical, theoretical, and applied nature of strategic communication, which is “the purposeful use of communication by an organization to fulfill its mission.” IJSC provides a foundation for the study of strategic communication from diverse disciplines, including corporate and managerial communication, organizational communication, public relations, marketing communication, advertising, political and health communication, social marketing, international relations, public diplomacy, and other specialized communication areas.
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