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Javnost - The Public

Journal of the European Institute for Communication and Culture
Javnost - The Public

Javnost—The Public, journal of the European Institute for Communication and Culture—the flagship of the Institute—was established in 1994 as an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal in the social sciences to address problems of the public sphere on international and interdisciplinary levels, to stimulate the development of theory and research in the field, and to help understand and bridge the differences between cultures. In its early period, the journal specifically aimed at bridging gaps between the Western and Eastern, post-communist scholarship. Since 1996, the journal is included in the Social Sciences Citation Index and over 15 other international bibliographical indexes and abstract banks. Since 2008, Javnost—The Public is also available online at http://www.javnost-thepublic.org/.

The journal covers a number of resounding topics including the role of (media) communication in fostering human freedom and social change; public service broadcasting; media democratization in East-Central Europe, South-East Asia and China; digitization of broadcasting; new developments in journalism; the importance of communication for class relationships; public opinion and political representation; perspectives of small-scale media and community media; tabloidization of the media; globalization of media and media policies; popular culture as political communication; media (in) war and peace; democratic rhetoric and duty of liberation; transformations in the public sphere(s) and the development of a European public sphere; E-networks and democratic life; “forgotten” communication scholars, and many others. Although the primary objective of the journal is to contribute to intellectual understanding of transformations in the democratic process, it is also meant to contribute to improved political practice, policy, and action.

A 2005 study of internationality of scholarly journals (Lauf 2005) based on articles published between 1998 and 2002 in communication journals covered by SSCI revealed that Javnost—The Public ranks second most “internationalized” journal in the field, following Discourse & Society. It has a high percentage of non-U.S. editors (over 80%) but does not discriminate against the non-EU countries (scholars from China, Japan, Australia, the Arab world, Canada, and the U.S.A. are represented in the editorial board). According to the study, in the period 1998-2002, no more than 21% of contributors to Javnost—The Public were from the U.S. and 55% of authors were from English-speaking countries, and a “diversity score” (indicating the probability that two randomly selected authors come from different geographic areas) was .95.

Javnost - The Public is published in association with the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, and supported by regular and sustaining subscribers, the Slovenian Research Agency, and occasional special grants.

Bibliographic information:

  • Print ISSN: 1318-3222
  • Online ISSN: 1854-8377
  • Established in 1994
  • Language of publication: English
  • 4 issues per volume; months of publications: April, June, October, December; occasional supplements
  • Annual index included in the 4th issue
  • Indexed and Abstracted in Current Contents & Social and Behavioral Sciences, Index to Journals in Mass Communication, International Bibliography of Periodical Literature, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, Linguistic and Language Behavior Abstracts, Peace Research Abstracts, Research Alert, Sage Public Administration Abstracts, Social Sciences Citation Index, Social SciSearch, Sociological Abstracts