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ComAnalytics was designed and created by: Timothy Stephen

Use ComAnalytics to obtain an appreciation of your own professional strengths and your department's strengths in article publication in the mainline communication literature. ComAnalytics lets you see where you or your department stand in contrast to relevant peers and can help identify pathways to distinction.

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A System for the Comparative Analysis of Article Publication Productivity
in the Communication Literature

ComAnalytics provides data about the relative publication performance of individual scholars and of departments of communication (journalism, mass communication, speech, communication studies, media studies, rhetoric, etc.). It is the only national system that covers the communication field comprehensively, that properly classifies the field's programs, and that uses metrics validated against relevant external benchmarks (ISI journal impact ratings and rankings from the NCA study of doctoral program reputation). It is the only system that allows individual scholars to benchmark their own performance.

• ComAnalytics is the only system that covers all the field's programs in four year institutions, not just PhD granting programs. The field's masters and baccalaureate programs are also covered.

• Unlike the 2010 NRC assessment, ComAnalytics provides clear metrics based on recent data with known relevance to traditional reputational measures.

• ComAnalytics' metrics provide a level playing field that permits relevant, valid comparison for those whose primary mode of scholarly productivity is scholarly articles. Only publication in the field's primary journal literature is considered.

• ComAnalytics has the only system for calculating the prestige value of publication in a majority of the field's scholarly journals. While no cross-institutional system for performance analysis can tell the whole story of faculty accomplishment, ComAnalytics provides baseline data that takes account of both quantity and quality of scholarly performance.

• ComAnalytics provides customizable assessments. Compare faculty performance to relevant baselines: other faculty with the same years in service, other faculty at programs granting the same degrees. Compare departments with the same number of faculty. Compare departments to selected peer institutions.

• Only ComAnalytics provides a means for faculty to assess personal performance relative to peers, to discipline-wide baselines, and to departmental colleagues.

• ComAnalytics' interactive environment allows subscribers to explore analyses and generate printed reports that can be submitted to administration as part of peer assessments and annual reviews.

• ComAnalytics is highly integrated with ComAbstracts, ComVista, and the Visual Communication Concept Explorer. This system comprises an unprecidented tool for exploring the field's history, its trends, its people, its departments, and its intellectual evolution.