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American  Communication Journal
Three times per year since 1997.
 "Commissioned by the American Communication Association's Board of Directors  he American Communication Journal is a completely online, blind-reviewed publication, dedicated to the conscientious analysis and criticism of significant communicative artifacts. Redefining that which has been traditionally recognized as a "text," the ACJ liberates publication from the physical and financial firewalls of print by placing the academic work online, complete with much material previously relegated to a footnote, endnote, or the futile "see also." Audio, video, graphics, virtual reality, live interactivity -- are all at the researcher's supportive disposal.
American Journalism Review 
The American Journal ReviewNewsLink Associates was founded in 1994 and has been publishing online monthly since January 1995 by Eric Meyer. 
"AJR NewsLink is a joint venture of American Journalism Review, published by the University of Maryland Foundation, University of Maryland, and NewsLink Associates, an online research and consulting firm. It includes features from AJR magazine, theworld wide online publication lists of NewsLink and original content createdespecially for online readers."

Canadian Journal of Communication
Published quarterly by Simon Fraser University at Harbour Center. Full text on-line since spring 1991. Contains books rviews.

CJC is a  journal of research and scholarship encompassing the field of communication and journalism studies giving emphasis to Canadian work and Canadian issues.
Columbia Journalism Review
The Columbia Journalism Review  published six times a year by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.The CJR Archive contains the full text of all articles published in CJR back to July/August of 1991
The CJR reports from the front lines of the American journalism, focuses on foreign affairs, ethics, technology etc.
Conflict & communication online
c & c online is brought out twice a year by the Berlin regener publishing house. Half of each edition of the journal will be devoted to a focus-topic and the other half to a variety of different contributions.
"c & c online is a multi-lingual, refereed academic journal with a trans-disciplinary orientation. The publication languages are German and English. Short summaries of all contributions will appear in both publication languages. The aim of conflict & communication online is to further discussion and exchange among researchers of different nationalities and disciplines, and by creatively employing the special possibilities offered by the Internet to set new quality standards. c & c online will be brought out twice a year by the Berlin regener publishing house. Half of each edition of the journal will be devoted to a focus-topic and the other half to a variety of different contributions."
Instead of being organized in issues and volumes, CTheory presents its contents as a list of numbered articles according to time of publication.  It is also possible to receive CTheory in plain ASCII version via email.
CTheory is a journal of theory, technology and culture. "Articles, interviews, and key book reviews in contemporary discourse are published weekly as well as theorisations of major 'event-scenes' in the mediascape."
Published daily by the new York TimesSearchable archive with thousands of short articles and columns (Registering is necessary)
"CyberTimes, launched in January 1996, offers a daily look at the Internet and at computers as tools, toys, industries and machines that are changing the way people live. The section features original columns and articles produced expressly for the Web. There are five special weekly columns: Education, Travel Log, Eurobytes, arts@large and CyberLaw Journal"
Communicatio: South African Journal for Communication Theory and Research
Medium for practitioners in the fields of the press, radio, film television, advertising, public relations, media science and diplomacy. Constant attention given to semiological structuralism. Two issues per annum. Since 1994.
Computer-Mediated Communication Magazine
Articles are indexed according to author, date and title of publication. There is also a search engine available for the whole site hosting the Magazine, December Communications
The editor of CMCM describes the mission of the magazine as one "to provide a forum for reporting on people, events,
technology, and issues involved in the use and study of computer-mediated communication." Published monthly since 1994, CMCM features news items, articles, and essays in its issues including special focus topics such as
disabilities and CMC, online relationships and CMC, and spirituality online.
Cybersociology Magazine
There is no set timeline for publication of new issues, one issue contains 2-3 pieces. Stalled since 1999.
CM is a "forum for the discussion of the social scientific study of cyberspace." Its first issue focused on Cyber-Romance, Cybersex, and Cyber-Eroticism while the second was interested in exploring issues related to Virtual Communities.
