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Top 10 Academic Journals for Social Media Research

Based on our initial assessment (including peer-review, impact factor signals, and search ranking), here are the top 10 academic journals that publish social media research. Note that we will continue to update this list, and we may even include more than 10 you can vote on. Important to note: you are welcome to vote on your favorite at any time and votes, of course, will change the ranking order for this list.

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#1 Online Social Networks and Media

OSNEM is a peer-reviewed international journal that publishes high-quality scientific articles (both theoretical and experimental) and survey papers covering all aspects of OSNEM: from OSNEM protocols and applications to the use of data mined from OSNEM for modeling and understanding the human behavior in the cyber-physical world. It is a multidisciplinary journal for the wide community of computer and network scientists working on developing OSNEM platforms and services and using OSNEM as a big data source to mine, learn and model the (online) human behavior. The journal also welcomes contributions applying a wide range of (computer- and network-science) techniques and tools to OSNEM for investigating how social relationships affect other scientific fields, e.g., social and political sciences, economic and financial sciences, medical sciences.

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Total votes: 19

Upvotes: 13

Upvotes percentage: 68.421053%

Downvotes: 6

Downvotes percentage: 31.578947%

#2 Social Media & Society

Social Media + Society is an online, open-access, peer-reviewed scholarly journal deeply committed to advancing the understanding of social media and its impact on societies past, present and future. With a leading editorial team, the journal offers a collaborative, open, and shared space dedicated to the study of social media and their implications for societies. It facilitates state-of-the-art research on cutting-edge trends and enables scholars to develop research and track trends...
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Total votes: 13

Upvotes: 8

Upvotes percentage: 61.538462%

Downvotes: 5

Downvotes percentage: 38.461538%

#3 Journal of Interactive Marketing

The Journal of Interactive Marketing publishes methodologies, theories, applications, models about digital marketing. Some of the topics include social media networks, online branding, and online advertising. The goal of this journal is provide new ideas and identifying issues with electronics, interactive, and direct marketing environments.
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Upvotes: 3

Upvotes percentage: 100.000000%

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#4 International Journal of Research in Marketing

The International Journal of Research in Marketing is a peer-reviewed academic journal. It is a broad journal that provides information on different aspects of marketing. Some of the topics include digital marketing, social media interactions and digital business models.
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Total votes: 7

Upvotes: 5

Upvotes percentage: 71.428571%

Downvotes: 2

Downvotes percentage: 28.571429%

#5 Social Networks: An International Journal of Structural Analysis

Social Networks is an interdisciplinary and international quarterly. It provides a common forum for representatives of anthropology, sociology, history, social psychology, political science, human geography, biology, economics, communications science and other disciplines who share an interest in the study of the empirical structure of social relations and associations that may be expressed in network form. It publishes both theoretical and substantive papers. Critical reviews of major theoretical or methodological approaches using the notion of networks in the analysis of social behaviour are also included, as are reviews of recent books dealing with social networks and social structure.
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Total votes: 4

Upvotes: 3

Upvotes percentage: 75.000000%

Downvotes: 1

Downvotes percentage: 25.000000%

#6 Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking

Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking is the essential, peer-reviewed journal for understanding the social and psychological impact of today’s social networking practices. Highly regarded as the go-to source in the field, the journal has been at the forefront of social networking and virtual reality for nearly 20 years. It is known for its rapid communication articles and in-depth studies surrounding the effects of interactive technologies on behavior and society, both positive and negative.
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Total votes: 6

Upvotes: 4

Upvotes percentage: 66.666667%

Downvotes: 2

Downvotes percentage: 33.333333%

#7 Convergence

Convergence is an international peer-reviewed journal that focuses on creative, social, political, pedagogical issues caused by new media technologies. Some of the topics include mobile content, digital art, internet studies, and issues on social media platforms.
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Total votes: 4

Upvotes: 3

Upvotes percentage: 75.000000%

Downvotes: 1

Downvotes percentage: 25.000000%

#8 Computers in Human Behavior

Computers in Human Behavior is a scholarly journal dedicated to examining the use of computers from a psychological perspective. Original theoretical works, research reports, literature reviews, software reviews, book reviews and announcements are published. The journal addresses both the use of computers in psychology, psychiatry and related disciplines as well as the psychological impact of computer use on individuals, groups and society. The former category includes articles exploring the use of computers for professional practice, training, research and theory development. The latter category includes articles dealing with the psychological effects of computers on phenomena such as human development, learning, cognition, personality, and social interactions.

