Mapping comparative communication research: What the literature says

Clement Y.K. So
School of Journalism and Communication,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


This paper maps the intellectual landscape of comparative communication research by using several data sources: (1) The Handbook of Comparative Communication Research, (2) Web of Science, and (3) Google Scholar. A total of 145 documents are selected for analysis. Different aspects of comparative communication research are identified including the more active scholars, most cited scholars, dates and types of publication, publication venues, authors’ university affiliations, countries/territories, methods used, etc. Networks among major scholars in this area are found. Core research themes are also identified by analyzing the document titles. Different types of comparison in the research literature are located to shed light on the current status and trend of comparative communication research.