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