ijoc_logoInternational Journal of Communication

Manuel Castells and Larry Gross (Founding Editors)
Larry Gross (Editor)
Arlene Luck (Founding Managing Editor)
Kady Bell-Garcia (Managing Editor)

The International Journal of Communication (IJoC) is an online, multi-media, academic journal that adheres to the highest standards of peer review and engages established and emerging scholars from anywhere in the world. The International Journal of Communication is an interdisciplinary journal that, while centered in communication, is open and welcoming to contributions from the many disciplines and approaches that meet at the crossroads that is communication study.

The International Journal of Communication is proud to be indexed on the following indexing sources: Thomson Reuters Social Sciences indexing to include SSCI, SCI, ISI—EBSCOhost (EBSCO)—Elsevier—Genamics Journal Seek (GJS)—Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)—Google Scholar— International Association for Media & Communication Research (IAMCR— IGT Knowledge Center—Scholarly Exchange—Univerciencia — ERIH PLUS — International Institute of Organized Research (I2OR) — Scimago (SJR) — SciRev.

According to the latest 2022 statistics from Google Scholar, IJoC ranks 9th among all Humanities, Literature & Arts journals, and 9th among Communication journals in the world. The ranking is by H-index, which incorporates both the number of highly-cited articles and the number of citations to each article. IJoC’s H-index of 47 means that over the last five years, there are at least 47 articles that have 47 or more citations.

ITID_logoNews about the Information Technologies & International Journal  (October 2020).
Go to the ITID archive HERE.

Information Technologies & International Development

Ernest J. Wilson III and Michael L. Best (Founding Editors)
François Bar and Kentaro Toyama (Co-Editors in Chief)
Arlene Luck (Managing Editor)

Information Technologies & International Development (ITID) was an interdisciplinary open-access journal that focuses on the intersection of information and communication technologies (ICTs) with the “other four billion”— the share of the world population whose countries are not yet widely connected to the Internet nor widely considered in the design of new information technologies.

After 17 years of publishing cutting-edge research about information and communication technologies (ICTs) and international development, the journal Information Technologies & International Development (ITID) will be taking some time to strategize about its future. During this time, authors are encouraged to submit their work to the International Journal of Communication, also published by the Annenberg Press, which has kindly agreed to consider papers relevant to ITID for publication under a possible Special Section.  An archive of all previous ITID papers will continue to be available at

Declining submissions in the midst of a global ICT boom suggest that our initial focus as a research outlet is due for rethinking and possibly an overhaul. When we began in 2003, ITID was one of the very few journals to publish peer-reviewed research papers about the then-nascent field of “information & communication technologies for/and development” (ICT4D or ICTD). In fact, in those days before the widespread use of mobile phones, the idea of applying digital technologies for international development was still in its infancy — early papers discussed PC-based telecenters and landline infrastructure. We now live in a different world, one in which low-cost, portable, real-time, point-to-point communication is nearly universal, with content spanning a spectrum from short text messages to high-bandwidth video. And, research about associated phenomena has expanded, as well. The idea that digital technologies might be used by smallholder farmers and non-literate households was once unusual and unexpected; today, such technologies are mainstream, and their application across international development domains is taken for granted. One consequence of this “mainstreaming” is that journals of global health, agriculture, education, governance, economics, sustainability, and so on, all now regularly publish work involving ICTs. This is perhaps as it should be, as meaningful development should be judged first by its impact on people and society, not the technological means to achieve that impact. At the same time, the umbrella term “ICTs” has become unwieldy in a world where billions of people now carry a supercomputer in their purse or pocket. Many of our constituent technical disciplines have therefore opened their own venues focused on global development, a trend that we are delighted to see.

A broad summary of what we have learned so far through the pages of ITID might read like this: ICTs can have a significant positive impact on low-income communities around the world, but that positive impact is hard to come by; often, technology has little, no, or negative impact. Tech-based programs are best designed through the participation of intended users or beneficiaries, or if not, with a deep understanding of the anticipated social context. Yet, there are occasionally technologies such as the mobile phone that see broad adoption and use without being designed with much attention to context. For technology use to lead to meaningful impact, however, development-focused institutional support is often an essential requirement. Plenty of additional insights, of course, can be found in individual ITID papers.

If you have suggestions about the future of ITID, or recommendations for funding (ITID remains committed to being an open-access journal; but, that means we need to be able to pay for editorial staffing), please contact Professor Neha Kumar ( who is leading the effort to reconceive ITID .

Thank you for your support and contributions over the years.


François Bar and Kentaro Toyama
Co-Editors in Chief

ijpc_logoThe Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture Journal

Joe Saltzman (Co-founding Editor)

The IJPC Journal is an online academic journal that adheres to the highest standards of peer review. Its purpose is to further the mission of The Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture Project to investigate and analyze, through research and publication, the conflicting images of journalists in every aspect of popular culture, from film, television, radio, fiction, commercials, cartoons, comic books to music, art, humor and video games — demonstrating their impact on the public’s perception of journalists.

“We believe this has been a long-neglected field for research, one that has been untapped by journalism and mass communication scholars,” co-founding Journal editor and USC Annenberg journalism professor Joe Saltzman said. “By analyzing the images of the journalist in popular culture over the centuries, the researcher can offer a new perspective on the history of journalism as well as the delicate relationship between the public and its news media. The public’s lack of confidence in the news media today is partly based on real-life examples they have seen and heard and partly on characters burned into the public memory from movies, television and fiction.”