The seven deadly sins of communication research

W. Russell Neuman, Roei Davidson, Sung Hee Joo, Yong Jin Park, Ann E. Williams

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We analyzed anonymized copies of the complete reviewer comments for 120 recent submissions to the Journal of Communication and attempted to identify the scholarly "sins" and "virtues" most frequently mentioned by the reviewers and most closely associated with the decision to publish the submission. We assessed levels of interreviewer agreement and patterns of evaluation in different subfields of communication scholarship. An explicit connection to a clearly identified theoretical corpus and novel findings or perspectives proved to be the most important predictors of publication. We discuss the ramifications of these findings for the current state of communication research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-237
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Communication
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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