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by Timothy Stephen

ComAbstracts is an OpenURL-enabled database of article abstracts, books, bibliographic records, and other sources of relevance to researchers, scholars, and students interested in fields related to human communication studies (mass communication, human interaction, rhetoric, health communication, communication and new media, journalism, communication history, etc.). ComAbstracts is expanded and updated throughout the year. The database is available for library and institutional subscription at low cost and to those with personal CIOS memberships.

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The ComAbstracts database contains abstracts of articles and books published in the primary professional literature of the communication(s) field as well as bibliographic records. No other electronic resource provides more comprehensive or better focused coverage of the communication discipline's first line scholarship. The database is unique in its comprehensive coverage of scholarly books in communication and journalism. The full text of the ComAbstracts database can be searched; that is, records may be searched by word, phrase, or author. The search system supports full Boolean search logic (AND, OR, NOT, XOR), proximity searching, wildcard searching, and word conflation (which finds alternative forms of words based on common linguistic roots).

Synonyms are available for many clusters of terms and are included automatically in searches unless they are explicitly overriden in the search specification (for example, a search for 'YOUTH' will also match 'TEEN' and 'ADOLESCENT'). The database may also be searched using (1) a keyword system consisting of menus of prepared subject terms and search specifications or (2) using the Visual Communication Concept Explorer a next-generation visual interface build on statistical analysis of word relationships unique to the academic communication literature.

ComAbstracts is integrated with other CIOS databases including ComVista, ComAnalytics, the Visual Communication Concept Explorer (VCCE) and the CIOS Tables of Contents system. Click here for information on these databases are differentiated and how they interrelate.

At this time, coverage of scholarly articles is as follows (note: (1) the database is updated throughout the year with both older and newer materials; (2) book records are not included in the list below):