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Upvotes: 2

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#9 The Journal of Social Media in Society

The Journal of Social Media in Society is blind peer-reviewed, open-access, online journal that accepts scholarly articles and book reviews. The journal is devoted to scholarship and commentary on social media and its impact on society. The objective of JSMS is to advance the study of social media with current literature based on theory, research and practice from all methodological frameworks.

The journal welcomes papers on all aspects of social media, such as interactive online platforms and mobile technologies used to connect, share, discuss, and collaborate.

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Total votes: 5

Upvotes: 3

Upvotes percentage: 60.000000%

Downvotes: 2

Downvotes percentage: 40.000000%

#10 Mobile Media & Communication

Mobile Media & Communication is a peer-reviewed forum for international, interdisciplinary academic research on the dynamic field of mobile media and communication. Mobile Media & Communication draws on a wide and continually renewed range of disciplines, engaging broadly in the concept of mobility itself.

The journal embraces both quantitative and qualitative approaches to the study of mobility in communication, but above all aims toward state-of-the-art methodology. While the center of gravity lies in social sciences and humanities, the journal is open to research with technical, economic, and design aspects, provided they help to enlighten the social dimensions of mobile communication.

Mobile Media & Communication examines the phenomenon of mobility in communication – that is, what is understood as mobile media and communication, but also emerging phenomena such as mobile and ubiquitous computing.

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Total votes: 3

Upvotes: 2

Upvotes percentage: 66.666667%

Downvotes: 1

Downvotes percentage: 33.333333%

#11 Journal of Social Media Studies

Academic disciplines are flourishing at faculties and departments dedicated to Media, communication, sociology, psychology, linguistics, cultural studies, film, design, engineering, advertising, public relations and humanities. It aims to create bridges between different research cultures and publishes original articles of high quality on Social Media.

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Total votes: 4

Upvotes: 2

Upvotes percentage: 50.000000%

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Downvotes percentage: 50.000000%

#12 International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning

The objectives of IJSMILE are to provide an avenue for practitioners and researchers to share their practices and concerns, and their empirical research studies on using social media and other web 2.0 tools to support formal and informal learning. It also aims to promote effective design and use of web-based learning environments for social interaction and collaboration. The international dimension is emphasized in order to get a full picture of social media usage in different cultural and educational contexts.

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Upvotes percentage: 50.000000%

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#13 Social Networking

Social Networking is an open-access journal available for free on the internet. It is published by Science Research Publishing Inc. This academic journal has been through strict peer review process before publication. The goal of Social Networking is to promote, share and discuss new issues and developments in social networking.

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Upvotes: 2

Upvotes percentage: 50.000000%

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Downvotes percentage: 50.000000%

#14 Journal of Digital & Social Media Marketing

Journal of Digital & Social Media Networking is a peer-reviewed academic journal mainly focused on marketing of products or services on digital channels. It is published quarterly and reviewed by an editorial board of digital and social media marketing experts. This journal provides new strategies, techniques, trends and analysis about digital and social marketing strategies of top brands.

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Upvotes: 3

Upvotes percentage: 50.000000%

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#15 Journal of Internet Social Networking and Virtual Communities

The Journal of Internet Social Networking and Virtual Communities is an international online peer reviewed journal. The goal of this journal is to provide a better understanding of digital social technologies developed by academia, practitioners and educators worldwide.

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