discourse analysis online
Launched in fall 2002 by Sheffield University UK
DAOL is dedicated to the publication of research in all areas of discourse analytic work. DAOL makes maximum use of the digital text by giving writers the opportunity to include text, audio, still and video images and hypertext links in their published articles. DAOL also uses technologies that support an interactive and discursive review process. DAOL seeks papers in all disciplines conducting discourse analytic work such as: Conversation Analysis, Cultural Studies, Discursive psychology, Foucauldian Analysis, Interactional and Socio-linguistics, Critical linguistics, Critical discourse analysis, Discourse processes research, Feminist discourse analysis, Discourse and new media
Educause Review
Six issues per year since summer 1998.
Topics are indexed by subject (see left column). An alphabetized index of authors and one with dates is also available.
Educom Review the effects of digital technologies on learning work and communication. Claiming that "the accelerating pace of development in computer and communications technology is transforming education", the magazine "monitors those developments along with related issues in management, planning, law, and policy." Articles pertain to publishing issues, national networking, and teaching and learning.
The Electronic Journal on Virtual Culture
The journal was published from 1993-1996. Its contents are available in ASCII format only.
EJVC features articles on the culture of the Internet. Special issues include Gender Issues in Computer Networking, Cultural Dynamics of Virtual Culture, and Computerized Tools as Intermediaries in the Communication of Mental Maps. Other papers explore bulletin board use, legal and ethical implications of CMC, and the Internet's role in education.
First Monday
Published since May 1996, First Monday appears with a new issue on a monthly basis. Site navigation is assisted by a subject and an author index in addition to the table of contents of individual issues.TNote he Archives button on the bottom of the main Welcome page.
First Monday publishes articles on  anything related to the Internet although there seems to be an emphasis on the business aspects of the network. Topics of interest to the social scientist include works on Internet communities, education, politics and the Net, and law and the Internet. The site also presents book reviews and interviews.
Human Technology
An Interdisciplinary Journal on Humans in ICT Environments
Human Technology is an interdisciplinary, multiscientific journal focusing on the human role in our modern technological world. Focusing on both everyday and vocational life, the journal is equally interested in the social, psychological, educational, cultural, philosophical, cognitive scientific, and communication aspects of human-centered technology. Special attention shall be paid to information and communication technology themes that will serve to create a holistic human dimension in the future information society.
The Information Society (TIS)
Published since 1981,  quarterly on-line since 1994, contains full texts and abstracts. 
"The Information Society (TIS) is a forum for leading edge analysis of the impacts, policies, system concepts, and methodologies related to information technologies and changes in society and culture.
  Interpersonal Computing and Technology Journal
Published from 1993 to 1999 on an email distribution list, ICTJ sends out four issues each year. All articles are available at the Website. Articles are indexed according to volume and by author.
The focus of ICTJ is "computer-mediated communication, and the pedagogical issues surrounding the use of computers and technology in educational settings." articles discuss case studies of the use of technology in education, and some general concerns.
IT&Society Logo IT&Society
Published by the Stanford Institute for the Quantitative Study of Society. Since 2002.
T&Society seeks manuscripts that make original outstanding contributions to scholarly knowledge about the social and behavioral impact of information technology on society. Preference is given to articles based on data from representative sample, especially at the national level
Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication
The site not only contains the contents of the journal since 1995, but also offers numerous additional resources to those interested in computer-mediated communication.  The whole site is searchable.
JCMC is published by the Annenberg School for Communication of the University of Southern California. The publication focuses on new media. Special issues have focused on 
Virtual Organizations, Emerging Law on the Electronic Frontier, and other Net related issues. Additional resources include a message board for questions and answers, a reader poll, and an 'add a link page.'
The Journal of Electronic Publishing
Published by the University of Michigan Press (since 1995)