Title (ISSN) Coverage
Starts With
Update
Schedule
    Advances in Discourse Processes   1977   1   annual   
    Advances in the History of Rhetoric (1536-2426)   1996   1(1)   continuous   
    Advances in Telematics   1991   1   annual   
    American Journalism (0882-1127) 1983   1(1)   continuous   
    Argumentation and Advocacy/
    Journal of the American Forensic Association (1051-1431)
1964   1(1)   continuous   
    Asian Journal of Communication (0129-2986) 1990   1(1)   continuous   
    Atlantic Journal of Communication (1545-6970) 2004   12(4)   continuous   
    Australian Journal of Communication (0811-6202) 1982   1(1)   continuous   
    Australian Studies in Journalism (1038-6130) 1992   1   continuous   
    British Journalism Review (0956-4748) 2005   16(1)   continuous   
    Business Communication Quarterly (1080-5699) 2005   68   continuous   
    Canadian Journal of Communication (0705-3657) 1978   5(1)   continuous   
    Canadian Journal of Rhetorical Studies (07709-03398) 1994   4(1)   ceased   
    Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies (1757-1898) 2009   1(1)   continuous   
    Chinese Journal of Communication (1754-4750) 2008   1(1)   continuous   
    Communicatie (0771-7342) 1997   26(1)   ceased   
    Communicatio: South African Journal
     of Communication Theory and Research (0250-0167)
1975   1(1)   continuous   
    Communication (0305-4233) 1974   1(1)   ceased   
    Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies (1479-1420) 2006   3(1)   continuous   
    Communication, Culture and Critique (1753-9129) 2008   1(3)   continuous   
    Communication and Medicine (1612-1783) 2005   2(1)   ceased   
    Communication Education/
    Speech Teacher (0363-4523)
1952   1(1)   continuous   
    Communication Law and Policy (1081-1680) 1996   1(1)   continuous   
    Communication Methods and Measures (1931-2458) 2007   1(1)   continuous   
    Communication Monographs/
    Speech Monographs (0363-7751)
1970   37(1)   continuous   
    Communication Quarterly/
    Today's Speech (0146-3373)
1953   1(1)   continuous   
    Communication Reports (0893-4215) 1988   1(2)   continuous   
    Communication Research (0093-6502) 1974   1(1)   continuous   
    Communication Research Reports (0882-4096) 1984   1(1)   continuous   
    Communication Review (1071-4421) 1995   1(1)   continuous   
    Communication Studies/
    Central States Speech Journal (1051-0974)
1949   1(1)   continuous   
    Communication Theory (1050-3293) 1991   1(1)   continuous   
    Communication Yearbook   1977   1   annual   
    Communications: The European
    Journal of Communication Research (0341-2059)
2002   27(1)   continuous   
    Convergence (1354-8565) 1995   1(1)   continuous   
    Critical Discourse Studies (1740-5912) 2006   3(1)   continuous   
    Critical Studies in Media
    Communication/
    Critical Studies in Mass
    Communication (1529-5036)
1984   1(1)   continuous   
    Discourse and Society (0957-9265) 1990   1(1)   continuous   
    Discourse Processes (0163-853X) 1978   1(1)   continuous   
    Electronic Journal of Communication (1183-5656) 1990   1(1)   continuous   
    Environmental Communication: A Journal of
     Nature and Culture (1752-4032)
2007   1(1)   continuous   
    European Journal of Communication (0267-3231) 1986   1(1)   continuous   
    Free Speech Yearbook   1962   1   continuous   
    Gazette (0016-5492) 1970   16(1)   continuous   
    Global Media and Communication (1742-7665) 2005   1(1)   continuous   
    Harvard International Journal of
    Press/Politics (1081-180X)
1996   1(1)   continuous   
    Health Communication (1041-0236) 1989   1(1)   continuous   
    Historical Journal of Television (0143-9685) 2003   23(1)   continuous   
    Howard Journal of Communication (1064-6175) 1988   1(1)   continuous   
    Human Communication Research (0360-3989) 1974   1(1)   continuous   
    Information Communication & Society (1369-118X) 1998   1(1)   continuous   
    International Journal of Communication (1932-8036) 2007   1   continuous   
    International Journal of Listening (1090-4018) 1987   1   continuous   
    International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics (1740-8296) 2008   2   continuous   
    International Journal on Media
    Management (1424-1277)
1999   1   continuous   
    International Journal of Press/Politics
    Management (1424-1277)
1999   1   continuous   
    International Journal of Strategic Communication (1553-118X) 2008   2   continuous   
    Issues in Applied Linguistics (1050-4273) 1990   1   continuous   
    Javnost - The Public (1318-3222) 1994   1   continuous   
    Journal of Applied Communication Research
    Journal of Applied Communications Research (0090-9882)
1973   1(1)   continuous   
    Journal of the Association for Communication
     Administration (00360-0939)
1972   1   ceased   
    Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media/
    Journal of Broadcasting (0883-8151)
1969   14(1)   continuous   
    Journal of Business Communication (0021-9436) 1963   1(1)   continuous   
    Journal of Business and Technical Communication/
    Iowa State Journal of Business and
    Technical Communication (1050-6519)
1987   1(1)   continuous   
    Journal of Children and Media (1748-2798) 2007   1(1)   continuous   
    Journal of Communication (0021-9916) 1968   18(1)   continuous   
