, Volume 120, Issue 3, pp 1237–1260 | Cite as

Where and what do they publish? Editors’ and editorial board members’ affiliated institutions and the citation counts of their endogenous publications in the field of communication

  • Sungbin Youk
  • Hee Sun ParkEmail author


This study examined the geographical diversity and publication patterns of editors and editorial board members in communication journals. The results indicated that the diversity of the editorial community was related to the journal’s affiliated association, international orientation, and interdisciplinary nature. As for the publications, publishing in the editors’ and editorial board members’ own journals was not a norm. In addition, the type of their publications was related to the number of authors; an editor or an editorial board member is more likely to publish an empirical paper than a non-empirical one when it is written with other scholars. As for citations, the average citation count of the endogenous publications was below the journals’ citation count per publication. Furthermore, the endogenous publication’s total number of citations was not related to whether the editors and editorial board members were affiliated to institutions located in the United States. However, the journals’ affiliated associations, the number of authors, and the publication type and year were related to the total number of citations.


Communication Editors Editorial board members World polity theory Endogenous publication Citation count 



This research was partially funded by the School of Media and Communication at Korea University.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Media and CommunicationKorea UniversityJangsu-gunRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.School of Media and CommunicationKorea UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea

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