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African Journalism Studies

Country United Kingdom  - SIR icon SIR Ranking of United Kingdom
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Subject Area and CategorySocial Sciences
PublisherTaylor and Francis Ltd.
Publication typeJournals
ISSN23743689, 23743670
Scope Accredited by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training for university research purposes African Journalism Studies subscribes to the Code of Best Practice for Peer Reviewed Scholarly Journals of the Academy of Science of South Africa. African Journalism Studies ( AJS) aims to contribute to the ongoing extension of the theories, methodologies and empirical data to under-researched areas of knowledge production, through its emphasis on African journalism studies within a broader, comparative perspective of the Global South. AJS strives for theoretical diversity and methodological inclusivity, by developing theoretical approaches and making critical interventions in global scholarly debates. The journal's comparative and interdisciplinary approach is informed by the related fields of cultural and media studies, communication studies, African studies, politics, and sociology. The field of journalism studies is understood broadly, as including the practices, norms, value systems, frameworks of representation, audiences, platforms, industries, theories and power relations that relate to the production, consumption and study of journalism. A wide definition of journalism is used, which extends beyond news and current affairs to include digital and social media, documentary film and narrative non-fiction.


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The set of journals have been ranked according to their SJR and divided into four equal groups, four quartiles. Q1 (green) comprises the quarter of the journals with the highest values, Q2 (yellow) the second highest values, Q3 (orange) the third highest values and Q4 (red) the lowest values.


The SJR is a size-independent prestige indicator that ranks journals by their 'average prestige per article'. It is based on the idea that 'all citations are not created equal'. SJR is a measure of scientific influence of journals that accounts for both the number of citations received by a journal and the importance or prestige of the journals where such citations come from It measures the scientific influence of the average article in a journal, it expresses how central to the global scientific discussion an average article of the journal is.

Citations per document

This indicator counts the number of citations received by documents from a journal and divides them by the total number of documents published in that journal. The chart shows the evolution of the average number of times documents published in a journal in the past two, three and four years have been cited in the current year. The two years line is equivalent to journal impact factor ™ (Thomson Reuters) metric.

Cites per documentYearValue
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20090.000
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20100.182
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20110.429
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20120.564
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20130.509
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20140.746
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20150.663
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20161.208
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20170.780
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20180.626
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20090.000
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20100.182
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20110.429
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20120.564
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20130.391
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20140.754
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20150.581
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20161.216
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20170.376
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20180.635
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20090.000
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20100.182
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20110.429
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20120.393
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20130.250
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20140.605
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20150.523
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20160.651
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20170.365
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20180.462
Total Cites 

Evolution of the total number of citations and journal's self-citations received by a journal's published documents during the three previous years.
Journal Self-citation is defined as the number of citation from a journal citing article to articles published by the same journal.

Self Cites20090
Self Cites20100
Self Cites20110
Self Cites20121
Self Cites20132
Self Cites20144
Self Cites201512
Self Cites201615
Self Cites20174
Self Cites20184
Total Cites20090
Total Cites20102
Total Cites20119
Total Cites201222
Total Cites201318
Total Cites201446
Total Cites201536
Total Cites2016107
Total Cites201735
Total Cites201861
External Cites per Doc 
Cites per Doc

Evolution of the number of total citation per document and external citation per document (i.e. journal self-citations removed) received by a journal's published documents during the three previous years. External citations are calculated by subtracting the number of self-citations from the total number of citations received by the journal’s documents.

External Cites per document20090
External Cites per document20100.182
External Cites per document20110.429
External Cites per document20120.538
External Cites per document20130.348
External Cites per document20140.689
External Cites per document20150.387
External Cites per document20161.045
External Cites per document20170.333
External Cites per document20180.594
Cites per document20090.000
Cites per document20100.182
Cites per document20110.429
Cites per document20120.564
Cites per document20130.391
Cites per document20140.754
Cites per document20150.581
Cites per document20161.216
Cites per document20170.376
Cites per document20180.635
% International Collaboration

International Collaboration accounts for the articles that have been produced by researchers from several countries. The chart shows the ratio of a journal's documents signed by researchers from more than one country; that is including more than one country address.

YearInternational Collaboration
Citable documents 
Non-citable documents

Not every article in a journal is considered primary research and therefore "citable", this chart shows the ratio of a journal's articles including substantial research (research articles, conference papers and reviews) in three year windows vs. those documents other than research articles, reviews and conference papers.

Non-citable documents20090
Non-citable documents20101
Non-citable documents20115
Non-citable documents20127
Non-citable documents20139
Non-citable documents201414
Non-citable documents201516
Non-citable documents201615
Non-citable documents20177
Non-citable documents20185
Citable documents20090
Citable documents201011
Citable documents201121
Citable documents201239
Citable documents201346
Citable documents201461
Citable documents201562
Citable documents201688
Citable documents201793
Citable documents201896
Cited documents 
Uncited documents

Ratio of a journal's items, grouped in three years windows, that have been cited at least once vs. those not cited during the following year.

Uncited documents20090
Uncited documents201010
Uncited documents201120
Uncited documents201229
Uncited documents201342
Uncited documents201450
Uncited documents201556
Uncited documents201657
Uncited documents201772
Uncited documents201863
Cited documents20090
Cited documents20102
Cited documents20116
Cited documents201217
Cited documents201313
Cited documents201425
Cited documents201522
Cited documents201646
Cited documents201728
Cited documents201838
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