    Journal of Communication Inquiry (0169-8599) 2005   29(1)   continuous   
    Journal of Communication and Religion/
    Religious Communication Today (0894-2838)
1978   1(1)   continuous   
    Journal of Computer Mediated Communication (1083-6101) 1995   1(1)   continuous   
    Journal of Family Communication (1526-7431) 2001   1(1)   continuous   
    Journal of Health Communication (1081-0730)) 2001   6(1)   continuous   
 :   Journal of Intercultural Communication (1747-5767)) 2006   35(1)   continuous   
    Journal of International and Intercultural Communication
     (1751-3057))
2008   1(4)   continuous   
    Journal of Language and Social
    Psychology (0261-927X)
1982   1(1)   continuous   
    Journal of Marketing Communication (1352-7266) 2005   11(1)   continuous   
    Journal of Mass Media Ethics (0890-0523) 1985   1(1)   continuous   
    Journal of Media Business Studies (1652-2354) 2004   1(1)   continuous   
    Journal of Media Economics (0899-7764) 1990   3(1)   continuous   
    Journal of Media and Religion (1534-8423) 2002   1(1)   continuous   
    Journal of Popular Film and Television (0195-6051) 2010   38(2)   continuous   
    Journal of Public Relations Research (1062-726X) 1992   4(1)   continuous   
    Journal of Radio and Audio Media (1937-6529) 2008   15(1)   continuous   
    Journal of Radio Studies (1095-5046) 2003   10(2)   continuous   
    Journal of Social & Personal
    Relationships (0265-4075)
1984   1(1)   continuous   
    Journalism (1464-8849) 2000   1(1)   continuous   
    Journalism History (0094-7679) 1974   1(1)   continuous   
    Journalism Practice (1751-2786) 2007   1(1)   continuous   
    Journalism Studies (1461-670X) 2000   1(1)   continuous   
    Journalism and Communication Monographs/
    Journalism Monographs (1522-6379)
2001   2(4)   continuous   
    Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly/
    Journalism Quarterly (1077-6990)
1970   47(1)   continuous   
    Journalism & Mass Commmunication Educator (1077-6958) 2004   59(1)   continuous   
    Language and Communication (0271-5309) 1981   1(1)   continuous   
    Management Communication Quarterly (0893-3189) 1987   1(1)   continuous   
    Mass Comm Review (0193-7707) 1973   1(1)   ceased   
    Mass Communication Research (1016-1007) 2001   66(1)   continuous   
    Mass Communication & Society (1520-5436) 1998   1(1/2)   continuous   
    Media, Culture and Society (0163-4437) 1979   1(1)   continuous   
    Media History (1368-8804) 2009   15(1)   continuous   
    Media Psychology (1521-3269) 1999   1(1)   continuous   
    Media Studies Journal/
    Ganett Center Journal (1057-7416)
1987   1(1)   ceased   
    New Media and Society (1461-4448) 1999   1(1)   continuous   
    Newspaper Research Journal (0739-5329) 2004   25(5)   continuous   
    Nordicom Review (0349-6244) 1981   1   continuous   
    Operant Subjectivity (0193-2713) 1977   1(1)   continuous   
    Organization Communication: Emerging Perspectives 1986   1   annual   
    Philosophy and Rhetoric (0031-8213) 1968   1(1)   continuous   
    Political Communication/
    Political Communication and Persuasion (1058-4609)
1980   1(1)   continuous   
    Popular Communication/ (1540-5702) 2004   2(3)   continuous   
    Progress in Communication Sciences   1979   1   ceased   
    Public Opinion Quarterly (0033-362X) 1966   30(1)   continuous   
    Public Relations Research and Education () 1984   1(1)   ceased   
    Public Relations Review (0363-8111) 1975   1(1)   continuous   
    Qualitative Research Reports in Communication (1745-9435) 2005   6(1)   continuous   
    Quarterly Journal of Speech/
    Quarterly Journal of Public Speaking/
    Quarterly Journal of Speech Education (0033-5630)
1915   1(1)   continuous   
    Research on Language and Social
    Interaction (0835-1813)
1987   20(1)   continuous   
    The Review of Communication (1535-8593) 2003   3(1)   continuous   
    Rhetorica (0734-8584) 2008   26(1)   continuous   
    Rhetoric and Public Affairs (1094-8392) 1998   1(1)   continuous   
    Rhetoric Review (0735-0198) 1982   1(1)   continuous   
    Rhetoric Society Quarterly (0277-3045) 2006   36(1)   continuous   
    Science Communication (1075-5470) 1998   20(1)   continuous   
    Semiotica (0037-1998) 1969   1(1)   continuous   
    Small Group Research/
    Small Group Behavior/
    Comparative Group Studies (1046-4964)
1973   4(1)   continuous   
    Southern Communication Journal/
    Southern Speech Communication Journal/
    Southern Speech Journal/
    Southern Speech Bulletin (1041-794X)
1935   1(1)   continuous   
    Studies in Communications 1980   1   continuous   
    Studies in Communication Sciences (1424-4896) 2001   1   continuous   
    Television & New Media (1527-4764) 2001   2(3)   continuous   
    Text and Talk (1860-7330) 2007   27(5/6)   continuous   
    Visual Communication (1470-3572) 2002   1(1)   continuous   
    Visual Communication Quarterly (1555-1393) 2008   15(1)   continuous   
    Voices of Democracy (1932-9539) 2006   1(1)   continuous   
    Western Journal of Communication/
    Western Journal of Speech Communication/
    Western Speech Communication/
    Western Speech (1057-0314)
1937   1(1)   continuous   
    Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture (1744-6708) 2004   1(1)   continuous   
    Women's Studies in Communication (0749-1409) 1977   1(1)   continuous   
    Written Communication (0741-0883) 1984   1(1)   continuous