An Analysis of a Decade of Research Published in the "Journal of Computer Mediated Communication"

An Analysis of a Decade of Research Published in the "Journal of Computer Mediated Communication"

Jamie Switzer (Colorado State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 10
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-863-5.ch039
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Abstract

This chapter explores how, in a single decade (1995-2005), research into computer-mediated communication (CMC) has evolved by examining the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (JCMC). JCMC is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, open-access electronic journal that publishes primarily empirical research and presents a significant body of work falling under the rubric of CMC. JCMC has published diverse scholarly articles that further researchers’ and practitioners’ knowledge and understanding of CMC. This chapter synthesizes the research results presented in JCMC during its first 10 years of publication, examining the topics, methodologies, and populations utilized in those articles as well as an interpretation of the trends present in the research. Within the 279 articles analyzed, nine major categories of sample populations and eight different broad research methods were determined, and eleven broad categories of inquiry and scholarship were identified. There was no indication of any clear trends in CMC research.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Empirical: Based on observation and experiment rather than theory

CMC: Computer mediated communication

Empirical: Based on observation and experiment rather than theory

Categories of Inquiry and Scholarship: A variety of topics examined in the articles published in JCMC

Categories of Inquiry and Scholarship: A variety of topics examined in the articles published in JCMC

CMC: Computer mediated communication

Content Analysis: A research method or measurement technique that involves the systematic study of the content of communication messages.

JCMC: Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication

Content Analysis: A research method or measurement technique that involves the systematic study of the content of communication messages.

JCMC: Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication

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