Welcome! Lynn Schofield Clark is an author, Associate Professor, and Director of the Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media at the University of Denver.

Journals to Read and Publish in for Critical/Cultural Studies

Journals to Read and Publish in

The journals listed below are ranked according to "impact factor," meaning the number of times they're cited, the inclusion of noteworthy scholars, and how well-recognized they are by scholars in the field (as you might imagine, the higher the ranking, the better for you in terms of job prospects, promotions, etc.). This is not a complete list but includes journals especially well-suited for students coming from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication program at the University of Colorado, which has a strong emphasis in critical theory, cultural studies, and innovative approaches to both policy and methods. Please let me know if you can add to this list.

The best thing to do if you'd like to pursue publishing in one of these journals - or others - is to go to the library and look through several issues of various journals, and select the one that has the kinds of topics and style of writing that you tend to embrace in your own scholarly efforts. The better the "match," the more likely you'll get published. Now, here's the list:


Communication Journals:

1. Communication Research (tends to prefer survey-based research)

2. Public Culture

3. Journal of Communication

4. Communication Theory

5. Journal of Broadcast and Electronic Media

6. Media, Culture, and Society

7. Critical Studies in Media Communication

8. Journalism and Mass Communication

9. Communication Monographs

10. European Journal of Communication

11. Cultural Studies

12. Media Studies Journal

13. Javnost - The Public

14. Journal of Communication Inquiry


Sociology journals that publish media studies (in ranked order):

1. Symbolic Interaction

2. Contemporary Sociology

3. Sociology of Religion

4. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

5. Review of Religious Research

6. Youth & Society

7. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography


Promising new journals/too new to rank:

New Media & Society

Popular Communication

Cultural Studies - Critical Methodologies

Journal of Media and Religion

Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies


Other journals of interest:

Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies

Emergences: Journal for the Study of Media and Composite Cultures

Feminist Media Studies

Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television

Information, Communication & Society

Journalism Studies

Media History

Quarterly Review of Film and Video

The Howard Journal of Communications

Popular Music & Society

Popular Music

And one online journal of note: Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication

Lynn Schofield Clark, Ph.D. Associate Professor and Director, Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media, Department of Mass Communication and Journalism Studies, University of Denver, 2490 S. Gaylord St., Denver, CO 80208 (303) 871-3984. Email: Lynn (dot) Clark (at) DU.EDU.