"Electronic publishing is changing the world we live in. It is changing what publishers do. It is changing the way scientists, business people, and students -- all of us -- work. JEP is for the thoughtful forward-thinking publisher, librarian, scholar, or author -- in fact, anyone in this new business -- facing those challenges. We aim to range widely in our coverage, but the emphasis will be on the broader issues that should shape policy, and on professional, scientific or academic publishing, both books and journals. One experiment is that we are neither quite a magazine nor a journal. We are both. The core of each issue is a set of short invited contributions from expert and experienced practitionersThe Journal of Electronic Publishing on a particular theme. That is more like a magazine. We also seek out and encourage longer pieces from publishers and from scholars and others who are thinking interestingly about electronic publishing. That is the journal. And from time to time we are adding regular columns."The Journal of Electronic Publishing
Journal of Information, Law and Technology
JILT was started in 1996 and appears three times annualy. An issue contains 5-6 articles, 6-10 book reviews supplemented by a few other  contributions.
JILT covers topics related to IT law and applications. In addition to peer-reviewed articles, the journal also features works in progress, downloadable applications, book reviews, case studies, conference reviews and has a section dedicated to publishing news related to its focus topic. Special features have included 
Communications Regulation - New Patterns and Problems, Open Access to Legal InformationData Protection JILT is the first in a series of ejournals published under the Electronic Law Journals (ELJ) project which provides a forum for continuing dialogue on law and IT issues
Online Journal zu den Themen Soziologie, Telematik und Kulturwissenschaft seit 2000.
k@g ist ein sozialwissenschaftliches Webjournal, das der Untersuchung der Nutzung von (alten wie neuen) Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologien gewidmet ist. k@g stellt die Nutzung medienkultureller Artefakte durch das Subjekt in den Mittelpunkt seiner Aufmerksamkeit. Dabei interessieren gleichermaßen technische Aspekte und Funktionen von Geräten, die die Praxis der NutzerInnen "konfigurieren", sowie Inhalte und Dienste alter wie neuer Medien. Ein zentraler Aspekt stellt dabei die Idee der Konstitution des Akteurs dar. Ein wesentlicher Aspekt von k@g ist die symbolische Repräsentation von Techniknutzung und Mediengebrauch in individuellen und kollektiven Diskursen
M/C - Journal of Media and Culture
All articles are available online. The journal started publication in July 1998. 
"M/C Journal was founded (as "M/C - a journal of media and culture") in 1998 as a place of public intellectualism analysing and critiquing the meeting of media and culture. As such, it is fully blind peer-reviewed, but also open to submissions and responses from anyone on the Internet. We take seriously the need to move ideas outward, so that our cultural debates may have some resonance with wider political and cultural interests. Each issue is organised around a one word theme (see our
past issues), and is edited by one or two editors with a particular interest in that theme. The editors change for each issue. Each issue has a feature article which engages with the theme in some detail, followed by several shorter articles."
OTI is published bmonthly. Although full contents of the  publicationis not available on-line, over a dozen pieces are accessible.
The official publication of the Internet Society, OTI features articles on all aspects of the Internet. "OnTheInternet reports on the growth and development of the global Internet and its influence on business, education, culture, politics, and society. Articles range from highly technical descriptions of new Internet-related technologies to thinkpieces on the influence of the Internet on the way we work, live, and learn."
Published between 1994 and 1999.
"UNDERCURRENT seeks to publish analysis of the present from diverse intellectual perspectives - feminist, historical, ethnological, sociological, literary, political, semiotic philosophical, cultural studies, and so forth.
"UNDERCURRENT is founded on four editorial principles: interdisciplinary, applied, accessible and the present."

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Zürcher Studien zur Medienkommunikation (ZSMK)
started in 2001 by
Eva Lia Wyss
In den Zürcher Studien zur Medienkommunikation (ZSMK) werden interessante, erkenntnisreiche geistes- und sozialwissenschaftliche Arbeiten zur Medienkommunikation on-line zugänglich gemacht, die ausschliesslich in der Printversion erscheinen. Die Thematische Ausrichtung auf die Medienkommunikation meint besonders die Computer- und Internetkommunikation, (inkl. Mensch-Maschine- Kommunikation), die (mobile) Telefonie, und die Fernseh- und Radiokommunikation. 

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Prof. Hans Geser

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