The Communication Institute for Online Scholarship is a U.S. Federal Tax Code 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization supporting the use of computer technologies in the service of communication scholarship and education.
The CIOS is supported primarily through individual and institutional memberships, through publication of The Electronic Journal of Communication, and through sales of software products to assist communication scholarship (e.g., ComIndex, ComAbstracts, ComVista, ComAnalytics).
The CIOS was incorporated in 1990, to function as a parent organization for the set of online activities that had been initiated in 1986 as the Comserve service. As Comserve services diversified and usership increased it became appropriate to create an organizational structure that would nurture and protect the investments of time, energy, and resources contributed to the project by so many individuals and institutions.
We hope you'll consider investing in the future of online scholarly activity in the communication field by joining the CIOS and encouraging your institution to do so.